Clean new build & problems

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by karltimber, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. karltimber

    karltimber MDL Novice

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    Hi folks,

    new here so just learning.

    Have just finished a new i7 build - formatted hd, full new hardware.
    I downloaded an iso (from Opa guide) , checked the Hash numbers etc all ok.

    When I boot my new pc with this disc, it loads the initial files, starts setup and then just hangs. I tried to install in safe mode and got to the end but it hangs on the "completing installation".

    This is the first time any software has been loaded.
    Should I try load xp first and update the bios ?? or is there a reason it's hanging on a new build - have tried loading two different w7 iso-discs about 11 times.

    any help would be appreciated,

    k
     
  2. genuine555

    genuine555 MDL Expert

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    Try to flash to latest bios, and leave it at default settings.
     
  3. karltimber

    karltimber MDL Novice

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    Thx G

    so do I need to load xp first to flash the bios - and then load w7 ?

    can I flash the bios from the bios menu at startup- not sure.

    could the bios version on a new mb be causing w7 to hang ?

    thx

    k
     
  4. wyrman

    wyrman MDL Member

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    You don't have to install xp. What type of MB do you have?
     
  5. genuine555

    genuine555 MDL Expert

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    I'd advise to download the dos tool for your board, and flash from dos.
    Make a bootable usb-stick and flash from there.

    Flashing in windows holds a greater risk then when flashing in dos.

    Shouldn't take more then half an hour tops :)

    Gen555
     
  6. karltimber

    karltimber MDL Novice

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    will do that so.

    just so I understand - could that be the reason for the w7 install hanging.
    that other folks are installing w7 on a xp/vista pc with a current/up-to-date bios - compared to mine.

    thx -appreciate it.

    k
     
  7. Michel

    Michel MDL Expert

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    I have to agree with this, last year i flashed my gigabyte board with @bios (from windows) and had randomly problems with starting up my pc. When i turned my pc on it shut downs automaticly (like it lost power) because it couldnt pass the bios checks, after long thinking i tried to flash from dos with a usb flash drive i bought a few months ago and all my problems are gone now.

    Never flash from Windows !
     
  8. genuine555

    genuine555 MDL Expert

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    a lot of bios'es need an update for better cpu support, so I can imagine issues when your i7 for instance isn't properly supported. BIOS update should fix that, if it is the case. It's usually required when having built a new system. Kind of standard procedure imo.

    Let us know how it went, and if the issue is solved.

    Gen555
     
  9. genuine555

    genuine555 MDL Expert

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  10. karltimber

    karltimber MDL Novice

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    do I need to make the usb bootable ??

    or will the qflash utility pic it up as a fat32 drive ??

    k
     
  11. genuine555

    genuine555 MDL Expert

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    you will have to make it bootable, to be able to boot into dos.

    If you have a floppy drive, you can use that aswell, but then it's best to copy qflash and the biosfile to harddrive after boot, to improve performance.

    So if you want to use a usb drive, it will have to be bootable aswell.

    gen
     
  12. karltimber

    karltimber MDL Novice

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    #14 karltimber, Dec 2, 2009
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    hi,

    updated the bios to f4 - and checked it.

    loaded dvd again and still the same as before.

    goes to the default blue screen and the mouse & keyboard lights go off and it just sits there.

    what next ?

    K

    would trying a full w7 retail dvd do anything or try load xp ??
     
  13. Siliwangi

    Siliwangi MDL Member

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    have you try to use other DVD ROM Drive to install Windows...?
    or maybe your processor over heating.. check your processor heatsink
     
  14. 911medic

    911medic MDL Guru

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    #18 911medic, Dec 3, 2009
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    If you are making a bootable USB drive, and booting to DOS, just use the flashspi tool..best by any measure.

    My next question..How much ram are you using..Is it all installed during the install process, another problem may be if you have a number of usb devices attached during install..maybe disable this in bios during OS install...

    If you are flashing a modded acpi table from stock..XP will bsod, like a new motherboard. You can change the acpi drivers, or repair install...XP is very sensitive to these changes..

    Mod to mod (same type)...no trouble
    OEM to mod..BSOD
     
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  15. karltimber

    karltimber MDL Novice

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    #19 karltimber, Dec 3, 2009
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    Hi,

    just to clarify - it's not the bsod I am getting - just hanging on the blue windows setup screen.

    Have found numerous forums where folks have their install hanging..

    some fixes include - disable floppy (none installed), try ps2 keyboard (will do tonight), disconnect all usb (kb & mouse seem to turn off during install), reduce ram from 4gb to 2gb

    flashed bios last night - all ok and so is cpu temp.
    will try the above methods - seems to be harware and compatability issues causing the hang.

    will keep reading today (at work :) ) and edit this with further fixes.

    k

    911 - if I disable usb devices in bios - will I have to use a ps2 keyboard ? 4gb (2*2gb).
     
  16. karltimber

    karltimber MDL Novice

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    have read most of the internet at this stage :)

    anyhows, I tried a few different methods over the last day or two,

    disabling diff things in bios, safe mode, etc etc but no luck.
    Loaded xp fully last night - so it's not a hardware failure just a w7 compatability issue.

    a few more things to try -that worked for others.
    disable usb2.0 in bios & use a ps2 keyboard
    safe mode with 1 *2gb ram instead of 2*2gb
    disconnect all sata devices except the sata hd

    will update on monday.

    k