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Windows 7: Failing Install (unlike the others

21 Feb 2010   #11
gregrocker

 

What is the SATA controller setting in BIOS? Try ACHI. Then try IDE emulation.

Try resetting CMOS: Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS

Try booting from Vista DVD until you get to "Where do you want to install" screen, then switch DVD to Win7.


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21 Feb 2010   #12
S1ip9

Windows 7
 
 

@theog I have ran that using Windows Memory check tool and memtest86+. No errors
I have also tried just using 1 stick, swapping both in different slots. No go

@Myzr7 I have tried all night as well. From both the 32-bit CD, the 64-bit CD and USB Drive

@gregrocker I've tried both modes. I have also reset Bios all 3 ways. Tried each disk again. Same outcome.


Now after all this. I'm starting to see a small pattern.

*SOMETIMES* After multiple reboots of hitting the reset button. After the 10 seconds of HD in-activity I'll get the usb power back on the mouse NOT the keyboard. But it's a step further than i've gotten thus far. So when the light on the mouse comes back on i'm filled with a little bit of joy. Thinking maybe this is the reboot where it'll keep going.
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21 Feb 2010   #13
S1ip9

Windows 7
 
 

@gregrocker. Great suggestion to use VISTA disk which works fine and boots perfect. I didn't think I could use the win7 disk. But I will give that a go.

Going on a Business trip for the next 5 days but I will try this as soon as I get home and update the thread.

Thanks so far for the suggestions from everyone
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27 Feb 2010   #14
S1ip9

Windows 7
 
 

So unfortunately trying to use the Vista disc up to the "Where do you want to install" trick doesn't work. It just says to "please insert install disc 1" every time I make the switch

Starting to think nothing is going to work. I'm thinking i'm going to get burned for $300 or i'm going to have to spend more to get new hardware.
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28 Feb 2010   #15
gregrocker

 

Sorry that trick didn't work for you, as it sometimes doesn't.

On machines wasting too much time troubleshooting failed install, I remove the HD to another machine, install Win7, then return the HD to the problem machine.

If it will start (and all of them have so far - about a dozen) then it switches out all of the drivers, requesting several restarts, with no performance hit at all.

This is not supposed to work on a machine with a different number of cores, but last week did one from single to dual core and it works great.

The other option is to make a system image of another Win 7 installation and apply the image to your HD from an external by booting from reimaging CD.
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05 Mar 2010   #16
S1ip9

Windows 7
 
 

Update: Thought I had the latest BIOS rev. I did not. I was on Asus 0404 for my board. I flashed bios to 0701 and sure enough the Install went through. I still can't get it to load the windows Desktop it still hangs on "Windows is setting up your computer for the first time" But that's a different issue and i'm much closer than I have been. I can now at least get into the repair screen

Below are the changes made in the different BIOS rev. I figure it may help someone focus in on something with a similar problem

[ 0701 ]
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Fix Cool and Quiet cannot function under Windows Vista.



[ 0602 ]
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Support both AC'97 and Azalia front audio panel.



[ 0602 ]
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Latest beta BIOS.



[ 0502 ]
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Fix ASUS PC Probe will display incorrect PWR fan reading.



[ 0502 ]
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Latest beta BIOS.



[ 0404 ]
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Support new CPUs. Please refer to our website at: ASUSTeK Computer Inc.-Support-
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