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HP Pavillion Windows 7 64 Bit install issue

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March 10, 2011 3:00:27 AM

Hello,
I keep getting a restart message upon booting while trying to install a legitimate copy of windows 7 64 bit on an HP Pavillion a6130n. This is a clean install on a reformatted drive. I have added memory and thats about it. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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March 10, 2011 2:30:55 PM

Is your HP actually starting to load Windows, or does the restart happen before that process begins?

Also, did you verify compatibility of the memory before you installed it? Laptops can be VERY picky regarding the memory they will work with.
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March 10, 2011 4:24:12 PM

Not sure that it atually matters but it's a desk top. One of the selling points was upgradability to windows 64 bit. The restart happens before anything begins loading. The memory is compatible. I installed memory from crucial. Additional memory is detected in 32 bit vista computer info. I did also try to remove the memory and boot. Still no dice. I got the disks from MS. I can d/l it as well. I thought about d/l ing and seeing about using a flash drive for install.
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March 10, 2011 4:52:05 PM

daniel_san said:
Not sure that it atually matters but it's a desk top. One of the selling points was upgradability to windows 64 bit. The restart happens before anything begins loading. The memory is compatible. I installed memory from crucial. Additional memory is detected in 32 bit vista computer info. I did also try to remove the memory and boot. Still no dice. I got the disks from MS. I can d/l it as well. I thought about d/l ing and seeing about using a flash drive for install.

Daniel_san you are correct, sorry for my brain cramp on desktop vs. laptop. It shouldn't matter with a desktop as long as you have compatible memory (you did it right).

So, you insert the DVD and attempt to boot directly from it. Is it rebooting before you get to the "Press any key" message? If so, that is a hardware issue. If it happens after you press any key, we have a Win 7 issue.

Or, are you trying to start the process after booting to Vista?

If you dl the ISO, burn a copy at the lowest possible speed and then verify afterward.



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March 10, 2011 5:23:28 PM

it goes from the bios access sreen to the loading from cd / dvd screen... after it thinks for a bit it says restart. I had a sucessful install with a system builder disc on a new drive. After having an issue I tried to do a repair. I got the same msg inserting the disc. It was a system builder disc and there is no support for those (i didn't know this) and reloaded vista. Upon reloading vista I performed all the uprades for drivers etc. I was wondering if it was the optical drive but i figured it wouldn't pick the 32 bit disk or original hp / vista if that was the case.
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March 10, 2011 5:42:02 PM

It could be the DVD you are using. Try making a copy of the DVD and burn at the lowest possible speed. With the new DVD, try again.
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March 11, 2011 11:01:21 PM

alright ... finally did it. it officially didn't work.
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March 12, 2011 12:23:22 AM

What do you mean "officially"? Do you have another optical drive to try the install with?
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March 13, 2011 11:31:28 PM

i found a free disk utility online and killed the HD. There were two partitions on the drive not showing in disk manager so i wasn't actually getting a "clean" install. i specifically remember deleting them. anyway ... all is well. I wasted two weekends on this so dbl happiness this weekend for lost time. hd 5670 video card next. thanks for your guys' input. frag on wayne.
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March 13, 2011 11:41:22 PM

daniel_san said:
i found a free disk utility online and killed the HD. There were two partitions on the drive not showing in disk manager so i wasn't actually getting a "clean" install. i specifically remember deleting them. anyway ... all is well. I wasted two weekends on this so dbl happiness this weekend for lost time. hd 5670 video card next. thanks for your guys' input. frag on wayne.

Glad you resolved. Have fun!
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