I recently aquired a broken alienware m9700i laptop. I tested the disk and found it bad so I've thrown that out. The laptop now works but when I try to install windows xp it starts copying the files and then the dvd appears to stop working and the laptop crashes/reboots/freezes.
However, I got out a fedora linux usb stick and booted from that and it worked right up until the point where you would normally see a GUI and a login window then it freezes every time unless I use an older version which works fine even for several hours of watching videos.
I have opened the back and found that it is a core2 processor and an sli nvidia mxm graphics card of some kind. I tried the mxm in the other slot but it didn't post. The ram tests OK with memtest86+. I put it all back together with arctic thermal paste.
So my question is this a hardware problem or is the laptop only compatible with vista (which I don't have)? I can probably get a copy if this is true but it is quite expensive for a guess.