Wondering if any one can throw any more ideas my way on this one.
I have a Sony Vaio VGN-NR11s which has been running a retail boxed version of Windows 7 Professional 64bit fine since its release.
My system was a mess, updates stopped working, got some viruses so decided to format the drive and start again.
So I have an empty 250GB HDD, BIOS has been set back to defaults (no option to switch between IDE and AHCI.
I pop the disk in and boot, all appears to be fine. It boots from the disk and I get the Install screen after several minutes (proving that the cd/dvd drive is working).
When I select "Install now" the disk starts up but then keeps spinning down and clicking.
It gets past the "set-up is starting", after about 15 minutes of doing nothing it tells me that the cd/dvd driver
hasn't been found.
I have copied the Windows 7 optical drive driver from a working machine onto a usb stick and tried to point the set-up process to this when it asks for the driver, but its says there is no information in the file.
I have also copied the entire Windows 7 set-up cd to an external drive to see if it will pick it up but still nothing.
Is there anything else I could try? I don't have a spare usb stick large enough to install from.