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Windows 8 Customer preview, stuck at black screen with image of fish.

  1. #1


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    MAC OSX

    Windows 8 Customer preview, stuck at black screen with image of fish.


    Hey,

    I've been trying to install windows 8 via bootcamp on my mac, I have installed Windows 7 before but have removed that. I went through the whole process and burnt the iso on a disk, it creates the partition and restarts the mac, boots up and gets stuck on a black screen with a image of a fish on it, left it for about 40 mins and nothing happened. Any idea why this is happening? or what I can do to fix it?

    Thanks for reading,
    Mark

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  2. #2


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    Windows 7


    I have the same problem on my Alienware Aurora R3. I've tried unplugging everything but the mouse, keyboard and monitor and it still hangs. I did notice the first time my razer mamba wireless dock was flickering like mad, so it appeared it was having trouble initializing the USB ports. Still no luck. It does the first pass with the fish logo, reboots and then hangs after about 10-15 seconds.

    My only thought was maybe trying to plug in a regular keyboard and mouse instead of the razer lycosa and mamba. Either that or do a clean install, but reinstalling and patching WoW and SWTOR does not sound like a good time. Frustrating.
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  3. #3


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    My Windows 8 freezes on that screen every time I cold boot. As soon as the juggling balls show up it just freezes. if I press the reset button it will boot up into windows no problem. Reboots for windows updates and driver installs work fine too. Its just cold boots from a power off state?
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    Windows 7


    If I try to reboot while it's hung up, it gives me a screen that says the installation has failed and it is returning my system to it's previous state. I'm guessing there are driver issues when doing an in place upgrade. I may just try a clean install and see if that does the trick.
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  5. #5


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I got an "upgrade failed for an unknown reason" message when trying to upgrade from windows 7. I ended up doing a clean install. My install seemed to go fine. My problem didn't show up until the first cold boot latter on that day. I can use windows 8 just fine, I just have to double boot to get it up and running. I only mentioned it because I'm locking up on the same screen you are. If one of us figures out whats doing it it may help the other one too.
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  6. #6


    It's the Marvell controller stopping things, disable it in bios, do your thing and then re-enable
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  7. #7


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
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    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    You mean the ethernet controller - i.e. Internet connection?
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  8. #8


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I disabled the "fast boot" and "display full screen logo" option's in my BIOS and my system boots up without freezing now.
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  9. #9


    Peter, Not the internet, reboot and bring up bios, look around for the marvell controller (pretty sure its for sata3), its in advanced options in my bios, disable it, reboot to your cd or thumb and it should get you past the fish. worked for me anyway.
    Still didn't get mine to install.. I get as far as the first reboot in the install, and then it hangs. Then I reached to point where I said the hell with it. From the comments I've seen, it's still in the pain in the ass stage of development.
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  10. #10


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
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    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    Mine installed fine but when it got to the very final screen (after the 2nd reboot I think) the screen went black, only the cursor showing and refused to come to life. It was obviously awaiting input but I couldn't see what. Then I had to go through hell to get back to my old multi-boot because no matter what I did I couldn't get it to roll back.
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