Quote: Originally Posted by wallyinnc
Hi SC, and welcome to the forums
I dont'see any compatibility issues with your hardware, but a solutionn that seems to work in these cases is to try installing with only one stick of memeory, thus 2G in your case, and with on board video, which unfortunately you can't. I would also remove the sound card. If you can try installing with minimum hardware (only keyboard and mouse) that is the best
good luck and let us know your progress
Thanks for the suggestion. Do you know of instances that this worked well and consistently in? After yesterdays fiasco, I'm almost ready to give up trying to install Windows 7.
I tried doing a clean install yesterday and it didn't work.
First, I tried in Vista, chosing the custom installation. It started to install like it normally would, but once it got 1/2 way through the install the screen turned off... and never came back on. I had to reset the computer... and when I did, I had 3 options to boot from:
NONE of them worked. Each of them brought up the Windows 7 load screen and never loaded anything else. SO, I had to put my Vista disc in and do a clean install of Vista. Once I had Vista installed and working (didn't install ANY drivers or update anything, SP1 Vista 32bit Home Premium) I decided that I would try to upgrade to Windows 7 again on this new, clean system.
I then tried installing booting from the Windows 7 DVD... figured that this might be different than installing from Vista. For some reason it took FOREVER for it to even load the install screen from the DVD... I thought that it might have locked up. After around 4-5 minutes, it gave me the actual "Choose your language, etc." section. I started the install with high hopes....
... and ended up looking at the same situation. An install that would not finish past 1/2 way through the installation, and 3 boot options again that didn't allow me to do anything. At this point, it seemed like Vista was my only solution.
Please note, I DID have a slightly different instance at some point. I can't remember when it happened... but I did get to the point where the install got to about 3/4 the way done, reset itself like it normally would, it loads Windows 7 logo, the nice flowery leafy-background comes up... and then BAM! Monitor turns off. Black screen with NOTHING that can break it but reset... and it's not a fluke. Each time I would reset it would do the same exact thing.
At this point... I don't know what to do. The only difference between my computer (that has Windows 7 working on it) and this computer (the one that I'm working on) is that my computer has a sound card and video card that are both listed as supported on the Microsoft website.
This computers hardware, as you can see above, is hardly outdated. I'm considering dumping another $700 just to replicate what I have in my other comptuer (the one with working Windows 7) to see if it would get this computer running with Windows 7.
I'd HOPE that isn't the final solution... but right now, I'm not seeing anything else that makes sense.
OH, and I was on the phone with Microsoft yesterday for 1 1/2 hours trying to get a new CD key for Windows Vista... since I have the upgrade version and I had to do a clean install... now I can't activate Vista due to my version being for "upgrades" and not clean installs... I WOULDN'T HAVE TO DO A CLEAN INSTALL IF YOUR NEW O/S WOULD INSTALL.
Sorry for the venting. This site has been very helpful to me thus far. I hope that someone else may have some insight into this situation.
I would consider removing the soundcard, and 2 gigs of RAM... however, I'm not sure if the video card could also be the problem.
NOTE: I thought that I remembered reading this somewhere, but the motherboard has an onboard Realtek ethernet port... I could swear that I read somewhere that this could also cause issues.
Then again, I booted from the Windows 7 DVD... so O/S Drivers should not have been a factor.
As an aside note, when I mentioned that my other computer (that has a working Windows 7) is the same with the exception of the video and sound card... that's not entirely accurate. I have a different MOBO, CPU, and RAM. However, I didn't see on Microsofts website that these would be a factor to consider for Windows 7 compatibility, so I didn't think to mention them. However, I've read in another thread that updating the BIOS helped them install Windows 7... so maybe that is another option?
Any more help would be greatly appreciated.