So i went into the installer, formatted my partitions so it'd be a truly fresh 7 install and let it do its thing. About 5% into the installation it gave me a message saying key windows system32 boot.ini file was missing and that the installation would be terminated. Now I know that's generally a serious problem but didn't think it'd be an issue with a new install. But to play on the safe side, I put in my Fedora 10 CD to install that just as a safety measure.
Well, that didn't matter because I didn't even get to the POST. My BIOS was screwed from this installation error somehow. I'm fairly tech saavy myself so i had a few ideas at this point, but I wasn't about to touch the BIOS or CMOS without second and third opinions. In the end I called over a friend that actually has a networking and an computer engineering degree, several steps later we flashed it and that stage of the problem was fixed.
The problem I have now is when i try to install any OS onto the drive, the installer freezes as soon as it starts to load the actually install files. XP freezes at "Setting up Windows Components", Win7 freezes at the "Starting windows" splash screen as soon as the logo is fully formed, and Linux freezes when the cursor gets to the end of the first line trying to load the installer.
At this point my friend and I had run out of ideas, so I completely disassembled my system and started from scratch, which didn't help.
I only have one 320gb hdd installed, one CD/DVD drive, 2gb ram, ASUS PM2/socket M+ I believe is the motherboard branding, and Nvidia GeForce 8500 Graphics.
At this point I'm thinking I'll either need a new MOBO or a new BIOS chip, but i'm hoping it doesn't come down to that.
Edited by Shepcon, 13 June 2010 - 08:57 AM.