Question about Dell PowerEdge 2600 Server
The BIOS is detecting the cdrom but it is not detecting the Bootable cd I have in the CDROM
Same solution as posted before if you need to boot from a DVD: take a Dell laptop CD/DVD combo drive, remove the screws and all and exchange the PowerVault CD drive unit with it. Same internal connector. Can't remember what model I stuck in, but I had to keep the front panel of the drive since it was slightly different, I probably could have glued it, but.... That's a server machine no one is ever going to see but me! :)
That also gave me a CD-Burner which is a decent addition in case you need to quickly burn a CD/make a backup/boot disk (like a "ultimate Windows CD" boot to fix anything that could go wrong).
Posted on Apr 03, 2009
My problem was the the Dell Poweredge 2600 only comes with a CD ROM. I was trying to install Windows Server 2008 and it would do exactly what you said, just keep blinking and never find the CD. The problem for me was that the OS isn't on a CD, it's on a DVD. Double check this. My fix was taking the drive out of my laptop and putting it in the server. The laptop drive was the same size and connections, and most importantly it reads DVD's. As I type this, I am installing the OS behind me. GL
Posted on Oct 28, 2008
Did you go into the system setup during the boot which is probably the F2 key. Then go to the bootup sequence and dignate the CDROM as the first boot device.
Posted on Nov 30, 2007
1) All early PE 2600 are CD drives (Dell did ship later vsn's of PE 2600 with a DVD drive, so a DVD drive IS available .. if you wnat to pay for it :-) )
To confirm, use any other bootable Windows CD (eg XP) .....
2) I recommend chuck out the useless Take Drive & use the empty bays for a pair of IDE or SATA drives .. and then buy a cheap PCI RAID card off eBay to use as run these 2 drives as your Operating System (Mirror)
A PCI RAID card with 1x IDE & 2x SATA is ideal
(as you can then fit a DVD drive to the IDE port and a pair of SATA HD's .. and then boot/install from the DVD ..)
The PERC RIAID is then reserved for your data store ..
Good luck !
Posted on Nov 29, 2008
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