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This cobbled together HTPC just won't take a Windows 7 installation, but any flavor of Linux is fine. Memtest passes just fine, HDD passes lifeguard with flying colors, and the PSU is fine running this computer. Motherboard/CPU/GPU appear to be ok due to Linux running just fine without any issues, and I have used these two Windows 7 discs before without issue on other builds. This CPU, motherboard, and RAM were running Windows 7 about a year ago before going into storage without any of these issues. At this point I am getting ready to scrap this motherboard / CPU and use a different one unless I can find a solution.





Hello everyone. Yesterday I decided to throw together a HTPC using the abundant supply of old computer builds sitting around in parts. I decided to use my brothers old motherboard, CPU, my old GPU, his old RAM, and a case / PSU that was laying around.

Here are the specs:

Asus P5K3 Deluxe
Old first generation DDR3 Kensington RAM. (Old as in 1.7v stock volts)
Asus ATI 4870 / 512MB GPU
Hyper 550W? PSU
Intel C2D E6320
Thermalright TRUE 120
WesternDigital 80GB SATA II HDD
Old Sony CD-RW drive / Old DVD drive I swap around
I also have two official Windows 7 64bit discs I am using.



I ran into a multitude of issues when trying to install Windows 7. The errors in the beginning were mostly a non-descriptive error about an installation file being corrupted while it's trying to install during the file unpacking phase. These errors happened when trying both discs. So I decided to rip both discs to my computer and slapped them on a USB flash drive. First disc image on the USB flash drive had the same issue, but magically the second image installed without error.

Then the computer rebooted and was stuck in a reboot cycle. Tried reinstalling again, and this time it installed fully without error. It was up, running, installing updates, Chrome worked just fine, heck I was even watching some YouTube videos on it.

Then I had to reboot the computer to complete the upgrade process. Guess what? Wouldn't reboot, couldn't preform a repair installation, and the restore point it made was unusable. mad.gif

Now I can't get Windows 7 to install again, but this time the computer just gets stuck in a reboot loop.

So, like you I am thinking that this has to be a hardware issue, most likely a problem with either the Ram, HDD or motherboard.

RAM? Nope, memtest works fine

HDD? It passes the DOS bootable lifeguard diagnostic tools test without error about 3 times now.

CPU? Motherboard? Now here is the weird part. Fedora and CentOS will both install and run without error on this exact same machine.


Any help would be great.
Edited by AtomicFrost - 2/16/12 at 2:33am
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This is a very interesting and odd issue. If you can boot into other Operating Systems and install other Operating Systems without freezing, I doubt it's hardware related, but I can't be so sure. When you say it gets stuck in a reboot loop, does it do that as it's trying to load into Windows 7, or does it do that during POST?

If it's doing that when loading into Windows 7, the only thing I can think of at this moment is your Windows installation is obviously corrupt in some way. Here's what I recommend doing. Since you're able to boot into different Operating Systems, I can only assume you have multiple partitions set up. I recommend inserting the Windows disc (or flash drive, whatever way to can get to install Windows again), and rather than choosing your current Windows partition and selecting "format" before installing Windows, select "delete" this time, and then re-create that specific partition by clicking "new", and THEN install Windows onto that new partition.
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This is a very interesting and odd issue. If you can boot into other Operating Systems and install other Operating Systems without freezing, I doubt it's hardware related, but I can't be so sure. When you say it gets stuck in a reboot loop, does it do that as it's trying to load into Windows 7, or does it do that during POST?
If it's doing that when loading into Windows 7, the only thing I can think of at this moment is your Windows installation is obviously corrupt in some way. Here's what I recommend doing. Since you're able to boot into different Operating Systems, I can only assume you have multiple partitions set up. I recommend inserting the Windows disc (or flash drive, whatever way to can get to install Windows again), and rather than choosing your current Windows partition and selecting "format" before installing Windows, select "delete" this time, and then re-create that specific partition by clicking "new", and THEN install Windows onto that new partition.

I should clarify when the reboot loop is happening. The current reboot issue is during the second step of the Windows 7 installation period. This is when the computer needs to reboot the first time after getting all of the files needed for Windows on the actual HDD. The last 3+ times I have tried to install I never get to the point where I can complete the installation. (Setting up the first administrator account, naming the computer, etc.)

I have just been installing both OS's onto a single partition on the HDD. For every installation attempt I have been deleting / making a new partition. Right now I'm firing up a live Fedora CD to check out what is on the HDD after another failed Windows 7 installation. I'll update this post in a few minutes. smile.gif


EDIT: Ok here is the weird part. It looks like all the files on the HDD that should be there right after a fresh Windows 7 installation are there. I'll try rebooting it again to see what happens.


EDIT 2: Ok I finally remembered how to troubleshoot Windows again. rolleyes.gif I remembered that you can prevent Windows from automatically restarting through the f8 menu, and I had it do a boot log dump.. So, I finally have a BSOD to troubleshoot:

STOP C000021a FATAL SYSTEM ERROR 0x00000000 (0xc0000001 0X00100448)

The boot log shows that it failed when loading the keyboard HID driver. I'm not sure what to try next. I've tried booting it without the keyboard / mouse connected, but still it's failing when trying to "update the registry".
Edited by AtomicFrost - 2/16/12 at 4:58am
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Samsung 850 Pro  Samsung 850 EVO Western Digital Black 3TB  LG Bluray Burner 16x 
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Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Windows 8.1 LG 21:9 Ultrawide 34" 3440x1440 Filco 114 key (Blue Cherry) / HHKB Pro 2 
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