Windows NT Installation: IBM Netfinity 3500 SCSI hard drive

Posted on 2005-05-06
Last Modified: 2013-12-28
Hi...I got a retired IBM Netfinity 3500, I tried to manage to install the Windows NT into it, but it says there is no hard drive found. I downloaded the Adaptec SCSI controller from IBM, but still the same thing. Tried to install Windows 2000 on this machine, got the same error message.

How could I get around this problem?
I know IBM ususally comes with Server Guide CD, what if I could not find one.

Question by:fshguo
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    Do not wait for NT to ask you for the driver by itself. Boot with the NT CD, and when it says (still on the black/white screen) "setup is searching for the hardware configuration" (or similar), hit F6. As soon as the screen changes to blue/white, NT will now ask for additional drivers. That's the time to feed it your driver diskette.
    If it still won't find the drive, and you're positive you have the correct driver, you will need the Server Guide CD. I've had it happen with IBMs that it wouldn't accept the correct driver during a regular setup, but would install using the Server Guide CD; after installation, the driver could be updated to the version I tried in the first place ...

    Author Comment

    I can download the latest Server Guide CD image from the IBM web site, but the Netfinity 3500 is supported under the previous version of Server Guide, do you know where I can get it by any chance?

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    No idea, except maybe ebay or whatever else is out there. Did the "normal" NT4 installation not work?

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