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Anyone still having difficulties installing Windows 2008 x64 on an HP ML110G5 using inbuild SATA RAID?

I have purchased an HP ML110 G5 for research into Windows 2008 x64 and Virtual Servers etc.
Despite trawling the internet for solutions, I am still unable to install the O/S. Problem arises when I try to load Driver on installation. I continue to get the error "Load Driver - To continue installation, use the Load Driver option to install 32-bit and signed 64-bit drivers........."
I still can't see a partition or array on which to install the O/S. I have enable the onboard SATA RAID in the bios and built an array with the two identical disks I have installed. Start-up shows logical drive.
I'm pulling my hair out as I've tried the .010 and .015 drivers and just about everything else I can think of. I have been trying both a USB key and a DVD-RW from which to load the drivers - The installation can see both and browse both. I have had a quick look at the text files .inf etc. and see they appear to refer to the root so have copied drivers based on root structure - still no joy. USB Floppy arriving tomorrow as last resort but really can;t see why thsi is not working - Please help!
Windows OSWindows Server 2008Server Hardware

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heavyit

8/22/2022 - Mon
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DeepFat

I have tried the current listed solutions already but am willing to give most things a punt.
polo_boy

nlite. slip stream the drivers, worked for me on a g3.

basically download nlite, install it etc. open it, put in the server 2k8 first disk. it will copy the files to you hdd. then in the menu, clik add drivers and burn image , --add the drivers -- thenit will thenadd the drivers to the install so when the setup begins, it will load the drivers and see the raid. also make sure you have setup the raid from startup of the server (f11) or something, its after post. this should work as it worked on a g3 fine. nlite is quite self explanitory when using it, just make sure you add in all the raid drivers it could be, windows will choose the right one for you.
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DeepFat

I am just being an ejit or does Nlite not yet support Windows 2008?
I can;t get it to recognise my installation DVD as a valid source.
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William Peck
tigermatt

I know exactly what you're going through - I had the same problem on a brand new ML110 G5 which I was trying to install Server 2008 onto a few months ago. While the HP website offered Windows Server 2008 x64 drivers for that hardware, they were far from the correct drivers.

Eventually, after several days of trawling the 'net and little help from anyone at HP Support (Phone and Web) and EE, I came across the DL320 G5p Storage Controller Drivers. Funnily enough, they are the ones which got the storage controller working for me in Server 2008 setup.

You can get them at http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodTypeId=15351&prodSeriesId=3579703&prodNameId=3579737&swEnvOID=4024&swLang=8&mode=2&taskId=135&swItem=MTX-451a8bca327b434ca6bcab136f. Basically, you want to download them straight to a USB Memory Key, then open and run the EXE file you just downloaded. Press Extract and Extract to a location on the memory key, which will then allow you to go and use that key directly in Windows Setup. Whatever you do, don't try using "Extract" in the downloaded file and specify a network location, or a folder such as My Documents which is stored on a network location, otherwise you will get no output at all!

-tigermatt
tigermatt

I forgot to add, the downloaded package has several drivers contained within it, so when you locate it using "Load Driver" during Windows setup, you may need to use trial and error on each driver package until you find the correct one for your server.

I know this seems strange, but I've now got an ML110 G5 sat in the office, running Server 2008, and it has been for several months!

-tigermatt
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DeepFat

I'll give that a go later and let you know. Thanks
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DeepFat

Still no joy - tried all the listed drivers.
Do you have some sort of add-on card or are you merely using the on-board SATA RAID as switched on in the Bios? I still feel I'm missing something really obvious.
I'm planning on deleting the array and trying to install on one drive.
tigermatt

Nope, I'm just using the controller that comes built-in with it, so I'm not sure where abouts your problem lies.
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DeepFat

Thansk for your assisatnce so far.
Do you remember whether you go the  "Load Driver - To continue installation, use the Load Driver option to install 32-bit and signed 64-bit drivers........." Click OK screen when you picked the correct drivers?
I am now thinking the problem lies in one of three areas. Either A/ The drivers are not being loaded correctly B/I still haven't the correct drivers ( I beleive I've tried everything available) or C/The drivers are loaded but I have cocked-up the Array set-up

I think I can rule out C as I can see 1 logical Array (Optimal) as the Bios runs through. I feel it is most likely that A/ the drivers are not loading since I woudl hope not to get the error mentioned above.

The only final thing I can think of is that the drivers are somehow configured to be loaded from an A: drive and that a USB floppy drive will provide salvation? Any light shed would be appreciated. Thsi is driving me nutty(er).

Thanks.

Your help has saved me hundreds of hours of internet surfing.
fblack61
tigermatt

As far as I remember, I had to first open the BIOS and ensure that the USB ports were enabled on the motherboard. Then, insert the USB memory stick which contains the drivers you downloaded.

During Windows setup, I'm pretty sure I used the "Load Driver" option and just located the folder on the memory stick to scan (and repeated the procedure for any subfolders).

If I could, I'd re-run the setup on the ML110G5 and check, but since it's a Domain Controller in production... you get the picture!

-tigermatt
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DeepFat

Absolutely - USB Floppy arrived today so I'll give that a bash.
Had you created an array using the tools accessible from pressing F8 in advance (as I have) or were you able to do that from the O/S set-up?
tigermatt

I had followed the procedure you used and created a RAID1 array by pressing F8. Let me know what happens with the USB Floppy.
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DeepFat

Matt,

Tried with Floppy  = Same issue
I am now installing W2K3 x64 and it has found the driver and is in progress. If I'm feeling lucky, I'll try an upgrade to 2008!!!

Thanks for all you help anyhow.
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DeepFat

W2K3 64bit installed fine.

Its looking now like my media for 2008 is suspect. Its from my MAPS and other users are having difficulty upgrading either from RC1 2008 or like me from 2003. It seems to be confused with what version it is trying to install even when you select a 64bit option it still seems to think it is 32bit. This might be why the drivers were not loading.

http://forums.microsoft.com/TechNet/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=3288110&SiteID=17

tigermatt

Well the ML110 G5 is certainly 64-bit capable, since I've got Server 2008 x64 installed on it. It's a strange issue though - why do the DL320G5p drivers work for me, but not for you?

Simple question, but you did extract the drivers from the download file on the HP site, as opposed to just trying to point towards the downloaded EXE file?

-tigermatt
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rwheeler23
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DeepFat

Yup, I did extract the drivers at all times.
 I am pretty well sure my issues are down to a crap build on the DVD and not of my doing. Most frustrating to all concerned.If I had of installled x86 version, I'm sure it would have worked (although thats not what I wanted). Other users appear to have had the same issue with the MAPS issued DVD.

I merely used the drivers (for Windows 2003 x64) which shipped on the CD with the server, extracted to a USB Floppy for the 2003 install and it is working fine. It's on R2 SP2 and functioning fine. I await my next shipment of MAPS stuff to see if there is a new disk and an apology!

Once again, thanks or all your help.

Rgds,

Phil.
tigermatt

Keep me updated with your progress, Phil!
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DeepFat

Still trying to get the MAPS DVD issue resolved.
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Sub-Total

I installed Windows 2008 on a ML110G5 straight out of the box and it did not need any extra drivers at all, loaded all fine without any issues at all.  A week later I have gone to rebuild the same machine with additional hard disk drives and the install asks for a driver!

The problem is that the drivers on the HP website are not the correct ones, if you use the Windows 2003 x64 drivers then you will be able to see the drives to start the install.  Sadly however on first boot Windows will blue screen!
tigermatt

Yes, if you fire up in Safe Mode I expect you'll find the boot crashes on CRCDISK.SYS? Have you tried the DL320 G5p drivers as per my above recommendation?
Sub-Total

It isnt a driver issue at all (please see my post above)!  I messed about with the drives and finally got Windows setup to see them without needing any additional drivers at all.

Sadly I cant even really explain how I fixed the issue and I cannot replicate it again, I can tell you that I upgraded the PC BIOS to the latest version, then first tried the install simply with 1 hard disk plugged into SATA1 and the CDROM plugged into SATA5, Windows 2008 setup found the drive.  I added each drive one by one (trying setup each time to ensure that the drive was shown) until I had a drive in SATA1, SATA2, SATA3,SATA4 & SATA6 and all of them showed up on install (without any drivers needed).  I was then able to create any array that I wanted and it showed up on setup.

Since then I have tried several things to try to break the server again and cannot..!
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William Peck
tigermatt

Sorry, just read the line "The problem is that the drivers" and assumed you had an issue!

The ML110G5 and Server 2008 is a very strange issue. I think I upgraded the BIOS but then downgraded it again for some reason - I can't remember why though. I wish I'd documented everything I did so I could just attach it up here now!!
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DeepFat

Just installed 2008 Server from a different DVD - Worked fine with the .15 drivers. BLue sreened with the .10 drivers that 2003 was happy with.

tigermatt

So is that a "it's working with the .15 drivers" or is it still causing an issue?
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tigermatt

Thanks Phil :-)

Matt
heavyit

i hope this isnt violating protocol, but i still dont understand which drivers need to be loaded. i downloaded that link mentioned in the beginning but then the solution states you need to download the .15 drivers as opposed to the .10 drivers - also there is no link to the .15 drivers. i am sure this is something i can figure out once i download the right drivers but i cant figure out which is which...