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Server NT4.0 Install problem. Help Please!



Hi all:

I’m trying to do a fresh install of NT4.0 server on an older PII machine with an ASUS P2B-DS mother board. (note: This is probably the 4th or 5th time I’ve reinstalled NT 4.0 Server on this machine so I know it works or used to work.)

I have to use the 3 set-up cds in order to install, it does not see the cdrom/cd. I follow the same procedure I have before: ( 1> run floopy #1 and hit F6 so it dose NOT try to detect any hardware devices. 2> run floppy #2 until the part comes up about it can not find any devices. 3> I choose ‘S’ and make it prompt me for a driver disc. 4> I insert the SCSI drivers and hit ‘enter’ to finish. 4> It asks for disk #3 so I insert it and it runs.

Here’s the problem, 5> It AGAIN asks for Disk #2??????????????????????? I insert it, it finishes and asks for disk #3. I insert it and it asks again for disk #2???????????? The cycle goes on and on. I’ve never had a problem like this before and I’m stumped!

I thought maybe the 3 floppy set up disks went bad over the years so I made new ones. The exact same thing happens. I thought maybe the problem was with the scsi drivers( AIC 789X AHA 294X U2 ) were bad so I down loaded new ones and still the same thing happens.

Pleeeeeeaassee some help!. This is our office server and I’m dead in the water without it.

Thanks in advance



Have you tried booting to a 98/ME bootdisk and running setup from the cd?

My only other question is why are you reimaging you server so often?


My cdrom is SCSI so it is not seen, thats why i've had to use the floppies.

The reinstalls have been over a five year period or so. The speed of our office network seems to decrease over time so about ever year I do a clean NT4.0 install.

By Oct 02 our office application should be compatable with Server 2k finally.



YOu should still be able to boot to a ME Boot disk that will load the SCSI drivers. You then change to the I386 directory on the NT Server disk and run winnt. Have done it and it works.

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