I've been trying to install Vista Home Premium. The setup for Vista starts and then shuts down right after it says "Windows is loading files...". The CPU temp at this point is 38° C, so I know it's not an overheating issue. I know it's not the operating system dvd because the same thing happens when I try to load XP. With XP it makes it all the way to the Windows setup and shuts down while loading devices. I swapped out the optical drive and it does the same stuff.
Any help you guys could give would be great.
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Try installing a Linux distro. It could be there is just something Windows doesn't like with your comp.
If that is the case it is more likely it is just some odd hardware incompatibility.
If you get the same problem my guess would be that you something isn't receiving enough power or is faulty, most likely your hd or ram. Your psu isn't very good but it isn't awful, it should be enough to run your current setup so I wouldn't think that would be the issue unless it was faulty.
Wow, if you have access to a a different mobo to test with I would try that. Also, if you have a more powerful psu I would try that. I know it says 650w but it is of lower quality at a higher temp than it was rated for. It is most likely actually a 500w or so. I would think it would be enough but it is possible it isn't.
Also, I know I didn't say it specifically but did you try raising ram voltage?
nixonnow have you tried disabling all of your on-board peripherals like firewire, lan, usb, ect?
It could be that one of your on board devices is shorting out or otherwise malfunctioning and when you're installing an os it shuts off at the point where the system tries to load the drivers and initiate the device. --I've had problems like this before when troubleshooting.
I too am facing the same problem while loading windows vista on acer.
I had to reformat my system a i was facing a problem of shuting down when operating the system in a normal mode. Unfortunately I cndnt reformat my sytem using acer recovery management .It shuts down once the installation is complete and during restart when it loads/upadtes drivers /files..I tried thrice same pbm ... when I asked acre customer care abouthe pbm they said may be a hardware pbm . can u pls provide me the solution /?