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yvain4

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Hello everyone


Ok ive tried to install windows vista 64 bit on my new pc i have just recently built. i got most of the way through the installation until the pc had to restart to finish the installation. when it boots from the hard drive for the first time i get an error that says windows has encountered an error and the installation cannot proceed. and that i have to reinstall windows vista. so i click ok to restart and i get one long continuous beep. "motherboard manual says it can be a dram error" i check my memory and its all in there seated fine. so i reset all my bios and everything to default and set cd rom to boot first then hard drive. i restart and install vista again and i get the same thing.. anyone know whats going on?

also atm i have this cheap old onboard s3 video card in just to install vista could this be part of the problem or adding to it as well?
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Hi yvain4 and welcome to our friendly forum! It could well be the graphics card that's 'letting the side down', so to speak. Especially as you say it's an old on-board s3 model.

The following page does give very specific requirements of the type of graphics card you need and the amount of video-memory it needs to have:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/919183

Although you say it's 64-bit Vista, you don't say which version (ie Home, Premium or Ultimate.
The Premium & Ultimate versions need more powerful graphics support than the Home version to drive the 'Aero' and 'Aero-Glass' visuals repectively,
and all versions need a graphics card that's DirectX 9 compatible. It must also have passed the Microsoft "Windows Aero Acceptance Test".
That definitely doesn't apply to your S3 card.

I would say you need to change that at least, then see if Vista will install.

Edited by pip22, 14 November 2007 - 05:06 PM.

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yvain4

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ok what i have is windows vista home basic 64 it edition.. i have my new video cards which are evga 8800gt super clocked.. and yes it was my old s3 card. now that i have the new cards installed im still getting problems installing.. i get the the point where windows needs to restart to complete installation and i get this error "the computer has restarted unexpectedly or encountered m error windows installation cannot proceed. to install windows, click "OK" to restart the computer, and then restart the installation." No matter what i try i couldnt get passed the error screen. except for one time where i actually completed the installation and began installing my motherboard drivers and then it restarted and same thing.. only this time i got the bsod and nothing else when loading.


sorry about all the typing just trying o give as much info as i can to help resolve the issue
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