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When Installing Vista It Crashes

By jlaw1 ·
I have been trying to install Vista on my home PC Athlon 3000+, 512ram, Western Digital Ultra/ATA 133 300g HDD). Everytime I try to install the OS it crashes at some point then I'm forced to start over. So far it crashed several times when the initial greyish windows sign with moving logo appears. Then I've actually gotten as far as the files extracting and then BAM my PC cuts off yet again.

Has anyone else run into this issue before? Any help would be much appreciated.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to When Installing Vista It ...

No other than an issue with SATA drives I've installed both the 32 & 64 Bit versions without a problem.

Are you sure that you have the 32 Bit version? The 64 Bit version doesn't have anywhere near as much in the way of drivers and so forth this could be your problem.

The 512 Meg of RAM is on the low side as well when I installed I was using a computer with 4 gig of Ram and a 2546 MEG Video Card.

What M'Board are you using that could be the problem.

This utility might be useful to run it will tell you if your existing hardware will run Vista.

Actually everything on this Page should have some bearing on your case.


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by bonb In reply to When Installing Vista It ...

A friend of mine had the same problem, just with windows xp...when she wopuld be using it, it would randomly shut down or restart, or when trying to reinstall windows xp after data loss, it would hang and not go anywhere...well..after some careful inspection of the system, and notices of it happening when there was alot of hard drive or memory intensive tasks, I narrowed it down to the power was overheating and working too hard and had to be you might want to look nto that first. Get a spare one,. but larger then you have already...Vista is very processor and memory intensive so it might be overheating the power supply. Try it and let me sounds like that is your problem right there....

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by dmiles In reply to When Installing Vista It ...

Installed Vista on my home computer w/dual boot to XP.
Check to see what the Athlon 3000 cpu speed is running at.
If you installed a fresh install then you may want to check the sytem requirements to see if your system meets mimimum requirements
For one it states that 1024m is the minimum amount of memory,128M graphics card.

Check the compatibility resquirements for installation

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by jlaw1 In reply to When Installing Vista It ...

I will check my power supply as well as get at least another 512 ram chip. My Radeon X1900XTX is probably taking up most of my power supply resources since it calls for a big power supply.

I'll try out the ram first and then the power supply and see how it goes and update my response incase anyone else runs into the same problem.

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by ICB's corner In reply to When Installing Vista It ...

I installed Vista b2 on Microsoft Virtual PC with 20 GB virtual hdd,512 MB RAM and I have AMD Sempron 2800 socket A, motherboard ASUS. I think that Vista uses much power and need a good power source.

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