There was a recent post about having about the same problem if you have dual
GeForce cards installed. I do and if you do, the post said to pull one and
install. But it sounds like you have only one.
Leave your existing SATA drive alone. You can make a dual-boot system so
you can play with Vista and keep your existing system for right now. I
would highly advise you to do that and to make a complete backup of your
WinXP setup so you can recover from any major glitches.
Install the EIDE drive and make sure your BIOS settings are set to recognise
the new drive and to keep your existing SATA drive as the boot drive. The
install on the EIDE drive works great and I had no problems installing
Vista. Boot from the DVD and do a custom install (not an upgrade) on Vista
and point it to the new EIDE drive. On the first install of Vista - do not
enter the product key. If you're doing a 64 bit version, you can only do a
custom install and not an upgrade at this point.
After Vista is loaded and you're at the desktop, go ahead and make any
changes needed to your network card (if needed) so it can connect to the
internet. Do an update. After that finishes and is all settled down, be
sure the Vista DVD is in the reader and start the DVD setup from Vista. You
are now going to do an "upgrade" install to vista (upgrading the 1st
install) by doing it from within Vista.
This time you will type in the product key and uncheck the "automatic
activation" for now. You can do a manual activation later - after the dust
settles. This 2nd "upgrade" install will go just as nice as the first one.
Once it's done, you can do the manual activation (it's on the Welcome
screen - lower left if I recall correctly) but don't be in a hurry to
activate - you have 30 days. Load up any other software - play with it and
make a full backup using the built-in backup/restore capability.
Not "if" but only a matter of "when" Vista or one of your programs is going
to glitch your system and you'll need to restore from a backup. I did -
several times already and it works. Word of caution on the Asus mb. I
don't know how or why but when I made a selection to change the desktop
picture and hit preview - things went south.... Shutdown my system - now!
When I rebooted it kept telling me to install the Vista DVD and then I would
have it do a Startup repair - like a cat chasings it's tail..... Then I
tried doing a full system restore ( I did a full backup) but then it said it
could not find any restore points or backups! What? Much fiddling it
finally dawned on me to check the BIOS boot settings. Sure enough, the boot
drive was changed and picked up the Vista drive (which will be the first
drive on IDE 0 port it see's) and that's wrong for the dual-boot config.
Change it so only two drives show on the Disc drives screen and disable all
other (if any). So you want the EIDE drive and the SATA drive that WinXP is
installed on. On the boot drive priority listing - make #1 your Floppy (if
you have one so you can load in drivers if ever needed first), make #2 your
WinXP drive - that is the drive that has the ntldr file and brings up the
dual-boot screen, then #3 will be a CD/DVD - you will not have a selection
for your EIDE drive - don't worry - the boot loader steers it to it when you
select the Vista OS.
Now - you can change things in the boot file but download this
and read about it. It
has a small bug (says you don't have Vista installed...;-) but it works to
modify the entries like changing the wording that shows up on the boot
screen to something more meaningful - like WinXP and Vista as being the
selections and selecting which one the default selection is. It puts a GUI
on bcdedit.exe which is run from a commnad line. Not friendly to the casual
user at all.....
More than you wanted to know but until the bugs get ironed out this is the
only solution I could come up with. Email off to Asus in the am to see if
they have an answer but I doubt they will even reply. Good boards - lousy
customer service and tech support - Fuhgedaboutit..
Any questions on the above and I'll try to answer but read the Asus manual
if you don't know how to change BIOS settings.
"lost" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> Ok...so if I do a clean installation (installing win vista onto a blank
> drive, with no xp installed on it) on an EIDE hard drive rather than a
> things should go smoothly???
> My god I hope you're right. If you are....may the gods shine praise on
> and I will pour libations in your honor.
> "BobS" wrote:
>> Let me guess...... you're trying to install Vista to a SATA hard drive
>> You can read my other posts on this and I'm starting to see more posts
>> involve Asus motherboards (nForce 4 drivers) and most likely the Sil 3132
>> SATA controller but don't know which is the cause. Lot's of
>> troubleshooting - lots of research and the answer for this hour is - load
>> on a standard EIDE drive for now (either 32 or 64 bit version) and it
>> work. You will note (maybe this is the connection) that on your first MS
>> update, it downloads a Sil 3132 driver..... Then you can see the SATA
>> drives. Yes, the Vista installer will see and load to the SATA drives
>> when Vista kicks in and it reboots to do the final install steps - it
>> croaks. No error messages, black screen, and maybe a blinking cursor (or
>> I have tried loading the new Sil 3132 drivers (32 and 64 bit versions) up
>> during the install but Vista doesn't appear to "retain" them - for lack
>> of a
>> better description and I got the black screen. I have the Asus A8N32-SLI
>> model. Loads great onto EIDE and I'll play with it there until I find a
>> solution but for now, good luck and if you find the answer, I sure would
>> like to read about it.
>> Bob S.
>> "lost" <email@example.com> wrote in message
>> >I have Athlon 64 3500 and ASUS A8nE socket 939 nforce 4 ultra mobo and
>> > Geforce 6600 vid card w/ 1 gig RAM.
>> > I cannot install Vista. I even sat with customer support for over an
>> > hour.
>> > Every time I install, it restarts, then the screen goes black. If i
>> > start
>> > in safe mode, then it tells me that vista did not install completely.
>> > Is there a driver that I am missing or is my hardware incompatible. I
>> > ran
>> > the advisor before and it said that i could run it. Please tell me
>> > that I
>> > haven't wasted 250 bucks.