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I'm trying to install Microsoft Server2003 on a Dell PowerEdge 2600 Server. I belive that the CD ROM is faulty since it doesn't boot off it even though I have the right settings in BIOS. I try to connect a external CD ROM since the data cable to the internal CD ROM is a unusual size/plug. However the computer freezes upon start up (at the first screen) or in BIOS if I connect it there. Please advise, Thank you

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    bschutze Sep 08, 2009

    Replacing the CD drive with one from a laptop solved the issue for me.

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Another common way around installation is to copy the whole contents of the CD / DVD to a hard drive.

There are a few methods.

My proffered is to make a bootable flash drive on another machine with known working capabilities that will bot into either an XP-pre installation scenario or a Dos based one.

From there it is often possible to start the installation or even copy the required files to a drive on a machine.

Advantage of copying the files is that the CD / DVD would never be needed to add additional component as they are stored on the machine itself.

That also speeds up installation dramatically.

Bios consideration mus be taken into account when booting from flash drives.

Proper external Hard drives are another viable option

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Testimonial: "I didn't have a Flash drive available but I changed the CD drive (laptop cd drive) and it worked. Seems like the other one didn't recognize the CD."

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You need the dell poweredge install and diag disk, it gives you options to install operating systems including server 2003, try here,,,,,

http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/previousversions.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen&SystemID=PWE_2950&releaseid=R125638&vercnt=4&deviceid=10655&formatcnt=1&releasetype=CD%20%20&servicetag=&catid=36&libid=36&impid=-1&osl=en&os=WNET

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