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Need help on SuperMicro SuperServer 7043M-6!!

Hello,
We recently bought a used SuperMicro SuperServer 7043M-6, with 2 3.06 Ghz Xeon processors, 2 GB RAM, an Adaptec 3210S RAID controller, and 4 36 GB Hitachi SCSI drives. I want to install Windows XP Pro SP2, but it seems the hard drives are not being recognized. The server had been setup as RAID 5, and thats how we want it too. I deleted the RAID 5 array and tried to create a new one, but it said there are no RAID capable HBAs or no free devices. I also got Windows to install partly, but it said there was a missing file on bootup, and I tried to just reinstall it, but now it wont recognize my drives again.

Please help!!
Thanks in advance, Jason

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Ok, all you have to do is reset CMOS. the same thing happened to me once I tried to install windows on my supermicro board. What you have to do is load the bootable CD that came with the board and follow the instructions in your book.

What happens is that windows does not have the drivers for the supermicro RAID and SATA components. The board will recognize these on it's own until you go to install windows improperly. Windows does not have the drivers for those, realizes it, and says "Windows has stopped to prevent damage" but it does it anyway. Just clear CMOS, read the book with the board on how to install an OS, and try again.

Clearing CMOS: This can be done by taking out the 3.5v watch battery you see on the board for about 5 minutes. Another and riskier way is to clear CMOS by shorting the pads. On a diagram of your board, you should see CMOS Clear. Find those two pads on you board in that general area from the diagram. You'll know you've found it because the board has CMOS Clear printed near them. Just touch them with a screwdriver for 5-10 seconds. CMOS should be clear and ready to start new.

WARNING! Be careful when clearing CMOS with the pads, if you stick the screwdriver in the wrong place, you could damage your board. Be sure to unplug your power supply before working on your machine (I'm sure you know this.) and be sure to get the correct drivers for windows this time! Oh, and rechange any settings you changed in CMOS since it has been reset to the factory defaults.

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