Can't Install Windows 7: Windows could not set the offline locale information. Error Code: 0x80FE0000

Well, the title pretty much says it all. I am attempting to install Widnows 7 Ultimate 64 bit on my Lenovo D20. I only have one drive (GSkill Falcon 128GB SSD) connected to the SAS RAID controller (the only other drive is my DVD drive).

I start the Windows install by booting to the isntallation DVD. I choose a clean install, select the RAID driver, then delete all partitions on the disk and create a new partition for the installation. The installation then proceeds normally until "Installing features." This portion seems to complete, but instead of moving on, I am presented with the error message "Windows could not set the offline locale information. Error Code: 0x80FE0000." I have checked to ensure that the BIOS date and time are correct, and obviously since this is the only drive connected, there should be no issue with other installations of Windows. I would really, really appreciate any help with this issue. Thanks.
johnp338Asked:
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TribusCommented:
The error 0x800FF0000 is usually related to an installation media or disc error.  Have you tried another copy of the Windows 7 DVD.  Can you get a hold of another copy and make sure to use your Product Key?

You could try another Optical Drive, or clean the media as well.  It is also possible to have defective media and you could call MS for a replacement copy.
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sfossupportCommented:
The issue is the RAID driver. You need to check if there is an updated bios. I do not think that it is being able to write to the disc.
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TribusCommented:
I was thinking that as well, but I thought I would go with trying different media first.  I have seen this be a cause also.  Latest firmware on you drive, and drivers is always a good idea.

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senadCommented:
Raid controller on laptop ?
Why dont you unplug it from raid and stick it into sata ?
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Michael_MCDSTCommented:
If flashing the BIOs does not resolve then try setting the bios to boot disk 1, instead of the required disk 0.
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johnp338Author Commented:
Thanks for all of the replies. I've tried updated the BIOS and changing the media, but I've gotten the exact same error. I'm using the latest RAID drivers from Lenovo. I'm about to try a different optical drive altogether, to see if that could be the problem.
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PurpleWineCommented:
Got a USB stick?  Put your win7 disk on that to install. Takes your optical drive out of the equation, and installing win7 from a usb is, well, just something special :)   Full install with all devices (drivers) working in under 15 minutes. Cool.

http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-install-windows-7vista-from-usb-drive-detailed-100-working-guide/

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johnp338Author Commented:
I'll try the USB idea shortly, thanks for the tip
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johnp338Author Commented:
I am about to try the flash drive isntallation, but wanted to add that the problemd DOES appear to be related to the RAID driver/setup. The D20 mobo has 5 ports which are part of the Marvell RAID controller, and three more, ostensibly for optical drives.

I tried plugging my SSD into one of the ports for optical drives, and I was able to isntall without a hitch.

I'm still stumped, though.
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TribusCommented:
Sounds like a RAID driver issue to me as well.  It could be the RAID bios also.  Make sure the partition you are trying to install to is marked as primary and not extended.
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johnp338Author Commented:
I'm using the latest driver from Lenovo (I know I have the Marvell, but I tried the Intel driver as well). I know that the partitioning is fine; I've tried both letting the Windows installation partition and format and removing the drive and doing it on another machine.

I get the same result when attempting an install from a USB drive
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TribusCommented:
Gonna have to go back to my original post now again.

Have you tried different installation media/DVD.

If it's not media or drivers, then there is probably a hardware failure on the mainboard.
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johnp338Author Commented:
Yes, I have tried two different 7 DVD's, and also tried installing from a USB drive. All with the same result
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TribusCommented:
Then the issue has to reside in either the system BIOS or the RAID controller BIOS.  If the settings are correct there then the only option is drivers/firmware or hardware failure on either the mainboard or the drive itself.

Upon install of Windows though leads me to think drivers/firmware, but since you have stated that you are using the correct drivers, I am leaning towards hardware failure at this point.  The best option is to put in a similar drive and test it, or move the drive in question to another PC and then test.

At this point all that can be done is to figure out what's failing.

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JaredjarCommented:
It could be a problem with you GSkill Falcon 128GB SSD firmware.try using a normal drive .if that works try updating you ssd.

Stab in the dark ,turn raid controller setting to raid off , no raid or single drive.
You might also need to install  additional  64 bit raid driver during windows installation.there was a issue like that in windows xp not sure about win 7
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johnp338Author Commented:
I have been having issues even when attempting to install even to the factory installed HDD, but I will give that another try when I get home.
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TribusCommented:
I am thinking now that you need to go into your main system BIOS and check your RAID controller settings,  see if the options are IDE, RAID or AHCI.

The correct option with only one SATA drive is IDE not RAID as you are only using one drive, the RAID never comes into play here.

Just a last final thought...
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johnp338Author Commented:
Sorry for taking so long to get to this. I was involved in a bad car accident, immediately before moving cross country. This is still up in the air for me. My workstation is actually being shipped to me now.

I will comment absolutely as soon as possible; it was not my intent to neglect my questions or the other members who were so kind as to take the time to help me.
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johnp338Author Commented:
Just got my machine and tore into it, turned out to be the firmware on the SSD. Installation worked perfectly after updating.
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TribusCommented:
Glad to hear you got it fixed!

I wrote an article here on EE as well about Windows 7 and SSD's.

Check it out here: http://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/Storage/Misc/Solid-State-Drive-Performance-Tips.html?sfQueryTermInfo=1+30+trim
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