In my particular scenario I was using a Asus P4S800D-X mobo with onboard SATA
raid controller. The two SATA drives were RAID 5 used primarily for a media
share. My primary drives were a 80gb as well as a 400gb IDE drive. The 80gb
drive originally had Windows XP on it of which was totally wiped due to a
faulty Vista installation. Hope was just about lost.
In order to get Vista installed I got it down to the bare basics. I used the
400gb drive only with a DVD burner, Radeon 9700 AGP graphics card, and a
Creative SoundBlaster 2 Audigy Platinum card. After restarting I finally saw
the screen I needed to see (everything beyond the BSOD). The problems didn't
end there though.
I had to delete all partitions on the IDE drive, and then start the
installation. It would then hang and then stall out when it went to install
updates. From there I removed the LAN cable and re-ran it one more time. Like
a champ it made it all the way through the installation process.
Once I was able to get it stable enough I went ahead and got all the
updates, and added just about everything piece by piece with no problem. The
soundcard still doesn't work but I've read that the XP drivers work.
Additionally I still can't get the SATA drives to work as they continually
give me the BSOD.
Hopefully this helps isolate your problems some more.
> Same problem here but with SATA drives.
> ECS RC410/800-M V2.0 (BIOS dated 2/15/2006)
> w/ Integrated ATI Radeon Express 200
> 1GB Kingston RAM
> Maxtor DiamondMax Serial ATA/150
> RAID is not used on the motherboard.
> Please advise. Thank you.
> "podmon" wrote:
> > I've tried to install Vista from booting from the DVD acquired from MS and
> > get the loading windows files and then it goes to a black screen with no
> > activity for at least 15 minutes.
> > I try to install by running the DVD under Windows 2000 and I get windows
> > update, copies files, expands files, then reboots and black screen. If I
> > restart selecting safe mode I get loading files up to disk.sys and then
> > Please wait for at least 15 minutes. When I go back to Win2000 there appears
> > to be no files on D:. Vista never gets to format the space. I also tried
> > pre-formating NTFS but no difference.
> > I'm doing clean installs to a 30GB partition D: on the following hardware:
> > ECS RC410L/800M motherboard w Pentium D #805
> > Nec ND-3550A DVD
> > 1GB Kingston RAM
> > Integrated ATI x/200 video w/64MB shared memory
> > Maxstor 40GB IDE hard drive
> > Any advice on other things to try.