After completing the Windows 7 install, the screen goes black with a white blinking cursor. After rebooting the screen freezes at the ‘Starting Windows’ screen which should proceed with the configuration of the Windows 7 install (select computer & user name, etc.)
Before the ‘Starting Windows’ screen there is the following message: “Boot from AHCI CD-ROM” or something similar. This was not present when XP was running successfully.
Throughout this process I ran into a BSOD which mentioned iaStorV.sys which apparently relates to the Intel Matrix Storage Manager as explained here.
Action Taken: -I tried repairing the windows installation using the Windows 7 DVD, but it could not find anything. -I tried booting into safe mode, but it said Windows needs to install first.
Intel Matrix Storage Manager option ROM v126.96.36.1991 ICH9R wRAID5 With the following BIOS settings under IDE Drives Setup: Serial ATA: [Enabled] Native Mode: [Automatic] Hard Disk Pre-Delay: [Disabled] SATA RAID Enable: [Enabled]
Questions: -Any suggestions on how to successfully install Windows 7 on an S10?
1) For whatever reason the product key from my legitimately purchased copy of “Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Upgrade - 64 bit” is not working. Very frustrating! I checked that I am entering it correctly, and I am connected to the internet. I ended up calling Microsoft support and after 37 minutes got it sorted.
2) The status of my RAID volume was yellow in Verify status on the Intel Matrix Storage Manager splash screen, but after a day or so it went to Normal.
3) During bootup, after the Intel Matrix Storage Manager screen appears, I still receive a “Boot from AHCI CD-ROM” message before the system proceeds to Windows 7. This message was never present when XP was successfully running. I solved this by changing my startup sequence such that my DVD drive is listed last. That is: