I have searched this and several other forums for answers to my problem. I have a Lenovo W520 i7 12G Ram laptop with a new blank OCZ vertex 4 drive. I can not get past the first reboot during the install. Many times I can't get to the first reboot. I have tried all of the different video settings in the bios, I have updated the system bios, and generally tried everything I can come up with to no avail. I have tried different versions of the OS (regular and enterprise both dated 8-15) I have tried loading from DVD and USB, I have tried with no other drives in laptop, I have tried all SATA options in bios and all video options in bios.
Sometimes, it freezes immediately during the start of install with a slanted blue windows logo and a single dot at the bottom of the screen. Sometimes I get up to 3 dots before it freezes. In about 1 out of ten tries it will actually finish the cd and restart. Once I get here about half of the time I have a blank screen. The other half of the time I get the slanted blue window but nothing else. But in both cases, the CPU fan runs wide open.
I guess my questions are:
1. How close is the 8/15 download the 'to be released' OS?
2. Has anyone actually gotten W8 to run on this hardware config? (After over 30 years of alpha and beta testing I would consider the current code to be a late alpha or early beta based on my experience)
3. Where do I go from here? Should I just accept that this and possibly other high-end laptops like it won't run the newest OS?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.