Trouble loading Win XP Pro on HP x4000 workstation
Posted on 2006-07-01
I have a HPx4000 workstation that has been giving me fits. This system has a SCSI 18 GB HDD installed and I have also installed a WD 300 GB 7200 RPM IDE HDD on the IDE Channel. This is a single drive with no other slave installed. On the other IDE channel there is a HP CDrom installed. I initially attempted to install Win XP home on this system. The XP disk read OK and began to install Windows, and formatted the disk fine, also loaded system files, etc. and then shut down on it's own, and restarted (the initial 1st restart). Directly after restart I get an error PXE61-media test failure, check cable, and PXE-MOF:exiting Intel PXE rom, operating system not found. I have already asked a similar question to EE and thought I had the answer. I have tried to set the network boot to the last in the sequence, tried to disable network boot, and tried both cable select and master on the HDD settings, as well as no jumper at all. I have set bios to default values, and cleared the CMOS. I removed the system battery for a period of time and reinstalled. Still the same error messages. I have the CDrom set to master presently but also tried cable select (also only drive on it's circuit) and changed to the 80 wire cable in it. I have replaced all cables from drives to the mobo, no help.
Still the same messages.
Now, let me explain something else. I was getting these error messages using a new Win XP Home disk with service pack 2, so in one of my questions I asked if XP Home could be used on a dual processor workstation running a single processor. My answers indicated that I was best off using Pro over Home since it would work with dual processor systems. In a similar question to this one, answers indicated to try and
disable the network boot in bios. So I tried and no help. I had an old Win XP Pro disk laying around (pre service pack 1) so I fdisked the home and loaded this Pro disk on the system. It did not recognize the 300GB HDD, but it formatted what it saw and loaded up just fine AFTER the the first reboot, (like it was supposed to)and continued to carry on with the install. So I thought I had my problems fixed- I believed this was a dual processor system which required XP Pro-I figured it was probably a Bios issue. So I ordered a new XP Pro disk with service pack 2 and large disk support.
Now I load this new disk (Pro w/ service pack 2) on the system and guess what-I get the same error messages again and can not get rid of them. I understand that WD HDDs can be finicky and that cable select seems to be the best choice according to other opinions on a WD drive. So I have it set there (with 80 strand HDD cable). This workstation has a symbios configuration utility which pops up at startup and I assume this is for SCSI configuration. I am wondering if the system is trying to access SCSI rather than IDE, although in the boot order IDE is placed before SCSI. I can not figure out why system would load correctly with older XP Pro disk but act the same as the new Home disk when loading the new XP Pro disk. My question is-is there something about the age of this workstation
(rdram system) that would allow it to act OK with an old XP disk and cause problems loading one with service pack 2 installed? Is there something about the SCSI controller possibly in the way, or the huge HDD in an older system? I am in a real pinch to get this system running quickly so could use advice on this one with some of you real pros at EE. All I really need that I can see at this point is to clear the errors where Windows can load properly after it performs it's initial format and shuts down the first time and then automatically restarts, this is when they occur. Thanks in advance for your insights into this- L. Daily greywolf01 at EE