I'm dong a new custom build for a customer.
Biostar A960G+ Motherboard
AMD FX-6100 Processor
8BG Microcenter DD# Ram
1TB Toshiba Hard Drive
Windows 8 64-Bit
Here's the issue, the computer posts, and everything seems OK. I boot to the Windows 8 64-BIT OEM DVD. The Windows 8 Splash Screen appears. In a few minutes, the computer restarts. I thought it may have been bad media, so I downloaded a copy of Win 8, with the same issues as the store-bought copy. No BIOS updates are available. According to Biostar the MB is "Windows 8 Ready". Checked CPU temp. was running about 16 Deg C, so definitely not restarting/failing due to heat. All of the forums go over what to do with errors that show up during Windows 8 installs, but I can't find anything on what to do if the files aren't loading. Any ideas? Anyone? Anyone at all?
I tried a downloaded version of 8 before I posted this question, but yes, I tried different media. Instead of an actual memory test, I pulled out one stick at a time, assuming that BOTH wouldn't be bad. But that didn't help. It occurred to me that this is when Windows would have been loading initial devices to prepare for install, so I disabled everything on the motherboard that I could, leaving only video, keyboard and mouse. Also with the same result. Beyond frustrated, I decided to try to install Windows 7 off of one of the disks here, and the same thing happened. I even installed a video card, and at that point it wouldn't even POST. This was definitely an issue, because 2 weeks ago, I used the exact same build, but for someone that wanted to stick with 7. I had been chasing the red herring of "Windows 8 is a pain to install". I basically took everything out of the equation, except the power supply. So...I pull the computer out of the little cubby that it was sitting in, rocked the computer forward as I do when I'm getting ready to pull the power plug, and I noticed something that I've been feeling the urge to punch myself in the face about ever since. The voltage...on the power supply...was set...to 220! Yeah...I'm having to swallow a significant amount of pride to publish the findings in a public forum. But hey, I can't be the ONLY absent-minded computer guy, right? Thanks everyone!