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Windows 7: Help!Can't install WIN7

26 Oct 2009   #11

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@gregrocker: Thanks for the heads up. I will try it as a last-ditch desperation effort.

@adrian: Yes, as part of the process of eliminating troublesome hardware, I disconnected the second Maxtor sata drive, so now I only have one Samsunx sata drive connected. I thought I may as well remove it for now, since I am not using it during the install. All power and sata cables have been removed to and from that drive too.

I now have a ECS NF650iSLIT-A motherboard, Q6600 2.4 Ghz cpu, 1gb XMS2 ram, 1x180gb Samsung sata hd installed. On-board USB, sound and network adaptor are all disabled. All settings are running on default in BIOS.

I am going to try again tonight after work, with a ps2 keyboard, mouse and a vga display cable.

I have eliminated all add-ons cards and anything not needed for the install (as far as I can determine). The only thing that is not possible is loading a SATA driver, because I have no floppy drive and USVB is disabled. When I tried the last install, which was also without the sata driver, it got further than before; it actually changed resolutions before crashing. Therefore, I decided to remove the Nvidia 8800 gts video card.

Can't wait for tonight.

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27 Oct 2009   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium Retail

Another setback. My motherboard does not have an intergrated video chip or a blue VGA out port. Stuck!

I now have to go for the last resort of installing the hard disk in a barebones work computer and trying to install Win**** 7 there, then if that works, reinstalling the hard disk back to my computer.

What a pain. I feel sorry for user who don't have the technical knowledge or drive to go through this crap.
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28 Oct 2009   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium Retail

I finally got it installed last night!
I couldn't find anything that said native mode in the bios, so I set the sata controller to 'sata 1' mode, left 1gb ram in. USB controller, on board lan and sound were disabled too.

At the setup section, I deleted all partitions first, created a new one, allowing the setup to create a 100mb partition for system files.

I then loaded the sata driver from the motherboard cd, and this time it actually took a minute too load the driver to the hard disk (maybe the 100mb system files partition?)

Then I popped the install disc back in and let it run. I came back an hour later and it was waiting for me to input my details.

After that, I installed the rest of the hardware and reset the bios to default to cancel all the changes I made, including sata 1 mode, which would have stopped the machine from posting, after a complete power down.

It's been a total pain in the ass, nightmare of an install, but it's done at last and all seems to bee good so far.

Thanks for everyone's help.
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