Windows NT Server Installation Problem

June 13, 2011 at 07:10:50
Specs: Windows NT
Am trying to install Windows NT Server 4.0 on DELL Poweredge Server. It has 3 SCSI Harddrives each of 18.4 Gb. It identifies the SCSI driver but when it comes to installation, it says Hard Drive not powered or configuration settings not correct or Diagnostic Setip has to be run. What could be the possible reason for it not to identify the Hard Drives ?

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#1
June 13, 2011 at 09:13:42
When you say "it identifies the SCSI driver", what exactly do you mean? I assume that you are pressing F6, inserting the driver disk and picking the SCSI driver. It is an NT 4 driver? There were many different PowerEdge models - which one do you have? And are you sure that it doesn't have a RAID controller in addition to the SCSI controller?

I won't ask why you want to install NT 4, but as it's long out of support I don't think you are going to have a lot of luck if it's not straightforward.


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#2
June 13, 2011 at 12:21:26
Dell's website still hosts drivers for their products back to MS-DOS.

The most helpful thing you can do is tell us the Service Tag. On the back of the tower usually 5-6 alphanumeric characters, sometimes includes a barcode. You enter this on Dell's website and it will provide all the drivers necessary for your computer, including the F6 utility.

Many old servers used the Adaptec AIC series drivers, at least my old HP Vectra XU 6/200 Dual Pentium Pro machine does.

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#3
June 13, 2011 at 23:11:36
This is a Poweredge 1500sc model. I got the driver PERC3 / SC using its service tag from DELL site. Its service tag is 2MN2H0J. It does have a RAID controller. In fact , this driver i got is for SCSI RAID controller. I was trying to install the Microsoft Windows NT operating system. At a point, the setup said it recognized ATAPI 1.2 / PCI IDE Controller and asked me to specify any additional SCSI adaptors or special disk controllers for use with Windows NT. I inserted a floppy containing PERC3 / SC driver. It identifies this driver and points to a new screen saying " Setup did not find and hard disk drives installed in your computer. Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected to your computer, and that any disk related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufacturer supplied diagnostic or setup program "

I hope this would help. Looking forward your reply. Thanks in advance.


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#4
June 14, 2011 at 11:04:11
That machine was manufactured August 13, 2002:

http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/my_systems_info/details?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=pub&~ck=anavml&servicetag=2mn2h0j

Here are all of the NT 4.0 drivers that pertain to that system (you can switch the OS at the top of the page):

http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?os=WNT4&catid=-1&dateid=-1&impid=-1&osl=EN&typeid=-1&formatid=-1&servicetag=2MN2H0J&SystemID=PWE_PNT_P3C_1500_SC&hidos=WNET&hidlang=en&TabIndex=&scanSupported=False&scanConsent=False

If you scroll down the page you will see there are SCSI RAID and SCSI Non RAID drivers. Is this a RAID setup or just one drive by itself?

iMac G5 1.8GHz "Hero" PowerPC
2 x 1GB DDR PC3200 SDRAM
160GB WDC WD1600JD-40GBB2
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#5
June 14, 2011 at 11:09:18
Going back to your OP I see it is a RAID setup.

You may need to figure out how to run the OpenManage software available on the driver page in order to get the computer to recognize the setup.

iMac G5 1.8GHz "Hero" PowerPC
2 x 1GB DDR PC3200 SDRAM
160GB WDC WD1600JD-40GBB2
Mac OS X Leopard Version 10.5.8

http://sdfox7.com


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