Windows Server 2008 Installation Issues On HP ML310 G5


Recently acquired ML310 G5 Server with E200 RAID Controller with 128MB BBWC. We are trying to install Windows Server 2008 X64 but with no luck

RAID configured with 3x 1TB SATA HDD's configured in RAID 5

When using SmartStart 8 we cannot proceed past continue when selecting the deploy option. This happens with both the X64 and X32 versions

We are able to install Server 2K3 but only manually.

When trying a manual install of Server 2008 we cannot get further than the the Product Key screen. The server just sits there with the egg timer  

Initially thought it maybe controller or OS compatibility issues, but have tried 2 x controllers.
Anyone come across this before??
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pgm554Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Could be.
I would try installing it on a VM.
You could try Vmware or MS VM's and see if they install.
andyftukAuthor Commented:
Yes all up to date using using firmware maint 8.20 (1st Aug).
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Sounds like a driver .
Have you tried just connecting the drives off of the onboard (non raid )adapter and installing the x64 OS just to see if it will load?
andyftukAuthor Commented:
Have tried non x64 bit OS (2003) with embedded RAID controller and everything is OK.

Manged to get a little further with SmartStart 8.1 in that I can now select continue and it presents me with a x64 bit OS option.

When it starts to access the DVD to copy files it will only access the dvd for a few seconds. Using a MSDN download of Server 2008 x64. Looking at a possible corrupt download of Server 2008??
I've had corrupt downloads many times from big vendors (Novell comes to mind).
So .yeah it could be a bad image.
I've also had differing optical drives screw up too.(driver issues from sp to the other)
andyftukAuthor Commented:
Hi pqm554
Sorry for the slow response times to your posts but we are pretty busy at the moment
Will try on a virtual machine and optical drive. Using ILO2 for deployment etc and I don't believe this would cause issues?? I am pretty sure the ML310 with the E200 Array is x64 compliant. Will get back to you with my results over the next couple of days

I have an ML310 that i need to put windows 2008 std on along with exchange 2007 and it seems HP has released an updated Smart Start cd revision 8.15 with full 64bit support.

it can be found here.
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