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Windows 7: Win7 clean install won't complete


29 Mar 2010   #21

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TJ1376 View Post
This post is remarkably similar to mine!


EDIT: Below is my setup. I am curious if we share any similarities:

Motherboard: Biostar TA790GXE 128m
CPU: AMD Athlon II x2 255 Regor 3.1ghz am3
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green 500 gb drive
DVD: Sony optiarc 24x DVDR sata model ad-7240s-ob
Mem: OCZ 4gb (2x2g) 240 pinn DDR2 SDRAM 1066(PC2 8500)(Have also tried 2gig)
DVD & HDD are hooked up using SATA cables.
20" Hanns-g monitor hooked up via HDMI (Have also tried VGA)

These installs have failed after reboot:
Win 7 x64 professional install dvd
Win 7 x32 home install dvd
Win 7 Enterprise install from USB (ISO downloaded)
DOS (win 98 version)
My config is
Motherboard - Gigabyte P55UD3P
CPU i570
disk Seagate 1.5TB
DVD Samsung Blu/DVD
Mem 2 gb 1333 Kensington for now (will be 8)
DVD and HD are SATA but mobo seems to be looking at them as IDE - not sure how to interpret the mobo settings
temporarily using generic VGA 17"CRT until build is complete

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29 Mar 2010   #22

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ibex View Post
made a number of BIOS changes
the PCH SATA control mode is set to IDE
options are IDE, RAID(XHD) and ACHI. Should this beset to ACHI or is IDE the correct default?
....
However I took my eyes off it for a moment and it went into a reboot loop so I'm going to try again to see what happened.
Sat at "Completing installation" for several minutes then screen flashed (old CRT) and resolution changed to much higher. sat at "Completing installation"for another couple of minutes and then reported installation would continue after reboot.

PC rebooted and came up with "Starting Windows" screen and then stopped and rebooted.

So significant progress but not a working installation yet.
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29 Mar 2010   #23

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ibex View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
The log last entry will tell you what went wrong.

It is on the drive of the failed install, e.g.

"C:\$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources\Panther\setuperr.log"

Boot 7 dvd , go to command prompt, type

Notepad

when notepad appears, click File>Save, browse to the setuperr.log and have a look.
I tried to do this. I have booted from the install CD and gone into notepad

In notepad I see 3 disk drives.
System reserved (C: )
Local Disk (D: )
Boot (X: )
and removable CD drive (E: )

X: has 4 folders Program Files, sources, users and Windows.
Sources has 4 folders en-US, inf, License and recovery and 3 files hwcompat, hwexclude and idwbinfo
recovery has 1 empty folder en-Us and no files

am I looking in the wrong place?

X: is a Ram memory created by setup for the installation files of Windows 7
So that is correct.
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29 Mar 2010   #24

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

This is with 2gb Ram installed & the VGA Cable & 17' VGA CRT Monitor ?

Sounds very close ?
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29 Mar 2010   #25
Microsoft MVP

 

Do you have the latest BIOS version update?

Try clearing the CMOS: Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS

Have you removed all but 2gb of RAM and tested the RAM?

Try testing the HD using maker diagnostics: Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

What I do when I don't want to take any more time troubleshooting install is to pull the HD, put it in another machine to see if it will install there. Then return it to problem machine. If it will start it will swap out all drivers, requesting several restarts, and run fine. I always run CHKDSK just be be sure.
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29 Mar 2010   #26

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

WindowsStar,

Great. Glad to hear that the partitioning approach solved problems. And I appreciate the feedback.
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29 Mar 2010   #27

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Ibex,

On the motherboard, bios settings--I always go with the defaults first and foremost. If I suspect problems there then 1st go to motherboard's website for recommendations and 2nd-very important-only make one change at a time- otherwise you never know whether you moving forwards or backwards.

Definitely check the website for your motherboard and see if there is a bios update. This is extremely important in view of the fact that you are using a 2T harddrive.

Will send in next post procedure for preparing and partitioning of your hard disk. Will be back in about 30 minutes.
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29 Mar 2010   #28

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Ibex,
Took longer than I wanted. Had to go get one of my external drives to make 100% sure of the procedure.

PARTITION A HARD DISK PRIOR TO WINDOWS 7 INSTALL

LEAVE THE DVD TRAY OPEN
Turn on your computer. The purpose of this is so that the DVD door can be opened.
Open the DVD door.
Turn off the computer with the DVD door open.

BOOT FROM YOUR WINDOWS 7 DVD AND GO TO A COMMAND PROMPT
Insert the Windows 7 DVD and close the DVD door.
Power on your computer.
When that very first dialog appears where you would normally push the NEXT button, then use the SHIFT + F10 key combo to get to a command prompt.
The command prompt will be X:>


USE THE DISKPART PROGRAM TO PREPARE AND PARTITION THE HARD DISK
Type the commands shown, hitting the Enter key after each.

Do not proceed to the next command until the current command is finished.

DISKPART (the command prompt will change to DISKPART>)
LIST DISK (list the disks present)
SELECT DISK 0 (assuming disk zero is the desired hard disk)
DETAIL DISK (show you info regarding the disk you selected)
CLEAN (write zeros to first and last sectors on disk)
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY SIZE=256644
(
create a 256 gig primary partition)
(256644 = 1024 x 256 1 Gig=1024 Megs)

CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY SIZE=513288
(
create a 512 gig primary partition)
(513288 = 1024 x 512 1 Gig=1024 Megs)

CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
(create a partition occupying the remainder)

You now have three partitions on your disk.
Next you need to:
Declare one partition as the system partition
Format each of the partitions
Assign a drive letter to the partitions.
You can mix the operations up. You just need to complete them all.


SELECT PARTITION 1
ACTIVE (make this the system partition)
FORMAT FS=NTFS (format the partition)
ASSIGN (next available drive letter is assigned)

SELECT PARTITION 2
FORMAT FS=NTFS (format the partition)
ASSIGN (next available drive letter is assigned)

SELECT PARTITION 3
FORMAT FS=NTFS (format the partition)
ASSIGN (next available drive letter is assigned)

LIST PARTITION (to see what you have wrought)


EXIT(this will exit you from the DiskPart program)
EXIT(this will exit you back to the Windows 7 install
program)
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30 Mar 2010   #29

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Ibex,
...
Assign a drive letter to the partitions.
You can mix the operations up. You just need to complete them all.


SELECT PARTITION 1
ACTIVE (make this the system partition)
FORMAT FS=NTFS (format the partition)
ASSIGN (next available drive letter is assigned)

SELECT PARTITION 2
FORMAT FS=NTFS (format the partition)
ASSIGN (next available drive letter is assigned)

SELECT PARTITION 3
FORMAT FS=NTFS (format the partition)
ASSIGN (next available drive letter is assigned)

LIST PARTITION (to see what you have wrought)


EXIT(this will exit you from the DiskPart program)
EXIT(this will exit you back to the Windows 7 install
program)
Will do this tonight.

One question about the drive letters. If I do this in the order above I'll have
Partition 1 C:
Partition 2 D:
Partition 3 E:

I'm still a little concerned that the Windows 7 install is going onto the D: drive. One other forum expressed some concern about this but on here everyone seems OK with it. I thought it was "normal" to put Windows on C:
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30 Mar 2010   #30

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

One question about the drive letters. If I do this in the order above I'll have
Partition 1 C:
Partition 2 D:
Partition 3 E:

I'm still a little concerned that the Windows 7 install is going onto the D: drive. One other forum expressed some concern about this but on here everyone seems OK with it. I thought it was "normal" to put Windows on C:

Partition 1 should default to Active, primary, boot for the install.


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