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  1. #110


    Posts : 6
    Win 8 pro x64


    Greetings

    Just put a system together and am trying to install Win 8 Pro x64 using a store bought dvd. Going through your tut, all is well until I get past step 9. The screen will show "getting devices ready" starting at 1% and will continue to about 31% at which time I lose the video signal and the install will stop. The hardware is new, GA-Z77X-ud3H, I7-3770K, 2 X 8G Sport DDR3-1600 memory sticks.

    Any ideas?

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  2. #111


    Posts : 21,821
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello btcsys, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Are you sure the installation has stopped? What happens if you let it sit for a while (10 minutes)?
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  3. #112


    Posts : 6
    Win 8 pro x64


    Hi Brink

    I have left it and returned an hour later with no change. I am installing on a new 2TB seagate drive but I do make a 600G partition for the OS, but that should not matter. I do not need any more partitions so I am using legacy bios. Also, I can see the green led on the monitor turn to amber which would indicate loss of video signal.
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  4. #113


    Posts : 21,821
    64-bit Windows 10


    btcsys,

    As a test, start the installation over, but this time delete all partitions on the 2TB drive until it's unallocated at step 8, then select the "unallocated" partition to see how it installs.
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  5. #114


    Posts : 6
    Win 8 pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    btcsys,

    As a test, start the installation over, but this time delete all partitions on the 2TB drive until it's unallocated at step 8, then select the "unallocated" partition to see how it installs.
    I have tried to install this at least half a dozen times. Each time I delete all partitions until the entire drive is unallocated. I have tried 500G, 600G partitions. I have tried without partitioning the drive. I always let the installation do the formatting of the partition.

    Curiously, I am able to install XP PRO x86 and Windows 7 x64 with no problems so I suspect the hardware is fine. This is my first go around with Windows 8. I have been building systems for 15 years and only remember problems of this magnitude with Windows 3.1

    Incidentally, my brother seems to recall reading something about installing Windows 8 and having to be connected to the internet. I am not connected to the internet while installing Windows 8, but that will be the next thing I try. Have you heard anything about being connected to the internet while installing Windows 8?
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  6. #115


    Posts : 21,821
    64-bit Windows 10


    Usually if you are not connected to the internet, then all the Windows 8 installation does is not be able let you set up a Microsoft account or activate until you are. It should still continue to finish installing though.
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  7. #116


    Posts : 6
    Win 8 pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Usually if you are not connected to the internet, then all the Windows 8 installation does is not be able let you set up a Microsoft account or activate until you are. It should still continue to finish installing though.
    Is it possible that Windows 8 searches for and finds drivers "on the fly" during installation?
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  8. #117


    Posts : 21,821
    64-bit Windows 10


    It comes included with a set of generic drivers, and can get them through Windows Update sometimes. It's best to install the latest device drivers from their manufacturer's support site though.
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  9. #118


    Posts : 10
    now on win 7, soon win 8


    Quote Originally Posted by btcsys View Post
    Hi Brink

    I have left it and returned an hour later with no change. I am installing on a new 2TB seagate drive but I do make a 600G partition for the OS, but that should not matter. I do not need any more partitions so I am using legacy bios. Also, I can see the green led on the monitor turn to amber which would indicate loss of video signal.
    Hello BTCSYS:

    I tried to respond yesterday, but forgot my password and couldn't. Seems I also forgot the right email. Thanks to Brink and his great site, I managed to get them all back.

    All right, I don't know if this is going to help, but if the situation is the same, it might.

    Every once and a while when I reinstall my windows in the past too and the other day when I had to reinstall windows 8 in order to update; during the installation a NVidia driver is installed and you know what? It sets the screen off my main screen. The whole thing is black. If that's the case, others too have encountered it. The hard drive keeps on spinning because drivers are being installed, but the darn video screen is black.

    One fellow's solution was during a reboot, keep hitting the F8 key to go to SafeMode to reset the video, but I could never do that in windows 8. There were times when I installed windows 7 3 times in a row and every time ended in a black screen until that last time I said, this has to be a good install, and it was.

    What I did the other day was after many minutes of waiting in the black screen, I entered the password that I entered somewhere along the line during the installation. After doing that the OS showed signs of working on the screen and I hit the windows key. I also hit the windows key plus the left or right arrow to shift the screen. YOu see I have two monitors hooked up now and the screen appear from the black. I should have disconnected one.

    All right, maybe I am not on the mark about how to do this all because I have two screens. The point I want to make is your installation is likely all right but the video isn't set correctly. Another solution may be to just use the basic video coming out of your video card. Can't think of what its called AGP or something like that.

    Brink will likely correct me on all of this and tell you how to get that video screen back; if that is what's going on with your installation.

    Clarence
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  10. #119


    Posts : 6
    Win 8 pro x64

    Clean Install - Windows 8


    Hi Clarence

    Interesting thoughts. Originally I had a dual monitor dvi card in the machine but when I couldn't get it to install I removed the card and have since been using the onboard video(actually the video is built into the Intel cpu chip). Unfortunately I ended up with the same results. It does seem like some kind of video conflict. I probably won't get to that box until Monday, but I will try to mess with it assuming the installation completed and there is a video problem. Microsoft has very little on their site as guidance, I thank Brink and all of you for your input on this. I'm sure we'll get it figured out eventually.

    Thanks again
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