System shutdown during clean install of Vista Ultimate

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by JDC, Jul 2, 2007.

  1. JDC

    JDC Guest

    I am attempting a clean install of Vista Ultimate 32x onto a new system.
    After the first reboot while completing installation the system goes into
    sleep mode, or either shuts down. When I reboot Vista starts and tells me
    that there was an unexpected error and that I need to restart the

    Asus PK5 motherboard
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4 GHz
    2GB Crucial Tracer RAM 1066
    3 Seagate Barracuda drives 500 Gb as the boot and two 750 Gb SATA drives for
    data. No RAID.
    Lite-On SATA DVD as the install drive
    XFX 7900GS graphics adapter

    The drives are all recognized by the native SATA support and I was able to
    format the boot drive. The other hard-drives were already formatted and
    partitioned from another installation of Vista. I believe this may be a
    problem with the graphics card as this shutdown occurs after the
    installation blacks the screen briefly as if it is checking or tweaking the
    display settings.After this the installation continues for about 20 seconds
    and then the system shuts down. I have no BSODs, no error messages. I only
    have the system restarted unexpectedly or encountered an unexpected message
    when I restart the system and boot from the hard-drive. Vista starts and
    then I get the above, the Windows installation cannot proceed,,, click
    restart ok and let the system restart and restart installation.

    Will appreciate any suggestions advice anyone may have.
    JDC, Jul 2, 2007
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  2. JDC

    JDC Guest

    Figured out the problem on my own and for those interested it was an AHCI
    driver. I tried the driver diskette I created using the ASUS DVD that came
    with the new mobo. Still had the installation stop near the end and shut the
    sytem down. Downloaded the latest (June 24) AHCI drivers from Intel, the
    download and make a diskette for Matrix storage driver set, and told Vista
    to load these drivers during installation. Installation got to the point it
    had in the past. Sat for a minute and just as I thought the system was going
    to shut down as it had previously, the installation proceeded to conclusion.
    If this hadn't worked I was going to call and use my free MS phone support
    while I could.

    I know there is a hotfix avaiable for known AHCI driver problems during
    install when even using the native AHCI support on the install DVD fiails or
    installation takes hours. Before you call MS and if you are using an Intel
    board with the newest P3 chipset, then try the newest Intel Matrix storage
    drivers. Intel says that even if you aren't doing RAID that even booting
    Vista from a single drive in AHCI mode requires an updated AHCI driver.

    JDC, Jul 4, 2007
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