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11 Dec 2011   #1

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SSD problem when installing Windows 7

Hello all,

Recently I upgraded my Motherboard, CPU, and Memory. I wiped my SSD and storage HDD with Diskpart using the "Clean All" command. Sadly, when I install Windows on either of my SSDs, I am running into a strange problem. After the final restart during installation (when you are prompted to enter your user name and PC name) the screen looks like the attached file. Maybe a bad SSD I thought. However, I get the same results with both the OCZ and Intel SSD. This problem does not happen when I install Windows 7 on to my HDD. I've tested the memory, swapped video cards, etc.

I have f5 BIOS and am in AHCI mode.

Hardware:
CPU: i7 3930k
MB: GB G1 Assassin 2
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16gb, 1600mhz
Video: 2x GTX 580 SLI
SSD: Intel 510, 120gb
HDD: 1tb Caviar Black
PSU: Corsair AS1200

Thanks,

Jim




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11 Dec 2011   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

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At first glance that looks like a graphics problem. Maybe it does not like the SLi.
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11 Dec 2011   #3

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I thought the same thing. Tried a clean installation with 1 video card installed. It seems regardless of the hardware (I swapped the memory, video cards, SSDs) I get this result when installing onto the SSDs. Conversely, I never get a bad result when installing onto a HDD. Maybe it is how the motherboard is working with the SSD? Or is there any way this could be the result of a bad SATA port on the motherboard?
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11 Dec 2011   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

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If it were a bad port or Sata connection it would occur already earlier and not at that particular point. I assume it worked fine in the first steps of the installation.

But since it happens after the final restart after the Windows 7 installer configured all kinds of stuff, it must have created some conflict. Very strange and probably very hard to track down.

Try installing another system (XP, Vista, Linux) and see what happens.
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11 Dec 2011   #5

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The i7 3930k has onboard graphics, could that be involved somehow? Why with a SSD only would be the issue. A Guy
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11 Dec 2011   #6

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I hope its not the CPU. But, yeah, like you said if it was the CPU why would it be fine on the Hard Disk Drive?

Right now I am installing Windows 7 again on the HDD using the SATA 0 connection the SSD was plugged in to. I'll post if that reveals anything.

I'm thinking it might be the BIOS version? since x79 is still pretty new, maybe it is a bug...
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11 Dec 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

So, the installation completed without any issues on the HDD again. This time plugged into the SATA port 0 (where the SSD was connected previously).

Could both of my SSDs be faulty? They both have the latest firmware, and functioned properly until I installed this motherboard and processor.

Not sure where to look next.
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11 Dec 2011   #8

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They each use a different controller, so that wouldn't seem to be an issue. Have you tried it on a SSD with the CPU's onboard graphics only? This seems like a hardware issue, MB or CPU, but why only on SSD's complicates it even more. A Guy
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11 Dec 2011   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

CPU is probably OK. But the mobo BIOS may be a problem. But before you flush the BIOS to another level, I would try a Linux installation. I think your SSDs are fine. Two of them failing at the same time is unlikely - besides it worked OK up to this final reboot.
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11 Dec 2011   #10

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Before I try Linux, I am going to plug the Intel SSD into a Marvell SATA port and see what kind of results I get.
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