Install Windows Server 2003 on laptop

Hello everybody,

I have a laptop (DELL Latitude D830) running Vista Business and I would like to install Windows Server 2003. .
Booting from the Windows 2003 CD, I eventually get the error "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer ". I think it's probably missing the SATA drives.

Any ideas?

Thank you in advance
msartorisAsked:
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Jon WinterburnCommented:
You need to install the drivers for SATA for your laptop - did you get a CD with the laptop that mentions drivers or SATA? If not, you will need to download them from Dell. Loading SATA drivers for SATA disks with Win2k3 works in much the same way as loading SCSI drivers for SCSI disks. However, you may even be able to download an OpenManage CD from Dell that autoboots and runs the prep for installing Win2k3.
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msartorisAuthor Commented:
I can download the drivers from the DELL site, but then how do I load them while installing Win2k3? It does not prompt me for looking for other drivers
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TheMetrixCommented:
I only have one quetion. Why are you installing a Server OS on a laptop?
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msartorisAuthor Commented:
I need a server easy to carry on mission
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Jon WinterburnCommented:
During initial install, when the blue screen is up (with white bar at the bottom), you will see something like "Press F8 to install 3rd party drivers" or words to that effect - I think it's F8 if I recall correctly. So, when you see this, hit F8 and insert the disk containing the drivers.
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DarylxCommented:
It's F6.  It also seems to work better if you press F6 just before the blue installation screen comes up.
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msartorisAuthor Commented:
I did press F6 (it's not F8) , but I don't have a floppy driver, just USB slots.
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msartorisAuthor Commented:
When Setup asks me to put the "Manufacturer supplied hardware support disk" into drive A: I put the USB key with the driver, but it does not work; setuop is stil uncapable to see the hard disk.
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msartorisAuthor Commented:
I tried to run the setup.exe once Vista has booted, but I got the error message
"Setup cannot run in program compatibility mode"
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TheMetrixCommented:
You will have to either go into the BIOS to see if you can point the "A" Drive to the USB port or see if you can borrow or purchase a USB Floppy Drive.
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msartorisAuthor Commented:
A colleague provided me with a WIndows Server 2003 CD with SATA driver included and I could install using that
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