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Windows 7: fresh install, stalls right after "windows starting" screen. mbr?

31 May 2010   #11

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
How any partitions do you have on your HD?
Just the one right now. At least, that is what's listed when called in diskpart.

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31 May 2010   #12
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nicksil View Post
Some additional info as I've been poking around. Diskpart recognizes one volume on disk. Only one partition as well, no system separate partition. Now, I don't know if there is supposed to be two separate partitions or not, just going off of what I'm used to seeing
The formatting you did with DISKPART precluded the installer from adding the 100mb SYstem Reserved boot partition. If you want it, use installer's Drive Options to Delete and create new partition(s) before formatting and then installer will offer it.

DISKPART Clean All command eliminates the possibility that GRUB is interfering, or MBR derailed.

As requested we need exact error message you are receiving to Google it for solutions, as you can do yourself.

Do you have all other HD's and USB devices unplugged? Is there a tv tuner card or video card outputted to tv or projector, as this sometimes causes monitor to go blank when card driver is loaded.

Can you remove video card to default to onboard graphics chip?

Remove all but 2gb of RAM, test your RAM, then test your HD using maker's full diag/repair CD scan: http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287
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31 May 2010   #13

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Can you post your specs.

Filling out System Specs
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31 May 2010   #14

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
The formatting you did with DISKPART precluded the installer from adding the 100mb SYstem Reserved boot partition. If you want it, use installer's Drive Options to Delete and create new partition(s) before formatting and then installer will offer it.
No, not necessary. It was just an instance I had never observed before as I had never cleaned and formatted a drive in that manner. More curiosity than anything.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
As requested we need exact error message you are receiving to Google it for solutions, as you can do yourself.
I was being sincere when I remarked about the lack of any error messages. Everything literally operates normally, but when installations attempts to finalize and start Windows for the first time, it hangs.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Do you have all other HD's and USB devices unplugged? Is there a tv tuner card or video card outputted to tv or projector, as this sometimes causes monitor to go blank when card driver is loaded.

Can you remove video card to default to onboard graphics chip?

Remove all but 2gb of RAM, test your RAM, then test your HD using maker's full diag/repair CD scan: Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
All additional HDDs unplugged, additional monitor cables removed, everything taken off with exception of necessary items such as ps/2 connected keyboard and single monitor cable.

I ran a memtest last night with all RAM intact, which yielded no errors, but had no tested the HDD itself. I just had presumed it was in order when experienced the same situation when attempting an install using a completely different drive.

I had since dug up an old IDE drive and crossed my fingers as I tried to give it a go. To my sheer amazement, it formatted and installed without a hitch. I was elated until I was finally logged in to find out I had no internet connection -- my internet modem had since died in the time between my computer crippling, and getting it back online. Such is my luck with technology!

Now, with the help of my fathers laptop, and his wireless internet, I'm going to get to work on these other drives and see if I can't see just what the hell is going on not that I have some sort of interface to work with and an unimpeded internet connection.

Thanks again for your time and great advice; I appreciate it
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31 May 2010   #15

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Can you post your specs.

Filling out System Specs
I went ahead and updated my information just now. I hadn't earlier because I signed up using my cell phone and didn't really have the drive to complete all of that on such a small screen, haha
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31 May 2010   #16
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nicksil View Post
Startup recovery states that I may have plugged in some sort of peripheral - that's not the case though. I think it was referring to an instance when someone might leave in some sort of flash drive. Again, not the case.
Was it during Startup Repair that you got this error message about plugged peripheral?

Can you retrace your steps to see if the error replicates, then post up it's exact wording?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nicksil View Post
I had since dug up an old IDE drive and crossed my fingers as I tried to give it a go. To my sheer amazement, it formatted and installed without a hitch.
This could point to SATA controller setting if failed install was to SATA HD.

What is the SATA controller set to in BIOS setup: AHCI, IDE or RAID? Try AHCI first, then IDE.
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31 May 2010   #17

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I believe gregrocker means, What is the SATA controller set to in your BIOS: AHCI, IDE or RAID? Try AHCI first, then IDE.
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31 May 2010   #18
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
I believe gregrocker means, What is the SATA controller set to in your BIOS: AHCI, IDE or RAID? Try AHCI first, then IDE.
Thanks, Theog. Edited to make it clearer.

Do you think getting it to install to IDE HD while the SATA HD fails points to controller setting? Anything else you can think of?

Maybe make sure BIOS version is up to date, from manufacturer's Support Downloads webpage for mobo model.
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31 May 2010   #19

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Hi gregrocker

Sata controller may be set to Raid, but not asking for drivers.

Up to date BIOS may help.

Use 2g of ram, not 6g.

I have seen problems with large Hd's, so may be a partition of 500g may help.

Ray
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01 Jun 2010   #20

Mc Donald OS Version Beta
 
 

What is the chance Windows 7 was installed on a RAID volume? Quite possible.
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