Having had windows 7 on my laptop for a couple of months, it is now time for the desktop to move away from windows XP! However, i've run into a couple of teething troubles which I can't seem to find any solutions to.
Motherboard: MSI Platinum PowerUp Edition 975x
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 2.4GHz
RAM: 2x1GB Corsair DDR2 800Mhz
Graphics: ATi Radeon X1950XTX
Hard Disks: 2x 320GB 7,200rpm Hard Disks... no Raid that I know of because I know nothing about Raid
Optical Drive: Bog standard Song DVD RAM drive
PSU: Enermax Noisetaker 600W
When attempting to install Windows 7 Professional x64, at first it would lock up constantly at the "Setup is Starting" menu, after being really bloody slow loading the language screen as well. The screen would totally freeze, the loading thing would stop turning and I wouldn't be able to move the mouse. Trawling the internet a bit, it turned out I needed to disable the BIOS Floppy Disk Driver. The machine used to have a floppy drive in it, its now been taken out so that sort of made sense.
That done, the setup ran much faster, blasted through setup no problem at all. Formatted the correct disk and started the installation. Copying files worked fine, happy days.
HOWEVER, just as it got to the "Expanding Windows files (0%)" the *buggerating* thing locked up again. Same stuff, screen freezes unable to move the mouse. Once again going back to the internet, I don't seem to be able to find any solutions.
Every peripheral has been unplugged and half the ram has been removed so its on 2 sticks of 1gb. I'll probably try it again in a sec with just the one stick, but I know the RAM isn't faulty so.. blerjerhh.
Any ideas or suggestions people? Anything REALLY simple i've missed?
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Since it seemed to have some problem with a non-existent floppy, I'd suggest it has an issue with drive management. Simplify things to absolute minimum by disconnecting the data cable from the 2nd non-essential hard drive before starting the install process.
If the problem continues, and you have both IDE and SATA drives available to try, then re-attempt installing with one you've not already tried to see if you get past the hitch (e.g. if you've been trying with SATA drive, try an install with an IDE drive or vice-versa)
Also, I didn't check to see if the MSI mobo has integrated video, but I'm guessing it does.
Remove the video adapter card and run the installation using the integrated video.
Remember to unplug the PSU or turn it off using the rear power switch and waiting a minute before removing any devices from the computer. Do NOT just rely on turning it off via the front panel as that doesn't actually remove all the power from the motherboard. Removing an adapter card while the motherboard is still active can damage the adapter and/or the mobo.
edit to add:
And of course follow proper electrostatic handling procedures throughout.
Seem to be cramping peoples ideas here but there is no integrated video on the motherboard. Yeah thanks for the advice, i've been powering it up and down properly. I decided it would be a good idea after I fried a PSU by hot swapping hard drives a few years back.
DVD drive is ok, thing is a clean install of Windows Vista Home Premium x64 has been completed on the same computer, same hard drive with all 4 RAM sticks and other hard disk in, no problems at all.
Like I say, inexplicable.
Dave, I'm telling you for sure, you're experiencing what I was experiencing installing
Win7 on my folks computer. They got my old mobo, cpu, ram, etc and that f**kin
sony drive! I posted a link about this last month. And yup, I had Vista installed on it too
before I gave it to them! Spooky eh!
Have you not got an MP3 Player of some sort to use as HDD? Or even an external HDD
to install the OS?