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New PC Build Fresh Windows 8 OEM Install Screen Flickering and Resetting

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September 26, 2013 10:38:58 AM

Hello, all. Long time reader/lurker, first time poster.

I finally finished my first build late last night (much thanks to the many threads on here that helped me make my parts choices, by the way). I was too tired to start with the fresh boot + Win8 install, so I held that off until this morning.

So, this morning I plugged it all up and made the first boot. Went into UEFI and made sure settings looked good with RAM and such, made sure my 120gb SSD was the only storage drive plugged in and showing. After I felt comfortable with it, I switched the boot order for the DVD drive as first boot, then I opened the DVD drive and put in the Windows 8 OEM. I closed the drive, saved UEFI changes and shut down. After booting back up, I went through the standard Windows 8 install.

All seemed well. After it sent me into Windows 8 proper, I kinda scanned around a bit to get familiar, not changing any settings at all but just to get acquainted. Then it hit me that I was running out of time before I had to leave for work, so I hurried and put my ASRock motherboard DVD in the tray and restarted again so I could install the LAN driver at least. The pop-up interface from the DVD said I installed the LAN driver just fine and wanted to restart, so I did.

When it restarted, it showed I had internet just fine, BUT... the login screen began to flicker back and forth to black and normal as I moved my mouse up to the login button. Then, after I finally made it to the login button and clicked it, it went to the tabs screen and the moment I moved my mouse it instantly went black and went back to the login screen! This repeated, back and forth, mixture of random flickering and constantly resetting back to the login screen at random times, but never letting me into the tabs screen itself long enough to scroll over and bring up the options menu from the side bar.

Like a slap in the face, by this time I had to rush off to work. So frustrated with it. I've tried searching on lunch over the net for people having similar problems, but most seem to stem from some type of edit/install to allow for custom themes (which is something I didn't even get the chance to do), so I'm at a loss. Can't even get the section where I can get the ASRock driver/utility CD to boot in order to see if maybe its just video drivers I need to update or something. Clueless here.

I brought my 8gb flash drive to work with me and my laptop and have downloaded all the driver zip files from ASRock's website for my MB, although I'm not sure what to do with those now or even if that's going to help when I get back home to the rig this evening.

The only thing making me think it's not a driver issue is that the screen was fine when I first installed Windows 8 and was browsing around in it before I rebooted to finish installing the LAN, which is when it started going all haywire.

Please, any help would be appreciated. Thanks so much in advance, and for keeping novice prospects like me from going absolutely insane.

PC SPECS

AMD A10-6800k
ASRock FM2A88X Extreme6+ FM2+
Xigmatek Gaia cpu cooler
8gb G. Skill 2133 RAM
Sandisk 120gb SSD
WD Blue 1TB HDD
generic eMachines 19" monitor using VGA/D-sub to MB, keyboard using legacy port and mouse using USB, both salvaged from the same eMachines junk the monitor came with
Windows 8 OEM

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a c 417 * Windows 8
September 26, 2013 11:54:11 PM

Boot from your Installation Disk and choose Repair to get you into Troubleshooting and then Advanced Options. Here you can hopefully choose to restore your machine to the state it was in before the problem occurred using System Restore. Just have the Ethernet cable hooked up and you'll probably find that W8 will find most of the drivers required without using your disk. Use the Internet connection to d'load the latest or install from your Flash.
If System Restore unsuccessful, consider reset your PC from Advanced Options, though for all the time it would take I'd perform a clean install after deleting all partitions on the SSD and install with Ethernet cable connected...
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October 1, 2013 10:32:05 PM

I am currently having the same exact issue with an A10-6800k on an ASRock A85x Extreme 6, EXCEPT its happening when I install the VGA drivers from ASRock and/or the drivers from AMD.

I am just now re-encountering this issue after receiving my new APU from AMD. I had sent it back after troubleshooting this issue with AMD. They thought it was the actual APU and had me RMA it. I recieved a brand new one today, and I'm encountering the same issue AGAIN.

This is the ONLY thread that I have found that remotely relates to my same issue. In fact, I posted my issue here on TomsHardware and received only a few responses from one person. Sorry to highjack your thread, but ANY insight is greatly appreciated.
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a c 417 * Windows 8
October 1, 2013 10:56:54 PM

jaymzgriffin said:
I am currently having the same exact issue with an A10-6800k on an ASRock A85x Extreme 6, EXCEPT its happening when I install the VGA drivers from ASRock and/or the drivers from AMD.

I am just now re-encountering this issue after receiving my new APU from AMD. I had sent it back after troubleshooting this issue with AMD. They thought it was the actual APU and had me RMA it. I recieved a brand new one today, and I'm encountering the same issue AGAIN.

This is the ONLY thread that I have found that remotely relates to my same issue. In fact, I posted my issue here on TomsHardware and received only a few responses from one person. Sorry to highjack your thread, but ANY insight is greatly appreciated.

Can't find your original thread, post it's URL on this thread. You won't attract much attention here when it has a 'Solved' tag!

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