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Asus DSBV-DX motherboard Server 2008 R2 install issue

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I have a client with failed Server 2008 R2 server.  This is a migration from SMB Server 2003.  I have installed his 2008 R2 installation onto a flash drive for installation.  Install proceeds as expected until it requests a driver.  I expect it is the Intel mega-raid driver.  I have downloaded the floppy image from ASUS and copied the driver files, which are supposedly for 2008 R2, to a folder on a drive that the install can "see".

It does not "see" any compatible drivers.  If the show incompatible drivers is checked it sees the drivers.  If selected it grinds for a while but claims "no new drivers found".

Checkmate!

Any suggestion would be appreciated even without the mega-raid.  Not needed at this time.

Thanks.
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That is nothing but a fake-RAID controller. Never use it's "RAID" functions. Rather set it to AHCI mode and install the OS without RAID, then in diskmanagement setup OS built-in RAID 1. That is much more reliable, and it also performs a lot better.
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If using the intel matrix driver download it from the intel download site otherwise you can use the driver links here: https://www.asus.com/support/Download/5/17/0/12/35fzFcWJtPlrYjfe/26/
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Q: why are you installing ancient software on an ancient hardware platform.
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Rindi, thanks for the suggestion to not use it.  I changed to compatible mode and the settings for the onboard raid vanished... I had already set them as disabled.

This caused the flashdrive to no longer be a boot option so installed DVD and windows installed without asking for drivers.

Now up and limping...
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David, I had already downloaded the drivers but they weren't accepted by the install.  Not sure why but as you said it is old hardware and software.

Sometimes hard to say why you are doing what you are doing.  I give the client my best advice and then try and do what they want if it makes any sense at all and isn't destructive.  That is what things look like in the "SMB trenches" where there isn't an IT department and the owner has been doing the IT himself.

Dirty work but someone has to do it.
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