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Failed Clean Reinstalling of Vista - "the computer restarted unexpectedly..."

Failed Clean Reinstalling of Vista - "the computer restarted unexpectedly..."

I need to fix a compaq presario sr5027cl that belongs to a family member; it has more ram (2gb+256mb) then stated there and a new power supply. The computer was already in bad (virus ridden) condition so when I received it not booting into windows and only showing the blinking dash cursor, I decided to just go ahead and format the drive. This is where the problems start.

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Guest [Entry]

"Never underestimate the power of a bios update, even when reinstalling the same operating system. The update got Vista installed but I had another problem as well which was that it wouldn't recognize the hard drive unless I went into to the boot options and selected it; even with the boot priority set to just the hard drive.
I was thinking it was the boot group options which was set to just CD but I can't edit this no matter how hard I tried. The solution was to just reset the bios to defaults, this got the HD into its boot group and vista is now working fine."