I'm currently building my own pc (my second one
), and now I'm in the process of installing the operating system (Windows 7). However, I'm having A LOT of trouble. My story is kind of long, so please bear with me:
I should first say that in my new computer I'm using the same video card, dvd drive, and hard drive that I used in the first pc I built. Everything else--the motherboard, processor, RAM, and power supply--is new. Note that my previous computer (and thus, the hard drive I'm using in my new computer) had an OEM version of Windows Vista (32-bit) running on it.
When I began the process of installing Windows 7 (64-bit), I booted from the Windows 7 DVD disc (it's the full retail version [the $200 one]), and was taken to the initial "Install Now" screen. I then selected "Custom Install" and afterward clicked "format" to clear the hard drive of the previous Windows Vista OS and other files. I also clicked "delete" to delete the previously existing partition. Assuming I had a fresh, clean drive, I went ahead and started the installation. Windows 7 seemed to install itself normally (the computer automatically rebooted twice during the installation process), and eventually I got to my Windows 7 desktop. To test if I was truly in business, I restarted the computer--and that's when the problems started. When the computer booted from the hard drive, I got a black screen for about 2-5 minutes, followed by a blue screen with white lettering proclaiming a Windows Stop error, with main error message: IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL. I then restarted the computer, and this time I got only a black screen (remained like that for 15 minutes or more). I restarted again, and got another Windows Stop error (with message PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA). I restarted yet again, and after a 2-minute black screen, something weird happened: the Windows Vista
loading logo (the one with the small green moving vertical bars) appeared for a few good seconds--as if the computer were loading Windows Vista and not 7! Then, after the Vista loading logo, the computer launched the Windows 7 Startup Repair (which continued for infinity and clearly wasn't helping).
At this point, I was assuming that the formatting job that Windows 7 had conducted did not eliminate entirely Windows Vista from the drive. So, I then downloaded and burned to a CD the program "Darik's Boot and Nuke" (or DBAN) to completely wipe the drive. Using DBAN, I selected the "quick erase" option to write zeroes to the drive. After 9 hours it was done--the drive was clean (or so I thought). I tried installing Windows 7 again, but to no avail: either (1) Windows 7 doesn't boot at all and I get a never-changing black screen, (2) I get a blue-screened Windows STOP error, or (3) I still see the Windows Vista logo flash onscreen for a few seconds, followed by the futile Windows 7 Startup Repair.
So now I'm stuck. Is Windows Vista still on the system despite the fact that I DBANed the drive, or is it something else? How can I get Windows 7 to work and my computer to be cleanly and fully and non-corruptibly operational? I would rather not buy a new hard drive--and plus, I don't even know if a new drive would solve the problem. For I am also worried that maybe it's a hardware problem, or that maybe all this corruption screwed up my new motherboard (perhaps the Windows Vista boot stuff somehow remained attached to the motherboard, so even with a new hard drive the same thing would happen? Is this even possible???).
Thank you very much--any help is greatly appreciated!
P.S. Here is a list of my computer components, if it helps:
Newly purchased components:Motherboard:
ASUS M4A87TD EVO AMD870CPU:
AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.4 Gigahertz Socket AM3Memory:
G-Skill F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL DDR3 1600 (2 x 2GB)Power Supply:
Antec 500W EA-500D Green
Scavenged Components (from my previous computer):Hard drive:
Maxtor hard disk drive (250 GB)Video Card:
NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT OC PCI Express x16, from BFG TechnologiesDVD drive:
Norwood Micro Dual Format DVD Recorder Double Layer, Internal EIDE optical drive 16x DVD, 48x CD
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