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Vista wont boot after fresh install!!
1xiii3
post Aug 16 2008, 06:02 PM
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I am new on the forum so i will first say hello to all you nice people!!

Anyway here is my problem:- I recently decided to purchase a copy of Vista home premium due to me building a new budget p.c for my brother with a dx 10 graphics card.
Every part of the build is brand new.

So i installed Vista with no issues until it required a restart and here is what keeps happening.

acpi
Vista Loader 2.1.2

Done!
fallback 1
find --set-root /boot mgr

error 17: file not found
booting 'windows NT/2000/XP'

fallback 2
find --set-root /ntldr

error 17: file not found
booting 'Enter command line'

Boot failed! press any key to enter command line

I have tried the recovery option on the dvd and safe mode but the same still happens!!!

I have tried re-installing 4 times now, formatting the HD each time and rebooting as soon as installation completes (so i no this is not a driver issue)..
I have read that this is usually a dual boot problem but it is a new HD running only the O/S im trying to install..

What i dont understand is Vista reboots several times during installation perfectly but when installation is complete it will not boot..

Here are the pc specs

Intel Pentium E2180 Dual Core 2ghz x 2 O/C @2.7ghz x 2 (Very Stable, 26c)
Gigabyte GA-G31M-S2L mobo
nVIDIA SLI GeForce 8600GT 256mb DDR3
2gb PC6400 800mhz OCZ Dual Platinum DDR2
160gb Seagate SATA-II HDD

Any help would be greatly appreciated...

I have tried the Vista upgrade advisor and it tells me No known issues prevents the upgrade...

I almost forgot to mention that XP Pro installs perfectly on the same system so it must be a Vista issue..
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post Aug 17 2008, 05:57 AM
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Vista did this: its bootmanager is covertly hostile to managing multi-boot. Thus, ye should use ntldr to load vista's boot-sector and boot vista like linux.

This is solved as follows.

1. download bootpart.exe v2.60 from http://www.winimage.com/

2. Use (something) to create a boot sector for vista.

3. add vista to the xp menu
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post Aug 17 2008, 09:43 AM
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QUOTE (wendy @ Aug 17 2008, 05:57 AM) *
Vista did this: its bootmanager is covertly hostile to managing multi-boot. Thus, ye should use ntldr to load vista's boot-sector and boot vista like linux.

This is solved as follows.

1. download bootpart.exe v2.60 from http://www.winimage.com/

2. Use (something) to create a boot sector for vista.

3. add vista to the xp menu


Tried that and it doesn't work.... Thanks anyway but the problem has now been solved after a very interesting conversation on the phone to a Micro$oft employee..

Here is where the problem is for anybody else that gets the same issue..

Windows Vista has a very poor formatting tool built into the installation files which cause issues with certain HDD's, usually Seagate... I was sent a link to download a program called Spotmau Wincare that is bootable and enables a full format and partition of my HDD in MSDOS mode. This does take 2 - 5 hours depending on PC specs. When format completes install Vista bypassing any format or partition options (just click next) and it works...

Tho what confused me was my HDD was new in the first place...

The Micro$oft guy was very honest in the way he slammed Vista's stability on certain well known hardware!!!


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