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Trouble installing Windows Server 2003 on Netfinity 5500

I have been given an Netfinity 5500 for my personal use. I has 2 functional Seagate ST318203LC SCSI drives. I'm quite new at installing any windows product on a scsi system. I beleive I have initialized the drives properly. The problem I have is when I attempt to install Windows Server 2003 standard. The install gets only as far as the 3rd initial screen then seems to freeze. The activity lite on both drives are active but the display doesn't change. Can anyone help me?
Ron Baudoin

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  • Ronald Baudoin Jun 25, 2008

    As I stated, I'm new at working with SCSI drives.....How do I format the SCSi drives?

  • Ronald Baudoin Jun 25, 2008

    Sorry, but my problem does not have anything to do with 'Disabling Application Error Reporting on Windows Server 2003'. It is getting win ser 2003 installed.

  • Ronald Baudoin Jun 25, 2008

    I beleive that would work if I had 2 ATA or SATA drives. As it is I have 2 SCSI drives. I beleive I have initialized the drives properly and have set the SCSI interface to RAID 0. (I don't need stripping but need the full cap. of both drives.) I beleive I was successful in formating the drives with Fdisk. The windows server 2003 install still freezes at the initial 3 install screen.

  • Ronald Baudoin Jun 25, 2008

    As suggested, I attempted to install winXP only to have the same problem. It freezes after the screen which displays 'press F2 for automatic recovery'. I don't know if this is permissable but I've been success formating the drives using a dos boot disk.

  • Ronald Baudoin Jun 25, 2008

    Thank you Lee, I have tried your solution. I know the F6 prompt you are talking about. When I try pressing F6 nothing happens except for the next screen popping up giving the F2 ASR option.

  • Ronald Baudoin Jun 26, 2008

    Hello Worldvet,

    Going in the order you layed down in your email.

  • Ronald Baudoin Jun 26, 2008

    Hello Worldvet,

    Going in the order you layed down in your email.
    1. The RAID drives are connected in the proper order.

    2. I have a floppy with the proper scsi drivers

    4. Windows is not installed. These are bare drives.

    I have rebooted the server and when it appears to have frozen after the screen with F6 prompt, I let it sit there for 2 hours. No change.
    I then rebooted a 2nd time and this time when it screen gets to the F6 prompt, I press F6 and set it sit at the next screen. Well, 2 hours later still no go. Any other suggestions?

  • Ronald Baudoin Jul 03, 2008

    Can't copy MSWin2003 Server to the hard drive. It won't start giving the error that it can't run from DOS.
    I know that it isn't a hardware problem. As an experiment I tried installing win98 and it installed just fine. XP and 2003 will not install. I still freezes after the ASR screen.

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Is the memory on the system good? tested?
www.memtest.org

you may need to load customer drivers for your SCSI controller before the actual setup starts it asks you for loading custom drivers you should have a driver disk.

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    Custom Drivers

  • Ekse Jul 03, 2008

    to run the setup from your hard drive you need to copy the i386 folder into the hard drive and then start the setup from the winnt file inside the i386 folder, this may be difrent if your installing a 64bit version.

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Try to copy the windows 2003 setup in the drive and then try running from that drive itself.

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Hello,

I've been watching your problem since you first posted it to see if anyone of these wannabes knew the answer.

I've setup Windows of every type and beta tested 98, ME, XP and Vista and have a Gaming Rig of my own with a scsi SATA Raid Array. Your situation isn't much different. It is a weakness of Windows that you have to take several steps to prepare for a scsi or sata raid or non raid setup. There are two things to understand.

1.) The raid drives have to be connected to your raid cable in proper order and pinned in that order, starting at the connector closest to the board and out.

2.) having on hand the downloaded scsi drivers for your exact system board on hand on a floppy drive. Some times the scsi drivers for your board have more than one file a .sys file and a .drv file.

3.) with this in mind you will need your exact motherboard model and pcb version; go to the board maker's web site and download these drivers. I'm am guessing you do not have the original motherboard cdrom on hand... do you?.

4.) You do not have to reinstall Windows if its already installed only begin the installation and when prompted to, press F6 and just wait for Windows to eventually ask you for the specific driver disc. there will be a time later when the installation process alerts you to the fact that Windows is already installed if it is installed. You are given an option to install new or repair. You select repair, you may or may not be asked for the driver floppy again, it varies.

When you have proceeded before it appeared to me you may not have waited it out long enough before the installation routine would ask for the floppy drivers. Is that true?

So, you would need to download the scsi drivers and put them on a floppy, have your scsi drives connected in order on the cable and pinned correctly.

Do you have Windows 2003 installed already?
Do you have the drivers for your system board downloaded and on a floppy?
Do you have your 2003 installation CD and product key?
Are you willing to make a mistake, take correctional advice and start again?

Because you have attempted installation several times it is highly likely that in activating your product the automatic registration will fail and you will have to phone the 800 number to get a 'B' key override.

Should this process take quite a while, will you be willing to pick this up tomorrow understanding that you can always abandon my effort and wait for another expert to come along.

Okay?

Regards,
Worldvet

Posted on Jun 25, 2008

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    Glenn Rogers Jun 26, 2008

    If it hasn't worked out for you it may be worth it to have a tech come in or take it into a shop so you can get this straightened out once and for all.

    Worldvet


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You have two harddisk so first u need to make master and slave hardisk by setting after that you need to go in bios of the machine and check it, is showing or not in the bios , if its showing the you can install window in first drive and use second for instaling l window server 2003 after that check it

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Disabling Application Error Reporting on Windows Server 2003 (and XP, also)
Preface:
There is absolutely no good reason to disable this service in pre-release, or released software. If a program or computer crashes, then once the computer recovers it makes a detailed report (with no personally identifiable information it) about how the crash happened and sends it off to Microsoft. They then look over it, and try to fix it, which makes a better OS for everyone. This is not a recommended procedure.
Method:
Click the Start button, and right-click My Computer and click Properties from the pop-up menu
Trouble installing Windows Server 2003 on Netfinit - my-comp-properties.png In the System Properties dialog that has come up, click the Advanced tab, and then the Error Reporting button
system-properties-advanced.png In the next dialog click the Disable radio button, and optionally, so you don't get any notices of system failures at all, Trouble installing Windows Server 2003 on Netfinit - error-reporting.pngy me...
error-reporting.png Now press OK, Apply, and OK, and Error Reporting has now been disabled.

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Do you have the latest firmware/drivers for the scsi drives?
Thanks,
lee

Posted on Jun 24, 2008

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    Lee A. Jun 24, 2008

    It should give you a warning somewhere right away when you start installation. If you need anything else let me know.
    Thanks,
    Lee


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    Lee A. Jun 24, 2008

    not so much a warning but a little line saying something about scsi, I know on xp and such it is F6 to enter it. I have only installed server 2003 once and I do not remember because I didn't use scsi. Though I'm farely sure it's the same. so look at the very bottom it should refer to it.
    Keep me posted,
    Lee


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    Lee A. Jun 25, 2008

    Did you try my solution at all?
    Thanks,
    Lee


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    Lee A. Jun 29, 2008

    Also being that it is an older server and you are using these newer drives/software. There could be issues. Thanks worldvet for calling the previous posters "newbies" though you only repeated basically the same thing I did. I assumed baudoinrp had basic knowledge in setting it up based on what he reported and what he is trying to do. Your best bet is to try an IDE raid setup and see how that works. Try it without a raid and install it. Just use 2 hard drives. I believe this is like a P3 server correct?
    Thanks,
    Lee


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Firstly try formatting your hard driver to ntfs file system and then try.

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  • Deeps . Jun 24, 2008

    load SCSI drivers when you load the OS. The controller needs
    the drivers before windows can start. The server will actully load the
    drivers before initiating the start of windows. This occurs just after
    POST.

  • Deeps . Jun 25, 2008

    You can format it with a dos bootable cd using fdisk or using any third party disk manager or using simply the windows server ,xp ,vista bootable cd.when you boot from the cd after the welcome screen you will get the option to create ,delete partition and recreate partition according to your need.remember select ntfs file system only if you are installing server 2003,

    if you are installin server 2003 install it after windows xp ,and if you later want vista to be downloaded then it should be installed after server 2003 (its according to windows priority for newer version of operating system ,)that means the newer operating system should be installed after any previous version only..........

    i hope this will help you a lot ...please reply with comment if you need more help ........

    Thanks and Regard
    Dilip Bagdi - Technical Associate


  • Deeps . Jun 25, 2008

    If you are confused with so many solution ,then just insert windows server 2003 bootable cd and format it..

    use the link below .
    http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/win...

    see the step 5 ,there you will get the option on formatting hard drive and creating new partition.



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The ProLiant ML110 server with System BIOS Version 16 supports a total of eight IPL devices. Four IPL devices, such as the IDE controller and the floppy controller, are integrated, leaving support for four additional PCI IPL devices (i.e., PCI card plugged into PCI expansion slots); however, the ProLiant ML110 has five PCI expansion slots. Therefore, it is possible to configure the ProLiant ML110 with five PCI IPL devices (such as SCSI controllers or NICs) and exceed the limitation of System BIOS Version 16
The resolution to the problem is to update the System BIOS Version 17 which supports a total of nine IPL devices and five PCI IPL devices. Update the ProLiant ML110 server to System BIOS Version 17
i could not include the url for the download because you did not especify the generation of your server
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windows server 2003 enterprise edition with SP1 or SP2 , can detect
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