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"Operating system missing" and the blue screen of death

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August 3, 2013 7:50:10 PM


**CPU** AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core
**Motherboard** Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard
**Memory** Corsair XMS3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory
**Storage** A-Data Premier Pro SP600 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk]
**Storage** Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
**Video Card** XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card
**Power Supply** Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply
**Operating System** Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit)]


That's my build, as well as an additional 6 gigs of RAM given by a friend.


I put in the Windows 8 disc, I go through the first few steps, and get to the stage where I have to select where to store windows. I pick the SSD. Immediately crashes and restarts. I get a glimpse of a blue screen with text and a frowny face. Repeat 3 times. On the fourth time, it doesn't restart, it goes to black screen with 2 lines of text. Something along the lines of "Loading operating system... Operating system missing." I've tried turning it on and off a few times and this is all I get.



Oh and my disc drive is an hp I got from Best Buy today.

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a c 417 * Windows 8
August 3, 2013 11:31:01 PM

1st make sure the BIOS is the latest version ie. F7a to be compatible with FX series CPU
Get into BIOS (Setup) and in Advanced BIOS features, Hard disk boot priority, make sure that your SSD is enabled (As 2nd Boot device)
You may have to disconnect your HDD until you've installed Windows. Some BIOS allow you to prioritise individual disks, don't see that feature in your Manual. Perhaps in the Hard Disk Priority list?
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August 4, 2013 7:39:03 AM

dodger46 said:
1st make sure the BIOS is the latest version ie. F7a to be compatible with FX series CPU
Get into BIOS (Setup) and in Advanced BIOS features, Hard disk boot priority, make sure that your SSD is enabled (As 2nd Boot device)
You may have to disconnect your HDD until you've installed Windows. Some BIOS allow you to prioritise individual disks, don't see that feature in your Manual. Perhaps in the Hard Disk Priority list?


Okay, now I'm having trouble getting into my BIOS. I can't. The motherboard screen flashes for a second with a bunch of keys to press that will take me to different places. I push the one that I used to push to get into the BIOS, and nothing happens. It goes straight to "missing operating system".
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August 4, 2013 7:39:13 AM

dodger46 said:
1st make sure the BIOS is the latest version ie. F7a to be compatible with FX series CPU
Get into BIOS (Setup) and in Advanced BIOS features, Hard disk boot priority, make sure that your SSD is enabled (As 2nd Boot device)
You may have to disconnect your HDD until you've installed Windows. Some BIOS allow you to prioritise individual disks, don't see that feature in your Manual. Perhaps in the Hard Disk Priority list?


Okay, now I'm having trouble getting into my BIOS. I can't. The motherboard screen flashes for a second with a bunch of keys to press that will take me to different places. I push the one that I used to push to get into the BIOS, and nothing happens. It goes straight to "missing operating system".
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a c 417 * Windows 8
August 4, 2013 8:36:17 AM

Try getting into BIOS with SSD and HDD disconnected (remove SATA cables) If you can get into BIOS change boot order so that DVD is 1st and see if you can boot from the Installation disk. If you get that far re-connect the SSD and when you get to the 'Where do you want to install Windows' Screen, use 'Drive Options(Advanced)' to delete any partitions on the SSD until you have nothing left but Unallocated Space. Continue to install Windows on the Unallocated Space without formatting or creating any partitions.
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