New PC - performing clean installation of vista

  craig3110 19:45 10 Nov 2008

Ok, so this will probably seem like a piece of cake to you guys but i can't figure out where I'm going wrong. I got a new PC yesterday without an operating system installed. I have vista premium and i'm trying to perform a clean installation. However, when i hook everything up I just get the following message: no signal, check video cable. The monitor works fine on another PC so it's not that. The guy at novatech where i bought the PC from said all I'd have to do is put in the disc and it'd be easy. My PC came with a CD for the motherboard and one for the graphics card but I'm not sure when to install them. Am I supposed to put them in before trying to install vista.
Someone please take pity on a poor little technophobe and help me out.

  peter99co 22:11 10 Nov 2008

I would think you should leave Vista until you have setup the machine. The two cd's are obviously for doing that. Did the guy say which one first?

  ventanas 09:19 11 Nov 2008

You can't install drivers until you've got a system to install to. There is no signal to your monitor and could be something a simple as being set to the wrong input. Sometimes there are a number of possible conenctions and the monitor has to be told which is being used, usually by pressing a button on the front and selecting 1,2,3 etc..
Or there could be a problem with your card.
Once you've sorted this a clean install of Vista is easy, and much quicker than XP.
click here

I always ignore the advice here and enter the key. I don't see a problem with this. One other point, while the option to format before an install was obvious in XP, it's a little hidden in Vista.Have alook at Screen7 and note the link to Drive Options (advanced) The format setting are in there.

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