Issues installing Vista please help

Amd Athlon ii x2 dual core processor
November 21, 2009 at 05:50:20
Specs: Windows Vista 64 Home Premium, Phenon 2.2ghz 4gb
I have recently built a HTPC consisting of the following parts

However when I try to install vista it stops half way through instalation where it says completing installation. and no more progress is made I have left the computer on overnight and have tried 2 different hard drives 1x brand new wd caviar 500gb and an old maxtor 80gb ide.

I have also tried different settings in the bios and have removed a stick of ram leaving only 1 stick.

I have had 2 previous posts on this site but no one has managed to diagnose what could be wrong.

Do you think it could be a faulty motherboard?

Please help.

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November 21, 2009 at 06:16:45
Have you tried any other OS? Maybe it's a faulty vista disk. Why vista anyway with all the bugs.

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November 21, 2009 at 06:33:01
I had a vista disk lying around from a previous build and decided not to spend more money on a new OS, windows 7 until I really needed to.
I tried windows xp but that would not even load got an eror message. Stop 0x0000007B

Do you think it would be a wise move to buy a copy of windows 7.

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November 21, 2009 at 06:43:11
Not at this point. If no OS loads, it's obviously something else. I would first strip it down and do a bench test first. One of the components is faulty. Did you run memtest to check the memory?

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November 21, 2009 at 07:03:31
No I am unfamiliar with memtest. Can you explain what it is and how to use it please.

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November 21, 2009 at 07:44:42
"No I am unfamiliar with memtest. Can you explain what it is and how to use it please"

What?? I told you to test your RAM with memtest86 in your other thread but you said "Tested memory and working perfect". See responses 4 & 5:

Here's a link to the memtest86 download page. Make sure to use the correct version. v3.5 is newer but it's for use with less than 4GB RAM. If you have 4GB or more, use v3.4a.

Everyone's building procedure is a little different, but for future reference, here's my method:

1. benchtest the hardware. During benchtesting, I usually enter the BIOS & configure the settings for best performance. I also monitor the CPU temp. If the CPU temp is too high, it's much easier to remove & reinstall the heatsink while the board is on the bench than it is working inside the case. If that checks out, I usually run memtest86 immediately to confirm the RAM is good. I'm "old school" & always run it from a fact I still install floppy drives in all systems I build. Once I'm sure everything is working properly, I move on to step 2.

2. Install the hardware in the case & test again. If it checks out, move one to step 3.

3. Partition & format the HDD, then install the OS.

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November 21, 2009 at 08:50:21
I tested the memory using windows vista disk when it says repair windows option it said all memory fine.

Also I havent got a floopy drive on my other computer because it is a netbook I have a USB flash drive would that be suitable.

Also why is this memtest86 so important? I am very sure the memory is fine. I am starting to think the motherboard might be the problem, because I have tried 2 HDD's so it definately is not them.

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November 21, 2009 at 09:03:11
Memtest does a much more thorough scan than any windows program. You can run it off a cd also. Take a look at the page. Do yourself a favor and run it.

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November 21, 2009 at 09:17:48
I don't know how old you are or how many systems you've built, but I've been doing it about 15 yrs. Most of the helpers in these forums have many, many years of experience. When you come here for help, you're getting some of the best, if not THE BEST free tech advice available on the internet. Try following it.

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November 21, 2009 at 10:35:15
I am 20 years old I have built 1 succesfull system prior to this. This is my second build. I will download memtest86 as soon as I get access to a cd burner on my friends computer. As I have no floppy drive or a cd burner at the momment as I only have an acer aspire one netbook. I will let you know how I get on after I have run the test.
I appreciate the advice thanks.

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