Failed to install Server 2008 64 bits in HP ML350 G5

Posted on 2009-02-20
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Server Spec:
2 x Processor

I able to boot up the server via Smart CD and configure the RAID for the HDD.
When i continue installation with choose Windows Server 2008 64bit and it ask for the flat file location.
Even i browse to the CD but it failed to proceed with installation.

Due to i failed to install using the Smart CD, i boot the Operating System the CD Server 2008 Std 64 bit.
When it load for the setup file, it hits the following error message:
STOP 0x0000003E

What is the posibility on this?

Question by:cavinlim
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    I am having this same issue right now with a similar server. It is a DL 360 G5 with 2x Xeon 2.0 Quad Core 1333MHz FSB and 12MB cache each. The error technically means that the operating system does not support use of asymetric processors. The HP factory branded Windows Server 2008 x64 Standard that I am installing thinks the server has two different processors.

    I have 7 of these servers all configured exactly the same each also with 16GB of memory as you have. The other 6 are fine. The only thing I noticed different is that the problem model shows a BIOS level of P58 (08-03-2008) where the rest show BIOS of P58 also, but it is P58 (09-29-08).

    HP tech had me download the latest firmware CD to try this out and it is downloading now. He said there were no notes to indicate that it would fix the problem, but he suspected that was the problem. If that isn't it, all I can say is that the processors really are different somehow, stepping code or something that the OS doesn't like being different.

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    I booted from the latest version of the firmware CD I downloaded from the HP support site (version 8.40) and it upgraded the firmware to P58 (11-28-2008). After this, the installation of Windows Server 2008 x64 completed without error. The firmware must not allow low level access to the hardware and do more abstraction than I initially thought it would. Try this out and I bet you will be successful. There should only be one firmware boot disk, so it should work for your ML 350 G5 too.
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    Thanks for advice.

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    Upgrading the BIOS also worked for me. Again it seems to be just the 08-03-2008 BIOS causing the problem as other servers with earlier BIOS revisions worked ok.

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