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I'm building a new file server which I plan to use for media storage, system and file backups, and as a password-protected FTP server. I thought this would be a good time to try out Windows Home Server.

I downloaded a clean ISO of Windows Home Server (the original, not the 2011 edition, since I plan to use Drive Extender) to evaluate it before purchasing and I can't seem to get it working.

First off, here's the hardware:
  • ASUS E35M1-I Mini-ITX motherboard with AMD E-350 APU (Purchased open-box off Newegg)
  • 4 GB Crucial 1333 MHz DDR3
  • Western Digital Caviar Blue WD800AAJS 80 GB hard drive (system drive)
  • 2 x Samsung HD103SJ 1 TB hard drives (not installed yet)
  • Ultra LSP 650-watt PSU (spare unit, switching to a spare Antec 350-watt later)

I have an external USB DVD drive to install with. If I install WHS that way, the first round completes where it copies the DVD to hard drive. When it boots off the hard drive it BSOD's every time.

I assumed my install DVD was messed up so I burned a second copy. Same thing.

At this point I fired up VirtualBox on my sig rig, mounted the ISO file, and installed WHS to a virtual machine. It installed flawlessly and works fine.

Then I wondered if my external DVD drive was bad. I pulled one of my internal SATA drives from my main system, plugged it into the mini-ITX board, and had the same problem. BSOD on restart.

I didn't think this part would work but I was out of ideas. I took the 80 GB drive and plugged it into my sig rig and unplugged my usual drives. I installed WHS to the drive and it all worked fine. I took the drive out, returned it to the E-350 build, and now it automatically restarts whenever it hits the Windows logo.

CentOS 6 installed just fine to the same setup and was stable. The system has passed 36 hours of Memtest and I've benched and surface scanned the hard drive and found no issues.

What should I try next? I'm out of ideas.

[EDIT]
Fixed!

I RMA'd my motherboard and that didn't help. I've literally swapped out everything and the problem persisted.

The solution? Change my drives from AHCI to IDE. Windows Home Server is too old to function on AHCI.
Edited by mott555 - 11/12/11 at 7:55am
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Unsure. I just built a Mini ITX system (using an intel Atom from Newegg) for my mother, and when i was trying to install WinXP, it would BSOD after booting from the HDD (same prob). I tried using Win 7 and it worked fine. RMA motherboard perhaps?
    
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Seagate Barracuda 500GB LiteOn 24x DVD Drive Windows 7 Home Premium Eyefinity: Dell 15 Inch 
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Well I think it's RMA time, I can't get it working. I purchased the motherboard Open-Box, and today I looked at the sticker on the anti-static bag it came in and it mentions stuff about RMA and Defective/Failure (see pic).

Does this mean someone returned the board to Newegg because it didn't work and then they re-sold it as Open-Box even though it clearly says Defective/Failure on it?


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Fixed!

I RMA'd my motherboard and that didn't help. I've literally swapped out everything and the problem persisted.

The solution? Change my drives from AHCI to IDE. Windows Home Server is too old to function on AHCI.
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