Cannot install Windows Server 2008 or 2012
Posted on 2014-07-22
I got a Dell PowerEdge SC430 server hardware. It had an old Windows 2003 server installed. But I wanted to start fresh with Windows 2008 or 2012 server. It had 1 GB RAM, 2x250GB SATA hard drives.
I had formatted the hard drive with Disk Utility software. When I tried to do a fresh install, it just wouldn't go past the logo screen. I get no prompts or nothing to even begin. After about 2 minutes of reading the disk, the disk stops spinning and it just reboots itself and comes back to the same spot and goes through this cycle over and over.
So for my peace of mind, I replaced the DVD drive with Dual Layer DVD writer (SATA). I also bought genuine Dell memory and upgraded to 4GB. Dell site states 4GB maximum for RAM so I upgraded to 4GB. I even went as far as replacing the old hard drives with new 2x500GB SATA drives. Above all, I updated the BIOS to the latest version from Dell's website.
Everything but the CPU has been pretty much replaced on this box. Still the rebooting cycle continues over and over as mentioned above.
At one point I thought that my DVD media might be corrupt. So I booted the Server media on my laptop and it works just fine.
I went back to the server hardware and tried installing Windows 7 and earlier version of Windows 8. With these 2, I get screen to proceed with installations. But new and latest version of Windows 8, I get no luck. Same with any version of Windows server (2008 or 2012)
I am completely stumped at this point. Need suggestions please....