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Windows 7: Trying to install Windows 7, stuck on the blinking cursor page

03 Apr 2015   #1
wompwomp

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Trying to install Windows 7, stuck on the blinking cursor page

Hello all,

I am trying to put my old (but recently purchased) HDD in another computer. I have the computer's original Windows cd in the drive. The HDD in question is a WD Black 500gb.

I will try to give as much information, as concise as I can in order to facilitate accurate help from the forum.

The original computer the HDD was in is an Alienware 14. I want to put it in my old Alienware m14x. The HDD was configured RAID by default when I reinstalled windows on the 14 last week. I have put literally nothing on the HDD before putting it in the m14x. I also have an mSATA (Samsung 840 EVO) in my 14 that is the OS drive. The HDD was there for additional storage, but my girlfriend's laptop broke so I'm giving her my old m14x. I will be putting another SSD in my 14. The original (or should I say, the 3rd replacement) HDD in te m14x went bad, which is why I need to put my new HDD in it.

When I go into BIOS on the m14x, the new drive is recognized, but the text is black and I cannot select it in BIOS. The default configuration for the drive is AHCI. I suspect this is the problem. I have the CD-ROM at the top of my load order, followed by the HDD. When I exit BIOS with the Windows CD in the drive, I am stuck on the screen which only has a blinking DOS cursor in the upper left hand corner. I left the computer on this screen for an hour last night, so I'm pretty sure I've waited long enough for any loading to occur.

As I said, I suspect the drive configuration is the issue. I am hoping there is a way to reconfigure the drive to AHCI without putting it back in the 14 and reinstalling windows to reformat the drive, or maybe I can set BIOS to RAID? I'm not sure if this will harm the drive in any way.

I hope I have given precise, clear description of my situation, but I would be more than happy to elaborate if I have been unclear or you need more info. Thank in advance!


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03 Apr 2015   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You are re installing windows on the drive, you don`t have to re set anything on the drive itself, you are wiping it out.

But set the bios to defaults and try again.

You should be fine then.

If you don`t get the words "Press any key to boot from DVD" then your install dvd is no good.
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03 Apr 2015   #3
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi you don't say much about the installation media being used or booting to the install media
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03 Apr 2015   #4
wompwomp

64 bit Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

AddRAM:

There is a chance, I suppose, that the install CD is bad...Dell suspended my service tag a few years ago. I kind of didn't listen when they asked me to send them my old computer back. Short backstory, the m14x was a lemon. Had techs 'fix' it like 6 times, sent it to repair facility 3 times. I finally emailed Mike Dell himself and they finally granted me a replacement. I never sent them the original broken one and they sent me an email saying my service tag was suspended. I wonder if that also voided the Alienware Windows install CD I'm trying to use. I do have a windows install cd from my newer computer, the 14, which I can try to use as well, but since it is already installed on my 14 I don't think that will work. I will try resetting everything in BIOS when I get home though.

ThrashZone: I'm not sure what you mean, I mentioned I am using the computer's original Windows install disk, and the CD-ROM is at teh top of my load order.
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03 Apr 2015   #5
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

They can`t void an install dvd.

An install dvd is not tied to any particular PC. (Everyone knows what I mean, I don`t want to get into the details)

Try whatever disc you have, as long as the version matches the key on your COA, you`re fine.

Good Luck
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03 Apr 2015   #6
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

I doubt dell is able to deactivate the install media only the activation key associated with it.
All I can see is the media is not being booted to with either using the Delete key or similar at startup that will give you a list of boot options to select.
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03 Apr 2015   #7
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Yes, you have to see the magic words "Press any key to boot from DVD"

Clean Install Windows 7
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03 Apr 2015   #8
wompwomp

64 bit Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I suppose the most likely problem I am having is the CD drive maybe isn't installed correctly. I did have to take it out before installing the HDD so maybe I didn't get the orange ribbon all the way in the crimp thing. That ribbon is such a pain
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03 Apr 2015   #9
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Sounds like that's the issue to me
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03 Apr 2015   #10
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

All this is supposed to be taken care of before you even attempt to install windows.
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