We have two essentially identical Dell PowerEdge 2650s that we recently decommissioned applications on. In order to repurpose the servers, we simply went in and rebuilt the RAID array and attempted to install a CentOS-based Linux distribution. The servers boot fine from the CD and ISOLINUX loads. We get to the screen where it says "type linux to install", type linux, and hit enter. The screen says "Loading vmlinuz..........." and then completely freezes. This seemed odd so we tried another similar distribution and got exactly the same result.
Since these both failed we thought we would try Windows. We attempted to install Server 2003. Again it boots fine from the CD, and then begins loading files. Before it even gets to the screen where you accept the EULA, it says some file is corrupt and the installation fails. Tried it again and got the same result on a different file. So, we tried Windows XP. With XP it boots off the CD, shows the line "Setup is inspecting your hardware configuration" and then the system seems to crash and reboot. Upon reboot, it does the same thing again.
We have tried everything I can think of but cannot get any OS to install on these two servers. On one of them we upgraded the BIOS to the latest version, firmware to latest version, and the RAID controller firmware to latest version.... no change in results. We have tweaked all kinds of BIOS settings, no change. We are at a complete loss.
If anyone solves this one, we will be MOST appreciative!