Hi all =)
I have a situation that has me stumped.
I have two computers (mine and my wife's) which are, for the most part identical.. bought the parts all at the same time, just ordered them x2. The only thing I have changed since building them is my PSU.
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 G0 Stepping Kentsfield 2.40GHz
Crucial Ballistix 4GB(2 x 2GB) PC2 6400
XFX Geforce 9800 GX2 1024MB
XFX MB-N780-ISH9 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI
Seagate Barracuda 500GB SATA
I've installed Windows 7 (7100) on my PC, and everything is golden.
My wife decided she wanted it too (she was previously running Vista).. So I went ahead and installed it on hers.
From within Vista I popped the disk in and began the install process. It appeared to download some updates prior to installing..
It restarted and did its thing.
It "seemed" to install fine.. I got to the desktop and started copying various drivers
and programs to the desktop to install. As it was doing that, my wife jumped on and changed the wallpaper.. (I watched and that's all she did) I asked her to double click on the newest video card drivers to install them.
They appeared to install fine.
A few seconds later the screen began to flicker on and off. Then it locked up and have the BSOD with the nvlddmkm.sys.
It would then restart and before actually loading windows, it would BSOD again with the same file name. Now it's in a loop.
I've tried reinstalling about 3 times. All three times I've booted from the DVD, repartitioned and formatted.
Every time, it will restart at the Finishing Installation step then BSOD with the same file name. I can no longer get it to boot to the desktop.
I'm using the same DVD I used on my PC. Zero scratches on the disk. I've also used an older version of Windows 7 via DVD and that version seems to have problems too. No BSOD but after installing it will restart and post a black screen with a blinking underscore indefinitely.
How is it possible that with identical systems one has problems and one doesn't?
Any thoughts on how to correct this?