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PLEASE HELP - Can't Get Virtual PC to Install Operating System!!!

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nycdlmusckat

#1
Hi all,

I am well beyond VERY frustrated at this point. For the past couple
of days, I've been trying to install Windows Server 2003 Enterprise in
my Virtual PC environment that I just created. I was able to install
Virtual PC, create a virtual pc and virtual HD without any problems,
however, when I try to install the operating system, nothing happens.
I basically get stuck at the bios prompt:

*****************************************************************************************************************************
Argon PXE Boot Agent v2.00 (BIOS Integrated)
(C) Copyright 2004 Argon Technology Corporation
All rights reserved. www.ArgonTechnology.com
(pause a few seconds, then...)
CLIENT MAC ADDR: 00 03 FF 90 F2 DB GUID: yadda-yadda
DHCP.... no boot filename... (and then laterly, I've been getting "No
proxyDHCP...." or something like that)

This shows for a couple of minutes, then...

Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected
Boot
device_


*****************************************************************************************************************************

I've done an extensive search and research online and have tried the
following:

- Selecting physical drive before doing a 'reset' (tried resetting
both with the menu and with right-Alt + Del combination keys)
- I converted my Windows Server 2003 Enterprise CD files to an iso
image using toast titanium on my MAC powerbook and then burned the
image to a CD to try using it on my IBM Windows laptop where I'm
creating the virtual PC
- I converted the Windows Server 2003 Enterprise CD files to an iso
image using disk utility on my MAC and tried again on the PC
- I used WinImage to create an iso image from the Win2k3 CD and tried
using the image in the virtual pc
- In each case, I was sure to select the correct medium (physical
drive or CD from iso)
- I've tried hitting 'Enter' after inserting the OS CD
- I've tried dragging iso file from desktop to CD icon on virtual pc
- I've uninstalled and re-installed Virtual PC 7 at least 10 times

Now on the IBM laptop itself, I have it partitioned into 2 drives -
one running windows XP and the other running windows server 2003
enterprise. I'm trying to create this virtual drive through the
windows xp environment.

I've pretty much done EVERYTHING I can think of doing, all to NO
avail.

Somebody, PLEASE help me! I'm desperate and frustrated!

Thanks a million in advance.

Newtechie
 

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Mark Rae [MVP]

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<nycdlmusckat@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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> Somebody, PLEASE help me! I'm desperate and frustrated!
1) Remove the Win2k3s media from the host's optical drive.

2) Launch VPC and start the virtual machine

3) When you see the PXE boot agent message, insert the boot CD

4) On the VPC console menu, click CD, Use Physical Drive D: (or whatever
drive letter your host's optical drive uses)

5) On the VPC console menu, click Action, Ctrl-Alt-Del

Now the virtual machine will reboot, acquire the boot media, and begin the
installation process...


--
Mark Rae
ASP.NET MVP
http://www.markrae.net
 

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nycdlmusckat

#3
Tried as instructed above, but no luck...

I'm still getting the message "...no DHCP or ProxyDHCP specified" and
then it goes to the screen "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or
Insert Boot Media in the selected Boot device"


*sigh*
 

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J
#4
your CD is not bootable disk!
Jack
<nycdlmusckat@xxxxxx> wrote in message
news:bf3eb158-7d04-4e1b-b9fd-80c31d86dc51@xxxxxx

> Tried as instructed above, but no luck...
>
> I'm still getting the message "...no DHCP or ProxyDHCP specified" and
> then it goes to the screen "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or
> Insert Boot Media in the selected Boot device"
>
>
> *sigh*
>
 

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ronald.phillips

#5
On Jan 31, 12:21 pm, nycdlmusc...@xxxxxx wrote:

> Tried as instructed above, but no luck...
>
> I'm still getting the message "...no DHCP or ProxyDHCP specified" and
> then it goes to the screen "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or
> Insert Boot Media in the selected Boot device"
>
> *sigh*
Sounds like whatever you did to the image made it non-bootable.

Burn it back to CD and if it doesn't boot on a real PC then it won't
boot in VPC.
 

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Mark Rae [MVP]

#6
<nycdlmusckat@xxxxxx> wrote in message
news:bf3eb158-7d04-4e1b-b9fd-80c31d86dc51@xxxxxx

> Tried as instructed above, but no luck...
>
> I'm still getting the message "...no DHCP or ProxyDHCP specified" and
> then it goes to the screen "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or
> Insert Boot Media in the selected Boot device"
What happens if you hit the Escape key...?


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Mark Rae
ASP.NET MVP
http://www.markrae.net
 

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nycdlmusckat

#7
On Jan 31, 12:49 pm, ronald.phill...@xxxxxx wrote:

> On Jan 31, 12:21 pm, nycdlmusc...@xxxxxx wrote:
>

> > Tried as instructed above, but no luck...
>

> > I'm still getting the message "...no DHCP or ProxyDHCP specified" and
> > then it goes to the screen "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or
> > Insert Boot Media in the selected Boot device"
>

> > *sigh*
>
> Sounds like whatever you did to the image made it non-bootable.
>
> Burn it back to CD and if it doesn't boot on a real PC then it won't
> boot in VPC.

That's the thing, Ronald, it ACTUALLY BOOTS on a real PC without any
problems whatsoever. It's the same CD I used to install Windows
Server 2003 on the second partition of my PC and even now when I
insert it into the CD-ROM (without launching Virtual PC), it comes up
with the splash screen to install on the XP partition.
 

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nycdlmusckat

#8
On Jan 31, 12:48 pm, "Jack" <replyto@xxxxxx> wrote:

> your CD is not bootable disk!
> Jack<nycdlmusc...@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>
> news:bf3eb158-7d04-4e1b-b9fd-80c31d86dc51@xxxxxx
>

> > Tried as instructed above, but no luck...
>

> > I'm still getting the message "...no DHCP or ProxyDHCP specified" and
> > then it goes to the screen "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or
> > Insert Boot Media in the selected Boot device"
>

> > *sigh*
Yes, it's bootable, Jack... like I explained to Ronald above, it boots
on a real PC
 

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nycdlmusckat

#9
On Jan 31, 12:53 pm, "Mark Rae [MVP]" <m...@xxxxxx> wrote:

> <nycdlmusc...@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>
> news:bf3eb158-7d04-4e1b-b9fd-80c31d86dc51@xxxxxx
>

> > Tried as instructed above, but no luck...
>

> > I'm still getting the message "...no DHCP or ProxyDHCP specified" and
> > then it goes to the screen "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or
> > Insert Boot Media in the selected Boot device"
>
> What happens if you hit the Escape key...?
>
> --
> Mark Rae
> ASP.NET MVPhttp://www.markrae.net
I hit 'Esc' after it stalls at the "Reboot and Select...." screen and
it goes back to rebooting all over (ARGON PXE e.t.c....)
I then tried hitting 'Esc' at the beginning of the boot and I get the
message "Network boot cancelled by keystroke"

Thanks for your patience and help. Dunno what else to do.
 

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nycdlmusckat

#10
Any thoughts/suggestions anyone? Any/All help would be truly
appreciated. I'm pulling out my 'hair' here and I don't even have any
hair!

Please help...?
 

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Mark Rae [MVP]

#11
<nycdlmusckat@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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>> Tried as instructed above, but no luck...
>>
>> I'm still getting the message "...no DHCP or ProxyDHCP specified" and
>> then it goes to the screen "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or
>> Insert Boot Media in the selected Boot device"
>>
>> What happens if you hit the Escape key...?
>
> I hit 'Esc' after it stalls at the "Reboot and Select...." screen and
> it goes back to rebooting all over (ARGON PXE e.t.c....)
> I then tried hitting 'Esc' at the beginning of the boot and I get the
> message "Network boot cancelled by keystroke"
>
> Thanks for your patience and help. Dunno what else to do.
1) Are you definitely using VPC 2007 + SP1? From the VPC console, click
Help, About - the version number should be: 6.0.192.0

2) Since you've not got as far as installing the OS, trash the virtual
machine and create another one...

3) In the VPC console, select the virtual machine and click Settings and
then select the CD / DVD drive in the left pane - see the text in the right
pane which might help, though I've never heard of anyone who's ever had to
do this...


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Mark Rae
ASP.NET MVP
http://www.markrae.net
 

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nycdlmusckat

#12

> 1) Are you definitely using VPC 2007 + SP1? From the VPC console, click
> Help, About - the version number should be: 6.0.192.0
>
> 2) Since you've not got as far as installing the OS, trash the virtual
> machine and create another one...
>
> 3) In the VPC console, select the virtual machine and click Settings and
> then select the CD / DVD drive in the left pane - see the text in the right
> pane which might help, though I've never heard of anyone who's ever had to
> do this...
>
> --
> Mark Rae
> ASP.NET MVPhttp://www.markrae.net
Thanks Mark. I tried everything as outlined, no luck.

Yes, I have VPC 7, SP1; uninstalled completely and re-installed;
unchecked option to "Attach CD or DVD drive to secondary IDE
controller" and then tried again, still no luck.

I simply can't for the life of me think of what could be wrong.
 

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nycdlmusckat

#13
An interesting observation - I just thought about trying another OS
and that seems to work. I tried installing Windows XP and things
seemed to be progressing as would be expected. Of course, I stopped
the install because what I really need to be installed is Windows
Server 2003, but at least, now I know for a fact (for the most part
anyways) that the VPC installation on its own is fine.

My suspicion now is there must be something 'wrong' with the Win2k3 CD
I'm using (even though it loads and installs without any problems on a
real PC).

I'm still trying...
 

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Bill Grant

#14
<nycdlmusckat@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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> An interesting observation - I just thought about trying another OS
> and that seems to work. I tried installing Windows XP and things
> seemed to be progressing as would be expected. Of course, I stopped
> the install because what I really need to be installed is Windows
> Server 2003, but at least, now I know for a fact (for the most part
> anyways) that the VPC installation on its own is fine.
>
> My suspicion now is there must be something 'wrong' with the Win2k3 CD
> I'm using (even though it loads and installs without any problems on a
> real PC).
>
> I'm still trying...
You could try creating an ISO file from the CD and capture the ISO rather
than the physical CD.
 

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nycdlmusckat

#15
>    You could try creating an ISO file from the CD and capture the ISOrather

> than the physical CD.
Thank you all...

Bill, I tried that earlier and it didn't work.

What I eventually did (am doing) was to go get another copy of Windows
Server 2003 and try the installation again. Things appear to working
fine right now. I'll report back when I'm done installing.

Thank you Mark, Bill, everybody so far... truly appreciated.
 

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nycdlmusckat

#16
YIPPEEEE!!!!

It FINALLY worked! Using another Win2k3 CD did the trick. Can't
explain what the 'problem' was with the other installation disk, but
that certainly was the problem.

THANK YOU ALL SOOOOOOOOO VERY MUCH - Mark, Bill, Ronald, Jack!

God bless you!
 

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rljasso

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You need to have a real "bootable" CD or ISO file. If you are using a copy CD chances are the boot files were not copied into the CD from the original CD. It is not enough if you insert the CD under Windows and see the installation screen. It is still not bootable. To make a CD bootable you need a special software like MagicISO to create a bootable CD from an image file AND a boot file. MagicISO won't include the boot file automaticaly because boot files may vary depending on the OS you are trying to install. I just tried installing a Virtual Machine with the original CD that came with my laptop and it's working fine. Before that I tried installing a VCP from a copied CD but it didn't work because the CD was not bootable. Hope this information helps you.
 
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