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So we got in two new Dell Precision 690s at the shop yesterday and our first task was to install Windows 2003 Server on it (it comes with Windows XP Pro). After trying all the normal stuff (I used to think I knew a thing or two about computers) nothing was working because the Windows 2003 Server disk couldn’t identify the SAS drive installed and according to Dell Tech Support, they didn’t have a driver available for Windows 2003 that I could use with that controller. Incidentally the WinXP driver from the install disk didn't work with W2K3 either.

 

So I went to Dell’s web site thinking we’ll just return these boxes and get a “Tower Server” instead and found while I was “shopping” that the Dell 2900 uses the exact same SAS 5/i Integrated controller that my boxes have and by gosh they have a Windows 2003 driver available for it. Thanks Dell…well I guess it’s not totally their fault, the level 1 guy I was speaking too at least admitted he’d only been there a short while and if I called back later I might get a more experienced support rep.

 

So in the end we were able to slick the system, hit F6 during setup to install the additional driver (that Dell “doesn’t” have) and now I have a functioning system :)

Posted on Wednesday, October 4, 2006 4:56 PM | Back to top


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I have a shiny new Dell 690 and want to install Windows 2003 server. It's great you got the hard drive working. My question is, where did you find all the other 2003 drivers? Video card, chipset etc?
Left by Dell690Guy on Oct 31, 2006 11:23 AM

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Thanks a million for the tip, I will have a brain fart every once in a while and never think of the obvious. This 690 ROCKS!!!!
Left by Cliff McManus on Oct 16, 2007 3:48 PM

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Glad to help! :)
Left by Lou on Oct 29, 2007 1:03 PM

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OK the 690 Rocks! But where did you find all the other drivers?!
Left by Sachin on Mar 21, 2008 7:43 AM

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Haha, 1 year later and this post has saved me any more headache. I've been baning my head for two days trying to get Server 03 loaded on the 690. Thanks Lou!
Left by Skeeterflea on Oct 27, 2008 2:11 PM

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