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Installing Windows 2003 on ML110 G4 with Raid1

AntonS
Occasional Visitor

Installing Windows 2003 on ML110 G4 with Raid1

Hello!
How to install Windows 2003 on ML110 G4 with Raid1? The server has no disk floppy drive!
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KarloChacon
Honored Contributor

Re: Installing Windows 2003 on ML110 G4 with Raid1

try this

Use a USB key and the HP Drive Key Boot Utility to create a USB key which you can use like a A: or floppy it will let you install the driver for the controller

http://h18007.www1.hp.com/support/files/server/us/download/23839.html

this is for differents kinds of USBs not only HP

also you have to download the appropriate driver for the controller (Integrated 4 port SATA controller with embedded RAID)
go here
http://h18023.www1.hp.com/support/files/server/us/download/26742.html



ok this is if you need to install the driver for the controller, but if you want to do the RAID 1 you need to press Ctrl + A during POST
to load a utility which will help to create the RAID 1

Regards
Didn't your momma teach you to say thanks!
AntonS
Occasional Visitor

Re: Installing Windows 2003 on ML110 G4 with Raid1

Thanks, Karlo!

But I have found in quickspe "US Quick Specs"
http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/12577_na/12577_na.html#Options

"NOTE: For the installation of Windows and other OS's, a floppy drive may be required to complete driver installation. A USB drive key may not work to complete driver installation."

I think, I shall buy the USB disk drive and I shall try it by.
KarloChacon
Honored Contributor

Re: Installing Windows 2003 on ML110 G4 with Raid1

I would like you let me know how you did it I mean when you finish the installation

ok regards
Didn't your momma teach you to say thanks!
KarloChacon
Honored Contributor

Re: Installing Windows 2003 on ML110 G4 with Raid1

well Few time ago i did a installation on 100 series and I used floppy drive which had the capability to connect using the usb

ok let me know bye bye
Didn't your momma teach you to say thanks!
Thomas Beckingham
Occasional Advisor

Re: Installing Windows 2003 on ML110 G4 with Raid1

going through the same problems and I'm getting nowhere!!
Petter Børdahl
Occasional Visitor

Re: Installing Windows 2003 on ML110 G4 with Raid1

I've installed Windows 2003 on the ML110 G4 with Raid1, using a USB floppy drive, and it works fine.
JimFromSSCorp
Occasional Advisor

Re: Installing Windows 2003 on ML110 G4 with Raid1

I have a similar problem. I got to the 'F6' and installed from a USB floppy drive ok (Iomega), but when it gets to where it asks for the diskette/driver a second time then press enter, it doesn't see the drive anymore. I hit enter and it stares at me like a puppy dog. Thanks for any help; JimB
Ryan Goff
Valued Contributor

Re: Installing Windows 2003 on ML110 G4 with Raid1

Jim, I believe the fix for your issue is to change the mode of the usb port in the bios to a lower speed.
JimFromSSCorp
Occasional Advisor

Re: Installing Windows 2003 on ML110 G4 with Raid1

Thanks for the response Ryan. I have Phoenix BIOS and the only options for USB are:
USB Controller: Enable/Disable
USB 2.0 Controller: Enable/Disable
I tried diable 2.0, but still to no avail. It simply loses touch with the FDD after the F6 installation.
Ryan Goff
Valued Contributor

Re: Installing Windows 2003 on ML110 G4 with Raid1

Is there not an option in there to turn on Legacy USB as well?

I've seen this issue before where you had to make sure to turn off 2.0, but leave usb enabled in legacy mode.

Also...this isn't really an HP specific issue, it really comes down to lack of usb device support in 2003 server setup for the drivers for "many" usb floppy drives.

If you have to, you might end up having to get an HP USB Certified drive found here:

http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/servers/platforms/usb-support.html
Ryan Goff
Valued Contributor

Re: Installing Windows 2003 on ML110 G4 with Raid1

Oh, is there also an option in there that will let you change "USB Mass Storage Device" from "Auto" to "Floppy"?
Ryan Goff
Valued Contributor

Re: Installing Windows 2003 on ML110 G4 with Raid1

I also found mention that if you're using a USB 1.1 floppy drive, it won't work with this USB 2.0 controller, you may need to make sure your USB Floppy drive is 2.0 compatible
Ryan Goff
Valued Contributor

Re: Installing Windows 2003 on ML110 G4 with Raid1

JimFromSSCorp
Occasional Advisor

Re: Installing Windows 2003 on ML110 G4 with Raid1

Ryan, You have outdone yourself and I much appreciate all your efforts. I have been working on this for some time and was ready to put my steel-toed work boots on. That last link you posted I believe was exactly what I was looking for; However, I believe I found another workaround at the topic posted: Subject: Install win 2003 server without a Floppy ML110 G4, with Kudos going to Steven Clementi for showing us http://www.nliteos.com . I integrated the driver right into the windows installation CD and the OS is being installed at present! Thanks again Ryan for all your help. I will be sure and send some points your way! Jim B.
Jeremy Witt
Occasional Visitor

Re: Installing Windows 2003 on ML110 G4 with Raid1

I have a slightly different issue under the same topic. My USB drive works fine, but this is at least the 4th ML110 G4 that has suffered this issue.

On the first stage of the GUI installation (Setup will complete in approx. 39 min), I am asked to confirm the use of the Adaptec SATA HostRAID at "34 min". I click Yes. The installation continues.

A second dialog box comes up asking for confirmation of the Adaptec Processor Device (Pseudo). However, about 10 seconds prior, the mouse cursor disappears and the keyboard dies, leaving me no method to confirm and continue. I have used every combination of PS/2 and USB input devices, including multiples of each.

What I am left with is powering off the server and restarting to the "39 min" phase and repeating until it FINALLY lets me click the second confirmation. Typically it takes 5-10 restarts to get beyond this point.

Very frustrating and time consuming.

Any thoughts on this?

TIA,
JDW
Johan Alberts_1
Occasional Advisor

Re: Installing Windows 2003 on ML110 G4 with Raid1

I have the exact same problem with installing Server 2003 on my ML110 G4.

I have it as a testserver and do new installs almost every week. Most of the times it hangs when installing this Pseudo driver. After three to five retries it finally works.

Any solution to this behavior?

/Johan
Jeremy Witt
Occasional Visitor

Re: Installing Windows 2003 on ML110 G4 with Raid1

I did manage to get past it on this one, as soon as I disconnected the internal DAT72 USB Tape Drive. Not sure if that was it, or just coincidental.

JDW
Johan Alberts_1
Occasional Advisor

Re: Installing Windows 2003 on ML110 G4 with Raid1

My server is completely stock except from that i have 1GB of memory and a second 160GB hard drive and using mirroring.

A couple if weeks ago i upgraded all firmwares but ther is no change in the behavior.

I have done some search both using G**gle and HP forums with no luck.

/Johan



/Johan
Cateyed
Occasional Visitor

Re: Installing Windows 2003 on ML110 G4 with Raid1

Thank goodness someone else found this problem as well! I was worried I had hardware failure!!

I've been attempting to get Windows SBS 2003 installed for the last 4 hours to no avail.

I'm also using the embedded SATA RAID controller with RAID 1. Stock standard server. Straight out of the box.

I've managed to find the driver (no thanks to the incorrect website included with my documentation) and I'm now on about my 6th restart with this Adaptec Processor Device (Pseudo) freeze up. No mouse, no keyboard. I'm hoping that reboot, reboot, reboot etc fixes this, like some of my predecessors indicate.

Like the others, I too have tried USB and PS2 keyboards and mice. I've upgraded the BIOS, tried an older raid driver.

The only thing that seems to have improved is the first Windows Logo verification actually has a device name now. It used to be blank, now it is "Adaptec Serial ATA HostRAID".

I've also tried to say NO to the Windows Logo verification, to see if that skipped installing the RAID driver... But it still hangs up... :-(

I'm now at a loss. I was hoping to get this all done tonight, but I guess that's not going to happen (but maybe this next reboot...)

Any news from HP on this??

Max
JimFromSSCorp
Occasional Advisor

Re: Installing Windows 2003 on ML110 G4 with Raid1

I feel your pain. It took me a week and 4 or 5 total reinstalls be4 I got it. If you read my post above, you'll find that the only way I was able to install without issues was to go to http://www.nliteos.com and get the download. Then run the program which copied my Disk1 and prompted me for additional drivers. I added the RAID driver to the disk and zoom-zoom. Clean install.
Cateyed
Occasional Visitor

Re: Installing Windows 2003 on ML110 G4 with Raid1

Thanks for the reply. I've just tried my nLite, integrating that driver, but it failed with an error. I'll try again.

A note though. I called HP today. They tell me that the problem is caused by the USB floppy drive. It HAS to be an HP branded one. They recommend the ProLiant one.

I've been using my IBM one. I've never had problems with it before...

Anyway, I've ordered one. Was only $A60 so not expensive.
JimFromSSCorp
Occasional Advisor

Re: Installing Windows 2003 on ML110 G4 with Raid1

Hmmm... Proprietary USB..?? Who knew? I thought the old Compaq days were behind us. I tried to get help from HP back when I had all my install woes and gave up on them. Their tech support is horrible in my book; you'd think with so many people having issues with this machine, that they'd have come up with a fix by now, instead of just selling you more of their own hardware. Hey, if it works for Microsoft and AOL, why not jump on that bandwagon too? I'm sorry for being so cynical but, 'Once bitten, twice shy'. I wish you the best of luck, as I know the frustration all too well.
Thomas Beckingham
Occasional Advisor

Re: Installing Windows 2003 on ML110 G4 with Raid1

I really hate to say it but for the most part it is necessary to buy their HP external floppy ... it sucks to be honest. There are some times when the nlite solution does work, and there are other times when a different external floppy drive will work, but most of the time you will need to just go an buy there stupid floppy ... I resented doing so, because it doesn't seem right... not even that you have to buy their stuff, but the fact you have to buy something to make something else work which should already work basically straight out of the box.

This experience has left a sour taste in my mouth!
JimFromSSCorp
Occasional Advisor

Re: Installing Windows 2003 on ML110 G4 with Raid1

As I stated, HP did merge with Compaq. Remember the days of Compaq bastardizing all their stuff? I guess it's kinda like trying to get the dog crap off your shoe once you've already stepped in it.