In the end, I resolved the issue by installing Windows 7, but for my own sanity, I need to know why Vista won't install. I tried installing 3 times and it keeps bringing me to this damn white cursor! I tried my trusty Dell OEM disk and even burned a fresh copy of Home Premium at 2x speed but to no avail.
The logic just doesn't add up. The laptop boots fine from a BartPE disk and as I said, with Windows 7. I personally would never install Vista on any of my machines, but when it's for a customer they're either going to have to spring for a license in 30 days or not *cough* update *cough* (if you know what I mean).
I'm one of those people who has to know and THIS is what drives me nuts.
Edited by Pawn3d, 13 July 2011 - 01:49 AM.