Newly installed Windows Vista returns BSOD errors within minutes of booting

By zachapre
Apr 9, 2012
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  1. zachapre

    zachapre Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 22

  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,677   +153

    You having fun yet? I don't see why it won't work on an external drive. Just be aware of its drive letter in "my computer"...
  3. zachapre

    zachapre Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 22

    Sorry for the delayed responce :p But I was able to convert my external HDD into an internal one and installed Ubuntu 12.04.
    However, I couldn't install Vista because when It was "loading files" upon booting with the instillation disc, the computer would just shut down aburplty with no warning during any point in the "loading files". After 6 or so tries I finally got it but when it needed to restart for the first time (still during install) it had to load files again and this time I couldn't get it to load all the way. I thought it might have been a lack of power so I unplugged my external graphics card and USB devices I wasn't using. Didn't work so I went into the BIOS and disabled the USB, changed primary GPU to internal, and disabled some other devices like the audio. Except, stupid me disabled the USBs so I couldn't "hit any key to boot from disc" OR to even go back into the BIOS settings. I then had to manually reset the CMOS/BIOS by taking unplugging everything and taking out the CMOS battery, putting it back in about 30 seconds later.
    This is where things get really messed up. When I plugged everything back in (both external and internal devices/connectors) and tried to turn on my machine, nothing happened. Nothing AT ALL. No fans spinning, no lights, beeps or humming. Nothing. I took out the PSU and tested it with another desktop machine, worked fine:not a PSU problem. Double checked connectors and CMOS battery, all fine.
    I assume it is my motherboard which I've only had since last year! It's an MSI H55M-E33, good motherboard and I don't see how it would've been harmed in any way when reseating the CMOS battery (if that's whats causing the issue). I followed an online guide and used my MoBo manual to switch the BIOS jumpers to clear BIOS data.
    Any Ideas?
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,677   +153

    Replace the motherboard
  5. zachapre

    zachapre Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 22

    That's what I figured. I have a three year Square Trade warranty on it, this should be covered right? I didn't try to do anything crazy, wasn't exposed to liquid or physically damaged. Followed the manual....
    Thanks for your quick reply!
  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,677   +153

    No problem, and yes the motherboard should still be covered under warranty
  7. zachapre

    zachapre Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 22

    Really strange. But I got it to work I wiggled the cord that connects the external power button to the motherboard and got it to work.
    Now, when I am having installing vista. Set BIOS to boot from dvd drive. Says no bootable device, take disc out, reseat it, still nothing, do it again (a few more times) and will finally load from disc.
    After vista installation expands files and reboots for its first time I have to take disc out and put back in for it to load and when it does load it starts the install process all over again.
  8. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,677   +153

    The DVD drive is going bad, replace it
  9. zachapre

    zachapre Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 22

    Ok, but for now I found a program that allows you to put the vista disk files onto a flashdrive and it makes the flashdrive bootable. I used that method and all the files loaded MUCH faster, install was quicker but same thing happened when it came to the first reboot...instead of resuming install it restarted, just the it did using the actual disk.
  10. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,677   +153

    Okay, you have a hardware fault or conflict... If it is still covered under warranty have it serviced
  11. zachapre

    zachapre Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 22

    It's a custom build but I do have my mobo and RAM under warranty, but i really don't want to have to go through the whole warranty/insurance process if I can work my way around this or troubleshoot it.
    Any ideas?
     
  12. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,677   +153

    It may be a RAM problem, are you going to pay for new RAM or a motherboard, and ditch the warranty?


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