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Windows 7: Please Help me. I'm so frustrated.

11 Sep 2010   #1
Alkaroth

In-Between
 
 
Please Help me. I'm so frustrated.

So it's almost 6:00 am and I have my face sinking in my palms.

I have a Gateway FX 7024. Specs are here:

Part Number: 1015229R
Gateway FX7024 Desktop Computer
Model: FX7024
The following table provides the specifications for the Gateway FX7024 desktop computer.
Feature Specification
Processor Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 Quad Core processor with VT
Each core operates at 2.40 GHz
2 x 4 MB L2 cache
1066 MHz front side bus
Chipset Intel G33
Memory Installed: 3072 MB DDR2, 667 MHz, (PC2-5300) dual channel memory (two 1024 MB and two 512 MB modules)
Expandable to: 8 GB (4 DDR2 DIMM slots)
Hard Drive 500 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA II hard drive
Support for up to two hard drives
Optical Drive 18X DVD ±RW super multi-format dual layer optical drive with Labelflash™ support (up to 8.5GB)
Write max: 18X DVD±R, 8X DVD+R DL, 8X DVD-R DL, 8X DVD+RW, 6X DVD-RW, 12X DVD-RAM, 48X CD-R, 32X CD-RW
Read max: 16X DVD-ROM, 48X CD-ROM
Supports Labelflash™ on disc printing (req. Labelflash media)
Media Card Reader 15-in-1 high speed digital media manager supporting the following:
Compact Flash (CF) I, II
IBM Microdrive™ (MD)
SmartMedia Card (SMC)
Memory Stick™ (MS)
Memory Stick Duo (MS Duo)
Memory Stick PRO (MS PRO)
Memory Stick PRO Duo (MS PRO Duo)
Secure Digital™ (SD)
Mini Secure Digital (MiniSD)
Multi Media Card (MMC)
RS Multi Media Card (RS-MMC) (need adapter)
Multi Media Plus Card (MMC Plus)
Multi Media Mobile Card (MMC Mobile)
xD-Picture Card (xD)
Video NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT over-clocked video card
512 MB on board video memory
DirectX 10
Ports:
Two DVI-I with HDCP
One S-Video
Audio Integrated 8-Channel (7.1) High Definition Audio
Network Support Integrated Intel 10/100 Mbps Ethernet LAN
Modem 56 K ITU V.92 ready Fax/Modem with RJ-11 ports
Add-in Card Slots One PCI Express ×16 (graphics interface)
Two PCI Express ×1
One PCI conventional
External Connectors One PS/2 keyboard port
One PS/2 mouse port
One VGA monitor port
Eight USB ports (six rear, two front)
One RJ-45 Ethernet LAN port
Seven audio jacks (five rear, two front)
One S/PDIF optical jack
Two IEEE 1394a jacks (one rear, one front)
Drive Bays Five total:
Two external 5.25-inch
One external 3.5-inch (with a docking bay for optional Gateway 2.5-inch removable USB hard drive)
Two internal 3.5-inch (hard drive)
Physical Dimensions
(H × W × D) 15.6 × 7.2 × 16.1 inches
Weight (Unpackaged) Minimum 23.4 lbs. (varies with configuration)



I bought 8 gigs of ram today DDR2 but 800 speed and installed them. I also got a 16 gig flash drive with Windows 7 Ultimate 64/32 on it.

Old system was Vista 32 bit, which requires me to do a clean install with Windows 7. I think my rig can handle 64 bit. Also, I believe it's worth mentioning that my vista installation had two partitions on my hard drive. One was a recovery of 10 gigs and the other was the actual installation.

I installed Windows 7 over the actual installation partition (thus leaving the recovery unnafected) and it all went well until it finished installing and rebooted. Then a GATEWAY background came and suddenly there is this system recovery options menu...... it wont let me do squat. I cant restore, fix, repair, nothing!!!

I'm thinking this might be because the other partition (which still has windows vista 32 bit on it) is trying to boot up as well an causing an issue.

Guys, I really need help with this, I'm desperate and have spent the last 8 hours on this.... Anyone? Please?


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11 Sep 2010   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alkaroth View Post
So it's almost 6:00 am and I have my face sinking in my palms.

I have a Gateway FX 7024. Specs are here:
Code:
Part Number: 1015229R
Gateway FX7024 Desktop Computer
Model: FX7024
The following table provides the specifications for the Gateway FX7024 desktop computer.
Feature Specification
Processor Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 Quad Core processor with VT
Each core operates at 2.40 GHz
2 x 4 MB L2 cache
1066 MHz front side bus
Chipset Intel G33
Memory Installed: 3072 MB DDR2, 667 MHz, (PC2-5300) dual channel memory (two 1024 MB and two 512 MB modules)
Expandable to: 8 GB (4 DDR2 DIMM slots)
Hard Drive 500 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA II hard drive
Support for up to two hard drives
Optical Drive 18X DVD ±RW super multi-format dual layer optical drive with Labelflash™ support (up to 8.5GB)
Write max: 18X DVD±R, 8X DVD+R DL, 8X DVD-R DL, 8X DVD+RW, 6X DVD-RW, 12X DVD-RAM, 48X CD-R, 32X CD-RW
Read max: 16X DVD-ROM, 48X CD-ROM
Supports Labelflash™ on disc printing (req. Labelflash media)
Media Card Reader 15-in-1 high speed digital media manager supporting the following:
Compact Flash (CF) I, II
IBM Microdrive™ (MD)
SmartMedia Card (SMC)
Memory Stick™ (MS)
Memory Stick Duo (MS Duo)
Memory Stick PRO (MS PRO)
Memory Stick PRO Duo (MS PRO Duo)
Secure Digital™ (SD)
Mini Secure Digital (MiniSD)
Multi Media Card (MMC)
RS Multi Media Card (RS-MMC) (need adapter)
Multi Media Plus Card (MMC Plus)
Multi Media Mobile Card (MMC Mobile)
xD-Picture Card (xD)
Video NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT over-clocked video card
512 MB on board video memory
DirectX 10
Ports:
Two DVI-I with HDCP
One S-Video
Audio Integrated 8-Channel (7.1) High Definition Audio
Network Support Integrated Intel 10/100 Mbps Ethernet LAN
Modem 56 K ITU V.92 ready Fax/Modem with RJ-11 ports
Add-in Card Slots One PCI Express ×16 (graphics interface)
Two PCI Express ×1
One PCI conventional
External Connectors One PS/2 keyboard port
One PS/2 mouse port
One VGA monitor port
Eight USB ports (six rear, two front)
One RJ-45 Ethernet LAN port
Seven audio jacks (five rear, two front)
One S/PDIF optical jack
Two IEEE 1394a jacks (one rear, one front)
Drive Bays Five total:
Two external 5.25-inch
One external 3.5-inch (with a docking bay for optional Gateway 2.5-inch removable USB hard drive)
Two internal 3.5-inch (hard drive)
Physical Dimensions
(H × W × D) 15.6 × 7.2 × 16.1 inches
Weight (Unpackaged) Minimum 23.4 lbs. (varies with configuration)
I bought 8 gigs of ram today DDR2 but 800 speed and installed them. I also got a 16 gig flash drive with Windows 7 Ultimate 64/32 on it.

Old system was Vista 32 bit, which requires me to do a clean install with Windows 7. I think my rig can handle 64 bit. Also, I believe it's worth mentioning that my vista installation had two partitions on my hard drive. One was a recovery of 10 gigs and the other was the actual installation.

I installed Windows 7 over the actual installation partition (thus leaving the recovery unnafected) and it all went well until it finished installing and rebooted. Then a GATEWAY background came and suddenly there is this system recovery options menu...... it wont let me do squat. I cant restore, fix, repair, nothing!!!

I'm thinking this might be because the other partition (which still has windows vista 32 bit on it) is trying to boot up as well an causing an issue.

Guys, I really need help with this, I'm desperate and have spent the last 8 hours on this.... Anyone? Please?

Hi and welcome


I am a bit confused as to where you are and what you want to do.
First if you are trying to install an OS remove all the ram but 2 gigs

Second where did you get your win 7? since it does not come n flash drive it might not be a working copy

Third--did you format the partition that you want to install on?

etc


Ken
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11 Sep 2010   #3
Alkaroth

In-Between
 
 

I got it from my friend. I did not format them nor delete them. I was wondering if this is what I should do. Thanks for the ram advice.
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11 Sep 2010   #4
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alkaroth View Post
I got it from my friend. I did not format them nor delete them. I was wondering if this is what I should do. Thanks for the ram advice.

No problem on the ram, you must format when going from 32 to 64bit, and it is always a good idea.

So I assume you are trying to install win 7 (your friends win 7 may or may not work and is obviously not legal) so I cant help you there

Boot from the dvd click install and hope for the best

Ken J
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11 Sep 2010   #5
Alkaroth

In-Between
 
 

What if I delete the partitions? is that just as good?
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11 Sep 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Since this is not your own Win7, it will not work - at least not for very long. I think you have 2 options:

1. Get your own Win7 with your own product key and install that.
2. Reinstall Vista from the recovery partition.

For formatting the partition I recommend the bootable CD of this program: BEST FREE Partition Manager Software for Windows supports all 32-bit & 64 bit Windows No-server OS.
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11 Sep 2010   #7
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Just do a clean install from the friend's dvd, dont enter any key and leave "Activate when online" box unchecked. You can use this setup for upto 120 days while you make up your mind.

https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...-120-days.html
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11 Sep 2010   #8
Alkaroth

In-Between
 
 

Well given I get it to work properly and like it, I'll surely get the key when the time comes. I finally got it working and it rocks. Until an update that pretty much made my keyboard and mouse useless. A logitech update that messed with their drivers. That was a story in itself......

Are there any controversial updates that I should watch for? One last thing. I'm having a bit of a weird issue...

I bought 8 gigs (4 sticks of 2) of ram DDR2 800. Notice that Original is Samsung 667.

I updated mi BIOS to the latest: DPP3510J.15A.0316.2008.0522.1909.

Here is the strange part. When I go to mi BIOS (before and after I updated it) it showed that I have 2, 2 gig corsair sticks 800 mhz and 2 SAMSUNG 512 667?! what? I can see that its four 2 gig corsair stick in there! so what gives? I thought that would go away after the bios update but it has not.

I have read about unchecking the memory box in msconfig (been there, done that) also about memory remapping (i cant do it on my bios.... i cant find it) and a myriad of other things. So, can anyone help me? I'm really worried about this. I'm going to return my memory if I cant get it to go.

Quick Update:

I bought the modules from Tiger Direct, tomorrow I'll pass by and have them verify that they all are 2 gigs

The order before was 2 gigs, 512, 2 gigs, 512.

I turned off the comp and switched them around and it's now
512, 2 gigs, 512, 2 gigs....... what in the world?......
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11 Sep 2010   #9
Keiichi25

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and Home Premium x64
 
 

The BIOS might be fixed configured... IE: when Gateway built the computer, they set the BIOS to identify the chips they put it. Generally, whenever you do a serious hardware change of this nature, you want to go into BIOS first and see if it detects things properly.

In your case, I think the bios still thinks you have something else. First thing you might want to try is see if you can re-seat the memory, blow out any possible dust as well.

Reboot the system, go into the bios and check to see that it SEES 8 gigs of ram. If it does, then check Windows when you get in there and see if it sees the same.
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11 Sep 2010   #10
Alkaroth

In-Between
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Keiichi25 View Post
The BIOS might be fixed configured... IE: when Gateway built the computer, they set the BIOS to identify the chips they put it. Generally, whenever you do a serious hardware change of this nature, you want to go into BIOS first and see if it detects things properly.

In your case, I think the bios still thinks you have something else. First thing you might want to try is see if you can re-seat the memory, blow out any possible dust as well.

Reboot the system, go into the bios and check to see that it SEES 8 gigs of ram. If it does, then check Windows when you get in there and see if it sees the same.
What do you mean "re-seat"? like take it out and put it back in? I dont know why would the manufacturer advertise that it is expandable up to 8 gigs and then they put a bios that wouldnt recognize it, that would be the pinnacle for gateway!
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