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Would I be able to install the Windows 7 DVD from my old HD (which has Windows XP) onto the new HD if I made it into a portable HD using an enclosure? And then would I be able to replace the old HD (with Windows XP) with the new HD (with Windows 7)?
CPU: AMD Quad core Phenom II X4920
mobo: MSI 785GTM-E45
HDD: Seagate SATA 1T ST310000520AS
BIOS is set to boot first from SATA DVD reader/writer.
Computer powers up perfectly, shows splash screen, goes into BIOS control with depress of key, etc
However, the installation routine will not start from either of my 64 bit Windows 7 install DVD's. Install routine will start from any 32 bit (Linux, windoze, etc) OS install CD, just not a 64 bit windows install DVD.
Furthermore, I have tried another SATA DVD, as well as a pata DVD reader/writer. Still no cigar
When I attempt to boot into the installation, the spash screen comes up, then goes, and there is a little "hyphen" cursor blinking (ad-infinitum) at the left edge of the screen. Nothing further.
I have used the same install DVD to install Win 7 on another (Intel in this case) new computer once before. It worked perfectly, the DVD has been in its sleeve ever since, and there isalmost no possibility that it is damaged.
I am sure that the Phenom II is a 64 bit processor. What is going on here? Do I need to set some system jumper or what?
2) I do not install windows using a windows cd, it's a dvd that came with the computer and is a rescue dvd, it erases everything and copies windows and all the drivers. It's like an image.
3) The dvd drive isn't working ok and I need to boot from this dvd to restore the OS.
4) I have another computer running WXP SP2
5) I have a router: NetGear WGR614 v6
6) I want to take advantage of the network and boot from the other computer's dvd drive.
I have had to convert all the video files from .avi to .wmv and then I can open up Windows DVD Maker and import them ready for burning. I can see them in Windows DVD Maker ready to be burnt.
However, when I try to import my lone audio file (now converted from .avi to wma), Windows DVD Maker does not import it (basically, on the finished DVD, I will have all movie songs andtracks, but the first track was taken from the radio and is therefore audio only).
Started having problems with computer booting up and it would start dumping memory - so got into safe mode and tried restoring the settings from the last known system restore point, but had no luck.
Next, using my Recovery DVD, I tried going back to the Original Factory installation but it would not not go through my Vista installation.
I got myself new memory and a HD, and wiped my old HD clean. When my memory and HD showed up in the mail a couple days later, I first replaced the memory and tried to start up the computer with my Recovery DVD in place, but the screen is completely blank.
There is some activity in the DVD drive, but otherwise there is no noise at all.
I also replaced the HD and still the same.