Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker
Exactly what is the fail point or error message?
Does Windows 7 see the HD?
Is XP booting correctly? Try running Windows 7 installer from XP.
Fail point is before the actual installation even begins, so it doesn't even get a chance to see the HD!
Exact sequence of events (assuming Windows 7 install DVD is already inserted):
1) Computer powers on
2) Boot order is DVD drive first, so prompt says "Press any key to boot from CD"
3) When a key is pressed, very first screen says "Windows is loading files" with a progress bar
4) Progress bar reaches full, then screen changes to "Starting Windows"
5) First orange pixel of the famous colored ball sequence shows, but nothing else. Screen hangs on that "Starting Windows" screen with that single orange pixel. Have left it for several hours to no avail. So, I'm not even getting to the first step of installation!
XP is booting correctly, and I have tried running the installer from XP. In that case, the installer does its usual activity of copying setup files to hard drive, then begins expanding the files. Roughly 27% of the way through expansion, it says "a restart is needed". After restart, boot loader now shows "Earlier version of Windows" and "Windows Setup", and defaults to "Windows Setup" after 3 seconds. At this point, I get the same "Starting Windows" screen as described above and the same freeze at the single orange pixel.
Pretty strange, eh?