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#1 midnight51

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Posted 20 December 2008 - 07:20 PM

Ok, I know this issue has been beaten to death but seriously... I have went through the motions on every forum post I could possibly bring up on Google. I'm running an Emachine T6212 and I'm trying to install Windows Vista Ultimate and I get the winload.exe missing or corrupt when it tries to start every time. I have went through and done the bcdedit checks and modifications and nothing fixed it. I have tried the install to a separate hard drive from within my current Windows XP install and I have also unplugged my system drive and plugged in a completely separate 25gig drive and tried a solo install and got the same results each time. I've tried the repair function from multiple different versions of the cd and I've even went to the torrents and hrm.. well obtained different varieties of the Vista OS and got the SAME RESULTS EACH TIME. I'm at a loss... ANYONE? Any suggestions welcome displaying my gratitude upfront. I mean, is my machine incapable of running the Vista OS, is there some type of hardware conflict that I am missing? I'm not running anything special, straight from the factory the only thing I've added is a secondary AGP ATI video card. The hard drive is different, the original died a month or so ago, and I've added an additional 2gb to the 512mb of memory that came preinstalled. I ran the Vista memtest up until 75% of test 2 of 2 with no errors (I canceled it - I don't suspect a memory problem, or hdd issue for that matter). I dunno...

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 11:05 AM

Is your DVD drive SATA or IDE? Is your hard drive SATA or IDE? Could it be that the proper drivers for the SATA weren't loaded when first setting up the installation?

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 03:43 PM

It is IDE but I have been thinking along those same lines... it gets to the bootloader, and the bootloader will load Windows XP fine but when I try to load Vista it's like it doesn't see the drive or maybe it does see the drive but when it trys to load the winloader it bombs out because it's using a bad driver for the controller or something. Unfortunately I havn't had any luck on located a driver for the controller on my system. It's a Emachine T6212 with an MSI n1996 motherboard AMD based with ATI chipset

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 03:54 PM

Since it's IDE, it isn't what I was thinking.

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 03:59 PM

I've tried that as well... from multiple different DVDs. It says it copies over a new version of the bootloader but it still produces the same error afterwards.

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 04:02 PM

This is a relatively old machine in terms of when Vista was released, I'm sure Vista was probably still in beta stages and this is a fairly generic motherboard that has different variations including versions with Intel chipsets. I'm almost certain it is a hardware conflict. I have tried with different ram and got the same results also, tried with only 1 stick even, the stick I used to install in the current machine, same error...

Something also to note is that the HDD that I am currently using on this fresh Vista install was one of the drives I tried in the Emachine PC where I got the error so it can't be the HDD either...

Edited by midnight51, 21 December 2008 - 04:04 PM.





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