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Dell PowerEge install cant find disks

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by garyb, Aug 5, 2009.

  1. garyb

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    Hi,
    I have dusted off a couple of old Dell servers 2600 & 1750 that i want to reuse on the domain...These both have PERC4 RAID5 and are Windows 2000 Server. When I insert the 2000 Install disk it goes through the motions, but then states it cannot find the disks [HDD], so i have to hit F3 to escape. Now I know these HDDs are present and working so I am guessing its something to do with the RAID preventing repair/install etc.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks
     
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  2. AJ

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    You need to get the pre-install disk drom the dell web site. Boot from this and it will load the drivers for the raid card and should help with the windows install.

    I'll try to find a link for you when I have 5 mins.
     
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  3. AJ

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    Or here's the link to the PERC4 drivers LINKY
     
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  4. garyb

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    OK thanks for that, I have boxes of disks at our new office of which I dont have keys for yet!! Typical I bet the install disk is there. If you do have any links at any point would apreciate.

    Thanx
     
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  5. garyb

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    Again much appreciated for your help. Downloaded BR119731.exe Floppy 1 MB [3rd one on list] but it keeps telling me txtsetup.oem cannot be found..

    Not sure these are the correct drivers, will go back and try some more..
     
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  6. madman045

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    Dell PowerEdge 2600 - Windows 2000 Section (change OS in drop down)

    http://support.euro.dell.com/suppor..._FOS_XEO_2600&hidos=WNET&hidlang=en&TabIndex=

    Dell Installation CD ISO for PE 2600 / 1750

    http://support.euro.dell.com/suppor...1&impid=-1&formatcnt=1&libid=36&fileid=279040

    Dell PowerEdge 1750 - Windows 2000 Section

    http://support.euro.dell.com/suppor..._PNT_XEO_1750&hidos=WNET&hidlang=en&TabIndex=

    Dell Server Updates DVD - You can run this using the Install CD, select install updates and then put the DVD in, will update the servers bios and hardware firmware where possible

    http://support.euro.dell.com/suppor...&servicetag=&os=WNT5&osl=en&catid=-1&impid=-1

    Andy
     
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  7. garyb

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    Thanx for that your a star..Will start the download and hope for the best.

    Thanx

    G
     
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  8. garyb

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    Hmmm, maybe I have a bigger problem than I thought on the PE 1750? When trying to boot I get an NTDETECT FAILED error. When I run the Dell utilities [F10] it reports a a memory problem on Bank1 DIMM B.

    I have 2 x 2GB sticks in BANK1 and 2 x 512MB sticks in BANK 2 so I thought it could be a corrupt stick. Changed them round and still getting that error on same bank so probably not the stick but the motherboard? Even tried leaving bank 1 empty, still reports an error on BANK1!

    Would you agree? If so its probably cheaper to ditch this server rather than try to replace the motherboard I am thinking?

    Argghhh..
     
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  9. Sparky
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    Try a BIOS upgrade mate, had a similar issue with a Dell server a while back as the RAM was not being detected properly. Flashed the BIOS and it worked fine after.
     
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  10. madman045

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    I think Sparky may be right as according to Crucial, they recommend the server has a bios of A08 or higher when populating all four slots
     
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  11. garyb

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    Spot on fellas, I have just reinstalled the OS and updated BIOS to A12 as suggested, this has now resolved the issue.

    Many thanks for sll your help..

    Gary
     
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