Posted 01 November 2010 - 08:30 AM
Have a strange problem on loading Windows 7 Ultimate on my friends system with Vista Hm Prm preinstalled on it. It has 2 partitions on it - Acer C: 346 GB and DATA D: 344 GB. The partition D: had a Temp file on it which was empty so I deleted it well before starting.
System was preset to start from WD hard disk. On restarting the system with the image DVD I changed the setting by pressing F12 and in the BIOS chose the ATAPI DVD as the location to Boot from. So the installation went ahead as expected. On finally being asked choose the preferred options I chose Advanced and formatted the empty partition and then installed Win 7. The installation went on smoothly and started again showing both system/start options (Windows 7 and Vista) briefly and started windows 7 again and eventually configured the files and started, this time displayed again all the system/start options like before. This time it asked for the user settings etc.finished. It wanted to restart, but no options came up any more: simply nothing happened!
The screen was blank (black) with the cursor blinking on it. I waited hoping the system would come up eventually, and after 20 agonizing minutes pressed CTRL+ALT+DEL and came back to the Acer start screen where I chose the option to start from the hard disk and restarted the system. Same thing again, simply cursor blinking on a black screen. The option WD is not responding at all.
Again restarted and chose to start from the DVD and it offered to install win 7, so I repeated the whole procedure. Exactly, like the first time the system just does not start any system on any one of the partitions after completing the installation!
During the restarts it does show both the systems as available with windows7 marked as default during the count down. But when I start the system from scratch nothing happens..
As of now when I start afresh the Acer screen up showing DEL: ENTER SETUP F12: BOOT Menu, but does not react and does not offer the options to change the starting device. It goes off and then the back to black screen with the cursor blinking
Any idea what went wrong or how to at least get back to the original system which was Vista and working fine so that I can make a backup and start all over.. or simply fix what is wrong..