Wondering if anyone has run in this before. I couldn't find anything specific on the web:
I have a year and a couple month old HP DV4-122nr laptop with Vista x86 Home Premium OEM installed. It recently had issues shutting off randomly, so I decided to do a clean install to Windows 7 Ultimate x64.
I have done tons of installs in the past since XP came out and have always had good luck. I tried to do my regular clean install (via USB) and once I got to the "expanding files" part, the laptop would just shut down. I tried it several times, same deal. I then tried installing from a DVD. Again, shut off at random points during the expanding files section.
I then figured it had something to do with Win 7, so I tried Vista. This time I got it to the point where it would restart, but then it would just go black afterwords and show no video.
I tried several flavors of Vista (x86,x64,Home Premium, Ultimate, SP1, SP2 and SP0), but again to no avail. I then finally got Vista Business x86 to install, but when I installed the graphics driver
, it killed it (black screen). I went into safe mode and uninstalled the graphics driver and it booted normally.
Just for the heck of it, I installed Windows XP SP3 (after I slipstreamed the correct SATA driver) and lo and behold; success! I managed to get most of the drivers
working and it ran just fine.
At this point, I am at a loss for words. Why the heck would it only run on XP when it was clearly designed to run on Vista/7?
Oh, I tried swapping out hard drives, RAM and tried with the battery installed and without. I also flashed the BIOS to the latest version and turned off virtualization in the BIOS settings. Nothing helped.
Could someone please help? I want to run 7 on this machine.
The laptops specs: Product Number
AMD Turion X2 RM-72 Dual-Core Mobile ProcessorMicroprocessor Cache
ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics RS780MVideo Memory
Up to 1918MBHard Drive