Vista installation on RAID 1 boots into black ycreen w flashing cursor RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    I am trying to install Vista Ultimate x64 on a RAID 1.

    The installation works just fine but after the required reboot all I get is a black screen with a flashing cursor.

    In Detail:

    My System:

    CPU:AMD Athlon II X4 635, 2,9 GHz

    Mainboard: Foxconn A7GM-S 2.0 features AMD RAID controller

    RAM: 8GB DDR2


    HDD: 2x Western Digital WD7500AALX-009BA0 S-ATACapacity: 750 GB

    iOmega REV-Drive

    Optical Drive: TSST Corp CD-.RW/DVD-ROM TS-H493B

    OS (to install): Vista Ultimate x64


    What I´ve done:

    I am setting up the RAID, using to identical WD 750 GB HDs.

    The mainboard I use has a built-in RAID.

    I connect the HDs to the mainboard, boot the system up, hit DEL to enter the BIOS-menu.

    Under Integrated Perepherials-->IDE Configuration I set the OnChip SATA Type  to RAID, then save&exit.

    On bootup, I enter the now enabled RAID contoller´s menu and set up the RAID 1. Save&Exit

    On bootup, the RAID controller now correctly lists all drives connected to the mainboard, including the newly created RAID 1.

    The status of the RAID1 is given as "functional".

    I use gParted to create two partitions. One roughly 100GB, one roghly 550 GB. The rest is left unpartitoined for a later linux install.

    Now I let my system boot from a USB-stick containing Vista Ultimate.

    (I have to do it like that because it won´t work using the DVD -long story. Legit copy, thogh. No download, no msdnaa, etc either)

    Included on the stick are the RAID drivers as they came with the mainboard. (As a matter of fact I put all mainboard drivers in a designated folder on the stick.)

    Windows install then boots up and runs fine.

    At some point I´m asked to point to the RAID drivers, which I do.

    The drivers are identified, accepted and loaded.

    After that I am prompted to select the partition to install Vista to.

    I select the first partition.

    Install continues to copy and extract etc. then annaounces it´s going to reboot and reboots.

    When The system is down, I quickly pull the USB stick.

    The system comes back up.

    Bios and the RAID Controller behave perfectly normal - all statements are as given above.

    Now I would expect to see the Vista staus bar or anything like it but all I get is a black screen and a blinking cursor.

    After blinking a few times in the top left corner, the cursor moves down one line and remains there.

    I left the system running for 10 minutes at least - no changes.


    When I reinstall Vista (Boot via USB and install) it says that there is already a Vista instalation present.


    Can anyone help?

    I´ve been trying and searching all day now.


    Saturday, March 12, 2011 7:38 PM


  • Hi,

    It seems the installation had not even start.

    At this point, I suggest try to replace with another DVD drive as I see somewhere else that the USB could issue problems.




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    Friday, March 18, 2011 10:45 AM