Vista won't install

January 11, 2010 at 00:49:26
Specs: Vista Premium 32bit, E5300/2x1GB RAM
First my specs: CPU:E5300@stock, RAM:2x1gb GEIL PC2-6400 5-5-5-15, HDD: WDC 300 gb @7200, Mobo: biostar G41 DVI,

So I recently built a new system and have been having problems since first booting up. The basic problem is that I can't install vista without it blue screening. Well it did install right once (after several bsods and many trys) but I had to reinstall it again because it would then keep bsoding in vista and eventually I couldn't even get into the log in screen.

So now I'm back at square one and still it won't install without bsoding. The bsods come with messages like IRQ_Less_or_not_equal, PNF_list_error, and some memory error. I did some checking and apparently it could have something to do with faulty ram, but I ran the windows memory check and even switched out the ram sticks (ram from my other system) and still installation problems persist.

I've been doing some reading and apparently there were many people having these installation problems (with same errors even) when vista first came out.

So basically I'll take any advice I can get. My options right now are RMA everything (really don't want to have to do this unless I'm all out of options), maybe risk getting W7 and maybe see if it installs (then I'll know it was a Vista problem and not hardware), or magically find a solution to this problem (if anyone can think of anything I'm all ears).

Thanks in advance for any input.


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#1
January 11, 2010 at 02:29:01
How do you install Vista ? From DVD drive or from USB flash drive ?

Give us your full system specs.

Do you have any IDE devices ? Master/slave configuration ?

If you start your PC, what do you see on the monitor screen without an OS ?

Check your M/B manual for RAM and CPU support list. You may need a BIOS update.

Final note: If the below is your M/B, I do not see E5300 in the CPU support list.

http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/mb...

Regards

SuatCINI


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#2
January 11, 2010 at 16:40:38
"How do you install Vista ? From DVD drive or from USB flash drive ?"

DVD.

"Give us your full system specs."

Besides what I already listed, 500W power supply, sata DVD drive/burner, Sata hdd (no ide devices), MSI 9400GT.

"If you start your PC, what do you see on the monitor screen without an OS ?"

After the it goes through the checks, nothing but a message saying bootmgr is missing and a message to restart.

"Check your M/B manual for RAM and CPU support list. You may need a BIOS update.Final note: If the below is your M/B, I do not see E5300 in the CPU support list."

The mobo manual that came with the board is all but worthless. Just some pictures showing how to install the cpu and things like that.

I did check the support list before I got the board and did see that the CPU and RAM weren't listed as supported, but their faster versions were; so I figured that it wouldn't matter if I got the slightly cheaper versions (I've had other builds were I've done the same without issue).

So maybe this board being newer does have issues with the unsupported RAM/CPU and maybe I should just return those?

EDIT: Also I'm not sure if I can apply a bios update as I don't have a floppy drive (not even sure a bios update would include further support for my exact ram and cpu).


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