DL380 G4 not booting from disk

Posted on 2012-08-27
Last Modified: 2012-09-08

I have a DL380 G4 x64 server with a DVD drive. I need to boot this using CD containing Windows 2008 Server x64.

I've placed the CD in the DVD drive but it doesn't boot from there. I just keep getting this message:

PXE-E61 - Media Test Failure - Check Cable
PXE-M0F - Exiting HP PXE Rom

I've gone into the Boot order and CD is definately number 1. I assume the CD drive itself is working since the green light on it flashes when I add/remove a disk.

I've tried this with other good disks too, so it's not the disk itself that is the issue.

Any ideas?
Question by:richlionel
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    Expert Comment

    Try tapping F10 or F12 to get the boot menu and boot from there.  Sometimes that works better then changing the boot order.

    You could try updating the BIOS also.  It seems this was a known issue with early DL380 G4's but was resolved almost 2 or 3 years ago
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    Accepted Solution

    What do you mean with "I've tried this with other good disks too", did it not boot with those DVD's either? If correct, then chances are the DVD drive on that server is bad. Try another drive, or attach an external one to a USB port. Or put your installation DVD onto a USB stick and boot from there. You can use the tool below to make a bootable USB stick for Windows 2008:

    or follow the instructions from the following Link to do it manually:
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    Assisted Solution

    >>  . I assume the CD drive itself is working since the green light on it flashes when I add/remove a disk  <<   this does not mean the drive is ok

    i suppose the drive is bad - check also and reseat all the cables to the cd drive
    you can test  with the cd drive test from burnintest trial :
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    Expert Comment

    Assuming it is not a bad VD you may try resetting CMOS. Turn maintenance switch 6 on, power on and wait for it to tell you to turn server off and switch switch 6 back again. Interrupted installs of Windows 2003 can leave a hidden CMOS setting that stops CDs booting.

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