Installation hangs before first setup screen appears

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Carl Daniel [VC++ MVP], Apr 29, 2006.

  1. I'm trying to install Vista build 5308, booting from a DVD. I get to the
    screen with the little progress bar animating near the bottom, then a blank
    screen and no further activity.

    This is a recent vintage machine: P4, 2.8Ghz, 1Gb RAM, 200Gb SATA hard
    drive, DVD & CD-ROM drives, nVidia 5600 FX video. All components are
    known-good (had Svr2k3 running previously).

    Ideas? Suggestions?

    I can dig up more details on chipsets, etc., if that'd help.

    -cd
     
    Carl Daniel [VC++ MVP], Apr 29, 2006
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  2. Try reburning the ISO image from either Connect/MSDN on a really slow burn,
    such as 2x speed. If that doesn't help, re-download the ISO and reburn at 2x
    speed.

    If that fails, report back soldier! :eek:P

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    Zack Whittaker, Apr 29, 2006
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  3. Unfortunately, I don't have the ISO image anymore - I'll download another
    copy just to be sure, but it seems like an unlikely cause - I've never had
    an issue with downloaded file intregrity or readability of a burned DVD on
    this hardware.

    -cd
     
    Carl Daniel [VC++ MVP], Apr 30, 2006
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  4. Andre Da Costa [Extended64], Apr 30, 2006
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  5. I've tried several times with this disc with identical results - and there's
    no indication at all that reading from the DVD is in any way related. But
    just in case - I've downloaded a new ISO image, verified the SHA1 hash of
    that ISO and will burn a new DVD tomorrow and try again.

    Any theories besides media issues? Is there anything resembling a
    comprehensive list of supported hardware for build 5308?

    -cd
     
    Carl Daniel [VC++ MVP], Apr 30, 2006
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    Peter Foldes Guest

    Try the install in Safe Mode. If it goes then start looking for the culprit (Hardware)

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    Peter Foldes, Apr 30, 2006
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  7. If I got to the point where the install gives me any option, that sounds
    like a fine idea - but it's hanging before the first opportunity to
    interact, at least as far as I can tell - unless there are secret silent
    options that can be invoked during the early part of the setup....?

    -cd
     
    Carl Daniel [VC++ MVP], May 1, 2006
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  8. Andre Da Costa [Extended64], May 1, 2006
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  9. It fails before getting anywhere near the point that I can enter a product
    key. There's no hardware connected other than what I listed in the original
    post.

    -cd
     
    Carl Daniel [VC++ MVP], May 1, 2006
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    AJR Guest

    Just a thought - are you, or have you tried, installing within XP?
     
    AJR, May 1, 2006
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  11. No and No. The machine is currently not bootable (no OS) - but I could try
    installing XP on it and then installing Vista over that. Perhaps I'll try
    that if my newly made DVD fails like the first does.

    -cd
     
    Carl Daniel [VC++ MVP], May 2, 2006
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    AJR Guest

    Reason I asked is that it was the only way I could install Vista (but not
    "over" XP -on another drive- resulted in dual boot).
     
    AJR, May 2, 2006
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  13. That worked for me as well. A new, slowly burned, SHA-1 verified DVD made
    no difference, so I installed XP on the machine and then installed Vista
    from XP. It did take a awfully long time (~2 hours) to install, but in the
    end, it did work.

    So far, I'm extremely unimpressed - the performance is beyond terrible and
    the OS is so buggy that it's not even funny - even for a pre-Beta 2 CTP it's
    bad.

    -cd
     
    Carl Daniel [VC++ MVP], May 4, 2006
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  14. Actually 5342 and above addresses the performance quite nicely :eek:)
    It even runs relatively well with Glass on my 256MB RAM machine ;o)

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    of my employer, best friend, Ghandi, my mother or my cat. Glad we cleared
    that up!

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    Zack Whittaker, May 4, 2006
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  15. Cool. I'm downloading 5365 from the Connect site right now. Can I do WinFX
    development on that build? I was under the impression that the current
    WinFX/SDK bits were specific for 5308, which is why I installed that build.

    Finally, should I expect a 5308 -> 5365 upgrade install to work, or am I
    looking at scraping the machine down to bare metal and starting over?

    -cd
     
    Carl Daniel [VC++ MVP], May 5, 2006
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  16. Andre Da Costa [Extended64], May 5, 2006
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  17. The WDK is for driver deveopment only - it's the Windows SDK and the Visual
    Studio Orcas CTP that I'm concerned about. I guess I'm just going to have
    to try it as 5308 is unusable.

    I'll be burning a dvd of 5365 this afternoon - maybe this one will install
    right off the DVD without installing XP first.

    -cd
     
    Carl Daniel [VC++ MVP], May 5, 2006
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  18. Andre Da Costa [Extended64], May 5, 2006
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  19. That's what I was afraid of. I may not actually need the SDK - as long as
    the WinFX bits are there and the Orcas CTP works. I think I'll give it a
    try - it's either that, or wait for the next sync'd release 'cause 5308 is
    unusable.

    -cd
     
    Carl Daniel [VC++ MVP], May 5, 2006
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  20. Well, I must say - 5365 is a gigantic improvement over 5308. Still rough in
    places, but getting there. Hopefully I can get enough dev bits to work on
    this build to make some progress on the project that started all this!

    Thanks for the help, all who responded!

    -cd
     
    Carl Daniel [VC++ MVP], May 6, 2006
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