Quote: Originally Posted by zigride
The installations I was referring to were done at different times. None of them overlap nor were done within the same day, week or month. And yes, I have many other computers at my disposal as well as many storage mediums.
In that case you've got the stuff that can help you pinpoint the problem easier than most would. If I had enough time, in your case I'd use another pc to build a usb boot of Windows 7, boot this pc, not use the hardisk for that and start testing the HW. Use a usb that is big enough for extra drivers
etc.. Why usb? Your cd install didn't work.... USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
If this doesn't work we can try the same with ubuntu.