HP SmartStart CD won't boot

Hi all.
I have an HP Proliant DL360 G3 server with 2 x 300GB in a RAID1 config.
I want to move these drives to another server that needs the space.
I had 2 brand new 72GB drives so I put them in the server.
They are detected by the HP RAID controller and have been configured as RAID1 with no issue.
I downloaded the newest SmartStart CD (both 32-bit and 64-bit) in hopes of installing Server 2008 R2 on these drives.
The SmartStart boots and I get the HP logo with the loading screen.
When I finally get to the next screen, it just shows this black screen with white text referencing the network adapter (see image).
I can type commands while at this screen if I want to but it seems foreign to me.
The CD worked no problem on a G5 server but for some reason this server is giving me an issue.
Any help would be appreciated. SmartStart Black Screen
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Which version of the HP smartstart CD are you using?
Try downloading the latest version and use that.
Alternatively, go back a generation & use a smartstart CD from the G3/G4 era.
homerslmpsonAuthor Commented:
I tried using the newest version available in both the 32 but and 64 bit format.

I checked the compatibility matrix and it looks like the DL360 G3 isn't listed (no G3 servers are).

I found the original G3 SmartStart CD and tried using it (6.40).  

It starts to load but then hangs at particular area each time.  

As it's loading files, you see many dots going across the screen but then it just stops.

Any ideas?
Darius GhassemCommented:
Download the old software again could have a issue with the disk itself
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homerslmpsonAuthor Commented:
I have multiple versions of the CD.  Some are 6.30, some are 6.40 and one is 6.40B.

I tried 6.40B and 6.40.  Both do the same thing.

I will try 6.30...
Sorry - I missed the comment about you using the latest download (note to self - read more carefully!)
The only time I've seen something similar is with a faulty HDD - the smartstart process just hung though.
Perhaps open the server & do a quick physical check - make sure everything is seated properly.
Have you tried swapping the DVD drive? Use one from another server?
Is your NIC plugged in? If it is, take out the cable while you boot & see if that makes a difference.
Have you checked the HP forums?
homerslmpsonAuthor Commented:
I found one that worked (see image).

This one only had Server 2003 (and lower) as an OS choice though.

I installed Windows Server 2003 using this CD and things went smoothly.

After the install was completed, I restarted the system with the Server 2008 R2 DVD which booted fine and now sees the hard drive.

I'm now performing a clean install of Server 2008 R2 x64 (what a pain in the arse!).

Thanks for your help guys!

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homerslmpsonAuthor Commented:
Although the advice given was done so in a timely manner, the end result was that the server was quite picky about the version of SmartStart it would accept (which I find out on my own).
No answers were given that helped me 100%.
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