Recently discovered these forums, so howdy first of all, my first post and all.
I'd really like your input on the following problem I face:
I have two PCs at home, a desktop and a laptop. The desktop, being my main computer, is "less open" to experiments such as new OS versions etc, so most of my tweaking happens on the (not-so-used) laptop machine.
Here's the story: Windows 7 will NOT install on this laptop. Which is something I cannot understand...
The laptop is Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo A1667G, a 2006 model. Its base specs are:
CPU: Athlon 64 (single-core) 4000+ (2.6 GHz)
VGA: ATI Radeon X700 128 MB
RAM: 2 GB DDR 400
HDD: Seagate Momentus 7200 100 GB
Windows 7 upgrade advisor didn't find any issues with the hardware of the machine. However, I have tried the following, and here's what happened every time. Note that the machine used to run Windows Vista x86 with no issues, before I decide to...take it to Windows 7. Windows 7 x64
- 7077 build DVD 1 went past "Copying files - 100%" and DID NOT go to "Expanding files". All options remained grayed out. 7077 DVD 2 (burnt at 4x, since the DVDs I used refused to be burned below 4x) actually went to "Expanding files", but stayed at 0%, seemingly forever.
- 7000 build, DVD 1: Reached "Expanding Files" and stayed at 0%. DVD 2 (re-burnt different image) - reached "Expanding Files" and DVD actually spinned for a bit - reached 1%, and then stayed there forever.
- USB stick: I did try to make a USB stick bootable with 7. However, the laptop did not explicitly support USB stick boot, so even though I tried to make it "appear like a HDD", it never worked out well enough.
Following these abysmal results, when RC 1 (build 7100) came out, I thought to give it another shot:
7100 x64 did the same as always - expanding files at 0%. I noticed after cancelling installation that some 700 MB had been copied to the installation partition, but still nothing happened. Windows 7 7100 x86
I tried to run x86 installer from within Windows XP SP3 x86 I installed on the laptop following all these unsuccessful attempts.
A bit of background info on the partitions:
Partition 1, ~45 GB, is Windows XP SP 3.
Partition 2, ~20 GB, is Ubuntu 9.04
Partition 3, ~30 GB, is free. I attempted to install 7100 on this partition.
7000/7077 were going on Partition 1, and when all failed, windows XP came on P1 instead.
Now - I decided to run the install from within Windows, since there was the option to "get installation updates from Internet" and all.
Every time, Windows did download a 1300 KB file for me, presumably some driver
to use with the install. However, install went as follows:
- Attempt 1: Copying files, done. Expanding files up to 27%, done. Reboot. Expanding files to 100%, done. Installing features, updates, done. Here, it was supposed to reboot once more, but it never did - stuck on the wallpaper of the installation for quite sometime.
I rebooted manually, and then the installation thought this a bad thing to do, and mentioned that "Installation should be restarted", offering me only rollback. Rollback succeeded.
- Attempt 2: As attempt 1, stuck at the same place not rebooting. Rebooted manually, this time installation seemed willing to go on. Reached "Completing installation" stage, waited for 1 hour, then terminated installation myself.
- Attempt 3: Reached "Completing installation" stage - Left the laptop on overnight. After 8+ hours, it's still at "completing installation".
- Hardware cannot change, to make any more attempts. It's a laptop after all.
- BIOS cannot be upgraded, or USB stick used.
- Hardware is not as ancient as it could be - The mainboard chipset is to be honest (Socket 754 and all), and I could understand not being able to install the x64 version because the chipset can't support it properly / the CPU can't / whatever. But the x86 version? Especially when x86 Vista worked like a charm?!
Sorry for the excruciatingly long post - But any input will be much appreciated. I thought Win 7 would run better on this laptop than Vista (and I still believe they'll do better), but they have to install first for God's sake!
PS: Is there a way to track progress of the "Completing installation" part? That green bar on the bottom of the screen does actually fill? I can't recall, but I think I saw the bar getting greener...
Thanks in advance for your help and support (and time spent reading this!). Hope to hear any good ideas.