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Windows 7: BSOD on startup on fresh Win7 install

04 Jan 2018   #11

Windows 10 Pro

A quick question, when did you purchase the SSD and did you ever update the firmware?

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04 Jan 2018   #12
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

Please note.
From the OP's Specs. Mismatched ram.

Memory 8GB Ripjaws +4GB OCZ Reaper
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04 Jan 2018   #13

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring

Hi Karl,

you can try the system repair tool (SURT)
KB947821, could take upto 2 hours
Download System Update Readiness Tool for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB947821) [October 2014] from Official Microsoft Download Center
and run sfc /scannow (from an elevated command mode)

not entirely sure why and what driver is required to see the SSD if you can get your system up??
(Normal and Safe Boot modes)
Have you only got the SSD on your rig.

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05 Jan 2018   #14

Windows 7 Pro x64

the RAM is actually 4x 2GB OCZ Reaper, I shelved the GSkill Ripjaws, once I found out it was incompatible with the old motherboard.

The SSD is a Samsung 850Evo 500GB. I just installed Samsung Magician.
It tells me Firmware version: latest

The system now boots. I have my monitor connected to the video card (an EVGA NVIDIA 740SC). I noticed WEI was giving me a "1" on video and got curious and saw Windows has not recognized the video card. The EVGA driver package also does not recognize the card. on going to graphics properties, it tells me "Standard VGA Graphics adapter." The video card is still under warranty

My wifi usb thing has also had intermittent grumpiness.

I didn't have nearly this much trouble setting up the computer with the original motherboard

Why is this thing only sort-of recognizing the video card?
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06 Jan 2018   #15

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring

Hi Karl,

from your first BSOD report

Sound Tab 1: This computer cannot play audio because the Windows Audio service is not enabled. Use the Sounds and Devices Properties control panel to enable audio. No sound card was found. If one is expected, you should install a sound driver provided by the hardware manufacturer.

Is it properly seated???

Please go to
device manager, via control panel
Suspect you have an Unknown device - your card
(W7 tried to help by installing a generic graphics driver)

V309.08 dated 2015 GForce seven series

As for your wifi driver try updating that
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07 Jan 2018   #16

Windows 7 Pro x64

for sfc/scannow, the result is:
"Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations

SURT told me it was not applicable for my installation.

I reloaded the wifi driver, seems to be ok now.

I have been getting the weird error in the attached screenshot, which restarts explorer.

The video card driver you mentioned tells me "NVIDIA installer cannot continue, this graphics card driver could not find compatible hardware"
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07 Jan 2018   #17

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring

Hi Karl,,

Please ensure you ran the correct version of SURT
2 versions are available 32 or 64 bit

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07 Jan 2018   #18

Windows 7 Pro x64

I tried to run SURT downloaded from the previously posted link, which was the appropriate 64-bit you posted 3 days ago.
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08 Jan 2018   #19

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring

Hi Karl,

Explorer.exe is the mainstay of your system, if its not working properly then things are only going to get worse, and possibly why Surt could not run.

Its possible that the media you used to install the system is corrupt, as your product is licenced via MSDN, you should be able to download a clean copy from MS.

Try another system repair with it, the new one.
If that fails - i hate to say it Clean install time, as we cant get the Surt repair tool to work either.

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13 Jan 2018   #20

Windows 7 Pro x64

The booting issue was completely solved by uninstalling Avast. Now working on getting the video card to be properly recognized. Fortunately video card is eVGA with awesome warranty. Multiple attempts at installing NVIDIA drivers on system had led to "no supported hardware on this system." Maybe a fresher piece of hardware will be recognized better.
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