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RAID 5 array and installing SErver 2003

This is what I have:

Poweredge 4300
3 - SCSI 8gb drives
Perc Raid controller

I am trying to install Server 2003.....

I configured all 3 drive and made one logical drive.....( it totaled 16GB)

I then booted the Windows SErver 2003 CD and windows formatted the 16GB Logical drive and copied the files....

Then my server rebooted and this time I didn't PRESS ANY KEY TO BOOT THE CD......

It then gave me an ERROr.......A DISK READ ERROR OCCURED....PRESS <CRTL><ALT><DEL> to REBOOT.

What does this error mean?
How can I go to the next step of installing Windows?

Thanks
Mancoi



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Duncan MeyersCommented:
I'm pretty sure that it's the wrong driver for the PERC card.

   
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dcliveCommented:
Agreed.  Hit F6 during the install process (when first booting from 2003 CD) and you'll be able to go from there.

Much easier, naturally, is using Dell's OS Install CDs (they come free with all the Dells) to handle the install. The 4300 sounds like an older one, though, so perhaps 2003 isn't supported.
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mancoiAuthor Commented:
I did try to install the driver from a floppy, but Windows said that it has a newer version of the driver for the scsi card and recommends to install "their" drivers.

What do you think?
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dcliveCommented:
I think the easiest solution is the Dell Server OS Setup CD, which will handle all of this for you.  Have you tried that?
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pgm554Commented:
Looking out on the Dell site ,the 4300 requires a couple of BIOS upgrades to run W2K3.
Has this been done?
And ALWAYS use the device drivers off of the Dell site and not from M$.

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mancoiAuthor Commented:
I do not have the dell os DC's/.

I upgraded the Bios to A12 from A11. A12 is the only one on Dell's Website.

What else do you suggest.

DO you think it is something to do with the way I am configuring the RAID.
This is what I did:
Configure a new array of 3 SCSI drives all 8gb each.
I then Initialized it.
I then ran the Windows 2003 CD.

When Windows reboots. It only gets to BIOS text mode and gives me the error.
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dcliveCommented:
If you boot with your 2003 CD now, does 2003 see that an installation was partially done?  Is the disk now formatted?  
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Duncan MeyersCommented:
Another thing you might like to try is to boot from a Knoppix CD (http://www.knoppix.org/), mount the RAID volume and see if you can write to it successfully. That way, you'll know if you've got a bug with the hardware or the W2K3 installation process.
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pgm554Commented:
Don't configure the RAID at all.
Set it up as a single drive (remove the other 2) and reset everything to default and install.
If you still have the same problem,it might be hardware.
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mancoiAuthor Commented:
I got something...

I configured 2 logical drives.

1st logical drive is 8gb (1 SCSI) where I installed my os.
2nd logical drive is 16gb (3 SCSI) for data.

How does this shound?
Why did I not get any errors this time?
I did get a windows error. syaing " has not passed Windows Logo testing to verify its compatability wiht the version of Windows"
Does anyone know what that means?
Also it now takes a very long time to go from BIOS text mode to Windows Graphical Mode???


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mancoiAuthor Commented:
up the points
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dcliveCommented:
The error you got means the drive isn't Windows Hardware Labs certified.  That's not good, but it's not a disaster at the moment either.  You should replace it with a certified driver when you can.

Is your 1st (OS) drive on the same PERC controller?

Is there a reason this same issue is in 2 seperate posts in Expert's Exchange?
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mancoiAuthor Commented:
Yes both configurations are on the same PERC.

Well I didn't mean to have multiple posts, but they sort of evolved into the same problem.
I was only trying to ask peices of the main question in different posts. Sorry. I should've ended them after the first response.
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Duncan MeyersCommented:
>How does this shound?
It's fine.

>Why did I not get any errors this time?
Darn good question. I wish I had an answer for you...

>I did get a windows error. syaing " has not passed Windows Logo testing to verify its compatability wiht the version of Windows"
>Does anyone know what that means?
As dclive says, it's not too much of a problem. Given the age of the controller, there may not be a WHQL certified driver available.

>Also it now takes a very long time to go from BIOS text mode to Windows Graphical Mode???
Depends. How long is a very long time?
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pgm554Commented:
Which model PERC and BIOS rev?
They're all just OEM'd controllers(Adaptec.LSI Logic).
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mancoiAuthor Commented:
15 seconds

Ususally it is 1-3 seconds

P.S    Thanks for anwsering my questions on two different posts
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mancoiAuthor Commented:
I am using .....American Mega Trends Dell PERC Version 2.68.0.0
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Duncan MeyersCommented:
>15 seconds
Seems pretty reasonable to me...

>I am using .....American Mega Trends Dell PERC Version 2.68.0.0
Is the PERC card the one that was shipped with your PE4300, or was it from another system?
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pgm554Commented:

Is it an integrated controller or a PCI card?
I don't see a corresponding BIOS rev on any of the AMI PERC firmware downloads.
If you do a CTL A on boot and get into the BIOS ,can you give me a REV level?
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pgm554Commented:
Sorry, CTL M
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pgm554Commented:
>I configured 2 logical drives.
>1st logical drive is 8gb (1 SCSI) where I installed my os.
>2nd logical drive is 16gb (3 SCSI) for data.

So it is no longer configured as RAID?
Just separate drives?
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mancoiAuthor Commented:
<<Is the PERC card the one that was shipped with your PE4300, or was it from another system?>>

I dont know I just bought it off ebay.


<<If you do a CTL A on boot and get into the BIOS ,can you give me a REV level?>>

Yes this is the correct REvision
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tatwCommented:
>>I did try to install the driver from a floppy, but Windows said that it has a newer version of the driver for the scsi card and recommends to install "their" drivers.
 If you still want to use RAID array as boot device, I recommend you to use the floppy driver instead of windows driver. I have some compaq servers having the same problem, when I insist on using the driver from floppy(I download from Web) all the device bootup problem goes away.
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gurutcCommented:
Tatw is right.  i install 2003 Server all the time and always get the message 'windows has a newer driver etc etc etc.'  I always still have to use the driver on the floppy if I want the array to work.  This is normal and not a problem.  It just means that the Windows hardware detection process isn't smart enough to know that the driver on the floppy is better.  Use the driver on the floppy and you'll be working right away.  I promise.

Regards,
Travis
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