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Windows 7: Stuck during installation


18 Jan 2009   #1

windows xp
 
 
Stuck during installation

Hi fellows

I am having a problem during windows 7 installation.

I have 2 identical notebooks, Dell inspiron 1420. In one of them I had no problem, I could install windows 7 and it works very well. There are 2 differences between the both of them:

- We have changed the lcd screen of the one with the installation problems (don`t think it could be a problem) and it used to have dual boot because it used to have the latest ubuntu OS and Windows XP.

First, it didn't want to erase the partitions, and we had to format the notebook with the XP Disc, erasing the full disc and lose all the data of the partition without OS.

Then, when we could start the installation, it all worked out perfectly untill the installation is in its final step (completing installation). The wi-fi button shines and the installation stays still.

We have tried many things...flashing the bios, restore its fabric default settings, check HDD for failures, connect directly to the internet with a cable just in case that the installation needed to update, downloading the iso again directly from microsoft page and burning a new DVD (twice), etcetera.

The weirdest thing is that there are 2 notebooks, exactly the same ones, and one of them works perfectly.

If somebody have any idea, we will appreciate to be informed, because we've run out of ideas, and we`d hate having to go back to XP.

Thanks a lot!


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18 Jan 2009   #2

Windows 7 RC 7100 32bit/64bit
 
 

Hello Runif and welcome to the Seven Forums!

Indeed it's really weird. But we can search for a few things:

1. When you say the wireless icon flashes, you mean it turns on, or it turns on and off repeatedly?

2. If we should focus on that wireless thing, I can suggest 2 things:
a. Turn off the other notebook if it's on during install, perhaps it tries to connect to the same network and results in an IP conflict.
b. Turn off your wireless access point/router during install. Maybe an IP conflict or something is taking place again.

3. Disable the wlan from BIOS if possible.

Windows 7 should probably have detected and installed the correct drivers for your wireless card, and maybe it tries to connect somewhere which might cause the problem.

Try that and let us know if it helped. That's the only thing that comes to mind right now.
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18 Jan 2009   #3

windows xp
 
 

Hi Limneos!

Thank you for your reply. We are doing what you suggested now...so, I will let you know if it worked once we have finished the installation.
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18 Jan 2009   #4

Vista X64 ultimate/ 7 X64 Ultimate (7264)
 
 

Welcome to seven forums Runif


When i first installed build 6956 it took so long to complete the install that a couple of times i manually restarted it and the started the install again just to see if it was broken some how. Then i just left it over night and in the morning it was all done. Try just leaving it for a while longer. (I know it's 7000 not 6956)

It might be like vista in as much that 2 systems that are exactly the same will take a difference of an hour (give or take) to install as some installations sit on the initial aurora for god knows how long.


Quote:
First, it didn't want to erase the partitions, and we had to format the notebook with the XP Disc, erasing the full disc and lose all the data of the partition without OS.
There should have been no need to format a storage partition either. It should have just shown two partitions and you just need to choose the one you want to use..
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18 Jan 2009   #5

windows xp
 
 

Hi again.

We did what Limneos said and it stood still in the same place again.

Now, about Sevsman suggestion, I would wait without getting worried if there it was any clue that either the hard disk or the cd rom drive were working; but none of them does, so I think that there must be a hardware conflict.

Thanks for the suggestions, and we`ll let you know if we find the solution.
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18 Jan 2009   #6

Vista X64 ultimate/ 7 X64 Ultimate (7264)
 
 

That's why i rebooted mine after waiting, looking at it, listening to it, and doing the same again and again and again and, well you get the point

I'll bet that is what it is buddy, as i said, i've come across it in 7 and in vista.
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22 Aug 2009   #7

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Hi, i just had the same problem upgrading a computer for my mom's business. It hung and the led on the cd drive stayed on... after 6 hours of waiting (unattended) i said screw it and popped the cd out... instantly the hdd activity picked up and less than a minute later it restarted and continued to the setup folders. 7/10 i'd say they just messed up some scripting that doesn't end the cd activity just endlessly loops.
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22 Aug 2009   #8

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kweks View Post
Hi, i just had the same problem upgrading a computer for my mom's business. It hung and the led on the cd drive stayed on... after 6 hours of waiting (unattended) i said screw it and popped the cd out... instantly the hdd activity picked up and less than a minute later it restarted and continued to the setup folders. 7/10 i'd say they just messed up some scripting that doesn't end the cd activity just endlessly loops.
Kweks

Hi and welcome to sevenforums

More likely the dvd is corrupt. Where did you get the ISO, and how did y our burn it?

Ken
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23 Aug 2009   #9

Windows 7 Home Basic 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kweks View Post
It hung and the led on the cd drive stayed on... after 6 hours of waiting (unattended) i said screw it and popped the cd out... instantly the hdd activity picked up and less than a minute later it restarted and continued to the setup folders.
You should re-burn the dvd at a slower speed, the slower the better, because what you described sounds exactly like an improperly burned dvd, so the drive was struggling to read certain parts because of this and when a dvd drive has a hard time reading parts of a dvd/cd it slows its read-speed down as much as possible in order to try and read data from those problematic parts.

PS : I see in your system specs it says 512MB of system ram. I think that is too low of an amount of ram for Win 7, as 1GB is minimum, this could also pose a problem for installation of win 7.

http://windows.microsoft.com/systemrequirements
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