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?

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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.

  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!

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