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Okay, so I just recently purchased an alienware m17xr3 which came with windows 8.1 pro installed on it. Someone suggested that I should buy a W8 disk and do a clean install so everything is fresh and I am the administrator. Well, everything seemed to be going good, I popped in the w8 cd and booted from the cd drive and the w8 install came up. I typed in the activation key, went in and finished out a typical clean install. Then it got to the part where it restarts, and then I got a black screen with a blue windows tile on it and just the 5 dots spinning in a circle underneath of the logo (loading?) The problem is, I've been on this screen for over 45 minutes now and according to all of the videos I've watched on how to clean install windows 8 it should only hang there for a few minutes and then say "loading devices" or something of that nature. If anyone can help me out with this or if I need to provide any more info please ask! Thank you so much!
post #2 of 17
Was it a new Alienware? Or used? if new... why the reinstall?

Some Dell laptops have some bios security functions that integrate with Windows 8 to make it more secure and it can be a pain to reinstall the OS, or downgrade to Win7 unless you disable some of those settings. http://forum.notebookreview.com/alienware-17-m17x/706840-guide-alienware-m17xr3-windows-8-clean-install-drivers.html

Did it have a raid array in it before you installed the OS? If so, did you disable the raid, or are you installing the RAID driver? http://en.community.dell.com/owners-club/alienware/f/3746/t/19479217.aspx

Make sure you have the correct drivers... they should be available on the Dell website.... ftp://downloads.dell.com/Pages/Drivers/alienware-m17x-r3.html
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The laptop was used. I was doing a reinstall to start fresh, wiping all the previous owners info out.

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And yes, I am trying to install while in a RAID.
post #5 of 17
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I do have all the drivers downloaded as well, there on a flashdrive. I can't boot up so i can't download them and install, unless theres someway of installing the drivers some other way?
post #6 of 17
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And yes, I am trying to install while in a RAID.

and you are installing the proper Raid driver?

You might need to check with Dell... see if you can get a OEM disk. Sometimes they slipstream some drivers into an OS while installing....

that or use SYSPREP to make a slipstream disk yourself, with all the needed drivers preloaded.
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How/where do I install the RAID driver? Sorry I am still fairly new to this, usually never have any issues restoring a computer. Thank you for all the help so far, it is appreciated smile.gif
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How/where do I install the RAID driver? Sorry I am still fairly new to this, usually never have any issues restoring a computer. Thank you for all the help so far, it is appreciated smile.gif

sure.. glad to help!

See #8 here > http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/2299-clean-install-windows-8-a.html


Quote from site: "NOTE: If your hard drive is not displayed and it's either a SATA drive or in a RAID setup, then you need to connect a USB key or DVD disc with the RAID or SATA drivers on it, click on Load Driver, select the folder on the USB key or DVD that contains the RAID or SATA drivers to install them. Afterwards, your RAID drives will be available to select from to install Windows 8 on."

let us know how it goes... or if you need more help!
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sure.. glad to help!

See #8 here > http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/2299-clean-install-windows-8-a.html


Quote from site: "NOTE: If your hard drive is not displayed and it's either a SATA drive or in a RAID setup, then you need to connect a USB key or DVD disc with the RAID or SATA drivers on it, click on Load Driver, select the folder on the USB key or DVD that contains the RAID or SATA drivers to install them. Afterwards, your RAID drives will be available to select from to install Windows 8 on."

let us know how it goes... or if you need more help!

I'll give it all a shot! If that all works, can I paypal you a tip? You've been a great help so far!
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No paypal needed, bro! But thanks! lol! If you are really happy, hit the REP+ button....

You just made my day! thumb.gif
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