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Configuration of Adaptec 2610SA Raid controller and Server 2000

I picked up an Adaptec 2610SA RAID Controller off of ebay.  I also purchased two 200GB drives to plug into this controller.  I went it the RAID setup and set up a RAID 1 configuration to mirror the drives into one.  I let the RAID config build itself and it says the config is optimal.  Now I go a restart and want to install Windows 2000 Server and i keep getting Inaccessible boot device on a blue screen.  I then put in a 98 boot disk so I could get fdisk and formatted the drive and tried to install Windows and it looks like it is working until it reboots.  Then the computer hangs at a dos cursor just flashing on the screen.  
 I have tried everything I can think of to fix this.  Can anyone help me out here?  I can't figure out what I have to do to get Windows Server installed on this RAID config.  
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thur6165Commented:
You need to get the drivers and put them on a floppy.

http://h18023.www1.hp.com/support/files/server/us/download/22908.html

press f6 during the windows setup, right at the beginning.  Wait for it to ask you to install the drivers off the floppy.  Then you should be ok.

More detailed instruction are provided in the article above, and the driver.
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mfehrmannAuthor Commented:
I have tried those drivers and that didn't seem to work.  I will try them again but I remember trying that once already, although it was before I did the FDISK on the hard drives.
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mfehrmannAuthor Commented:
I tried loading the drivers via floppy disk and it did find the RAID card.  Then it goes through the basic DOS screens then when it says "Starting Windows 2000' (usually when it would jump to the GUI interface I get a blue screen of death saying "INNACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE"  

I can't figure out what is causing this!  Any other suggestions anyone?
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thur6165Commented:
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thur6165Commented:
What is the exact model of these drives you are using?
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mfehrmannAuthor Commented:
The drives are:
   Seagate ST3200826AS 200GB 7200RPM 8MB SATA/150 HDD  
I am doing a low level format on the drives now seeing if that will do anything

Any help is greatly appreciated
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PUNKYCommented:
Either the Adaptec card or hard drive are faulty. Hook the drive onto other system to verify it works first.  
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mfehrmannAuthor Commented:
I verified that both drives are fine.  I have tried so many different RAID drivers all with the same blue screen.  I even tried installing Server 2003 just to see if I get past the blue screen and I still get it.  I bought the card from someone who said the card i brand new.  My card is a 2610SA V4.2 7368.  I dont know if I am using the right driver??????  
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PUNKYCommented:
INNACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE is error that initialisation of the I/O system failed (usually the boot device or the file system). Indicates that Windows lost access to the system volume or boot volume during the startup process. This error always occurs while the system is starting and is often caused by one of the following: Hardware problems; Corrupted or incompatible storage drivers; File system problems; Boot sector viruses; Outdated firmware. During I/O system initialisation, this error can occur when the controller or driver for the startup device (typically the hard disk) failed to initialise the necessary hardware; The file system initialisation failed because the system did not recognise the data on the boot device.

Driver:
http://www.soft32.com/Download/Free/Adaptec_SCSI_RAID_2610SA_Controller/4-184200-2.html

is this your card:
http://www.adaptec.com/en-US/support/raid/sata/AAR-21610SA/
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mfehrmannAuthor Commented:
FOUND THE SOLUTION!!!!!  THIS IS AN ODD ONE!!!!  THIS TOOK BUYING A NEW CARD AND STILL HAVING THE SAME PROBLEM TO FIGURE OUT IT WASN'T THE CARD AFTER ALL.

Apparently when installing a new OS on a Gateway 920 Server there is an odd driver for the CD drive.  I would have never thought that because there was an OS on it when I got the server but put a new RAID card in it right away.  Below is a resolution I found on Gateways website.  I thank everyone for trying to help me out with this problem!!!!!!

RESOLUTION: Press the F6 key during the intial startup of Windows 2000 setup, and then install the tertiary IDE driver. The driver is located in the chipset utility found on the Server Companion CD, which came with the computer. This utility can also be downloaded from the Gateway Web site. The file name is 7512940.exe.
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PUNKYCommented:
I think Thur6165 have mentioned about F6 above.
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mfehrmannAuthor Commented:
I knew F6 already, I was trying all kinds of drivers but the real problem was I needed a different CD ROM driver not a RAID driver.  You always have to use F6 to install other drivers.
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thur6165Commented:
He's right although it was along the same lines it was a different driver.
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mfehrmannAuthor Commented:
I can award the points if people are going to get upset with me for asking for a refund.  I just dont like to Accept a Solution if it is not the correct solution.  Someone else may come along that had the same problem as I did and then get poitned in the wrong direction by me accepting a solution that did not fix my problem.  
That is why I ask for a refund and that is also why I post the correct solution to try to help others out in the IT field that may run into the same issue with a Gateway Server.  Experts-Exchange is here to help people out with their IT problems, not a competition to see who can get the most points.  
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PUNKYCommented:
No, close question and refund points to questioner is no problem, though. There is no upset or whatever like that. I read thru the posts and see that Thur6165 has input the F6 his his comments, so I just wrote my opinion. Please do not take this like I do against you, I never intend to do that. I join here for fun and helping ... I love funny :)

Peace and cheers all.
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