After running Windows XP for far too many years, I decided to upgrade to Windows 7.
I built my PC around 5 years ago:
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
OCZ 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 667MHz RAM
Western Digital Caviar 320GB HD
OC GameXStream 600W Power Supply
DFI Infinity 975X LGA 775 ATX Intel Motherboard
Sapphire Radeon X1900XT 256MB PCI-E x16 Graphics Card
I recently purchased a Western Digital 1TB hard drive to install my new operating system on.
I've attempted to install this two different ways:
1. I boot my XP system, with the Windows 7 install disk in the drive. I run the setup.exe file and it walks me through some steps, before restarting my computer and booting from the DVD itself.
2. I change my BIOS options to boot from the optical drive, and begin my installation from there.
Using either method, part way through the installation, my computer freezes (mouse will not move, animated circle stops spinning, etc). I remembered having a similar problem last year, when I attempted to install Ubuntu on one of my hard drive's partitions. I gave that up ages ago, but I was experiencing the exact same problem - a frozen screen midway through the installation.
I have no idea how to tackle this beast. I've tried the installation with only 1 stick of RAM (a common suggestion for various similar questions). I've ruled out the hard drive as the problem, as I've experienced this issue on both of my hard drives.
If anyone has any suggestions or has experienced a similar problem, let me know. Anything helps. Thank you.