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Windows 7: BSOD on W7 Install

19 Oct 2009   #1

Windows XP Pro (patched to SP3)
BSOD on W7 Install

Am trying to install W7 RC1 build 7100 on my machine (specs below). The install set worked fine on my laptop. Any help would be appreciated.

1-line BSOD Reads:
STOP: 0X0000005C (0X0000010B, 0X00000003, 0X00000000, 0X00000000)

Along with this install, I am using an new 1TB hard drive, Western Digital W10EADS. It has nothing on it. (note: it was a bare drive - no jumpers)

I never received an option in the install to partition the drive
The install runs to a splash screen and crashes to the BSOD referenced above.

I attempted to boot into safe mode, and safe mode command prompt only.
I attempted boot with and without the video card

When in safe mode, it stopped after the disk.sys file was loading.

I then had real life duties that dragged me away. I have in mind to partition and format the new drive in my current XP configuration and then attempt the install, I just would like to know if anyone has also successfully handled this.

machine specs:
Intel P4 3 GHZ - not overclocked
2GB of RAM
1TB Hard Drive WD10EADS
NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT vid card
onboard sound & networking


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19 Oct 2009   #2


Nice drive :)

Unfortunately, there is little here to "debug". Crashes during a "clean" installation procedure are almost always caused by hardware-level problems.

0xC5 translates as HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED - extremely rare and very indicative of a hardware incompatibility or outright borkedness.
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24 Oct 2009   #3

Windows XP Pro (patched to SP3)

Thank you for introducing me to the term "Borkedness"... LOVE IT!

since there isn't really anything to debug from a BSOD perspective (we know it is a hardware issue) I am wondering if anyone might suggestion how to troubleshoot HAL errors.

Please either confirm I have a method right or if there's a better way/resource to guide me. Basically I need to attempt with and without various peripherals.

I am planning to try adding the new drive to the existing configuration and making a 130 GB NTFS partition, and divy up the remaining space into 3 or 4 more partitions. Then try dropping all other drives out and installing again.

Is it also possible that although the BIOS recognizes the drive and it's size, that I need to configure it as RAID for Windows 7 to recognize it. (it did seem odd to me that I was not offered the "Where do you want to install Windows 7" screen some blogs have mentioned. Could RAID have something to do with it?

I plan to try this again tomorrow. Any assistance/persepective is appreciated.
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24 Oct 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP


Hal errors are rather straightforward IMO - it's either a hardware problem or a driver problem.

Research the driver(s) to ensure that they are compatible with the OS.
Then test the device to ensure that it's working correctly. Most times this will involve substituting a known good part - although there are some hardware tests that will help.

Hard drive tests: HD Diagnostic
Memory tests: Memory Diagnostics
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