(1) If you haven't done so already, try reformatting the drive manually - from a boot disc/C prompt instead of windows.
(2) *Before* you reinstall Vista, make sure your Mobo has the latest Bios. Go to the ASUS website, the latest will be there, along with instructions on how do install it. I'm old school, and still have a floppy drive... But you should be able to burn it in a CD or use a Thumb drive.
Ok cool, its just odd that i actually installed it twice and now it wont do it. I think i might have reset the bios to the factory deafaults anyway tho when i was troubleshooting so ill have a look at that.
Feels like Bill Gates found a way to come into my home, with a strap on and anally screw me.. AND i paid 70 sheets for it...
Anyway ill post results of tinkering and thanks for your help / time, much appreciated
Ok so i go home last night determined to fix my vista issues, and as i boot my PC up i missed the small window to push 'del' to get to Bios (i was going to reboot in xp format my busted vista drive and reinstall clean)
Anyway, i thought 'fk it' and just tried to install it, didnt change anything whatso ever and wala!
smooth 20 min install, no problems Vista happy.
Moral of the story is - Vists disks have feelings too, if you get angry at them, they wont install