Just finished building a new computer and when I boot of the cd to install the os i can see that "windows is loading files" but before it can finish, I get an some error saying something about an external device being unplugged? I am using a usb keyboard and mouse. could this be causing a problem? also i have already went into my bios to change the boot order to cd then hdd. The HDD is a Sata Raptor X from WD. In the bios it is set on "large" rather than "auto". I read a post about the max ram for initial installation for vista was 2gb so that is what i have now. I had 4gb in before but took out one on the 2gb stick. Any held would be great. Thanks!
Quad Core 6700
MSI NX8800 Ultra
2 x 2GB Corsairs XMS2
Hp DVD-DL burner
It probably isn't the cause of the problem, but you should have your HDD type on "Auto" not "Large". It seems unlikely that if you really did reset your BIOS to defaults it would still be Large not auto.
In the BIOS, if you have and option "PnP OS installed" make sure it is set to YES.
Also make sure you have Legacy USB support turned ON.
Also try disconnecting your ethernet cable from your PC and leave it disconnected for the whole install.
I did reset the bios but i changed it to "large" but i'll reset the bios again and give the other things you said a shot at it. The ethernet wire was not plugged in in the first place either. I will also try out the ps/2 keyboard and mouse.
When installing the OS, I had to use a ps/2 keyboard and mouse. Afterwards, a USB keyboard and mouse worked fine. I figured the problem was caused by a the motherboard incompatability, but can't say for sure. So as someone else suggested, give it a try. I also left everything on "auto" during the install, but don't know if that made any difference.