1. Boot into BIOS, select "load optimised defaults" and then ensure USB keyboard and mouse are enabled as this is disabled by default.
2. Boot using Ultimate Boot CD v5.02 and run HDD Erase 4.0 on the SSD.
3. Boot using Windows 7 installation disc and step through the installation.
After copying files, expanding them and installing some features, Windows then reboots. After rebooting, it starts to complete the installation at which point I get a BSOD and the computer crashes and reboots.
TROUBLESHOOTING I'VE DONE
- Checked the hardware cables etc are snug and connect solidly.
- Swapped out the SSD for a Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black HDD and re-performed the install as above but came across the same issue.
- Run MemTest 4.0 with no errors reported.
- Ordered another copy of Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and performed the installation again using the above procedure without luck.
- Flashed the BIOS to the latest version (F12) and still I get the same issue.
- Enabled AHCI mode in the BIOS and performed the installation again (ensuring the Intel SATA RAID drivers are loaded by copying the files to a FAT formatted USB and loading them at the relevant stage of the Win7 installation). Still same problem.
I'm now at a loss as to what else I can do. Help, guidance and advice would be much appreciated.
I then booted into a Linux recovery environment and couldn't find the minidump which the BSOD is allegedly writing. Regardless, as least we have some "STOP" numbers and Error codes to investigate.
- Took out the 24GB RAM and replaced with a 3 x 2GB Corsair Platinum kit incase there was "too much" RAM for the installer to handle. Still no luck
I'm now of the opinion that all my hardware is perfectly fine. This is perhaps a driver issue where the retail DVD has really outdated graphics driver. Currently I'm in the process of trying to slipstream the latest graphics drivers for my NVIDIA Quadro CX into the retail CD and create an updated installation DVD.
Unfortunately not. No alternative graphics card available. Really do need to get this all working with the Quadro CX though as I use it heavily for graphics work. But yes, wish I did have a backup card for debugging purposes.
After the BSOD crash, when the system restart and tries logging into windows I get the following come up in a dialogue box (both when starting windows normally and in safe mode):
The computer restarted unexpectedly or encountered an unexpected error. Windows installation cannot proceed. To install Windows, click "OK" to restart the computer, and then restart the installation.
Your issue does seem to be microsoft/nvidia driver related but I found this on another site ... might have to use Linux disk to find it and it may be a hidden file but it makes sense ... in a perverted way. Just depends on how brave you are.
Hey yeah this method of deleting the nvlddmkm.sys in windows\system32\drivers directory works, then after i deleted the nvlddmkm.sys file i downloaded and installed the latest nvidia driver which replaced the nvlddmkm.sys with the newest version.
So you don't need to download the nvlddmkm.sys file just delete the nvlddmkm.sys file and download the latest nvidia driver version. (which was 195.62), and i have a nvlddmkm.sys file created on the 21/11/09 now (file version 18.104.22.16852)
I had the same issue when installing Win 7 and finally figured out it was my ATI card/drivers. Tried reinstalling win7 but got the same thing. Finally removed the partition, let Win 7 make and format new partition and do fresh install. Then I went into safe mode and uninstalled video drivers, ran driver sweeper and reinstalled ATI/AMD drivers I'd downloaded. so far so good. This is all assuming your video card is good.
Tried re-installing again and stilling getting the same BSOD, but this time we've got a memory dump file now Analysis below, seems to be confirming the problem resides with graphics card drivers.
@puterfx: I also deleted the nvlddmkm.sys file and rebooted. Installation is so badly corrupted anyway after BSOD it can't get into windows to reinstall the drivers.
@geofelt: OK you're next now Going to try switching PCIe slots for the graphics card. But before I do that, I've realised I've got an eSATA bracket plugged in which I'm going to take out as it's superflous for now. Just in case.
Unable to load image \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\nvlddmkm.sys, Win32 error 0n2
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for nvlddmkm.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for nvlddmkm.sys
Probably caused by : nvlddmkm.sys ( nvlddmkm+d06c0 )