Hi, I am experiencing the exact same problem as NickMagnus, what kind of hardware issue should I be looking at? I flashed the bios to A10, and it appeared to be successful. I tried to do a system recovery from the recovery partition, and it repeatedly failed at the halfway point. I removed the hard drive to format it with a different pc, and it showed 3 partitions?! 1 tiny one was an EISA part,71mb. Then the system part, then the recovery part. when I tried to format the partitions in windows, the only options I was given were exFAT or NTFS?! I finally used vista command prompt to successfully delete all the parts, and was able to format the disc in NTFS. Again, as soon as it hits"finishing installation" after it reboots, it goes no further. Do I have a bad HD? Is it supposed to be exFAT? Should I go so far as to take out the mobo batt and reset the cmos? Any advice would be so greatly appreciated, I'm out of warranty and I can't stand the thought of sending it to Dell for a sure to be pricey service call. Thanks for any help!!