Here's how to install windows server 2003
Ok, inspiron 700m folks who really must have windows 2003 on their computer. I've figured it out. So spread the love.
Symptom: when installing Windows Server 2003, computer freezes while installing drivers at the 34 minute mark.
After you put the CD in the tray and start your computer to install Windows Server 2003, the first thing you'll see at the bottom of the screen is the option to press F6 if you need to install a SCSI or RAID controller. Don't press F6. Press F7
instead and keeping pressing past when you see F2 (I guess you probably don't need to, but I did). This will ensure that an ACPI HAL will be bypassed or not used.
I do not have the cd for windows server 2003, so I downloaded the trial version. I copied all the files from the .iso into a folder on my D drive (NTFS partitioned 20GB). I have windows xp pro on my C drive (NTFS partitioned 18GB). I then clicked on windows server 2003 setup.exe and it started the installation. Chose dynamic installation, to have the program connect to the internet to upload newer files if it needed it. I was able to do this, b/c i was in windows xp and the LAN was operational. Since windows xp and windows server 2003 do not recognize the LAN device, the installation via booted cd may or may not work properly if the program needed newer files. My 99% estimation is that there aren't any updated files that will affect the isntallation using your installation disc. Now since I was running windows xp pro, i got a dialogue when I started the installation that stated windows xp is not upgradable to windows server. click ok, and continue on with the installation.
For me, again I didn't have a disc, the computer rebooted, i selected the OS, the Windows Server 2003 installation, and after that you will get the message at the bottom of the sreen to press F6 if you need to install a SCSI or RAID controller. Again, you must press F7
during the time you see the F6 and F2 at the bottom of the screen. The installation will continue and simply follow the rest of the isntallation.
You do not need to change any bios configurations unless you are booting from an installation CD. I don't think it matters, but I placed the USB FDD, USB HDD, and PCI LAN in the Excluded from boot order within the bios Boot section. However, my wireless device was turned off.
When I clean installed windows xp pro, the same devices had drivers missing as in windows server 2003. Your dell driver cd or downloads from dell (and intel) will have the drivers you need.
The unrecognized hardware are as follows: LAN, graphics adapter, floppy controller, base system device, base system device, mass storage controller, multimedia audio controller, network controller (wireless), PCI Modem, video controller, com port 1, printer port (LPT3):
dell driver folders used to install: 85255(LAN), 76532(Graphics), 85896(Mass storage), 88573(multimedia), download 2200BG adatpter from intel site b/c the dell driver doesn't work(wireless), 72369(PCI Modem), 76532(video)
If you get a authenticated security driver hasn't been verified or whatever message, just click ok and continue to install.
if downloading from dell, download java www.java.com
first. also you will need to configure your internet security settings.
I also installed installed 77273 (synaptics) although the touchpad and mouse keys work without it.
COM1, LPT3, and Standard floopy disk controller have error 10 (Probably because there aren't any ports on the 700m for these three items).
After all the drivers loaded, I did a windows update and downloaded all the updates (there were no driver updates listed).
I was able to connect to the internet, connect to the other computers on my network, etc. I've never used windows server 2003 before. but it doesn't look much different than windows xp pro.
for wireless, i normally like to use the operating system's program, but in this case, it does not allow for WPA-PSK, TKIP encryption, so if you want that you should use the intel procomm software. Windows server 2003 does allow for 128-bit WEP security.
Anyways, I'm not a computer guru at all. Just don't know much about them. I cannot explain why bypassing and preventing the ACPI HAL (by pressing F7 as stated above) from use. Maybe someone computer savy can explain what ACPI HAL is. The computer seems to run well under windows server 2003, but it would take me a while to figure out how to use it since i'm not familiar with it. So there you have it.
I checked out all ports except the monitor out and s-video (because i'm lazy, since the driver was accepted, i'm 99.9% sure it works). all ports work (USB, PCMCIA, SD, CDRW/DVD, internal LAN, internal modem, 2200BG wireless, firewire port)
My computer configuration is Inspiron 700m, 1.6GHZ, 1.256GB PC2700 RAM, 40GB Fujitsu 5400rpm HD (partitioned 18GB with windows XP pro, partitioned 20GB with windows server 2003), sony CDRW/DVD, 8-cell,
Hope this helps. If you report it to microsoft or dell, give me some credit at least (tim). Questions feel free to ask here or via email
with that said, the 700m isn't "designed for windows server 2003" as the sticker says it is "designed for windows xp", so if you install windows server 2003, you do so of your own free will.