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Windows 7: BSOD - 0x00000f4 - SSD Undetected Upon Reboot

24 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
BSOD - 0x00000f4 - SSD Undetected Upon Reboot

No specific amount of time goes by before I encounter an issue where my system begins to run very slow, stutters, and then eventually BSODs, forcing a reboot. Upon reboot, I receive a "No boot disk" error. When I restart and look in the BIOS, my SSD (boot drive) is undetected. Shutting down and unplugging the power cord from the wall fixes the issue but obviously only temporarily.

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
NZXT Phantom Case
ASUS P8P67 WS Revolution 3.0
Intel i7 2600k
8GB Mushkin DDR3 2000MHz
2x EVGA GTX 570s
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB @ 7200RPM
Mushkin Callisto Deluxe 40GB SSD
Rosewill Lightning Series 1000W PSU
Zalman CPU Cooler
Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset (USB)
Logitech G700 Wireless Gaming Mouse (USB)
Logitech G15 Wired Gaming Keyboard (USB)
Logitech Pro 9000 Webcam (USB)

System was running fine for 1 1/2 years before any incident. PSU died completely. Sent PSU in via RMA and received replacement. Installed the replacement, system ran fine for ~ three days. Issue began.

Issue (See first paragraph)

Steps Already Taken:
* I have sent in all of the following pieces of warranty / RMA replacement:
-PSU (Only after the first one died)

* SSD is updated to latest firmware version.
* BIOS flashed to latest version.
* I have done a fresh install of Windows (multiple times) after running Killdisk on both drives.
* Changed the outlet the computer was plugged into, including adding a new surge protector (now separate from monitors).
* Tried running the SSD in IDE mode, same issue.
* Hot-plugging is enabled, same issue.

Additional Notes:
Upon reboot and entering BIOS, mouse does not work unless I unplug and then plug it back in.
Mouse wireless connection is plugged into USB port on the front panel of the case while the hard wire is plugged into the rear, directly into the MOBO (same applies to the headset).
Files attached via ZIP folder.

Any and all help will be grateful, please and thank you. I have been dealing with this for three months now (with all the RMAs and fresh installs) and really need to have my rig up and running properly as I'm starting to really get behind with things.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Aug 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1

If that was me with that amount of problems I'd have to rebuild the PC from scratch. Only attach what you need to install windows, 1 GFX Card 1 stick of ram and only your SSD connected I'd also recommend using a wired mouse / keyboard.

Once you have it stable start adding components one at a time, checking in between each one, if you have any faulty hardware you should spot it!! JMHO
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Aug 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

The only real issue is that the SSD hangs up and goes undetected, causing a BSOD and reboot. Then, of course, it still isn't detected until I remove power from the computer.

I've rebuilt the PC from scratch already, as all of the parts are entirely new. When I installed Windows I only had the SSD connected and I've tried only having 1 GFX card connected.

I don't think any of the hardware is faulty because as I've said, it worked for one and a half years before this issue started AND I've since replaced every component.

My only guesses are:

1. A short in the case somewhere, possibly in one of the front panel ports, either the USB or the eSATA port, or even the hard drive activity LED? (I've contacted NZXT and they're sending me a new front panel board.)

2. A driver issue.

3. One of my USB devices is somehow faulty, causing something to go wrong and the SSD to go undetected.

I just don't see how any of those issues (besides a driver issue) could cause ONLY the SSD to have problems.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

29 Aug 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Front panel USB ports were causing the issue. Now solved.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Aug 2012   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1

Glad you sorted it, thanks for the update
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Sep 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Unfortunately, the issue has returned, though less often.

1. Windows becomes somewhat unresponsive prior to crashing.
2. Happens > Reboot > Can't detect > Power Off > Power On > Works > Happens a second time > Repeat power cycle > works for a few days > Issue occurs again.

So, it's doing it twice in a row, then it's fine for a few days.

Edit: Nope, I lied. As soon as I wrote that, it happened 3-6 more times (lost count).
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