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Windows 7: System Fails to boot setup DVD - STOP ERROR 0x000000A5

26 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7 64Bit
 
 
System Fails to boot setup DVD - STOP ERROR 0x000000A5

All right, this will probably turn into a really long post, but it is quite an interesting story even if you can't help solve the problem.

All right, so basically I am hoping to run Windows 7 on an old Laptop, an hp pavilion zt1250 (1GHz, 1GB RAM, 20GB HDD, DVD/CD, External WLan, XGA Screen, that sort of old). It isn't like a serious installation, it is more like a "post on YouTube to a "Windows 7 running on a nine year old laptop" or "wow your friends with your old computer running a newer os than their new one (possibly)"", and because it looks pretty darn cool. Anyway, I pop in the install DVD and we get past the gray progress bar and onto "Starting Windows", until all of the sudden out of nowhere, just a second before the cutesy Windows Logo animation appears, I am instantly greeted with a blue screen saying nothing more than:

STOP: 0x000000A5 (0x0001000B, 0x50434146, 0xFFd0ac0, 0x00000000)

It does it on all install discs that I've tried, and it gives me the same error consistently every time. I even tried starting the installer within xp, and that starts okay, but after the first reboot where it boots the partially installed os from the hard drive, it does the same thing before it can continue. Everything that is not essential has been unplugged, tried removing ram modules, on battery or plugged in, checked the extremely simple bios settings menu (you can change like three things, none of which pertain to the situation), and most other items that could possibly be covered here. This leads me to the conclusion, that since it my disc is fine and my hardware is fine (did a bios update), that the installation disc must be first modified in some way, perhaps to skip a certain unnecessary check?

Thanks for all your help!

- 2 Bunny

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27 Feb 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate (32 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 2 Bunny View Post
All right, this will probably turn into a really long post, but it is quite an interesting story even if you can't help solve the problem.

All right, so basically I am hoping to run Windows 7 on an old Laptop, an hp pavilion zt1250 (1GHz, 1GB RAM, 20GB HDD, DVD/CD, External WLan, XGA Screen, that sort of old). It isn't like a serious installation, it is more like a "post on YouTube to a "Windows 7 running on a nine year old laptop" or "wow your friends with your old computer running a newer os than their new one (possibly)"", and because it looks pretty darn cool. Anyway, I pop in the install DVD and we get past the gray progress bar and onto "Starting Windows", until all of the sudden out of nowhere, just a second before the cutesy Windows Logo animation appears, I am instantly greeted with a blue screen saying nothing more than:

STOP: 0x000000A5 (0x0001000B, 0x50434146, 0xFFd0ac0, 0x00000000)

It does it on all install discs that I've tried, and it gives me the same error consistently every time. I even tried starting the installer within xp, and that starts okay, but after the first reboot where it boots the partially installed os from the hard drive, it does the same thing before it can continue. Everything that is not essential has been unplugged, tried removing ram modules, on battery or plugged in, checked the extremely simple bios settings menu (you can change like three things, none of which pertain to the situation), and most other items that could possibly be covered here. This leads me to the conclusion, that since it my disc is fine and my hardware is fine (did a bios update), that the installation disc must be first modified in some way, perhaps to skip a certain unnecessary check?

Thanks for all your help!

- 2 Bunny

Hi and welcome.

The first question I have is did you run the Free Windows Hardware advisor program that checks your system if it is compatible wiht Windows 7 prior to install?

Second it seems that your old laptop has had this same problem inthe past with other OS installs. It may be just a BIOS update needed but I have found a few others having similiar issues with Windows 7 installs.
I just Googled "Windows 7 hp pavilion zt1250"


UPDATE
I just did some checking and it seems your laptop hardware will not work with Windows 7. It is just too old of a system.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Feb 2010   #3

Windows 7
 
 

@ 2 Bunny I have this exact same problem and this is on 2 year old hardware. Everything you said above was to the T of what my problem is. I've posted recently Failing Install (unlike the others and on top of the things I tried and things suggested i'm no closer to getting 7 installed than when i started. It just doesn't add up. I'm currently re-installing Vista 64-bit with no problems what so ever.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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27 Feb 2010   #4

Windows 7 64Bit
 
 
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by IggyAZ View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 2 Bunny View Post
All right, this will probably turn into a really long post, but it is quite an interesting story even if you can't help solve the problem.

All right, so basically I am hoping to run Windows 7 on an old Laptop, an hp pavilion zt1250 (1GHz, 1GB RAM, 20GB HDD, DVD/CD, External WLan, XGA Screen, that sort of old). It isn't like a serious installation, it is more like a "post on YouTube to a "Windows 7 running on a nine year old laptop" or "wow your friends with your old computer running a newer os than their new one (possibly)"", and because it looks pretty darn cool. Anyway, I pop in the install DVD and we get past the gray progress bar and onto "Starting Windows", until all of the sudden out of nowhere, just a second before the cutesy Windows Logo animation appears, I am instantly greeted with a blue screen saying nothing more than:

STOP: 0x000000A5 (0x0001000B, 0x50434146, 0xFFd0ac0, 0x00000000)

It does it on all install discs that I've tried, and it gives me the same error consistently every time. I even tried starting the installer within xp, and that starts okay, but after the first reboot where it boots the partially installed os from the hard drive, it does the same thing before it can continue. Everything that is not essential has been unplugged, tried removing ram modules, on battery or plugged in, checked the extremely simple bios settings menu (you can change like three things, none of which pertain to the situation), and most other items that could possibly be covered here. This leads me to the conclusion, that since it my disc is fine and my hardware is fine (did a bios update), that the installation disc must be first modified in some way, perhaps to skip a certain unnecessary check?

Thanks for all your help!

- 2 Bunny

Hi and welcome.

The first question I have is did you run the Free Windows Hardware advisor program that checks your system if it is compatible wiht Windows 7 prior to install?
Nope, I figured it would yell at me.


Quote:
Second it seems that your old laptop has had this same problem in the past with other OS installs. It may be just a BIOS update needed but I have found a few others having similiar issues with Windows 7 installs.
I just Googled "Windows 7 hp pavilion zt1250"
No, it hasn't acutally. Windows xp installs perfectly every time, as mentioned above.

Quote:


UPDATE
I just did some checking and it seems your laptop hardware will not work with Windows 7. It is just too old of a system.
Then how do you explain those people installing it with pentium 2s and a quarter gigabyte of ram on YouTube?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by S1ip9 View Post
@ 2 Bunny I have this exact same problem and this is on 2 year old hardware. Everything you said above was to the T of what my problem is. I've posted recently Failing Install (unlike the others and on top of the things I tried and things suggested i'm no closer to getting 7 installed than when i started. It just doesn't add up. I'm currently re-installing Vista 64-bit with no problems what so ever.
I know, there is just something funky about the hardware, it should at least load the installer.

Keep the suggestions and comments coming! ☺

- 2 Bunny
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Feb 2010   #5

Windows 7
 
 

What bios verison are you running. I am running AMI BIOS 0404 wondering if there is any relation
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Feb 2010   #6

Windows 7 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by S1ip9 View Post
What bios verison are you running. I am running AMI BIOS 0404 wondering if there is any relation
It is some kind of Insyde Software thing.

I also discovered that the first half gigabyte of ram is in fact not baked onto the motherboard, and that after reading the service manual it involved looking beneath the keyboard, which I did, then switched out the ram with a different extra one I found, and it still didn't work, so I'm quite sure it isn't the ram.

- 2 Bunny
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Mar 2010   #7

Windows 7 64Bit
 
 

So nothing? Its back to the drawing board?

- 2 Bunny
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Mar 2010   #8

Windows 7
 
 

Well I'll give you an update on my situation. I've gotten further than I've been able to get. I had a bios version of 0404 and ASUS had released a bios update of 0701.

I flashed the bios and just like that the install was able to get further than before. Everything went smooth. Although I still can't get into Windows 7, it is installed, and I can finally get past the blank screen. It just hangs on "Windows is setting up your computer for the first time" with the pulsing light.

Not sure if it was stated above but if it's possible try a different bios or updated bios version.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Mar 2010   #9

Windows 7 64Bit
 
 
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by S1ip9 View Post
Well I'll give you an update on my situation. I've gotten further than I've been able to get. I had a bios version of 0404 and ASUS had released a bios update of 0701.

I flashed the bios and just like that the install was able to get further than before. Everything went smooth. Although I still can't get into Windows 7, it is installed, and I can finally get past the blank screen. It just hangs on "Windows is setting up your computer for the first time" with the pulsing light.

Not sure if it was stated above but if it's possible try a different bios or updated bios version.
Huh. Thats really interesting. I'm gonna try some more stuff, and then put in an update. Is that laptop you're trying it on an old laptop?

I really wish that someone would post a list of what these error codes really mean. They're supposed to be for support to diagnose stuff, but the support never knows what they mean.

I'll keep you posted!

- 2 Bunny
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Mar 2010   #10

Windows 7
 
 

Yes the laptop is 5 - 6 years old. An emachine m6811. It's been through hell, but still runs nicely. I would defiantly try updating bios if at all possible.
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