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Something seems wrong with Windows 7 on this build:
  • AMD Athlon 2650e 15W (recognized as "unknown 1.6Ghz AM2 processor" rather than 2650e, though the BIOS should support this processor which is a Lima)
  • Abit AN-M2HD AM2 motherboard (have the required v19)
  • 2x2GB Dominator RAM (being underclocked to 800Mhz @ 5-5-5)
  • GeForce 7050PV graphics
  • Antec SL-220 SFF PSU (note that I have a 20-pin connected to the 24-pin connector slot; shouldn't be very important but could this be causing the issue?)
  • Western Digital SE 60GB HDD

What happens is, at some point during install (usually after having just begun, sometimes midway through the file copy to HDD), screen turns into a mess of static horizontal blue & white lines, similar to an artifacting. Chipset heatsink gets hot over time and the graphics are on there, so I put an Antec Spot Cool to cool that area; still happening. Tried a different Win7 install disk; still happening. Remounted CPU cooler.... still happening. Reseated the RAM even, still happening. Reset BIOS....still happening. I'm trying to get the install done on a different PCI-E GPU but somehow the signal doesn't seem to be sent when the VGA cord is plugged into that GPU, even if PCI-E GPU is set as primary in BIOS

What d'you guys reckon could be the problem here? There seem to be lots of possible reasons
Edited by xd_1771 - 5/22/11 at 3:24pm
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Discrete graphics cards do not work if a 20pin is connected to the 24pin socket or at least that's what I have seen before on several builds (but those psus were not of very high quality). The hdd may have bad sectors. can you use it in a diff system and try to run a full-format on it.
Edited by leopold1985 - 5/22/11 at 4:41pm
    
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I'm getting this from the Windows installer, not windows. I will be trying a different HDD though eventually and can also test this one in another system as it is a SATA. Thanks for the memo about the discrete cards (I do know that's what the extra 4 pins are for), though this one was a low power 8400GS and the fan did spin.
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Originally Posted by xd_1771;13603521 
I'm getting this from the Windows installer, not windows. I will be trying a different HDD though eventually and can also test this one in another system as it is a SATA. Thanks for the memo about the discrete cards (I do know that's what the extra 4 pins are for), though this one was a low power 8400GS and the fan did spin.


Thats the exact same graphics card I couldnt run on my friends system with a 20pin psu. He had just upgraded mobo-cpu-ram but not psu.
Anyway, were you talking about the initial file copy (in the black screen) in your first post? How did you check that the cpu wasnt recognised?

Not long ago while installing win 7 on a brand new setup I had just assembled, similar thing happened to me. Instead of artifacting I got bsod. I tried almost everything you have mentioned there, I also changed mem modules with different ones but nothing worked. Finally I reformatted the hdd and made new partitions and windows got installed in the very last partition (i was trying to use the first partition before). Then from inside windows I did some tests and found out that the brand new hdd had some bad sectors.
Edited by leopold1985 - 5/23/11 at 2:50pm
    
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post #5 of 9
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Yeah it usually happens in the initial file copy. The BIOS should support the CPU, but it is recognized simply as "unknown AMD processor" at 1.6Ghz. I'm going to be swapping out the 80GB SE HDD for a different HDD soon anyway.
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Also happens on Linux Live disk. Looks like a motherboard issue, specifically with the graphics. Thanks anyway.
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not familiar with some of the components you have mentioned but I was just wondering is that on-board graphics that is giving you problems?
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XD, is the NB voltage set right? I thought I better mention that before the conclusion was drawn.

Put another PSU in it with a 24 pin to see if it makes any diffrence too.

EDIT: Last bios update was 2007 and cpu release Q4 08.
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post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by BWG;13613617 
XD, is the NB voltage set right? I thought I better mention that before the conclusion was drawn.

Put another PSU in it with a 24 pin to see if it makes any diffrence too.

EDIT: Last bios update was 2007 and cpu release Q4 08.

I don't think I have an option to set the NB voltage but I will check it out. I do have an alternate PSU with a 24-pin but I would prefer using this one as it has less power rating (which is not only still more than enough but as a result makes for more efficiency). I think I'll be able to use it with a different GPU, just need that 24-pin PSU.
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