Installing Windows 7 on non ACPI compliant hardware

By SNGX1275
Aug 17, 2009
  1. Anyone have any ideas on how to do this? I have tried to update the BIOS, that didn't really work because there is no way to do it outside of a floppy disk, and I really didn't want to install one when I had no guarantees that it even made it ACPI compliant.

    A while back news was some dude got it installed on a bunch of really old hardware, but I never found any explanation on how he did it.
  2. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,427   +27

    Have you tried suspending S1 & S3, and disabling C2, via the BIOS?

    Also, you may want to try installing Vista and see if it pops up an error message like Windows 7 (I am guessing the latter gave you one?), which will confirm if its a BIOS-specific issue.

    Also, try swapping out the video card for another one (if you have a spare), or running on onboard video, if your motherboard allows for it.
  3. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Posts: 1,971   +10

    For XP, the F7 key does the job.

    Will it work for Windows 7 ?
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