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Windows 2003 - Stuck in the Windows Setup mode when booting off the disk

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Help I am trying to re-install windows 2003 server because it crashed and it wont reboot. I have attempted to boot from last known config and safe mod and it wont work. Then I tried running windows recovery console only to have it freeze on windows setup mode, RIGHT BEFORE the recovery console shows up. So now I am just trying to format and install a fresh copy of windows 2003 server but I keep getting stuck on "Windows Setup mode" it just stays there and I cant do anything.

I dont know what to try, I am running a DELL 380 server with a RAID 5 configuration. I have tried several window 2003 disks and they all do the same. Does anyone have any suggestions on wha could possibly cause this? Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.

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Have you tried pressing F6 at the beginning of the setup to install a 3rd party driver for the RAID Controller? You can use the RAID Controller's BIOS to recreate the volume, if you want to try that (look for hotkey during computer startup). If that doesn't work, then you're probably looking at a hardware problem.  

Is the Dell Recovery Partition intact?  There should be a diagnostic utility there. You should be able to download it from the Dell website as well.

You can try disconnecting the RAID controller completely to see if you get past the point where you are getting hung. If not, try removing any other devices you can, to try and isolate the problem.  Integrated devices can be disabled in the BIOS, but I would guess the problem is in either the hard disk subsystem or the video.
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THIS IS 100% ON THE MONEY! THANKS!
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