HP server unable to load OS

Posted on 2013-01-28
Last Modified: 2013-01-29
Am having an Old HP DL380 G4 server, am planning to load windows 2008 64 bit on it, as the installations starts it;s popping up an error.

i had tried using different CD & using different OS e.g.: windows 2003 , Win 7 . Even tried the installation using ilo

but getting same error . Am attaching the snapshot for the details.
Question by:samithsukumar
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This could be an issue due to improper RAM.
Try installing OS again after changing your RAM, or removing extra one(if you have multiple RAMS).

Expert Comment

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This could also be your optical drive. Can you dry another disk drive?

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as my build in Optical drive was not working , am using an external Opitcal drive at the moment

which is new , LG
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But normally RAM error will be highlighted separately while booting itself

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Scobber earned 500 total points
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Eliminate the DVD rom

Put a Windows 7 / Server 2008 disc into a windows 7 machine

Insert a 4GB usb stick
open Admin Command Prompt

type Diskpart
Type List Disk

  Disk ###  Status         Size     Free     Dyn  Gpt
  --------  -------------  -------  -------  ---  ---
  Disk 0    Online          931 GB   128 MB        *
  Disk 1    Online         1397 GB   100 MB
  Disk 2    Online           74 GB      0 B
  [b]Disk 3    Online           14 GB      0 B[/b]

Open in new window

You will see something similar,
Identify your USB by the size

Type "select Disk X" << Again the number above
Type "Clean" << cleans the partition table of the selected disk
Type "Create Partition Primary" << Create a partition the complete size of the disk
Type "Active"  << Marks the partition as bootable
Type "Exit"

Format the new disk as NTFS then copy the contents of your windows disk into it

Once this is complete open a admin command prompt again goto your CD drive change directory to boot and run

"Bootsect /nt60 <DriveLetter> /force"
"Bootsect /nt60 <DriveLetter> /force /mbr"

configure the server to boot from USB
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The RAM test at bootup is a very basic test, you must use something like memtest86+ to properly test it. You'll find that tool on the UBCD:

Author Comment

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i even pull out the RAM & tried but no luck.

Ram health check which already done
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As I mentioned, use memtest86+ to properly test it. Also, some servers have a special installation mode which you have to enable in the BIOS before trying to install an OS.

Are you using the smartstart CD to install the system?
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What type of HDD are you trying to install the OS to? Have you tested its surface and health as well?
If not then do it. Check if you have all cables tight and right placed.
The Windows installation process unpacks the files to the RAM and then perform the installation from there. Thus it is important that you test the RAM with memtest tool suggested by rindi.

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thanks a million scobber.  it work's

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