I got a brand new (odd, I know, but bear with me) copy of Windows NT Server 4.0 after my old disk didn't want to load anymore. (Was trying a reinstall of a not-quite happy installation of NT with no IP address after 12 years of stability....).
So, anyway. I got a brand new copy, new CD, new floppies. I used the CD and installed NT. Had to fake my way through the network as it would not see my onboard or PCI NICs. I put on MS Loopback and got through it. I had NT up and running, but of course, no Service Packs, and no working network.
So I tried to install the driver for the PCI Nic. It said I needed at least Service Pack 3. I downloaded all 6 service packs from the internet. (Will search again for maybe a more reliable place as maybe I got bad files.) I installed Service Pack 4.0. It installed, wanted me to reboot.
It rebooted, ran the POST, had me choose which version to load. Then came the blue screen with Loading Windows NT Server 4.0 (Service Pack 4).......... and a BSOD. Reboot didn't help. Put back the NT Server install disk and tried a Repair of the operating system. I replaced all files when asked. Still got the same BSOD when NT tried to load.
I reinstalled NT Server. Installed SP6. Got the same BSOD after the reboot. Reinstalled NT Server. Found a driver for my onboard NIC. Installed it. Even got NT to recognize it, but it said it would need at least SP 5 to be operational.
Installed SP and prayed as it rebooted. Begged and pleaded. BSOD as it tried to load after the reboot. I gave up for the night at that point.
I'm at work now. That machine is at home. But I want to see if I can find any solutions I can take back home with me for the next attempt. The machine is a Dell PowerEdge 600SC. The HD is old but I did an exhaustive scan on the first install of NT Server and the OS seemed fine with it. In the end, it won't have to do much. Just run be a login server, check credentials and such. It needs to up and running securely (SP6) and it needs the network to work (one of those two NICs and a valid IP.)