Windows won't install

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  1. tarjalan

    tarjalan Notebook Enthusiast

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    7520G ICY70

    I replaced the graphics card (gf8400M) with a 3650 and can get the machine to run linux (mint 8 and puppy 4.3.1) as long as I turn acpi off (f2 option then acpi=off).

    When I try to run the recovery partition the machine gets to the bit that ends boot.wim and if I press enter I get a blank screen.

    This may indicate an incorrect parameter, any ideas?

    If I press esc I, usually, get to a series of safe mode type options which, if I use the command prompt option, stops at \windows\system32\drivers\disk.sys.

    This, I think, is the result of an attempt I made to install from a vista disk.

    Again, any ideas?
     
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    tarjalan Notebook Enthusiast

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    I have now got mint 8 installed on the hard disk and I can get the machine to boot as would a normal linux system but the acpi function doesn't work, as expected with acpi off (manual shutdown needed).

    The recovery partition has now been deleted (deliberate) and I tried to boot off the recovery disks which were made when the computer was first bought.

    I have also tried an xp and a vista disk.

    The machine does the same as before and halts, after the first white bar bit, with a blank screen.

    If I use a win 7 disk it stops with the (first) starting windows screen.

    I don't know how windows handles acpi but am wondering whether this is the problem.

    Is there a way of forcing windows to work with acpi off or to correct this issue?

    It is not a hard disk problem as I have tried with two different hard disks.
     
  3. Feral1

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    If this started with replacing the graphics card, I suggest that you reinstall the original card, install Win 7 then try installing the new graphics card.
     
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    tarjalan Notebook Enthusiast

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    The reason that I uninstalled the original graphics card was that it was broken - graphics corruption problems.

    I can now get it to boot into XP if I use the F5 option and choose the alternative option (it's got i486 in the wording) and it will install XP with acpi off as with linux (manual shutdown required).

    I have found the cmos battery, it is not replaceable, but I have managed to reset the cmos by holding down the power on button with all power removed.

    That has not worked.

    I am going to try a bios upgrade but will need to read about it first - haven't done one on a laptop before.

    One thing I did notice in the bios is that the video bios version shows

    Vf R Ħ← ↓

    Anyone know what this means or is it normal?

    The main screen shows the video memory as 0 MB.

    Again is this correct?

    The reason I want to try and install the original vista operating system is that the language is Finnish and the computer is owned by a 70 year old who doesn't speak English.

    I could install Finnish linux but it must be possible to get this machine to work eventually.
     
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    Feral1 Notebook Consultant

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    Not trying to frustrate you further but maybe you need an exact replacement of the original card.
     
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    tarjalan Notebook Enthusiast

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    Yes, that would be a good idea but the exact replacement is rarer than dodo's eggs.

    I am into a bios upgrade now but it will take a while to sort it out as PHLASH through XP doesn't work.

    I am working on doing it with a usb stick and have got it booting to the A: prompt but haven't worked out how to proceed from there.
     
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    Wow.

    I retried with flashing with a dos disk and have now got bios 1.33 installed.

    Refresh didn't work and, after several goes, I entered the command

    phlash16 /c /x /s ic50133.wph at the prompt and bios flashing went without a hitch.

    It is now recovering from the disks made when it was new.

    Hopefully this will go alright and I will only have to sort the graphics drivers out.
     
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