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Installing Windows Server 2003 under Xen gets stuck at "Starting Windows" in blue installer - (2007.11.02)

What a frustrating problem! I found a fix HERE.

Symptoms? Trying to install windows under the "Fully Virtualized" Xen 3.0.3 results in the blue text installer loading a bunch of drivers, and then getting stuck saying "Staring Windows". "xm dmesg" reported a suspicious error of "(XEN) (GUEST: 6) *** int 15h function AX=E980, BX=00F2 not yet supported!"

The fix? I turned off pae, apic, acpi in the config for the windows guest, and added the CD drive for the install, and told it to boot from it. Here's the relevant parts of the config:

disk = [ 'phy:/dev/cciss/c0d0p8,hda,w', 'phy:/dev/cdrom,hdb:cdrom,r', ]
boot = 'd'
vnc=0
vncunused=1
apic=0
acpi=0
pae=0

vcpus=1
serial = "pty" # enable serial console
on_reboot   = 'restart'
on_crash    = 'restart'

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