I recently rebuilt one on my computers into a new case (and added new harddrives and video card).
Afterwards I attempted to install Windows 7 PRO 64bit. It hangs at the first "Starting Windows." I have been browsing these forums and just about every other one on the net trying EVERY solution I have come across. These are my specs:
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750
RAM: G.Skill F2-8800CL5Q-8GBPI (2GBx4)
VGA: EVGA GTX460 1GB
PSU: Ultra X3 1000watt
MOBO: Asus P5E
HDD: (1) OCZ Agility 60GB SSD, (1) Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
This is what I have tried so far:
(1) I have removed everything except 1 stick of ram, PSU, 1 optical drive, and 1 hard drive and VGA.
(1b) I have tried 2 different hard drives, both brand new, 1 SSD and 1 mechanical
(1c) I have tried 3 different optical drives, from 2 different manufacturers, 1 of which I bought brand new to perform these tests.
(1d) I have replaced every SATA data cord.
(1e) I have tried a spare ATI video card.
(2) I have disabled everything possible in the BIOS.
(2a) I have flashed the BIOS
(2b) I have loaded defaults to BIOS
(2c) I have removed the battery for 24 hours
(2d) I have tried installing as IDE, RAID, and AHCI
(3) I have bought a new keyboard.
(3a) I have tried and am currently using a ps/2 keyboard.
(3b) I have tried 2 different mice and currently I am using no mouse.
(4) I have changed the voltages and timings on RAM to match manufacturers specs. I currently have RAM at suggested voltage, but underclocked AND with loose timings (I really thought the RAM was the issue)
(4a) I had run MEMTEST on the RAM prior to the re-build, and all sticks pass together and individually
(4b) I have tried all 4 sticks of RAM in all 4 slots of the motherboard. I have tried 1, 2, 3, and 4 sticks of RAM. I am currently on 1 stick which I have changed out with the other 3 sticks and tried in various slots.
(5) I have tried 2 different Windows 7 PRO 64bit disks (both of which tested fine on multiple other computers)
(6) I have let the computer sit for 2, 10, 24 and 48 hours after it hangs.
(7) I have tried removing and reinserting the Windows disks after it hangs.
None of this has had any effect whatsoever. There are likely a multitude of other suggestions that I've tried (and failed) that I do not remember. Is there something I am missing???? I'm really out of clever ideas =(