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I own a laptop like that.
It's some Acer that came with Vista and on the surface it looks ready for Windows 7 64 bit but no way, no how. There's an unresolved bios issue and it will never run Windows 7 32 or 64 bit.
Just a tip. To save time and posts, always add the make and model.
Make & Model
It is a Dell Inspiron 1521. I didn't think the problem was related with make and model of my laptop.
I supplied an example so we would know there are such out there.
Given the age I'd check the BIOS to be at least A06 and then try a new DVD drive or if you have it, some USB DVDRW drive. At about 2 years I no longer futz but slip in a new optical. Your new techs tend to futz and lose too much time.
And in parting, let's hope the Windows 7 DVD is a factory silver model.
PS. No Windows 7 drivers?
Need to use another media for the installation.
I have learned that it is caused by some sort of incompatible problem between the DVD drive and the installation DVD. I need to use a UBS and an external HD for the task.
Can I install it from another PC?
With the information, I am wondering whether I can install the OS from another PC with a DVD drive or not. If yes, that will save me a lot of troubles.
That has been discussed before and the news is grim.
I see there are many hurdles here and you seem to want to try it anyway. The discussion about installing Windows from another PC over a network is well discussed and in my opinion a dead end for most folk.
I'd try some USB DVDRW but given there are no drivers for this machine for 7 then you know you are going to have troubles.
Only one year apart
I bought the laptop in 2008 and Windows 7 was released in 2009. I don't know why the optical drive doesn't work for the installation DVD for only one year apart.
Well that's a deep question.
Not only do you see no drivers for Windows 7 you are battling an old optical drive. At the shop if an optical drive gives me the slightest trouble I try the lens cleaner ONE TIME and if it is still trouble I slip in a new drive. If the client does not want it fixed but we are to install an OS we'll use the USB DVDRW instead and put a note on the ticket the drive is suspected bad.
But what about those drivers? There was an yelp from users about a certain graphics chip (Intel?) that was never to have Windows 7 support. Yes it can do 640x480 but imagine the owner that worked at getting 7 installed then could not budge the display past 16 colors for lack of a driver.
You've seen many signs this is unlikely to turn out well but this is how most techs learn these lessons. It's one that I don't think can be taught.
windows 7 upgrade advisor
I have run the windows 7 upgrade advisor. The result was fine. I should run into too many problem in the process.
So you are repeating the prior lesson.
The internet is full of folk that ran that and later discovered the graphics or another driver issue.
Hope you got past the DVD issue by now.