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Getting really fustrated with Asus P5B / JMicron / Vista x64...

I have been trying very hard to get Vista Ultimate x64 on my core2duo desktop ever since the bits was up on MSDN. After the bits was taken up and reposted up recently, I immediately download the new bits, borrowed another dvd drive from my colleague, and still have no luck getting Vista installed.

Everytime Vista boots up from the DVD drive, going pass the inital screen where it asked about languages and keyboard layout was smooth. But after clicking install, it always gives me problem here. Vista can't detect my dvd rom (TDK), but it can boot from it. What a joke... When I used my colleague's DVD drive (also TDK), it gives me problem after keying in the key, and it just can't find some file.

Been searching the Internet for resolution, and read about problems with the JMicron thing on the motherboard. Disabling it is not an option, as I will lose IDE, which my DVD drive depends on. Anyone out there got any idea how to get Vista installed? I got half a mind to march down to Sim Lim to see if I can get a Sata DVD drive!!! Or just forget about Vista...

Published Saturday, December 02, 2006 1:27 AM by kitkai

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# re: Getting really fustrated with Asus P5B / JMicron / Vista x64...@ Thursday, December 14, 2006 3:49 AM

I have Jmicron enabled as IDE use only. I can install Vista 64 on the ASUS P5W DH, and boot from that drive, SATA or IDE. However, after some short time, following game playing for whatever reason, the PC will not re-boot with the JMicron port enabled! Since I have SATA, I can boot from them. Using boot from last good configuration does not work. If I ghost over a good copy of the Vista 64 drive, I'm good for a bit, until I play a game on Vista. Then the re-boot won't go and I start the process all over again. My workaround was to disable to JMicron in bios.

by Sweetie

# re: Getting really fustrated with Asus P5B / JMicron / Vista x64...@ Thursday, December 14, 2006 8:10 AM

I just wrote to ASUS, lets see how they respond...

by kitkai

# re: Getting really fustrated with Asus P5B / JMicron / Vista x64...@ Friday, December 15, 2006 11:53 AM

Just a shot in the dark (not being a Windows user myself), but have you tried updating your P5B BIOS? It comes bundled with an updated JMB363 BIOS which may play more nicely with Vista (it resolves issues with the GRUB bootloader).

Updating the BIOS with the built-in Asus EZ-Flash2 utility is amazing - Drop the .ROM file onto a flash drive, plug that in, reboot and tap Alt-F2. Select the file, and away it goes.

One last shot in the dark: Have you tried booting into an existing Windows (XP, perhaps?) installation and installing Vista from there? I believe that will let you copy all the bits to the disk, and then simply reboot into the installation, no boot-time installation or DVD drive needed.

by Callahad

# re: Getting really fustrated with Asus P5B / JMicron / Vista x64...@ Friday, December 15, 2006 3:35 PM

I've updated the bios as well. Before the update, vista will start copying the files, overriding the os in the process, and give you a read error...

Sad to say, I'm never comfortable with upgrading OS. I rather format and start clean...

by kitkai

# re: Getting really fustrated with Asus P5B / JMicron / Vista x64...@ Saturday, December 16, 2006 7:46 AM

I believe you *can* do a fresh install from within XP by pointing it at an empty partition. No upgrade mess.

by Callahad

# re: Getting really fustrated with Asus P5B / JMicron / Vista x64...@ Tuesday, December 19, 2006 10:31 AM

It's official that the problem has something to do with jmicron. So any kind of install won't fix the problem until updated drivers are released.

by kitkai

# re: Getting really fustrated with Asus P5B / JMicron / Vista x64...@ Wednesday, December 20, 2006 7:52 AM

I have exactly the same issue, although I was able to install Vista x64 just fine. When I tried to roll to 32-bit though (because I need to install some stuff that doesn't have WHQL signed drivers), I hit the exact same issue. It can boot from the DVD drive just fine (NEC I think), but then can't get past the "Install Now" page. It keeps prompting for a valid driver for the CD/DVD drive. You say the problem has something to do with jmicron. Have you logged a service request with them, and/or Asus? Lemme know where you complained, because I'll go do it too. Neil

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