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Installing Windows XP on DellPERC s100 RAID Contoller

I am attemptint to install Windows XP on a Dell Poweredge T110, I have downloaded the 32 bit controller drivers but after I do the F6 thing and input the floppy, it see the bcraid.sys file and it shows up on the list of controllers.  Then when Windows continues to load it says BCRAID.sys file cannot be found.
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acs49686Author Commented:
Sorry about alll the typos
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rindiCommented:
Try another floppy, and if that doesn't help, look for another driver to use. You could also try building an XP slipstreamed CD that includes the drivers using the tool below:

http://nliteos.com/
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acs49686Author Commented:
After I posted I did try to burn a XP cd with the drivers also burned on it, it still can't find the bcraid.sys.
I have tried different memory, using a thumbdrive instead of a floppy disk, (did try several different floppies) It is a USB floppy drive as the system has no bus for a regular floppy drive.

Tried a windows 7 load and it comes up with a BSOD that says fastfat.sys not found.

Think I got a dud?
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BitsBytesandMoreCommented:
TheDell Poweredge T110 is a server machine and the drivers available for it on the Dell website are for servers. Did you find and are you installing the drivers for XP or are you installing the ones designed for the server?
I believe this is where the problem is.
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BitsBytesandMoreCommented:
These people offer the drivers for Windows 7 and guarantee these drivers to work but it seems they want to sell you the software (the software is good if you are a technician who is always needing to obtain drivers for repairs but otherwise, you don't need it).
http://www.drivershq.com/Drivers/Windows7Devices/Dell-PERC-Adaptor-Driver/187800/Drivers.aspx
 
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BitsBytesandMoreCommented:
I have been looking for the drivers for XP for the last 20min and have been unable to find them.
You could install the Server software if you have it and you would have no problem if you want to use it as a workstation..... I've seen many people use "Server Operating Systems" as their main OS and later install VMWare or the VM software to run XP on it. It might be a solution for the issue. This machine most probably shipped with a server software (in case you don't have it) so you could just call Dell and have them ship you a copy of the original OS software..
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rindiCommented:
For XP you'd need the drivers on floppy or slipstreamed, thumbdrives don't work here. With W7 the drivers can be provided on USB sticks.

You should be able to download the diagnostic tools for that server from the Dell site and then test the system with that if you want to know whether you have got some hardware issue.

As already mentioned, you could install VMware's ESXi server or a Linux OS and then VMware Server, and within that you can install XP or any other OS and there won't be any driver issues then. Both ESXi Server and VMware server are free, and so are most Linux Distro's.

http://vmware.com
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acs49686Author Commented:
I had it shipped without any OS, have installed XP on many machines using 32 bit server drivers (for all practical purposes they are the same) Have removed a gig of memory (had 4) and completed the WIin 7 install, (using the Server 2003 bcraid drivers) seems like an XP issue with that system board.  One last problem to clear up, when booting
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acs49686Author Commented:
I have ended up installing 7 on the box, I suspect the RAID drivers had a compatabiltiy issue with the system board
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swinger22Commented:
Hi ACS49686, this is off topic, but I can't get a clear answer.  I am looking at a T110 server for a client, but we are trying to find out if it comes with hard disk caddies.  I was wondering did you order your system with less than 4 disks?  and if so is the extra caddy included with the system?

Thanks,
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