Vista 5536 Will not Install



I just built a new system, and Vista STILL won't install (never did on my old
one either). What happens is I get through Vista setup, and it reboots my
computer, then it's on the step of "Completing Installation", when all of a
sudden the backlights on my keyboard flicker and flash, and I get a BSOD that
references the file nvlkddm.dll, or something very similar. The BSOD flashes
so instantaneously and reboots me such that I can't really read the name of
the file well. If it isn't nvlkddm.dll it's something very close.

Couple notes: It isn't my DVD media, because the same discs that won't
install normally will install Vista just fine in a VMWare virtual machine,
and I have also tried resetting my BIOS to default settings just in case the
overclock was the blame, still doesn't work.

Anyone know why in the world it would be doing this? My system specs are

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 3.3Ghz
ASUS P5W DH Deluxe Motherboard
2GB OCZ Platinum Enhanced Latency DDR2-800
eVGA GeForce 7950GX2
Soundblaster X-Fi Fatal1ty Edition
WD Raptor 150GB SATA Main Drive
Maxtor 240GB SATA Backup drive
Plextor 712/SA SATA DVD-RW
Samsung DVD-ROM


Zorn, update the bios to the latest, which is 08/25/2006 (1201) and not 801
as listed at (they don't update that as often as the ftp site!)

You want

Also I run the same processor E6600 and OCZ memory as you, but on a P5B
Deluxe, and Vista won't install on this board, had to install with another
MB and then swap the mb! Setup doesn't detect cdrom devices for some reason
but works fine once Vista is running.
Also your processor is a 2.4ghz, overclocking at 3.3 might be part of the
issue, try turning off the overclocking.
I'd also check the memory with MEMTEST86, its available in many places but
its easier to search for ULTIMATE BOOT CD, download and install UBC v3.4
Full and use it to run MemTest86 (not the plus version) to make sure the
memory is flawless.


Hi Brian,

I am using the most current 1201 BIOS for my board. I also tried resetting
the BIOS settings to defaults in case the overclocking was to blame. But the
problem still persists.


I was unable to complete an installation with the Intel 975XBX rev 3.04 and a
conroe chip while I had an 7950GX2 installed. I removed it, replaced with a
single video card and completed the install. Then installed the GX2 and let
Windows install it's drivers. Then it hung again, so I came up in safe mode
and disabled the second video card in device manager and all is happy now. I
would like to see the 7950GX2 supported at installation time, PLEASE MS?

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