Odd…but then everything about all of this has been odd. I’m able to pull up my system on Dell’s site and confirm the configuration, don’t know why you couldn’t. Anyway, I re-flashed the BIOS and nothing changed. I’ve also heard from NVIDIA and, as others already expected, their drivers for Win 7 are correct and, yes, I do have the correct driver.
GK – you wrote: Only thing I may have done differently than OP was to 'Custom install' and delete all partitions shown, then proceed with the install, just keyboarding only when it asked. Could you, please, explain what this means? I am willing to do yet another custom install, but, I need to know if what I am doing is creating these issues or whether something else may be going on. I don’t want to keep installing using the same steps since this seems to take me right back to the same problems. If you have a different way of doing the install, please explain.
I’m back to step one: lost and bewildered. Now, I’m wondering if my security software is at fault (?); if my system – hardware this time – is somehow faulty or if some other, not yet recognized, problem is at fault. I did deactivate the security suite and tried to run the system without this in the background, but it did not make a difference. I’ve looked at device manager numerous times and there are no conflicts recognized.
One more idea – and this one is a bit “out there”: I’ve had something of a nightmare with this Dell system. In fact, it took Dell four tries until I got a system that operated – 2 arrived DOA, one died during initial boot and the fourth died the first day. There is a whole history behind the system including lots of onsite visits and other goodies. After months of working with various Dell techs, I finally was assigned to a tech in the executive office. After replacing the motherboard, RAM, hard drives, fans, and power supply - most were replaced more than once – the system was finally running well. The final tech was the one who suggested I upgrade to Windows 7 in an effort to resolve an ongoing issue involving Photoshop and Vista [this is a known compatibility issue that both MS and Adobe are aware of]. So, now I’m beginning to wonder if all of this is hardware related – again. I have 2 Western Digital SATA hard drives (500GB each) installed. I also have the exact same drives sitting in a box in the office. Those drives still contain VISTA. I’m thinking of putting them back into the system and installing Win 7 on them. Any thoughts about this idea – stupid, useless, perhaps a chance???