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I have had windows 7 installed on my PC for over a year now with multiple fresh installations and no problems.Lately I have been experiencing difficulties with my windows. In the past 5 months though, I've had to re-install windows as for the third time now, my PC starts hanging soon after start up. It's not due to any process; also, it doesn't happen in safe mode. This time, the problem reoccurred within 3-4 days of a fresh installation.It hangs a couple of times and eventually starts showing a repair due to winload.exe fail error...windows restarts after the login screen automatically. Now safe mode or repair panel also doesn't work, it restarts in between.

As I tried to install it this time, i booted from the installation pen drive which I've used before, with a setup I've run before. Upon booting from pen drive, it shows windows loading files bar....but right after that, after the windows 7 logo appears for a couple of seconds, it ends up displaying the cursor only and rest of the screen is gray/black. This happens every time i try to run windows installation.

* I have no HDMI cables connecting my monitor, nor any other display devices.
* I've tried resetting the BIOS to no avail.
* I've used an Nvidia 8600gt card for about 5 years without such black screen problems, then again it is 5 years old.
* Right before windows stopped working, I uninstalled my nvidia drivers manually to see if wrong drivers were the issue, pc still hung up.

Any and all help will be appreciated so much!

Hello all...

I have been struggling with a difficult problem with my pagefile not working in windows 7 RC.

Every time I start the computer and log in (Even in safe mode) It opens the performance options window (found under control panel > system > advanced system settings > Advanced tab > Performance area "Settings..." button > advanced tab) and under virtual memory says that there is no pagefile on my drive.

However, my windows installation was done using an internal drive inside a laptop then placed into a usb drive enclosure and is now running from there with this problem.

When running windows 7 from the drive internally, the pagefile works fine.

Here is what I've looked for and tried:

I have enough free space for the recommended 1500MB pagefile (146.8GB free).
I have 1 gig of ram (904MB actually).
I have made sure the permissions on my C drive are correct.
I have tried setting a pagefile in safemode and with different accounts (even the built-in administrator).
I have tried making a new partition (fat32 and ntfs) and setting a pagefile.
I have tried making a minimal 16 MB pagefile to expand it later.
I have tried copying a working pagefile in place.
I have tried adjusting the pagefile settings in the registry.
I have tried using the Ultimate Boot CD 4 Windows to make a pagefile.
None of these have worked.

Here are my technical specs:

Windows Build: 6.1.7100
System Manufacturer: HP
System Model: HP Pavillion dv2000
System Type: x86-based PC (Not enough RAM for x64-bit install)
Processor: AMD Turion 64 x2, 1600Mhz, 2 Core
Physical Memory: 959MB (Its actually 1024MB, but some is used for the graphics chipset, no way to disable)
Disk Drive Model: WDC WD16 00BEVS-60RST0 (USB Device)
Video Card: Nvidia GeForce Go 6150
Firewall: Windows7 builtin
Antivirus: AVG Free (Irrelevant as problem exsisted before it was installed), Windows Defender
Downloaded Beta From Microsoft.com
No other Operating Systems installed.
All Drivers up to date.

Note about running from usb drive:
This is simply accomplished by loading usb drivers sooner during startup.

The drive can be placed inside the laptop and it works properly, But for everyday use It Has to be in the USB drive enclosure. (Otherwise the drive will overheat with temperatures hot enough to burn your hand! Could not do anything about this.)

Things I have not tried:
Re-installing or doing a clean install or installing via a virtual machine.

Any ideas would be appreciated!

Regards, Alex. (aka nunchuck)

I am running out of hair to pull out here.

Installing Windows 7 RC on my box (MSI K9A2VM-FD mobo)
with a raid 0 setup. Using onboard "fakeraid" AMD sb700 chipset.

I have setup the two drives in the raid manager (1 seagate 250 and 1 seagate 160) to be a part of the array. I end up with a usable 320 GB due to the size differences.

Both drives are tested and work fine.

When installing windows 7, if I use "advanced" mode, or let it try itself, it fails with the generic Failed to format partition, error code 0x80070057.

I can see the partitions with or without the amd driver.

Things I have tried from searching here and elsewhere:

I have tried it with one stick of memory

I have the "recognized" (when loading drivers in the setup screen) amd drivers for the sb700 on a thumbdrive.

I have tried deleting the 100MB recovery partition.

I am at wit's end. I only am reinstalling the OS to have a RAID0 drive. Already had a working install prior to today. :

No amount of effort will get past this error so far.

Please help me! I have a Gateway MX6960 that I just put Windows 7 on. There is a missing driver on the Device Manager, but I don't know exactly what it is or where to get the driver. It is listed under "other devices" as "Mass Storage Controler". The only info I know are the hardware ids. They are :

All basic functions seem to be working on the computer. I have not tried to use the fire wire port, the card reader or the PCMIA slot. My guess is the PCMIA slot because I initially ran the windows update tool and it identified there wasn't a driver available. The reason I'm not sure if thats actually the issue is because there is a driver loaded under PCMIA devices! It may be there are suposed to be two and one is missing.

Anyway to make things worse, I tried a auto detect program to ck my drivers. It did identify what I already knew, but also said there were 12 out of date drivers! One for the SATA controller, 4 system devices (PCI express root port 27D0 mobile intel 945GM/PM/GMS/940GML/943GML & intel 945GT express processor to DRAM controller 27A0), and 5 USB controllers (intel 82801G (ICH7 family) universal host controller 27C8).

I went to Gatway and tried to install some of the drivers they listed for my laptop. They are of the auto install type and when I run the exe, windows 7 comes back saying this program is not supported. The drivers are newer and for VISTA 64 bit (I and running a 64 bit centrino duo processor).

Is there a way to identify the hardware based on the ids listed above? If so, is there a place I can get an updated driver? Also the other drivers? Here is a link to the drivers listed on Gateway Gateway Support - Downloads & Support Documents

Thanks in advance for any help in this matter,


I recently bought Windows 7 Pro from Microsoft's The Ultimate Steal program (I downloaded an ISO from them and burned it to a DVD).

I am installing on a Dell inspiron 1525 laptop, which originally came with Vista. The Vista installation had become corrupt so I took the oportunity to put Windows 7 on (repartitioned, reformatted, did full install) - I did not run the compatibility utility to make sure that Windows 7 would support the hardware I have, but I had read a number of reports of people running Windows 7 on an inspiron 1525. I am also using the 64 bit version because I plan to upgrade my RAM up to (and hopefully over) 4gb.

Anyway, Windows 7 installed fine and downloaded a number of updates. I was able to install Office and a handful of other applications. All my hardware worked perfectly. Initially there were 2 driver updates that were downloaded, installed, and did not negatively affect anything. Everything worked fine for a day, however there was a final round of automatic updates (no driver updates that I recall) which were installed. After rebooting, the "Starting Windows" screen goes away and I see my wallpaper and the mouse cursor (which I can move) but it stays stuck there every time. I cannot hit CTRL ALT DEL, I can't click or right click. After this, if I reboot I get 2 choices: Launch Startup Repair, or Start Windows Normally.

If I start Normally I get stuck at the same point again - blank desktop.

If I choose Startup Repair I get the "windows is loading files" progress bar, then the small green progress bar, then a blank black screen which it stays at for about 10 minutes. Then I see my wallpaper and the mouse cursor but again, I am stuck here.

If I try to boot up in Safe Mode, the list of drivers goes quick but pauses for a minute on Windowssystem32DRIVERSCLASSPNP.SYS after which I get a blue screen of death for such a split second that I can't read it, then it reboots. Safe Mode does this every time.

If I choose Last Known Good Configuration I see the "starting windows" message, then a black screen for a minute and then it reboots every time.

If I boot off of the DVD and choose Repair Windows, i get stuck at a blank desktop just if I were to boot normally. This particularly concerns me.

If I choose Repair Your Computer (via F8 - not the DVD), I sit at a blank screen for many minutes, then get stuck at the desktop.

What should I try now?

Thank you for any advice!

Anyways here's the problem, my computer was working fine with windows 7, with no problems at all. All i had were driver issues with certain games, and i had to clean and install new drivers in order to get the perfect ones which were xtreme- ones from tweakforce.com Anyways, the real problem is,when i went to shut down the computer the other day to give it a clean by blowing compressed air. Afterwards, plugged everything back in, windows 7 boots, pass the "windows is starting screen" then boom black screen, then my computer just beeps once in a while before i reset it or shut it down.

My specs are
Windows 7 Build
Motherboard: Soyo P-35-G (http://www.soyo.com.cn/topic.phpacti...D=198&keyword=) It's in chinese, but the components is the same.
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E4600@2.40Ghz
Ram: 2GB
Video: Nvidia Geforce 8600 GT 256 mb
250GB SATA Hard drive.
Atheros Wireless Adapter ( PCI Card since motherboard doesn't come with wireless )
Installed Avira Firewall + Antivirus.

Now, i'm pulling my hair out becuase i have almost tried everything i could think of but i cannot boot windows 7. i can boot into all of the safe modes. I can also boot into windows after uninstall graphics drivers, but once i get back into normal windows it installs Nvidia 8600GT WDDM v 1.1 and tells me restart , in which then i get stuck again. I have also tried different drivers on top of those and it still wouldn't boot normally.

I have tried chkdsk and system file checker , didn't came up with any problems. Also tried bootsec /nt60, still didn't work.

I have tried putting windows 7 disc in, and startup recovery tool , didn't find any problems. I have tried extended memory test and no problems.

Booted into safe mode and ran spybot and malwarebytes and antivirus, nothing was found. Ccleaner ran and everything cleaned.
The last windows update i had was 1/28 so its not windows update. Tried system restore from almost 2 weeks ago but still couldn't get past it, still just black screen when it restarts then my computer just beeps.My monitor works fine, tried it with another PC.

I reset Bios settings to optimized defaults. Still no difference.

I ran low resolution booting, still had the same problem. Enable boot-logging, and here were the highlights of it. ( I can host the whole file somewhere, if someone wants it.. )

Loaded driver SystemRootSystem32driversvga.sys
Did not load driver SystemRootSystem32driversvga.sys
Loaded driver SystemRootSystem32DriversNDProxy.SYS
Did not load driver SystemRootSystem32DriversNDProxy.SYS
Did not load driver SystemRootSystem32DriversNDProxy.SYS
Did not load driver SystemRootSystem32DriversNDProxy.SYS
Did not load driver SystemRootSystem32DriversNDProxy.SYS
Loaded driver SystemRootSystem32DRIVERSsrv2.sys
Loaded driver SystemRootSystem32DRIVERSsrv.sys
Did not load driver SystemRootSystem32DRIVERSsrv.sys
Loaded driver SystemRootsystem32DRIVERSmonitor.sys

I researched found out NDproxy.sys had to deal with networks.i disable all network connections with the exception of my wireless , didn't work. i tired just taking out the wireless pci card still black screen.
I really dont' know what's wrong, i know i can backup my files and then reformat + reinstall windows 7, but i like to know what's causing it?

Thanks for reading!

Hi I'm new here and I desperately need some help,

Last night I Updated my nVidia graphics driver and that all went well. I was just watching youtube videos and plaing an online game (League of Legends) when I thought that It's time for me to get some sleep but I accidently left my laptop on.

I have a Dell Laptop XPS 17 L702X with:
8gb DDR-3 Ram,
2nd Gen Intel i7-2670QM 2.20 GHz processor,
3G nVidia GeForce GT555M GPU,
2 750GB 7200RPM hard drives
2 operating systems [(Ubuntu and Windows 7), Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1]

Anyway when I woke up my Laptop was off so I just thought that the battery had ran out but I then realised that it was plugged in. When I turned it on everything seemed normal e.g. GRUB boot loader started and I selected windows 7. Then Before the windows 7 boot logo appeared my computer restarted. I thought this was just a once off bug so I tried again and I got the same result. I tried Ubuntu and that loaded up fine (That is what I'm using now to post this). I turned my computer off again and tried loading windows 7 in safemode, However when I press F8 for options on how to boot windows 7 my computer just restarted before the options came up, So I cant load windows 7 normally or in safemode.

This goes on with the things that I tried to fix this.

I borrowed my friends Windows 7 CD to boot from to repair my computer. When I do that and get to the window that says to select an operating system nothing appears. So I just ignored this and went to start up repair, This went on and on for hours and It wouldn't finish so I just restarted my computer and tried something different. I couldnt do a system restore because I couldn't select an OS form the list. I ran a windows memory diagnostic scan and that finished with no results. I searched on the internet for fixes and I came accross System file checker via CMD, I tried the steps on that but still had no luck

(sfc /scanfile=c:windowssystem32zipfldr.dll /offbootdir=c: /offwindir=c:windows)

(sfc /scannow /offbootdir=c: /offwindir=c:windows)

So Im stumped on what to do, I have tried the start up repair, Memory Diagnostic and System file checker and they didn't fix the issue. I don't have a Dell recovery Partition because I Re partitioned my hard drives for dual booting and setting them up to my liking.

The last thing I did before I left my Laptop (hardware related) was install new video drivers which I can't think of why that would cause this since I have done all of that before. Also I thought maybe my hard drive that had Windows 7 installed on it just wasn't showing up but when I use Ubuntu I can see my Windows 7 Hard drive there and I can move files to and from it, So it is being detected from Ubuntu.

Please help I really can't think of anything else to do and I really don't want to do a clean install because I have a heap of things on there that I don't want to loose including school work.

Lastly when I installed the video drivers my computer required a restart which is normal and when I restarted in it was fine and after that all I did was play games and watch videos perfectly fine.

I've a Asus M4N72-E Motherboard, a AMD Phenom II x4 64Bits, Windows 7 64Bits installed.. WaterCooling system with .02 Liquid Nitrogen Solution from Thermaltake with it,

Processor is New
Memory is New
Motherboard is new
Hard Drives are new 2 VelociRaptors 200 GB.
4 GB Ram OZ Series with heat Sink.
2x Nvidia 280 EVGA Black Pearl (New)
Power Supply is new OZ Xtreme 800W with dual line for Video Cards.

The System Board is running at 37 Degrees
The Video Cards are running at 32 Degrees
Processor is running a 41 Degrees

Motherboard has the 750a chipset,
The system Bios is 802 (latest from 4/9/2009)

The system is running perfectly on Vista and no problems at all .

I decided last night to install Windows 7 . Installed all drivers, and installed everything, I had to install from the Nvidia Page the Nforce Drivers due some non detected nvidia parts..

the system maximun temperature is an averange of 47 degree . When playing game.
The maximun for the motherboard to automatically shutdown is 71 Degrees.. that is the processor max temperature.

told that the system is not overheating.

Memory are tested on other system, on vista and work perfectly no problem (similar system with vista) Same system with the difference of only 1 hard drive instead of 2.

After certain point while playing game the system suddenly shutdowns... like i took out the power supply. I am thinking on going back to vista, since the problem is pretty anoying. And some times, i have to restart the computer 3/4 times in order to get it back to work. Some times when loading. The system automatically shutdowns

Mostly happens when I am playing games that has to use Direct3D (Wow, SWG, Age of Connan)

I am assuming is a proglem with the operating system.. since the same machine ran Vista W/O any kind of problem for an entire week.

Any Sugestions?

I have a Tosh satellite L505D-ES025 that I purchased in May 2010. The hard drive ("HD") failed in June 2012. In checking the Toshiba forum for this model.I have noticed a number of owners have similar problems with HD failures . Toshiba wants $250 for a replacment drive. I have installed a Western Digital HD Blue 500G, which is win 7 compatible. Toshiba recovery disk would not install and If it did, it would eliminate all the critical drivers, among them, installing a display driver that causes the system to freeze. I took the tosshiba hd from my other toshiba notebook and it installed everthing to factory. I decided not to use toshiba's recovery disk because I believe it is doing things beyond restoring windows and is selective towards using Toshiba Drives that fail in less than two years.
I have downloaded and tried Windows 7 Iso. I could not read the product key on my notebook, and I tried getting it from Toshiba many times without success. I also have an HP notebook and I "borrowed" the product key, to see how windows7 retail worked. This allowed me to use windows 7 for almost 30 days. On install, windows did not have the modem and camera, and Fn function card reader drivers, which are Toshiba proprietary drivers. I have downloaded those drivers from Toshiba's website. A few days ago, I encountered problems. All my windows services started locking down and I could not enter any of the safe modes. I tried startup repair (with the win 7 cd) but had no luck. Also tried system restore, without any luck. I tried reinstalling windows, using a product key that microsoft support gave me. The reinstall, though, would not installl my HD sound driver or usb controller. My usb drives can power devices, but not read them. In addition I can no longer install the drivers I downloaded from Tohibas website, which includes (the modem, camera, and usb card reader)
This HD was under 30 days old, so I returned it for another WD HD. I reinstalled win 7 and amazingly microsoft remove the 30 activation to 3 days, Where is Microsoft info store? This is a brand new drive! I haven't even configuered my lan or internet!
I believe the product key I misused from my HP notebook has caused microsoft to "black list"my notebook.
What can I do to get windows to load the drivers and allow the toshiba drivers to be installed as they were on my initial install from the win 7 iso cd? I have paid for the use of windows and both Microsoft andToshiba seem to be Forgetting this

I did a Windows 7 "full install" onto my Gigabyte MB RAID equipped quad core 64bit system. "Nominally" all went to completion without any problem whatsoever.

The only problem I have is when I boot up.
1) If I boot up WITHOUT the Win7 64bit install disk in the drive, I get an error message during boot that says "NTLDR not found" and the boot attempt fails and you have to hit ctrl-alt-delete to continue. In this configuration, boot cannot be completed.
2) On the other hand, if I simply leave the Win7 64bit install disk in the CD/DVD drive, the boot up continues through the failure point and stops at a text window which appears to be a "dual boot" type of window. This window offers to boot up using "Other Operating System" or using Windows 7.
a) If I select "Other Operating System", I get a message saying that this "other" OS was not found.
b) If I select "Windows 7", then the boot proceeds normally to a satisfactory conclusion and all W7 functions operate as expected.

1) The system I had installed was Win XP but I did do a "fresh install" to get where I am. No "upgrade install" was offered and none was looked for.
2) The Gigabyte system is a new one with "built into the firmware" drivers for RAID and so W7 did not ask for and was not given any drivers to load during the install. The RAID system is working just fine.
3) I did a "repair install" and it went successfully to completion without changing the situation.

How do I get rid of this (bogus) dual boot option presented to me by W7?

I Upgraded My Windows7 Starter To Ultimate Recently And Everything Was Going Fine, But I Wasn't Happy With The Disk Space Because I Had Ubuntu As Second OS And I Wanted More Space For Win7. ( Ubuntu Was In The same Partition As Win7 C: ). I Searched For Ways Of Increasing The Size Of The Partition But I Didn't Understood Them So I Deleted Ubuntu. The Space Wasn't Recovered (Unallocated Space) So I Still Searched For Ways Of Making The Partition Size Bigger And i Found a Way That Said If You Right Clicked The Gray Square Of Disk Utility And Click a Phrase That i Don't Remember You Can Show the "Resize" Option Of the Partition.i Did That and i Received a Notification Dialog That Said That Said That If i Do That All The Partitions (OS's, Files, And Drivers) Would Be Deleted And I Like A DUMB Clicked "Ok" At Next Restart There Was No Boot Manager, The Boot Just Loaded Again And Again. So I Installed Ubuntu Using a Bootable USB (Current OS) And There Was No "Install Alongside Other OS" Option. I Tried To Run Windows 7 Setup Again Using a Bootable USB, But I Get Stuck at The Part That You Must Select The Drivers Needed So Windows Could Read The Partitions. I Have The CD With The Drivers But i Have a Dell Inspiron Mini 1012 Netbook With No CD Drive So i Downloaded All The Drivers That the Factory Installs From Dell.com And Saved It on A USB But the Windows 7 Setup Doesn't Recognize The Drivers, It Only Recognize The USB But Not It Contents(Drivers).
Please Help Me, I Want To Keep Using Windows 7 And All Programs i Need Windows But It Seems Like Ubuntu Is My Only Option.

First 3 downloads of the iso weren't complete...I didn't notice until I tried 2 burns. Then I resorted to downloading elsewhere and after 3 more downloads I got the right file(verified by hash) for 64 bit Windows Pro English.

Burned the iso to my thumb drive fine, seemed to install fine and fast on this system:

Gigabyte UD3R
4GB G.Skill 1000
MSI 4830
Corsair 520hx

Have 2 500GB spinpoint F3s in raid 0 and 1(setup in bios correctly and in raid menu bios fine)
190GB raid 0, 375GB raid 1 using Intel raid

after mostly done with install it said it had to restart so it did, but since I used a USB thumb drive it tried booting from that again instead of finishing install. I redid the install after fixing partitions and it seemed to go fine this time I removed the drive when it restarted. I was actually finally in windows 7! After installing a couple drivers I needed I restarted then things went bad. Could no longer enter windows normally because once it loaded the screen went blank. It automatically installed gfx drivers but the monitor drivers aren't installed and I was incapable of installing them after 1-2 hours trying to figure out a way. Monitor didn't show up in device manager. Monitor is an Acer2051w. I could get into safemode and try to mess with stuff. I was able to uninstall video drivers then boot into windows normally but it would automatically install the same driver and I wouldn't be able to get back in again. Automatic driver installation was off by the way.

So I couldn't fix this so I decided to reinstall Windows 7. The install went through fine, said it had to restart to finish up and after restarting the screen would stay blank forever. Doesn't seem to be installing properly now.

So I can't get it installed again, and when it was it wasn't working properly. I have the monitor drivers even but no way of installing them so Windows is screwing up setting a bad resolution/settings for the display that I can't fix hence the blank screen issue.

So that's where I'm at....any tips to get this going? I've spent at least 20 hours trying to install it now.

Hey, I recently got the new RC off Microsoft installing alongside a relatively new XP Pro installation.

I have two 320gb SATA HDs that I'm working off right now, the two operating systems are on different hard drives. After installing Windows 7 I did not get a dual boot option like most guides said I would. I downloaded easyBCD and attempted to add the entry in there manually:

Windows 7 sees my old XP partition as E, so i put that in there.. Currently the entry in easyBCD shows..

Entry #2
Name: Microsoft Windows XP
BCD ID: {1a31edef-5218-11de-85f2-c3ab03279010}
Drive: E:
Bootloader Path: NTLDR

Yet when I select it at boot there is an error saying NTLDR is not found etc. I can boot back into 7 fine.

Update: I remembered afterwards that windows XP put its system stuff on a different partition on that drive. I located which letter it was in Windows 7 and changed it to that. However now when I select that option in the boot menu my computer just restarts from that point on.

New Update: Went into system restore on the Windows 7 cd. It notices that there is a Windows 7 system there but not the windows XP. I believe this may be the cause for it not setting up the dual boot stuff automatically. It tells me that if the system isn't found there to click 'Load Drivers' and find the drivers for the hard drive containing the partition. Funny thing is, when I search for the drivers, the other hard drive's partitions, and even the old Windows XP boot/system partitions are available for searching. This leads me to believe the reason for prior issues with everything is the fact that the installation of Windows XP decided to install its bootloader stuff on a seperate partition.. I am not sure for the reason of this at all, in fact I think windows 7 decided to do it as well.. I'll be double checking that when I'm done writing this.

I am having problems with any type of Network Card or Network USB adapter working with my PC running Windows 7. I had a LinkSys WMP54G PCI card working on this computer about a year ago as I was needing to use a wireless connection but then I didn't use it for 6 months. When I went to use it again, it wouldn't pick up connections at all.

Thinking it was an issue with the card, I picked up a Edimax 7612UAn USB adapter thinking it should work out of the box. When I plug the USB adapter in, the standard Windows driver installation tries to run but an error message occurs stating "Device driver software was not successfully installed" accompanied by "Realtek RTL8191SU Wireless LAN 802.11n USB Failed". If I try to install the drivers manually, nothing changes and in Device Manager the following error message is displayed under Device Status "This device is not working properly because Windows cannot load the drivers required for this device. (Code 31)".

I am at a loss as to why this issue is occurring. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated because I only have so much hair left that can be torn out.

After a recent power failure at my home, I tried to turn back on my computer and I get hanged at the windows 7 logo. I tried to restart multiple times but it don't work. So I to to do safe mode but it don't work either. It gets stuck when it loading to drivers. So I tried to put in the windows 7 installation disk to try and reformat my hard drive, but even that gets hanged at the logo screen when it tries to boot up. Please help me if you can I don't know what to do. Thanks.

Usually when I install a new OS I load up my games with great trepidation but all the games that ran in Vista 64 also run in Windows 7 64. They are:
Age of Empires (I should hope so MicroSoft released it)
Company of Heroes
Dangerous Waters
DCS Black Shark
Falcon Allied Force
Flashpoint Reistance
Guild Wars
MS Combat Flight Sim 3
MS Flight Sim X with Accelerator Pack
Star Wars: Empire at War
Lord of the Rings Online
The Witcher
Warcraft III
World in Conflict
And now some games that didn't run in Vista but run now:
Pacific Fighters
Silent Hunter 4
Neverwinter Nights 2 seems like it wants to work but it keeps saying I do't have a 3D Graphics card installed (2 280GTXs in SLI??? If that's not 3D I don't know what is, I'm thinking drivers)
Hope this helps.

Hey guys, I hate to ask a question right on first post but this is rather an frustrating issue.

Out of a sudden on a random reboot one day after installing new video card drivers for my ATi HD4830 card, it went "Operating System Not Found" or something similar to that. So I thought, weird, maybe I'll try using the boot menu in my bios to tell it to boot from which drive. That works.

However, every single time I boot up my computer, I have to go into the boot menu to tell which drive my bios can find the OS from. That got very annoying. So I popped in the installation DVD for windows 7, and used the first repair option. (The one that says solves problems if windows doesn't start). After running that, I now get a new message everytime I get to the boot screen, and that is something like "BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISC AND PRESS ENTER." (And if I do press enter, it tries to load from the CD-rom).

I then tried using the command prompt in the recovery console and did the following:

bootsect /nt60 C

No luck there either. In fact, it gives a bunch of gibberish, and I believe what it was trying to say is something along the lines of not being able to find the volume.

I don't know if this is related, but a few weeks back I also had a corrupted MBR, but I popped in the windows 7 installation disc, and it fixed it that time around.

The only way I can boot right now is to go into the boot menu of the bios every single time and point it to the drive.

Help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

I've got a Dell Precision 470 with an internal striped raid.

It originally came with windows XP64 installed.
I've got it currently setup to dual boot xp64 and Vista business 64 with one more blank partition for "messing around".
This is a test pc that I use to test software on various OS so if I mess it up, only time is lost to reset it up.

When I installed Vista, it wouldn't see my sata raid. When I download the raid drivers from the Dell website (I also tried the drivers on the adaptec site) and put them on a flash drive and click the "load drivers", it told me they weren't compatable. I would try them anyway but thyey wouldnt' ever work. Eventually I got it to work by loading the old XP64 raid drivers off the dell XP64 windows install disc.

Unfortunately, in the Windows 7 install, this isn't working. Any ideas?


I'm using Win 7 Professional x64 rtm from MSDNAA.
When i try to create a clean install, everything goes smooth untill the Partition selection screen. I get a "no drives were detected" notice and the list is empty. It offers the Load drivers option but i dont really know where to get them.

I have Striker Extreme motherboard, and a wdc wd5000aaks SCSI hard drive (connected via SATA).

What should i do? After trying every possible driver with "Load driver" option without success, seeing atleast 3 BSOD's (error 0x0000007b) and being in a general bad mood i finally made it into Windows 7.

What i did was the folowing:
1.) i flashed the bios to the latest version (used a rather old one before (beginning of 2007 i belive))
2.) burned the image at 1x speed (with imageburn, default settings)

Which one did it i don't really know, but here is my advice to everyone that experiences problems during setup. First and foremost burn the image at a slow speed. I burned mine at 4x (dvdrw) several times with several different programs and had no success.


I'm certain the subject of the USB3 channel on the latest motherboards and their problems in Windows 7 have been discussed many times already, and I'm certain all discussions are not the same. So here goes my version:

At the time of this discussion I'm on my third Intel Desktop board, being under warranty my supplier changed my board three times. [what a grand Supplier!]

The first and second boards were: DH67BL boards and the third board, which is current, DQ67SW - I've been having USB3 problems with all three boards

I'm 100% certain it's a Windows 7 issue and not the Intel drivers that ship with these boards.

My reason for saying this is as follows: testing was done on the latest board:

I switched off my PC and installed Win7 Ultimate on a blank 500gig drive - then I tested my USB2 & USB3 devices on both USB2 & USB3 channels without any drivers or SP's installed - no problems, both the USB2 & USB3 devices functioned without a hitch.Then I installed [and restarted] all the latest drivers previously downloaded from the official Intel Support Download Centre Website - tested both USB2 & USB3 channels with both USB2 & USB3 devices - and Win7 prompted me after I've inserted said- devices into the USB2 port/channel, about the fact that "this device will work/perform faster if inserted into a USB3 port/channel" - the very same happened when inserted into the USB3 port/channels.Then I installed the Win7 SP1 restarted my PC, and tested the USB devices as before and Windows prompts me that "this device will perform/work better when inserted into a USB3 port, whether inserted into the USB2 or USB3 ports.

I must admit that this is a very frustrating issue, especially since I've spend loads of money on this new technology. If windows 7 is not the culprit, where do I go from here. I've made doubly certain that the firmware is up to date on my external Western Digital 1TB Passport drive, my 8gig flash stick obviously don't have firmware updates. Both these devices are USB3 devices, and reported to be USB2 backward compatible. Are we going to see a SP2 for Win7 in the near future with better support for the USB3 standard? These prompts I get, are they MS or Intel related?



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