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Old August 20, 2009, 11:24 PM
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Default Can't get windows to install

I am still trying to get this PC of mine working, but it just isn't working... I also don't want to cough up $50 for a professional to do it for me lol. Anyways, I just formated my HDD, and when I am half way through the installation, it dies. I get a blue screen but I DONT THINK it's the BSOD. The words are not centered like they are with the BSOD, the are left aligned and say "Windows shut down to prevent damage to the system" and "If this is the first time you have seen this screen...blah blah drivers" however, there are no drivers because there is no OS yet. Anyone know what's wrong?

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NOTHING in the bios has been touched.
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Old August 20, 2009, 11:57 PM
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This may sound ridicoulous but try another CD, or just *cough* conveniently download *cough* the ISO of the OS on to a cd this has happened to me in the past (or something similar) and I used a different CD and it was all good. Just a suggestion.
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Old August 21, 2009, 02:26 AM
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I've found the "Windows shut down to prevent damage to the system" errors usually mean that something like the processor is overheating.

I'd check your cpu HSF... and your hardware in general

You seem to be having a bit of a rough go at this. If you are in my area I will come by, free of charge, and show you whatever you're missing.
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Old August 21, 2009, 02:28 AM
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Remove all your sticks of ram but 1 and try again.
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Old August 21, 2009, 04:27 AM
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^+1 to that check heatsink too
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Old August 21, 2009, 06:35 AM
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Check to make sure all the cables to the hard drive that you're formatting are securely plugged in. Had this happen to me once before (when through all the RAM and the HS before I thought of this)...

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Old August 21, 2009, 07:14 AM
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wrong driver is loading causing shutdown

what type of drives are using and have the correct driver for MB controlier chip

i see you have 2 post on this issue of learning to install OS


first match up memory to your MB using QVL ( i don't see yours in there)

get all current drivers for your hardware on a disk/stick

then mount OS
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Old August 21, 2009, 07:55 AM
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If all else fails, check your harddrive integrity via an HDD diagnostic tool.
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Old August 21, 2009, 08:34 AM
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I have had the exact same thing happen to me recently and it very well could be a bad disk. Mine did the same thing with my xp home cd and when I tried my other disk it went flawlessly....just put in the first disks key. Kept saying I had a hardware problem. Worth a shot if you are certain all your hardware is ok .
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Old August 21, 2009, 08:43 AM
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I would check the ram as somebody mentioned. Also, at times I find not enought volts are sent to the ram. check the bios and make sure enough volts are being sent for your ram.
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