I ran into some more computer troubles recently. While installing Vista, I would get this nasty problem of the computer hanging when the process got to the screen with the scrolling loading bar. I ended up trying a different video card, monitor, and RAM, to no avail. Installing through safe mode created the same problem, except I got a better picture of what was happening. The install was locking up at disk.sys.
Some searching through the internet (mostly web forums) brought me to this site. So after a first 5 pages of yadda, yadda, I hit the jackpot. It seems like some versions of the P5W DH Deluxe BIOS doesn’t play very nicely with Vista. So flashing to the latest version (1707) solved my problems and Vista installed normally.
Just a heads up to anyone else having the same problem. Hopefully this’ll save you a bit of searching.