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Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by vash79, Jan 26, 2007.

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  1. vash79

    vash79 Thread Starter

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    I'm having a terrible time trying to do a clean install Vista Home Premium (OEM) on my Alienware laptop. I disabled the raid conig. Used the drivers to find the hard drive in the vista setup. Vista then reconizes the hard drive, I format it, create the partition then when I try to install it says "Windows cannot determine if system has valid system volume"

    Any ideas how I can fix this???

    The laptop is Alienware 7700. raid 0 conifig using fasttrak 378 controller. which I disabled and used 378 sata drivers.
     
  2. JohnWill

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    Is this OEM version matched with the Alienware machine? It sounds like it's having problems recognizing the hardware.
     
  3. vash79

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    No its not matched to the machine. I'm doing a clean install with an unused OEM version of Vista. I'm trying to figure out a way to get this to work.
     
  4. JohnWill

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    It may be an uphill battle. Microsoft has gone to considerable lengths to insure only legal installations are possible.
     
  5. vash79

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    Is there way way for them to tell I did not build it myself? The hard drive is wiped clean.
     
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    I have no idea. My only experience with Vista is with the retail version with no licensing issues.
     
  7. TechB

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    It sounds like a driver problem, not a licensing issue. Can you disable RAID altogether in the BIOS and have the controller emulate a standard IDE controler? Try the install without loading the SATA drivers. You may have to play with BIOS settings and drivers until you figure out which combination works.
     
  8. ZephYr_SkY

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    I am having exactly the same problem with exactly the same machine, and it's driving me crazy. I read somewhere that it might have something to do with the exact version of Vista we're trying to install, but I have no idea if that's the cause.

    Is disabling raid in the bios a safe thing to do?
    And can you dimply reactivate it after Vista is installed without a problem?

    Greets
     
  9. boebi

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    I have exactly the same problem on my new Dell Computer..
     
  10. lunat1k

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    Microsoft is now using a simple program with vista products that are vendor specific, so if you bought an alienware machine and are trying to use a dell oem cd, it will not work.

    Besides why are you trying to install vista? it is crap......until SP1 is relaeased.
     
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