Vista Installation Problem

so1id

New Member
Hi, first of all this site rocks. I've been lurking around for a few months and noticed that you guys are kind and helpful so I finally decided to register :D

Specs:
Core 2 Duo E7200 2.53 Ghz
ECS G31T-M mobo
Kingston 4GB DDR2 ram PC6400
WD 640GB SATA 3.0
Lite-On DVDRW burner IDE
Corsair Earthwatts 500W

My problem:

Whenever I do a clean install Vista 64, it gets up to the 2nd step called "Expanding Files" at about 5% or so and it gives me an error saying "Windows cannot install required files. blah blah blah".

It all started when my old 36gb Raptor failed on me a few weeks ago. I left the computer running the whole night so I could finish downloading a file and when I woke up the computer would load up to the Vista logo bootup screen and reset over and over and over. I downloaded the Diagnostics tool from WD and said that the drive had failed S.M.A.R.T. checks and I would need a new drive.

So I threw the old drive away and ordered a new 640GB WD drive from newegg. It finally came a couple of days ago and hooked it up and started installing. That's when these errors started to pop up.

Here are some of the things I tried:
Installed Win 7 beta, same thing with the error
Installed XP, could not format HD (wtf? not a media problem, since this has always installed for me)
Changed SATA cables with one that I bought from Best Buy (no change)
Switched from the different SATA ports that my mobo had (no change)
Took out a 2gb stick of ram, ran memtest on the single ram stick left, no errors found
Switch from slave-master, master-slave with the DVD burner (no change)
Ran WD Diagnostic Tool on the new hard drive, Quick Test found no errors, running extended test atm

I'm sorry for the long post but I felt it was needed so you guys can hopefully help me out easier...I spent about the last 2 days trying to fix this computer and I really have no clue what to do next.

I would really appreciate it if you guys can help me out with this problem. Thanks in advance.
 

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Airbot

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Hi so1id and welcome,

It may just be that your new drive is bad as well. After all you've done, it seems it may be, it's not unheard of. IMO, I'd send it back for a replacement. You might reset your bios and see if that helps any.
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Airbot 2.0
    CPU
    Core i7 920 (D0) @ 4Ghz, 26c idle- 65c full load on air
    Motherboard
    Asus P6X58D Premium -Sata 6Gb/s - USB 3.0
    Memory
    12GB Corsair Dominator -CMD12GX3M6A1600C8
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA Nvidia GTX 480 -Fermi
    Sound Card
    ASUS Xonar D2X
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG 24" Flatron W2453V-PF Full HD 1080p 2ms response time
    Screen Resolution
    [email protected]
    Hard Drives
    1 OCZ Vertex2 180GB SSD
    1 TB Samsung Spinpoint F1 7200RPM 32MB cache
    2 500GB WD Caviar Blacks 7200RPM 32MB cache (WD5001AALS)

    Pioneer DVD Burner DVR-S18M
    PSU
    Corsair HX1000W
    Case
    Cooler Master HAF 932
    Cooling
    Case Fans -3 230mm, 1 140mm/CPU - Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless MK700
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wireless MK700
    Internet Speed
    100 MBPS DL 30.17Mbps UL 0.98Mbps
    Other Info
    Windows 7
    Processor-7.7 RAM- 7.9 Graphics-7.9 Gaming Graphics- 7.9 HDD- 7.8

    W.E.I final score= 7.7

    Windows Vista=5.9

Kernel

Vista User
Power User

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    AMD
    Motherboard
    ASUS
    Memory
    2GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia 256MB
    Sound Card
    Creative 7.1
    Monitor(s) Displays
    19" Viewsonic and Sony 26" S Series TV
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Sata (1 TB) and IDE (350GB)
    Mouse
    Optical (Wireless)
    Keyboard
    Multimedia (Wireless)
    Internet Speed
    2MB

so1id

New Member
Thanks for the replies...the extended test just ended and reported no errors with the hard drive.

I'm not sure how to update the DVD drive's firmware since the only other computer that I have is a laptop. Same for flat installation. I'll try to reset it though and let you guys know how it goes...
 

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bruce2

Vista Pro
Hi so1id, if running out of option, Lol, try to look through the BIOS to see if yours has an option says "stop at error" as such; disable it and try again.

Hope this helps.

Bruce
 

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System One

  • CPU
    E6850
    Motherboard
    EVGA 122-CK-NF67-A1 680i
    Memory
    4 x OCZ Platinum 1GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB
    Sound Card
    SB X-Fi X Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 23" 5MS
    Screen Resolution
    2048 x 1152
    Hard Drives
    2 x Barracuda 7200.10 320GB RAID 0 / 1 x 500GB Maxtor
    PSU
    Seasonic 600W M12
    Case
    CM Centurion 5
    Cooling
    air
    Internet Speed
    100Mbps

so1id

New Member
Well, I tried resetting the BIOS last night and the instructions must have been bad or it's just me but the computer doesn't power up at all now. Lol, so I'm just gonna buy a new motherboard and DVD burner. Can you guys give me suggestions on gaming motherboards for under $100? Don't really care for a lot of features, I just want it to be stable and secure. Thanks
 

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bruce2

Vista Pro

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System One

  • CPU
    E6850
    Motherboard
    EVGA 122-CK-NF67-A1 680i
    Memory
    4 x OCZ Platinum 1GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB
    Sound Card
    SB X-Fi X Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 23" 5MS
    Screen Resolution
    2048 x 1152
    Hard Drives
    2 x Barracuda 7200.10 320GB RAID 0 / 1 x 500GB Maxtor
    PSU
    Seasonic 600W M12
    Case
    CM Centurion 5
    Cooling
    air
    Internet Speed
    100Mbps

so1id

New Member
Thanks for the link!

I bought the Asus P5QL Pro motherboard and a Sony Optiarc DVD drive.

I'll let you guys know when I get it and hook everything up.
 

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