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21 Aug 2011   #61
gregrocker

 

If it gets to Installing Devices and won't finish, you may then have access to Device Manager to uninstall Display or other hanging driver to see if installation will complete to desktop where you can install driver.

Device Manager - Access During Windows 7 Installation

However it is likely not a driver which would be dragging out install as you're seeing, but hardware like RAM or the actual display device.

But access to the Device Manager may get it over the hump of failing during Device Install phase so that you have an install.


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21 Aug 2011   #62
dustywoodworker

Windows 7x32 Home Premium & XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If it gets to Installing Devices and won't finish, you may then have access to Device Manager to uninstall Display or other hanging driver to see if installation will complete to desktop where you can install driver.

Device Manager - Access During Windows 7 Installation

However it is likely not a driver which would be dragging out install as you're seeing, but hardware like RAM or the actual display device.

But access to the Device Manager may get it over the hump of failing during Device Install phase so that you have an install.
This is becoming quite an experience for me. A long and tedious experience.

Right now it has advanced to "Completing Installation..."

I am hesitant to do anything other than let it run the course. I don't want to upset the sequence if it might work out.
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21 Aug 2011   #63
gregrocker

 

Have never heard of a 24 hour install, as it normally takes about 24 minutes.

RAM is what jumps out, especially since you said you pulled a stick and I'm wondering if you left remaining stick in first slot (next to CPU), what would have happened with other Stick, or stress tested with memtest.

I'm asking for more help because this is something else.
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21 Aug 2011   #64
dustywoodworker

Windows 7x32 Home Premium & XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Have never heard of a 24 hour install, as it normally takes about 24 minutes.

RAM is what jumps out, especially since you said you pulled a stick and I'm wondering if you left remaining stick in first slot (next to CPU), what would have happened with other Stick, or stress tested with memtest.

I'm asking for more help because this is something else.
Are you saying that the two memory sticks may not be in the right slots?

The memory sockets are color coded (two yellow and two black).

I have the two yellow sockets (DIMM A1 and DIMM B1) occupied.
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21 Aug 2011   #65
gregrocker

 

Sorry if I misunderstood - thought you said you had removed a RAM stick to try this install.

If these are matched DIMM's let's make sure you have them in the correct slots, and that the sticks and slots are tested following Jonathan's process here for 5-6 passes or overnight: RAM - Test with Memtest86+
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22 Aug 2011   #66
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

It sounds like the sticks are in the correct slots.

Quote:
Memory slots are usually color coded. When you have 2 memory sticks, you will want to install both modules in the same color slots. If you do not have color coded slots, then look in your motherboard manual for the 2 slots that go together.
Source
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22 Aug 2011   #67
dustywoodworker

Windows 7x32 Home Premium & XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Sorry if I misunderstood - thought you said you had removed a RAM stick to try this install.

If these are matched DIMM's let's make sure you have them in the correct slots, and that the sticks and slots are tested following Jonathan's process here for 5-6 passes or overnight: RAM - Test with Memtest86+
I did remove a RAM stick to get down to the recommended 2GBs. This machine originally had 3GB. One stick was removed due to a memory failure. I have been operating on 3GB until I started this.
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22 Aug 2011   #68
dustywoodworker

Windows 7x32 Home Premium & XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
It sounds like the sticks are in the correct slots.

Quote:
Memory slots are usually color coded. When you have 2 memory sticks, you will want to install both modules in the same color slots. If you do not have color coded slots, then look in your motherboard manual for the 2 slots that go together.
Source
My manual is a little confusing to me.

I have the 2GBs in the yellow slots (A1 and B1). The two black slots are unocuppied (A2 and B2).

If testing a single stick, intuitively I would do that in either A1 or B1. I don't know for certain that is correct. I will try to make more sense out of the chart in the manual.
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22 Aug 2011   #69
dustywoodworker

Windows 7x32 Home Premium & XP SP3 x86
 
 

It ran all night long "Completing Installation..". I think the next scripted step is a restart.

Since it did not restart after all this time (over 12 hours doing "Completing Installation"), my question is "What now".

Should I just throw in the towel and power down or are there ways to get into the inner workings without disrupting what might have been loaded.

Sure hope it comes up operating in one of the two (XP or W7). If it doesn't, I have no way to test the memory or anything else without reloading xp. I've put xp back soooo many times.
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22 Aug 2011   #70
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Here is a snip from the manual. It looks like the RAM has been installed correctly according to the manual.

If you are going to test with only one stick it is always best to use slot A1.


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