Prior to his ASUS motherboard dying, Vista Ultimate 32-bit was his OS. After replacing the ASUS mobo with the newly purchased Gigabyte, I have tried unsuccessfully numerous times to install both Vista and Windows 7 (from several different DVD's).
2. During "Completing Installation" I get "Windows could not configure one or more system components. To install Windows, restart the computer and then restart the installation."
3. Once Windows 7 completed installation, but upon booting into Windows for the first time I was bombarded with errors concerning various devices that were not functioning and when restarted the installation failed to boot.
Things I have tried:
1. I have flashed several BIOS versions (newest, original, older)
2. I have loaded Fail-Safe BIOS settings, and Optimum setting
3. I have disconnected all but one hard drive, the CPU, Memory, Video card, keyboard, and DVD Drive
4. I reformatted both hard drives
5. I successfully installed windows 7 on one of the the hard drives by connecting it to a different computer, but then when connected back to the problem computer I was bombarded with errors concerning various devices that were not functioning when Windows started and when restarted the installation failed to boot.
6. I connected a different DVD drive to the problem computer and attempted to install
7. I systematically enabled/disabled every BIOS option
8. I have checked and rechecked and rerechecked every connection and cable.
9. I have tried several different DVD's of both Vista and 7
I am almost certain that there is a problem with the new Gigabyte motherboard, but I have never experienced something like this before so I am seeking some other opinions.
Additionally I am not certain if it is indeed a faulty motherboard or if there is merely a conflict between the motherboard and one or more of the other components (although according to Gigabyte's website and the manual, all of the components are compatible and I have verified that all the components are functioning correctly when connected to a different computer).
I agree the mobo seems to be a prime suspect. But another possibility is the PSU - maybe it was damaged, too, and is failing in only one part of its multiple outputs. See if you can substitute a known-good one. Even one too small would work for the start-up test you can do with only the minimally required components.
Have you tried to repair the MBR? I've run into instances where reformatting a drive won't correct a bad master boot record, using the windows repair tool should do the trick. The other thing to worry about is if your RAM is still good, if that got fried it could cause install problems.