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Windows 7: ASUS motherboard, several SATA drives and bluescreens

29 Jul 2010   #1

Windows 7
ASUS motherboard, several SATA drives and bluescreens

I am having problems with my Windows 7 install - It seems like I get conflicts when having several hard drives connected. I am a Linux user, and have several linux installations on my hard drives - and now I have installed Windows 7 on my fourth SATA drive, in addition to my SATA DVD reader.

If I run with all harddrives connected I get blue-screens with stuff like


very soon when running Windows 7. Sometime I can log in on my user account, but sometimes I don't even get to the user selection screen.

Now I have disconnected 3 harddrives, and only have the SATA with my Windows 7 install, and the DVD connected, and everything seems to work fine. Is this some problem with my SATA / Motherboard drivers?

I am having a ASUS P7H55-V motherboard.

Anyone have any ideas on what might be wrong?

I very much doubt that it is memory problems, since I run both Windows XP and Linux of several flavors without problems.

(I am not sure if this is the proper forum, feel free to move the topic if it is in the wrong place.)

(edit)I am using a 32-bit windows.(/edit)

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29 Jul 2010   #2
Crunchy Doodle

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I experienced similar oddities with a DFI X58 motherboard when I was setting up to dual-boot Windows 7 and ubuntu 9.10. The most stable and workable solution I found was to connect the boot drive (C: drive) to the SATA-0 connection. It had been on SATA-3, but GRUB gets confused in spite of my attempts to fix it logically by editing the configuration files. The best choice was to move around my SATA cables to make the boot drive the first one and GRUB and Windows 7 were very happy. I have also read that GRUB and Windows 7 can get confused with SATA DVD drives in the mix too. I don't have that on this machine, but do have that on another all SATA system that I dual-boot with GRUB for ubuntu 8.10. Note that the older GRUB worked better for me than the newer one.

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29 Jul 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Check your bios to make sure you have enabled those sata ports.
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03 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 7

I've got it fixed - moved the harddrives so that the win7 drive is hd0 to grub - now I don't run into the problem anymore.

Needed to reinstall grub to the MBR though, but after that (and fixing the harddrive numbers in grub) everything is alright again.

thanks anyway!

Ignore the above -
Booting up now this afternoon Win7 got a bluescreen again - booting linux works fine.

[final edit]
OK, finally got it solved - Upgraded my BIOS, and now it seems to be fixed. I am even surprised how easy it was to upgrade it - have been having nightmares about the first time I would need to upgrade my BIOS :) Thanks anyway guys!
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