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Server 2003 won't load RAID drivers

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I am trying to load Server 2003 onto a PowerEdge 2800.

I have the drives set up as RAID 1, BIOS reads it fine. I boot up Win Installer and hit F6 to load RAID drivers, (using a USB Floppy) I select the Dell Perc 2003 (x86) driver and continue to load the OS. The Installer then asks me to put in the disk with the RAID drivers (disk A:) and press enter. When I go to press enter, it acts as if there is no floppy present. help?

In BIOS, I have the USB Emulation Type set to FLOPPY
Integrated Device > USB Controller = On with BIOS Support
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Have you tried setting up the OS using the Server's OpenManage boot CD or DVD? Usually you set up an OS on Dell Servers that way, you get a list of OS's you can install and select the one you need, then it prepares the system with the necessary drivers and eventually asks you to insert the OS CD...
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by:Frankkadaf
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I with a USB dvd drive (the server doesn't have one in it) but it wouldn't load... I might be getting a swappable one that is a combo later on today... any other suggestions?
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Do you mean the server isn't capable of booting from a USB DVD, or do you mean the USB DVD drive doesn't work at all?
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It won't boot up the Management Console disc (which is DVD)
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If you can boot from floppy, make a pLop boot manager floppy, boot to it and then you should be able to select boot from USB and the DVD should start:

http://www.plop.at/en/bootmanager.html
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I downloaded the plpbt.zip file and the rawwritewin but its not too specific from there...it just says to grab the plpbt.img file...but which one..?
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The floppy image is this one:

plpbtin.img

and then you need rawwritewin to write that image to floppy (the download for that tool is also on the pLop link).
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Ok, I tried that...didn't work :( next idea?
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The DVD you are trying to boot from, is it the correct one and is it OK? Have you tried booting it on another PC? Maybe check the Dell site for a download and burn a new DVD.
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I will do that...was told to wait on it for tomorrow...
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