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  • Hello!

    I have been trying to install whs on my poweredge 2300 but without any luck.
    I always get following message "Could not initialize UI subsystem".

    OS: WHS 120 days eval. (Got the dvd/cd directly from MS)

    Hardware:
    Dell PowerEdge 2300
    2x800MHz Pentium3
    1.5GB Ram
    Scsi and Sata HDD
    DVD-rom
    Gfx card: Nvidia 6200A (PCI)

    Is it possible to install on this system or not?
    Monday, February 4, 2008 10:39 AM

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  •  BullHead wrote:
    Hello!

    I have been trying to install whs on my poweredge 2300 but without any luck.
    I always get following message "Could not initialize UI subsystem".

    OS: WHS 120 days eval. (Got the dvd/cd directly from MS)

    Hardware:
    Dell PowerEdge 2300
    2x800MHz Pentium3
    1.5GB Ram
    Scsi and Sata HDD
    DVD-rom
    Gfx card: Nvidia 6200A (PCI)

    Is it possible to install on this system or not?

     

    Yes why not, I think you need to use F6 to install drivers for the Scsi device.

     

    See: http://forums.microsoft.com/WindowsHomeServer/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=1425907&SiteID=50


    Monday, February 4, 2008 1:33 PM
  •  BullHead wrote:
    Hello!

    I have been trying to install whs on my poweredge 2300 but without any luck.
    I always get following message "Could not initialize UI subsystem".

    OS: WHS 120 days eval. (Got the dvd/cd directly from MS)

    Hardware:
    Dell PowerEdge 2300
    2x800MHz Pentium3
    1.5GB Ram
    Scsi and Sata HDD
    DVD-rom
    Gfx card: Nvidia 6200A (PCI)

    Is it possible to install on this system or not?


    Are you running RAID on this system?

    If so then turn it off.

    Then swap and make sure the SATA drive is the primary OS drive you are installing to.

    Create a clean partition for the D drive.

    The most important thing here is to disable the RAID if any.

    Hardware RAID will for sure cause data corruption on a WHS system.
    Monday, February 4, 2008 3:14 PM
  • No RAID on my system, just one SCSI HDD and a SCSI dvd-rom.
    I have tried to install with a minimum of HDDs.... Just my scsi hdd (250GB).
    (And add the sata card and drives after the install)

    Still no luck
    Monday, February 4, 2008 10:13 PM
  •  BullHead wrote:
    No RAID on my system, just one SCSI HDD and a SCSI dvd-rom.
    I have tried to install with a minimum of HDDs.... Just my scsi hdd (250GB).
    (And add the sata card and drives after the install)

    Still no luck


    Then you have the incorrect drivers on install.

    You need to hit F6 and load the correct drivers.

    Load them CD or floppy disk.
    Monday, February 4, 2008 10:57 PM
  •  JonTheTech wrote:
     BullHead wrote:
    No RAID on my system, just one SCSI HDD and a SCSI dvd-rom.
    I have tried to install with a minimum of HDDs.... Just my scsi hdd (250GB).
    (And add the sata card and drives after the install)

    Still no luck


    Then you have the incorrect drivers on install.

    You need to hit F6 and load the correct drivers.

    Load them CD or floppy disk.


    OK, what drivers do i need to add?
    Windows 2003 SBS will install without any extra drivers for exampel...
    Tuesday, February 5, 2008 5:42 AM
  •  BullHead wrote:
     JonTheTech wrote:
     BullHead wrote:
    No RAID on my system, just one SCSI HDD and a SCSI dvd-rom.
    I have tried to install with a minimum of HDDs.... Just my scsi hdd (250GB).
    (And add the sata card and drives after the install)

    Still no luck


    Then you have the incorrect drivers on install.

    You need to hit F6 and load the correct drivers.

    Load them CD or floppy disk.


    OK, what drivers do i need to add?
    Windows 2003 SBS will install without any extra drivers for exampel...


    What is the make and model of the SCSI card?
    Tuesday, February 5, 2008 11:02 AM
  •  JonTheTech wrote:
     BullHead wrote:
     JonTheTech wrote:
     BullHead wrote:
    No RAID on my system, just one SCSI HDD and a SCSI dvd-rom.
    I have tried to install with a minimum of HDDs.... Just my scsi hdd (250GB).
    (And add the sata card and drives after the install)

    Still no luck


    Then you have the incorrect drivers on install.

    You need to hit F6 and load the correct drivers.

    Load them CD or floppy disk.


    OK, what drivers do i need to add?
    Windows 2003 SBS will install without any extra drivers for exampel...


    What is the make and model of the SCSI card?


    Adaptec AIC-786X
    Adaptec AIC-7890/AIC-7891 - Ultra 2 SCSI

    All integrated in the Dell PowerEdge 2300 motherboard.

    And when is i suposed to hit F6 and load the drivers?
    Tuesday, February 5, 2008 3:31 PM
  •  JonTheTech wrote:

    Are you running RAID on this system?

    <snip>
    The most important thing here is to disable the RAID if any.

    Hardware RAID will for sure cause data corruption on a WHS system.


    Jon,

    Please don't make statements like this.  Hardware RAID will NOT "for sure cause data corruption on a WHS system".  I am running RAID on my WHS and have been for quite some time and have NEVER had data corruptions caused by the RAID.

    This kind of misinformation does NOT need to be spread further.

    Thanks,
    Tuesday, February 5, 2008 3:39 PM
  • The drivers, (server 2003 version,) will need to be installed twice during the install, initially when the server 2003 underlying system is being installed and then once again while the WHS portion is being installed. If you have a floppy connection, all the better, if not, they can be utilised from a folder on a USB drive.

     

     

    Colin

     

    Tuesday, February 5, 2008 5:41 PM
  •  ColinWH wrote:

    The drivers, (server 2003 version,) will need to be installed twice during the install, initially when the server 2003 underlying system is being installed and then once again while the WHS portion is being installed. If you have a floppy connection, all the better, if not, they can be utilised from a folder on a USB drive.

     

     

    Colin

     



    I got a floppy drive in my system

    Do you know where i can find a suitable driver?
    On Adaptec site i only find w2k and vista drivers.
    Or will the w2k driver do the job?
    Tuesday, February 5, 2008 6:56 PM
  • Ok, once again i have tried to install... with no luck..

    I only comming to the blue-greenish screen and get 6-7 blu dots... after that i get the message "Could not initialize UI subsystem" and when i OK the computer reboots after a while.

    So when should i hit F6 to load the drivers?

    Any more ideas?
    Wednesday, February 6, 2008 5:41 PM
  • Ok, once again i have tried to install... with no luck..

    I only comming to the blue-greenish screen and get 6-7 blu dots... after that i get the message "Could not initialize UI subsystem" and when i OK the computer reboots after a while.

    So when should i hit F6 to load the drivers?

    Any more ideas?
    Wednesday, February 6, 2008 5:43 PM
  • Ok, once again i have tried to install... with no luck..

    I only comming to the blue-greenish screen and get 6-7 blu dots... after that i get the message "Could not initialize UI subsystem" and when i OK the computer reboots after a while.

    So when should i hit F6 to load the drivers?

    Any more ideas?
    Wednesday, February 6, 2008 5:47 PM
  • It is definately your DVD-ROM drive, the best fix would be replacing with newer model. I couldn't find an newer SCSI DVD-ROM, as my Dell PowerEdge 4400 only had SCSI (no IDE.) I purchased an external DVD-ROM with USB connections, but was not able to boot from the USB... Eventually, I switched the WHS disk from the older internal DVD to the new external after the computer booted. Once the light went out on the internal drive, and before the dreaded "UI Subsystem" - WHS recognized the USB, and I was able to complete the installation smoothly... Hope this helps.
    Friday, March 14, 2008 4:59 AM
  • Guys,

     

     You can get brand new scsi DVD drives to fit the Dell servers on E-Bay. They were $44.00 when I ordered mine a few months back. Alternately, a Dell DVD drive out of a laptop like a PPX will also work just fine. All you need to do is remove the DVD drive from its laptop adaptor case and then use the little SCSI adaptor board from the laptop adaptor case to mate it to the server interface board. This was how I originally loaded WHS into my 2450.

     

    Mark

     

    Monday, April 28, 2008 2:21 AM