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NT 4.0  SERVER SET UP HANGS IN AFTER DISK 3

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Tried to install 4.0 server on two different test machine with same problem. After DISK 3 is inserted it ask for insert of CD-ROM disk and to hit ENTER. I do this and the INSTALL just stops and hangs. What can I do to make it recognize the CD drive?
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by:olas
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Pls clarify:
What startdisks are You using? The ones that
came with the CD?

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by:olas
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Pls clarify:
What startdisks are You using? The ones that
came with the CD?

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by:druryc
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Yes, I am using the 3 disks and CD (Microsoft WindowsNT4.0, Option Pack) that came in the box. The box contained a Microsoft FrontPage 98 CD which I haven't openned. The stickers on the box says that it includes a 5 Client Access Licenses and Now Includes Option Pack.
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by:biyiadeniran
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what kind of CD rom are you using and does setup load the driver for it?
It will be nice if you can tell us the make. Also your machine specs.
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by:druryc
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I tried to load it on a generic server as well as a Compaq Prosignia 300 with a Pentium processor running at 90 MHz. The results were the same. I have a feeling that either Disk #3 is bad or it does not recognize the device drivers.  Since it is a test machine I have no disks other than the disks which came with NT. It has a Compaq CD-ROM and a Compaq 2.1 GB SCSI Disk.
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by:olas
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Try this and see what the result is:
1. Start the PC on dos-diskette with CD-drivers
2. Format three new diskettes(HD)
3. Change to the \i386 directory on the CD
4. Run WINNT /OX
5. This will generate new startdisks

I just want to make sure that your
disks are truly generic.

Are You installing onto a FAT-partition or
are You going to install on unpartitioned space?

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by:akb
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Is the CD-ROM SCSI or IDE?
Are you letting NT find the CD or are you manually specifying it?
Which CD type is being selected?

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by:cemaylor
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THis might be simpler than you think.

NT is very picky about video cards.  I had the same problem when I had an S3 video card in my system.

Solution is to get your hands on a standard (or compatible) VGA card, install NT, then if you wish to use the original card you started with, install it under NT once it is running.

Then you can shut down the system, swap back to the original card and continue on.

Cheers!

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by:druryc
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I have tried the options given. What I don't understand is why I can load the NT 4.0 Workstation on the machine and not NT 4.0 Server on the machine.
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by:os012897
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Hi there,

Have you tried to manually select the drivers for your CD-ROM drive (which is SCSI as I suppose ?) ?

I had the same problem once and it turned out that the SCSI driver the setup wanted to install was outdated and did not work togehter with my controller.

Hope that helps,

    os

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Shep earned 100 total points
ID: 1769707
hears an alternate way to try the install...
had to do it myself...
on the nt cd...copy the i386 directory to the
hard drive, change to the i386 directory, and
type   winnt (no switches)...this will force the
making of the three disks and continue on with the
install...have 3 blank formated disks ready

Good Luck
Shep
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by:druryc
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Problem was that I didn't know there were two CD-ROM disks in the package. The Option Pack was on top and I didn't see the other disk. I wanted to delete the question when I discovered the solution.
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