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Windows 8 RTM install problems

  1. #1

    Windows 8 RTM install problems


    So, I downloaded the Windows 8 RTM release from MSDN today. I'm currently trying to install the 64bit Enterprise product on a slightly older computer of mine and thus far it's been a total disaster.

    My hardware
    AMD Athlon X2 4600+
    Asus M2NPV-VM mobo
    4GB DDR2 800 RAM
    Nvidia 7600GT video card (This could be my issue)
    Samsung 913T, 19" Flat Panel. (native resolution is 1280x1024)

    First, I attempted to install the OS from a USB key and it was taking forever to get past the initial screen with the new Windows logo. I finally chalked it up to a potential USB issue with this older machine and I burned a physical DVD.

    When the install begin, I see the blueish-teal windows logo..but not the spinning circle underneath it. When I get to the welcome screen, my screen is a complete disaster. I can barely make anything out. I shut down the machine and ensure that the DVI cable is securely attached and it is. I try again and get same results.

    I decide to switch out to a VGA cable to see if things improve. Sadly, they are the same.

    Since I've installed Windows a million times, I managed to click through the screens I could barely see and I have the OS installing. I'm hoping that after a reboot it will be viewable.


    So, does anybody know of issues with a 7600GT video card? Is this card too old to work under Windows 8. I wouldn't think so...but who knows.

    Edit: The specs on the 7600GT say it supports DirectX9.
    Last edited by pparks1; 15 Aug 2012 at 22:39.

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    I tried the 32bit version of Windows 8 to see if it worked any better and low and behold it is completely readable and seems fine. For the minor playing and such that I will be doing with this machine, the 32bit version of Windows 8 is completely fine.
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  3. #3


    Well, that was it. Apparently the 64bit is just a bit too much for the hardware, but the 32bit version is just fine. the install went smooth, it went through the little "how to use Windows by utilizing corners" spiel, i used my @live account, it has moved onto configuring my system and installing apps. And my start screen is up.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I've tried the RP, RTM and Enterprise Trial on this hardware. All 64 bit installs.

    Asus M2N68-AM SE2 µATX Motherboard
    Chipset - NVIDIA Geforce 7025/nForce 630a
    Processor - AMD Athlon II X4 620 2.6GHz
    Ram - 4GB 2GB X 2 Ultra PC5400 DDR2 667MHz Memory
    Hard Drive - 160 Gig WesternDigital IDE Drive
    Video - NVIDIA GeForce 7025 integrated.
    Monitor - I-INC. 19 inch LCD
    Sound - ALC662 High Definition Audio 6-channel Onboard

    All three installs occasionally froze on the juggling balls screen during cold start boot up. Press the reset button and the next boot is fine with no error message about a failed boot. I've gotten a blue screen during the install that a device was unplugged, something like that, I didn't write it down. Happened with the RTM and Ent trial. If I click try again or restart the install the next go is fine. These were all installs from a DVD. I've had some other glitches where the Metro start screen just turns blue with no tiles when I press the Windows key. I have to click the desktop tile to actually get to the desktop. Once I'm there it goes back to normal. To make a long story short Windows 7 runs just fine no errors or problems, so there is something Windows 8 doesn't like about this hardware. I never tried a 32 bit install. With 4 gigs of RAM and the possibility of adding a dedicated Video card I didn't see the point.
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    Yeah, I considered a card change...I even have an old GeForce 9800GTX+ sitting around I could toss in. However, my 9800GTX+ pulls more power than this older power supply has and also need a 6pin power and I don't know if my power supply even has one.
    I even thought of just getting a cheapo modern card that didn't require external power, but decided that with 3.25GB of 4GB available for this older computer to just test and screw around with 8 would be just fine.

    thanks for sharing your experiences though, it's always great do know that you are not alone.

    And Windows 7 for me worked just fine on this hardware too, 64bit even.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    On the plus side, now I know not to bother trying to upgrade this PC to Windows 8, even if it is only 40 bucks. I'm not sure I'm going to upgrade any of my PC's but this one is ruled out for sure now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    On the plus side, now I know not to bother trying to upgrade this PC to Windows 8, even if it is only 40 bucks. I'm not sure I'm going to upgrade any of my PC's but this one is ruled out for sure now.
    Yes, i'm in the same boat. In my case, this old machine dual boots Linux and Windows XP (32bit). I have an older scanner that I use from time to time, that doesn't have a 64bit driver...which is what every other computer I have is running. I kept this XP box around for just scanning. Some day I'll just buy a new scanner, but thus far with my very limited use, I'm not inclined to spend the money.
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    Windows 8 RTM Pro


    Hmmm...I've got an nforce mobo and thought that had something to do with it. But what's in common between us is the Athlon 64 X2 proc and a pretty recent GPU (in my case a GTX 550 TI) I'll try the 32 bit route (as it happens, my machine only has 3GB of RAM in it anyway), and let you know how that goes. In the long term, I'm going to be building a machine around the i5-3570k so this is a minor setback.
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    I have a much newer machine than the above, and it's my daily desktop and gaming machine. As it's working perfectly, I'm going to just leave it on Windows 7.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    My daily user has an Asus M4N68T-M V2 Motherboard with an AMD Phenom II X4 980 3.7GHz Processor. It's got the same NVIDIA Geforce 7025/nForce 630a Chipset as the M2N68 and runs Windows 8 just fine. Getting the onboard VIA sound working was a bit of a pain. VIA have finally released Windows 8 drivers so that shouldn't be an issue any more. I'm currently on the fence as to whether I'm going to bother spending the 40 bucks to upgrade this PC to Windows 8.
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