|I have been trying to resolve this issue for over 2 weeks.|
I have been building a HTPC from the following parts:
ATHLON II X2 250
500GB WESTERN DIGITAL CAVIAR BLUE SATA
SONY OPTIARC DVD RW DRIVE SATA
WIN POWER 800 PSU
Elixer 1 gb ddr2 800mhz
Silverstone Grandia GD02 case
It gets to the point in vista installation where it says completing installation (after the first restart)
And just hangs, no progress is made after a very long time. (i have had the computer on for well over 30 hours with still no progress.
I ran memtest 86 after finally being able to burn it to a cd from another pc. Tested the original ram (geil ddr2 800 2x 1gb sticks) that ram was working however I suspected that it could be compatiblity issue with motherboard so I bought 1 stick of ddr2 elixer ram, installed it and same issue.
I have also tried a 3 different hdd's
1 wd caviar 500gb blue 7200rpm sata (NEW)
1 old maxtor 80gb IDE
1 pair of RAID 0 hdd's western digital 250gb sata (had windows already installed) borrowed from a friend running vista 64 on a near identical system.
the system began to load windows from RAID O drives and then restarted!!!
I even swaped the motherboard with microdirect.co.uk for the exact same model because I was positive this was faulty, guess what same issue.
"I am running out of patience I feel like throwing it out the window"
My last hope which I will be attempting tommorow is to borrow and IDE DVD drive and try installing vista again, however I hold out little hope of that working especially after fitting a set of windows pre installed RAID 0 drives, and that failing.
"Can somebody please help me out here, good god I need a ciggerette".