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Vista Beta 2 installation problems

By DonNagual
Jun 29, 2006
  1. Anyone else encountering this?

    I pop in the DVD (from Microsoft) and boot up, it does the 30 seconds of transfering the setup files, then it looks like it is starting the installation process. I see the moving windows bar scrolling to the right...... forever.

    It never starts the installation process no matter how long I wait.

    A8N-SLI deluxe
    Athlon64 3700+
    2x512mb ram (PC3200 no brand samsung original)
    SATA 300Gb maxtor
    SATA2 80Gb samsung
    Asus 7800GT

    It can't be the sata drivers. It didn't need them for XP, plus it doesn't get far enough into the install process to even ask me for the SATA drivers. It is getting stuck right at the beginning.

    Possibly my ram? I ran memtest.org and there were no problems.

    Anyone else have any ideas for me? I'd like to get it working on this system. Both the 32bit and the 64bit versions do the same thing.
     
  2. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 3,566

    Well, I seemed to have found a "fix" for what was happening.

    I went into my bios and started disabling my onboard peripherals. Things like my lan and sata controllers and then I was able to install vista no problem.
     
  3. fastco

    fastco TS Rookie Posts: 1,511

    That would do it. Did you run the Vista Upgrade Advisor? Curious if those devices would show up as needing drivers.
     
  4. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 3,566

    You say that as if it makes perfect sense that one should have to go into their bios and disable all onboard controllers in order to be able to install an OS.

    Yes, it said I would need drivers of course. Motherboard controllers pretty much always need drivers supplied by the maker. Perhaps you are misunderstanding the issue here? The install process would not start until I disabled all the onboard controllers (via the bios) on my motherboard. It has nothing to do with a driver issue. I had to disable the hardware completely in the bios in order to install.

    Anyways, obviously a glitch in the beta.
     
  5. fastco

    fastco TS Rookie Posts: 1,511

    I do understand the issue here and it DOES make perfect sense to me that with a brand new beta version of an operating system there will be abnormal issues with hardware that make you take alternate steps to make everything work. Yes obviously there is a glitch in beta, that's why it's a beta. What I meant by "that would do it," is that I would try the same thing in an attempt to figure out what was wrong with the install. You sound like you are angry that I suggested that it would be a driver issue and I'm curious to see that if the drivers for your onboard devices were already in Vista, would you have the same problem with the installation. I've had similar issues installing XP on computers where I had to disable an onboard video card to complete the install and then add the drivers later and enable the on board card to make it work. That's Microsoft for you!! Sorry for trying to help!!!
     
  6. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,646

    Don...
    I am about to try Vista on my portable (If my DVD ever shows up)
    I am curious as to what happens after you disabled those perifrls. Did vista find them after install ? Or you manually enabled and then install drivers? or what?
     
  7. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 3,566

    It's really screwy actually.

    If I enable the LAN or the SATA controller in the bios, then I can not boot into vista. They MUST remain disabled in the bios.

    However, I do not use lan for internet (I am using wireless PCMCIA instead).

    And even though my SATA controller is disabled, my two SATA hard drives are still being recognized both in vista and in XP (I setup a dual boot).
     
  8. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 3,566

    Not at all. I see no reason to be.
    No need to appologize, that is what this forum is for after all.
     
  9. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,646

    I can understand the Lan given your configuration, but the SATA disabled in Bios ? Yet working ????????
    Have you sent this info to Microsoft ? I would be curious to hear that Answer?
     
  10. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 3,566

    Yep. Silicon SATA controller is set to "disabled" in the bios, yet both SATA drives are working fine. Thing is, this is not a vista issue. I can also boot into XP.
     
  11. Terminal-Access

    Terminal-Access TS Rookie

    that could be some thing like the os overriding the bios controll of the stata (iv seen that only once) and i can explane how or why it can do that because you would think that disabling an on board prehifferal in the bios woul be the final say in weather or not the device is used or not


    wered

    lol

    reguards

    Lee
     
     
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