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Installing Win7 on a Dell Inspiron 2200 - NO LUCK!

Greetings Tom's,

Trying to put Windows 7 on a Dell Inspiron 2200 - 2.1 GHz, max RAM at 1.3 GB, and brand new 320 GB IDE HDD with nothing on it.

Now I am aware that a 137 GB limit may exist for this HDD, but I tried eveything and no luck.

Basically I popped in the DVD (volume license) and it takes forever, about 3 hours until the first restart. Once it restarts all I get is a black screen without any "Starting Windows" animation of the sort.

I have seen via web search that there are people out there that have Win7 on their 2200s, but damned if I can't get it on there!

Any suggestions?

Thanks!
VV5
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    Dell shows a 256g Ssd upgrade for this laptop on there web page. I would see if the DVD drive or windows disk is bad. I try using a four gig USB stick and Microsoft iso to USB program and make a bootable USB stick. If the USB burps like the disk try downloading a good iso image from digital river and try again. If laptop hangs try a 256g drive.
  2. In some older Dells, there is a bios option something along the lines of "enable OS install". Check it out...
  3. Hey guys,


    Nah nothing doing. The HDD is new so in case it's a new bad drive which I doubt (manufactured in 2012, but anything's possible), I can rule that out.

    I copied my ISO to USB and tried it that way. It still takes forever and when it does the initial restart (which takes like 6 hours anyway) it restarts and goes to a black screen.

    I even tried to shrink my drive below the 137 GB BIOS limit on this machine, and it didn't matter. For the record I don't have any drive overlay software installed on this machine yet.

    The only thing I can think of is to get another copy of an iso and try that, but in the meantime, if anyone has any ideas, let me know.


    Thanks!
    VV5
  4. Hey guys,

    I think one of the HDD's is actually bad, and it's new! :fou:

    Time to get it tested, but we are up and running on this side!

    Thanks!
    VV5
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