Stuck at black screen during install

By d4rkf0rm ยท 5 replies
Jun 8, 2011
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  1. I've tried installing numerous operating systems including:
    Fedora 14 (x86 and 64 bit)
    Ubuntu 9.10 (x86 and 64 bit)
    Windows 7 (64 bit)

    the issue is the box stops at a black screen with a blinking cursor (linux) or the windows 7 loading screen depending on OS.

    my parts are as follows:
    MSI 890GXM-G65 AM3
    AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE
    Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3
    ASUS GeForce GTX 460

    The memory passes memtest86+ after 4 hours

    I cant seem to isolate the problem down to one part
    any help or suggestions are greatly appreciated
    i have a hunch that its the power supply not being able to handle everything but cant seem to verify
  2. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,272   +455

    I would try removing as many non-essential things from the machine to start with (sound cards, maybe half your RAM, USB devices other than kb+mouse, firewire devices, etc.) Also, you might want to check your bios to see if there's a special setting for memory while installing an OS. I doubt your problem is your powersupply if you can run for 4 hours on a memtest and I doubt it's really the mem if you're not getting any failures. Last thing I'd try is swapping out a video card - I did have an issue once where I'd freeze and couldn't believe it was the video card causing it till I popped that card into another machine and the same thing happened.
  3. d4rkf0rm

    d4rkf0rm TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i get a little further when i disable USB in BIOS but i still am getting instability during boot/install

    Ive been through the BIOS a million times trying to find it, flashed the CMOS numerous times, and upgraded the BIOS to the latest via thumb drive in BIOS.
  4. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,272   +455

    Try taking out your 460 and using just the onboard video.
  5. d4rkf0rm

    d4rkf0rm TS Rookie Topic Starter

    good idea!
    i completely forgot this mobo had onboard video.....
    ill test that when i get home
  6. d4rkf0rm

    d4rkf0rm TS Rookie Topic Starter

    correction i actually have the MSI 890FXA-G65 AM3
    which is the one without on board video

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