Any idea why a Vista SP1 install will go through the install from DVD using my MSDN sub discs (not Dell) without errors until the reboot stage, then it reboots to a black screen with '_' in the top-left?
XP Pro (also MSDN disc not Dell) installed without any problems.
Memtest+ and prime didn't show any problems. Stock speed and Dell-supplied RAM.
The C: partition was primary, unhidden and active. It had bootmgr, bootsect.bak, windows and boot folders etc. but also what I assume are first-boot files: empty $bootdrive$, $installdrive$, $lsdrive; $DRVLTR$ set to C:
Dell BIOS is limited but sleep is S3, boot order is correct, SATA is in IDE mode, and I did not need to supply SATA drivers during the first part of the install.
I walked away for 15 minutes with each install attempt, the screen stayed at '_'. I also tried non-SP1 Vista with the same results.
Startup Repair on the DVD doesn't find any problems
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