Originally Posted by T-Dubs
Vista Ultimate problem... I went through that exact same clusterf*ck. I decided it wasn't worth my trouble, and just installed Vista Business64. I was not happy about it, but too many hours had been wasted when I knew business worked properly.
I FINALLY RESOLVED IT! You were spot on with the Ultimate as the culprit. I got my copy from MS Technet and it was the latest build of Vista Ultimate 64 said release 6001 W/ SP1. I had installed/reformatted 3 times with all the same driver problems. I then re-formatted and installed Vista Business 64 SP1 and it is ROCK SOLID! Not one crash, blue screen, lockup, windows explorer crashes, odd debug dialog boxes (should I go on?) WTF is up with ULTIMATE?? I thought they were the same OS with a few more tools but Vista Business is WAY MORE STABLE than ultimate. Frankly I am shocked that many others haven't had this same problem. I had absolutely NO problems installing every driver from All three ATI DD, CCC, ATI SB, Realtek Audio, ATI HD audio, Realtek LAN- In that order all individual with reboots and restore points created between each one so I could weed out the problem. Now I'll see if it will actually let me install Nero Ult 8 as it wouldn't before.
I am running the GA-MA78GM-SH2 F3 (way faster) bios, AMD X2 5600- 2.8Ghz (which overclocks to 3.2+ easily), the onboard graphics (500MB vid mem in bios) for the time being, a 750GB Seagate Spinpoint F1 (plus three externals and NAS), Cosair XMS2 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel. , 420w PS on Vista Business 64. Basically there wasn't much that could go wrong or be incompatible other than the ram.
Proc at stock 2.8ghz- 5.3
Disk speed 5.9
My next thought would be, if I "upgrade" business to Ultimate, which I think you can do, will it have the stability I have now? If I try, you can bet I will do that route on a diff partition to be safe.
Thanks for your help!