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Scanning array... forever

I got this motheboard from tigerdirect.com, I can run the bios program, and it seems to see all of my hardware installed. (it was a package deal with 2GB ddr2 memory and an ata hard drive, I also got windows vista home and a nvidia 8500 video card) I also got windows vista, but I can't install it because after the initial disgnostic screen, (where it says pres delete for bios, f11 for boot menu) the screen clears and a new screen says nvidia bios, then scanning array... and hangs right there. I have cleared the cmos and reset but it always gets to here and freezes.

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  • moonyeti Jul 30, 2008

    no beep codes, I'm pretty sure the memory is correct and the power supply, as they were a package deal from tigerdirect. also, I could turn the memory diagnostic on in bios, and it counted up the memory. The screen it hangs on is the next screen after the 1st bios screen.



    thanks

  • moonyeti Jul 31, 2008

    Ok I figured it out.. I was shutting off the on board graphics card so the one I installed could then take over. However I did not realise that shutting this off also affected the on board lan for some reason. So I had to go into BIOS, ENABLE the lan, but DISABLE the lan on boot (or something similar it was called).



    I then restarted and poof! working computer. Vista then installed and I was good to go. Thanks for the suggestions!

  • Styme
    Styme May 11, 2010

    You have any type of beep code ?



    Possitive the memory will work with that motherboard ?



    Power supply strong enough to boot the motherboard and video card ?

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