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Windows 7: BSOD on install/possible graphics driver issues?

12 Oct 2012   #1

windows vista
BSOD on install/possible graphics driver issues?

I'll try to be as concise as possible.

I bought a used machine recently through craigslist.


Acer M5100
AMD Dual Core BE-2300 @ 1.9ghz
4gb DDR2 RAM
250GB Hitachi HDD
and I've been switching out an ATI Radeon X700 and a GeForce 7950GT for graphics.

Both the graphics cards are good as I have subsequently used them successfully in my other desktop.

The problem starts after install from either of the two Windows 7 Home Premium trial discs I've made. If I have the GeForce card connected I will get BSOD almost immediately after the 'windows' loading screen. If I have the ATI card in the monitor will shut off and display "no signal" after the windows loading screen. If I try using the onboard graphics it will display a white screen with a low resolution mouse cursor after the windows loading screen.

Everything performs "fine" in safe mode. If I uninstall whatever graphics driver I have loaded (either manually from Nvidia, AMD, or by Windows default) then it can "start normally" but only in default resolution and it will immediately install Windows preferred driver and prompt for a restart which inevitably results in one of the above issues.

I have booted successfully with zero issues in an x86 version of Windows 7 but as I have plans on upgrading much of the hardware I really need to get a 64bit OS working. I don't have any ideas on what could be the issue here. It seems like a graphics driver problem but I really don't know what steps I can take to fix it.

There are also a few potentially relevant issues that have come up over the course of the day. For example, I used a Gparted Live CD to partition the HDD before my first attempt at installing. I have since wiped out all those partitions after trying several reinstall and reformats, but it still happened.

I've found that the SATA cable in either my HDD or CDRW needs to be "re-sat" quite often with all the switching of gfx cards and such. It would cause the BIOS to load incredibly slow as well as any other preboot processes.

Please help, I am pretty quick to the uptake. We can solve this!

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13 Oct 2012   #2

windows vista

I just completed downloading and burning an 32bit version and a seperate 64bit version of Windows Pro (N) from this repository which I found via a link from this forum:

Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River My Digital Life

I have confirmed that after a clean install on a newly formatted drive the 32 bit version installs and boots fine. Full graphics and hardware performance.

So I reformatted and attempted installing the 64 bit version and I get the same problem as in my above post. I have the confirmed working ATI Radeon x700 card in. Windows goes through the expansion/install process fine, reboots a couple times to complete the install, reboots a final time to hopefully start the first time setup process aaaaaannnnnd.

...monitor shuts off, reports no signal, computer keeps running, and nothing.

I burned both these copies (which I can't imagine are bad) with the actual windows 7 USB/DVD Burning Tool.

Someone please help. I'm really lost.
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13 Oct 2012   #3

windows vista

still having trouble with this. I'm searching everywhere imaginable I just can't find anything that will help me solve this.

Even a nudge in the right direction would be so helpful
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13 Oct 2012   #4

windows vista

Am I not stating the problem correctly or am I not giving enough information? Or is the problem really easy and I'm just too stupid?

No one has anything to offer?
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15 Oct 2012   #5

windows vista

last ditch bump attempt..
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 BSOD on install/possible graphics driver issues?

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