System crashed and Vista won't reinstall

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Clybella, Jul 8, 2007.

  1. Clybella

    Clybella Guest

    I have a new machine, nvidia 8800gst card. I made a fatal error and took my
    external hard drive and attached it to my daughter's Apple so she could share
    some music I had. When I returned the external drive to my machine, it
    froze. I rebooted my machine and got a message reading, "there is no
    operating system". I inserted my Vista DVD with hopes of doing a
    repair....didn't see the repair link and ended up doing a full
    reinstall.....losing my stuff of course......only to have it not recognize my
    video card or my monitor. I did finally get both recognized after numerous
    attempts, both showing in the Device Manager as working properly. All seemed
    well until I walked away from the machine for awhile and it was down when I
    returned. I loaded in safe mode and tested the Windows Media Centre which
    said that the video card was not capable of running it. Again if I leave the
    machine unattended it shuts down and refuses to load.

    How can I proceed to reinstall Vista, ensuring a clean install? Does it
    format the drive on it's own? or do I need to do something to ensure it
    installs without the errors left behind from the crash?

    Clybella, Jul 8, 2007
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    John Barnes Guest

    You do have to select reformat when you select the partition on which to
    install. Under advanced if I recall
    John Barnes, Jul 8, 2007
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  3. Clybella

    Clybella Guest

    Thanks for the speedy response! I found the "format" button and noticed the
    size of the free space was dwindling after several attempts to reload. Have
    it attempting load again now. Hopefully this time is the charm.

    thanks again, very much,
    Clybella, Jul 8, 2007
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    Don Guest

    There are safer ways to share files :eek:) OS X has SAMBA already included,
    for example -- that's the standard way to share files between Windows and
    unix-based machines. If your Mac has its SAMBA server properly configured
    you can then use the regular My Network Places window in Vista to access
    any directories on the Mac which you've configured as 'shared'.

    Google will give you more info on SAMBA than you want to know.
    Don, Jul 9, 2007
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