Windows 10: Unable to install Windows on old machine

  1.    12 May 2018 #1

    Unable to install Windows on old machine

    I have been asked to look at my nephew's old PC.

    He is 15 and did the silly thing of using a paperclip inside the machine. I am still not sure exactly what he was doing but it made it go pop. They had to replace the CPU and motherboard.

    The motherboard is an old Asus A68HM-K which is an FM2 board. The website states that it is compatible with Windows 10 and they have drivers available for it.

    I have flashed the BIOS to the latest available, but the system still BSODS either after just accessing the flash drive/DVD drive or during install. I have tried with secure boot on and off and with and without UEFI. The USB sticks are good as I have used them on other machines just fine.

    I have tried with either an SSD or hard drives. I have also tried Ubuntu with similar results.

    I have been to the Windows 7 page as there is a 7 sticker on the panel. Unfortunately it appears to be OEM and non transferable. See image.

    I have reached the limit of my knowledge on this and am unsure how to proceed.

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       12 May 2018 #2

    So what do you need ?

    Windows 7 or Windows 10 ?
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  3.    12 May 2018 #3

    Preferably Windows 10 but if we cant get that to work then 7.
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  4. AddRAM's Avatar
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       12 May 2018 #4

    swarfega said: View Post
    Preferably Windows 10 but if we cant get that to work then 7.
    Download Windows 10

    If it`s older I would just reinstall 7

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  5.    12 May 2018 #5

    I know where to get it from. Its the crashes Im trying to solve.
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  6. AddRAM's Avatar
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       12 May 2018 #6

    Oh OK, no clue about that.
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  7.    12 May 2018 #7

    If they reused the old RAM make sure it is compatible with the new system. RAM is what I would look at first, especially if it is from the old system that went "pop". Also make sure the power supply is sufficient for the new system. Both the RAM and the power supply could have been damaged by the paper clip incident.
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  8.    12 May 2018 #8

    Thanks, its DDR3 so I'll see if I have any around to test. I could also test it with Memtest.
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