I'm trying to install a new copy of Windows Server 2003 x64 on a server with a brand new RAID controller, and I'm running into continual problems with the drivers.
The server is a Dell PowerEdge R200 that originally came with just straight SATA controllers. No RAID. We've purchased a cheap SATA RAID card. The card is a SYBA PCI Express SATA RAID card (part # SY-PEX40030). It apparently uses the Marvell 91xx chipset.
I first tried creating a slipstreamed Windows Server 2003 install using nLite containing the drivers for this card. When I did so, the initial text mode portion of the install completed successfully, but when Windows rebooted to do the graphical portion of setup, it died with a STOP 0x0000007B (inaccessible boot device) error.
This particular card has two drivers that apparently have to be loaded in the proper order, and its instructions specify the use of a floppy to load the drivers, so I next tried creating a floppy with the proper drivers and loading them using the F6 option during setup. This time, toward the end of the text mode portion of setup, Windows claimed it couldn't copy one of the files off of the floppy disk. I tried multiple floppy disks, but it always gave the same error.
For the record, I have also updated the firmware on the controller card to the latest version and I have downloaded and tried the latest release of the drivers. I have also tried multiple copies of Server 2003 to rule out a bad CD, and I have run full hardware diagnostics on the memory, motherboard, processor, etc. to rule out hardware failure. And if I attempt to install Server 2008 on the same machine, it works just fine. Except that we can't use Server 2008 on this machine for real, we need Server 2003.
Any thoughts on what I might be doing wrong here would be most appreciated.