Hi. Just looking for some advice before I get the hammer out !
A couple of years back I bought what I thought would be a pretty good MB. It is an INTEL DH55HC. I have 8GB of DDR3 memory and an Intel i3 CPU. It's been OK with XP but I have to change for well known reasons.
I have bought a Win 7 Ultimate Download ISO, with a Licence Number to put in when I get to that point. Ha Ha !!
Anyway, I have converted the ISO to a bootable DVD, which won't install on the Intel MB, no matter what I try, And the disk is OK, as it's installed successfully, [ purely as a test...not activated !!] on 2 'lesser' machines. So the disk is OK.
But when I try to install on the Intel, I keep getting an error message saying that 'Windows has detected an error, and is stopping to avoid damaging my machine' !! It also says to remove any new hardware or software. But there isn't any. There was also a line which may, [or may not] be significant, which said that IRQL IS LESS OR NOT EQUAL. But I don't know what that means.
However, I have disconnected everything that's not essential, re-loaded the Bios back to defaults, and have nothing on it except monitor, keyboard and mouse. But STILL get the same error.
To make matters worse, INTEL have now withdrawn all support for all Motherboards, [ as far as I can tell], so I can't even ask them for help.
Unfortunately, I am one of those people who cannot leave things alone until I've solved a problem. So this sort of thing is not good for my health !.
I do intend to keep an XP machine going, just for my own off-line stuff......so maybe this will have to be it !
Although the Hammer treatment is very tempting.
But it seems strange that the 'lesser machine machines [ an MSI and a GIGABYTE MB, but with slightly older processors,] upgrade with no problems.
Any advice or thoughts would be most welcome.
Pre-Hammer of course.
Cheers for now.