The only thing the two computers have in common is the motherboard, an Asus M2A-VM. I tried updating BIOS and to no avail, I also tried a flash drive install and the same problem occurred. My thought is that it would have to be the board, it seems the obvious answer. Yet, when I checked Asus site for support for the board, there was no mention of such a problem.
I ran memtest, memory is good, I ran Ubuntu to see if it would load, and it loads and works fine. I also tried using windows setup recovery to fix the HDD, and it had no effect either. I even read somewhere to switch from DVI output to VGA, and still no difference. I can't figure this out. Please help! Thanks!
*edit - specs of the two computers are Asus M2A-VM/Sempron LE-1100/2GB Memory, and Asus M2A-VM HDMI/Athlon x2 4000+/2GB Memory. I did also try running them on one dimm, and that too was fruitless. The other machines I installed 7 on all had older mobo/cpus (939 Athlon X2 and a slew of Pentium 4's)
Edited by anbesol, 18 January 2010 - 03:30 PM.