I thought that I would try last night to see if I could get Windows 7 to install on my system, before I go ahead with the triple boot. I shrunk my C: drive, and created a blank partition to install Windows 7 on. I didn't format this partition, so in effect it was a blank drive. I restarted the machine and allowed Windows 7 to boot up from the DVD. On the install page, I selected Custom
and Windows 7 recognised the RAID array, meaning that there should be no problem driver
wise. It correctly saw that Vista was in a partition of 650 GB, and the blank partition on which I was going to install Windows 7.
So far, so good. I then selected the blank partition and Windows 7 proceeded to commence installing. Again, no problems. It went through the first restart and came back to the installation routine with no problems. However, a couple of minutes or so after this restart, my monitor went blank. The mouse was still responding (lighting up when moved) and the keyboard was also responding (NumLock key operating and toggling the indicator). The system was still on, and the HDD activity light was still blinking. I should also point out that I had done nothing procedurally different to any of my previous OS installs - all peripherals except mouse, keyboard and monitor were switched off, although not unplugged. The power supply to my router was also switched off.
I waited a short while, and, because nothing was coming up on my monitor, I decided to restart my system using the Reset
button. It then restarted, went back into the installation routine and basically said that there was an error and that it could not continue. This happened a couple of times, at which point I decided to boot back into Vista by pressing F8
during boot up to go to the Windows 7 boot menu and then Esc
to go to the OS selection menu. Once back in Vista, I deleted the Windows 7 partition and expanded the Vista partition back to its original size. Vista now boots up as if nothing has changed.
I shall probably have another go at this tonight. What I want to know is this: Is this normal for Windows 7 installation, and if so, how long roughly does this blank monitor
phase last? If it is not normal, is it possible that my DVD is corrupted, bearing in mind that it got through the first phase as described above?
Just a thought. Would it matter which port on the graphics card the monitor is connected to?