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Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 BSoD Won't let me into windows!

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March 12, 2013 8:27:59 AM

Just upgraded to this MoBo...I keep getting Blue Screens when I try to boot into windows...I can't even get into safe mode...I carried over the old processor and memory which worked fine on the old mobo...and I can't really give you a spec list because I can't get into windows...this is the best I can do

Processor: ATI Phenom II 1100T Black Edition
Memory: 4 sticks 4GB apiece Corsair Vengeance 4GB 1600MHz 9-9-9-24 (3 Blue ones and one black....all specs match perfectly and as far as I can tell the one character difference in the product number is just the color)
Video Card: Sapphire HD6850

I've tried reseating the memory, reading the manual....right now I have only 2 of the Blue sticks plugged into where the manual says to plug in just 2 sticks and I set the freq of the memory down to 1256...this has allowed me to get the farthest yet, now it will let me get past the windows loading screen and the welcome screen (I think?) will start to pop up before it BSoD's....If I have all 4 sticks in and the mem freq set to "auto" it crashes before hitting the windows loading screen

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March 12, 2013 8:40:42 AM

Two items to check - first, it could be that the drivers are different with the motherboards (are they different make/model #'s?), and you might need to reinstall Windows to get the system to boot. Second, when you transferred the memory, you may have created an issue with static electricity that damaged one or more of the RAM sticks. Try booting with minimal RAM (1 stick - you may have to switch between all 4 sticks to find one that works) to see if it solves the problem.

If you have a spare hard drive, you can try doing a fresh install with the new drive (unplug the other drive).
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March 12, 2013 8:56:44 AM

ronintexas said:
Two items to check - first, it could be that the drivers are different with the motherboards (are they different make/model #'s?), and you might need to reinstall Windows to get the system to boot

They are different motherboards, this is an upgrade from my old MoBo....how do you manipulate memory drivers? I wasn't aware there was such a thing

ronintexas said:
Second, when you transferred the memory, you may have created an issue with static electricity that damaged one or more of the RAM sticks. Try booting with minimal RAM (1 stick - you may have to switch between all 4 sticks to find one that works) to see if it solves the problem.

If you have a spare hard drive, you can try doing a fresh install with the new drive (unplug the other drive).

I work in an integration lab (static-free, computer building environment) and brought the PC to work to make the upgrade to avoid the very issue you speak of but good lookin out :) 

I also attempted with each individual DIMM in the designated slot (A2) and still no joy...

unfortunately I do not have a spare drive to install windows to and I really REALLY don't want to format my main drive
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March 12, 2013 9:08:14 AM

Try setting SATA to IDE in BIOS and see if still the same.
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March 12, 2013 9:46:19 AM

Try what Alexiou says, but you should ideally re-install the operating system from scratch on the new motherboard.
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March 12, 2013 11:12:50 AM

I wasn't referring to RAM drivers - the mobo will have different drivers from your old one. Anytime you upgrade the mobo, you have a very high chance that the Operating System must be reinstalled - almost 100% of the time, the product key must be re-entered.
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March 13, 2013 7:47:45 AM

thanks for your help....for some reason I never learned that you have to reinstall windows almost anytime you change your MoBo...
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August 21, 2013 11:51:56 AM

dont reinstall.
just repair it.
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August 21, 2013 11:56:08 AM

if you're using Win XP, dont reinstall. just repair it.

if you're using Win7/8, i don't know if repairing the OS will do because i haven't tried it with the situation same as yours. but reinstalling on the same drive "without formatting the hdd" will really do the trick.
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December 29, 2013 9:04:07 AM

alexoiu said:
Try setting SATA to IDE in BIOS and see if still the same.


The this solved my problem and I had to set memory speed to auto for it to work
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February 19, 2014 12:54:26 AM

this board will not run windows 7 after the service pack has been installed. it will run windows 8 without a problem. bsod i got was sent to both microsoft and asus. both blamed the other company. i gave up trying to get it to run right on windows 7. the last attempt on this was in july of 2013. i will try to see if either company has resolved this issue. i will come back and repost a possible answer.
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