Load XP on PowerEdge 1650 & 1850

PowerEdge 1650 & 1850 which were taken out of production.  Need to load these with XP.

When I power 1 I can get to BIOS, I loaded XP media but then was told there was no hard drive found.  It recognized as I get green light on 1 of them (1 of the 2 hd - 2nd no light) which indicates it is recognized.

On others (blades) all I get is beeping - cannot tell what may be issue because no video on these.

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Nenad RajsicCommented:
your servers have raid controllers. during xp install you need to press F6 and load those controllers.
You will need to download them from Dells website and put them on a floppy disk
hope that helps

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Ivano ViolaSystem AdministratorCommented:
You can also slipstream the drivers into the XP installation disk using nLite:


Try using the floppy first like vukovarcan suggested.

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shefamAuthor Commented:
vukovarcan: You are saying download the drivers to a floppy; boot hit F6 and let those drivers install prior to loading XP media?

Also, what if I don't have a floppy disk - blade in question has a cd drive; however, one of the others has floppy which I guess I could connect if I had a floppy.

ivanoviola: Can this be downloaded to a VM?

nobus: Thanks for great guide.  I will definitely use this for the other 2.

You can hook up a USB floppy for the install process.
Nenad RajsicCommented:
the only way you'll be able to load those drivers is through a floppy disk. if your server doesn't have a floppy drive you can probably buy a USB one for £10-20. and yes during install hit F6 and load your drivers.
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