Posted 24 February 2011 - 12:25 PM
So essentially I'm trying to reformat and reinstall Windows Vista, specifically Home Premium(I'm not sure of any other specifics), and keep running into various error messages while installing. I'm not even sure what's left on the drive that could cause as error, but they're coming from somewhere.
Basically, I had Vista running fine, AVG did an update and then nothing worked anymore. Couldn't get into Safe Mode, even. It'd go through the list, hit this one AVG program, and give up. I found a fix, it worked, and I attempted to uninstall AVG. Apparently that fix actually made AVG unable to remember how to uninstall itself, so in a fit I searched up all the labelled files and deleted.
Yeah, apparently that was a terrible plan. Then back to the boot issues. Couldn't start normally, couldn't start Safe Mode or any variation thereof. Safe Mode would try, get to crcdisk.sys and then back to the restarting everything. So I figure, after attempting to get Vista to straighten the whole mess out, as many help posts advised, that nothing on that laptop is important that I haven't already backed up on another source, so I'll reformat, rip out the whole tangled mess of apparently broken files, and start fresh.
So much for that plan, now every time I go to install I get some error or other. Sometimes there's not even a message about what the problem was. I got the 'driver irql not less or equal' a few times, and checked my memory, turns out one stick wasn't seated properly, but I don't know if that error is gone or just waiting it's turn in the rotation of incomprehensible messages about how nothing works right.
Some of the other messages include things like 'a driver corrupted pool memory used for holding pages destined for disk', and the simple 'Memory Management'. There are others, but nothing I remember at this moment, and a lot of those error codes I can't make heads or tails of. I have a LITTLE knowledge of computers, but this is WAY out of my depth. I'm just hoping I don't have to replace any parts, at this point, but if that'll fix this...
Now here's the important part, unless you can tell me how to download and install a program without being able to even get Windows running, advice about 'download this and run it' won't help me much. I've seen lots of threads from people with this problem or that problem, similar to mine but never all of them together, and never without being able to at LEAST get into Safe Mode. I can't do anything right now, really, I still can't install Windows. I'm wondering if I didn't format the drive enough, because I can't figure out where these issues would be coming from.
I finally just now got into BIOS and found some sort of memory test, and ran that. It passed, now I'm trying to run the hard disk test. It passed the quick test, but either it's stuck or the comprehensive test is having a heck of a time getting past 20%. At least the screen's still moving..
So, any advice? Any questions? If you want information, you may need to include instructions on how I can find it, because I'm terrible at things like this. The internet is my strong suit, not this.
Thank you for your time.