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Windows 8 bsod after installing Samsung 840 ssd

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August 12, 2013 5:44:05 AM

Hi,

I just installed a new Samsung 840 120gb ssd and after installing windows 8 and all my drivers it won't boot I get an error but it flashes to fast to read which error it is, I'm 99% sure the ssd is the problem as I had the same system running on a HDD with no problems, now I can't even boot to desktop I'm just stuck in a restart loop, any help would be much appreciated.

System specs are...

I7 4770k
Asus z87 pro
8gb corsair vengeance 2133mhz
Samsung 840 120gb ssd

Thanks.
August 12, 2013 5:51:56 AM

Not sure if this is actually needed these days, but this used to be the sign of a missing AHCI controller driver. Try going into the bios and see if you can change the mode of your SSD drive to IDE (not AHCI) and see if the unit boots into windows then. If it does then you failed to install the driver during the Windows 8 installation. You'll probably need to re-install unless there's a work around.
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August 12, 2013 5:54:15 AM

I've just tried switching back to my hard drive and now I'm getting the same error on there, I didn't touch anything except the hard drive and ssd so I don't get what's causing this, any idea what it could be?
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August 12, 2013 6:08:31 AM

I got my hard drive working again but still no luck with the ssd, I changed it IDE but it made no difference, should it be legacy or native?

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August 12, 2013 6:21:32 AM

You should always use AHCI anyways. It gives better performance not only for SSD but for HDD as well. I don't see the point of using IDE anymore. When you install Windows 8 (I take for granted you did a clean install) if your BIOS is set in AHCI mode, it will automatically install AHCI drivers during setup.

Now that you switched to IDE it will be impossible to boot on the SSD, because it probably installed AHCI drivers during Windows setup. Check this out (this is for Windows 7, but I think Windows 8 will have the same behavior):

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922976

You could also try to flash your BIOS to latest version if it's not already done and reset settings to factory default.
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August 12, 2013 6:31:32 AM

I switched it back to AHCI and my hard drive is working fine but ssd still won't boot, it works fine for windows install then after installing all the drivers from my mobo cd it gets to the last restart then bsod everytime after that. I installed everything the same way that I did on my hard drive so I'm really confused.
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August 12, 2013 8:10:06 AM

It seems like its happening after installing the motherboard drivers and software, which are possibly out of date with the solid state, try downloading any new drivers from the respective websites plus, as the others said, any BIOS updates that hopefully bring better stability to windows 8. The CD drivers would be almost a year old by now as they don't bother to update it's contents after starting production of the particular product.
There should be some Intel storage utilities (which are used for any type of SSD, not just Intel ones) on the disk that may be problematic with windows 8, Intel took forever to transition their drivers to windows 8 so make sure to download the latest...
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August 12, 2013 8:21:16 AM

doublejuice said:
I switched it back to AHCI and my hard drive is working fine but ssd still won't boot, it works fine for windows install then after installing all the drivers from my mobo cd it gets to the last restart then bsod everytime after that. I installed everything the same way that I did on my hard drive so I'm really confused.


It's probably one driver that it doesn't like. Don't use your mobo CD to reinstall drivers, they're probably already outdated as we speak. Get the latest drivers from Asus website instead. Also, try to install them one by one and reboot between each installation and try to isolate which driver is causing this. Once you found which driver is causing the issue, you can then try with different version (even older version) of that driver to see if one of them is more stable. But it's likely that a new driver will fix the issue.

Also, as I suggested earlier flash your BIOS with latest update and I would also reset BIOS to default settings.
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August 12, 2013 8:25:04 AM

Same suggestion as Gundamire! Good team work, lol!
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August 12, 2013 12:28:14 PM

Yes the problem was the Asmedia sata controller driver, when I didn't install that I could get it to boot. But now I have another problem, I realised that windows 8 32 bit version has been installed instead of 64, I've been trying all day to fix this but even when I format the drive, put it in different computers, try with different sata cables and take everything out it still installs 32 bit. I'm using the same copy of windows 8 that I have used before and 64 bit always worked, any idea what the problem could be? And yes I am installing x86

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August 12, 2013 12:54:43 PM

doublejuice said:
Yes the problem was the Asmedia sata controller driver, when I didn't install that I could get it to boot. But now I have another problem, I realised that windows 8 32 bit version has been installed instead of 64, I've been trying all day to fix this but even when I format the drive, put it in different computers, try with different sata cables and take everything out it still installs 32 bit. I'm using the same copy of windows 8 that I have used before and 64 bit always worked, any idea what the problem could be? And yes I am installing x86

Thanks.


x86 means 32-bit.

x64 means 64-bit.
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August 12, 2013 1:10:26 PM

yeah I know that....
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August 12, 2013 1:19:54 PM

OK but why did you say this:

doublejuice said:
And yes I am installing x86.


If you want 64-bit, x86 will get you nowhere. Or it will get you to 32-bit land to be more precise.

I don't know if it's still the case with Windows 8. But with Windows 7 box they had two disks inside, one for 32-bit and another one for 64-bit. Maybe you're not using the right disk?
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