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Windows 7 boots fine with new ssd drive until i install my graphics driver!

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October 2, 2013 1:43:04 PM

Hi all,
I was wondering if anyone could help me with this issue at all? Here's my computers specs off the bat;

1 x ASUS P7P55D DELUXE P55 MOTHERBOARD
1 x Intel Core i7 860 CPU [2.8GHz, Retail, Socket 1156]
1 x Coolermaster HAF RC-932 Black ATX Case
1 x G.SKILL DDR3 1600 PC12800 4GB (2GB x 2)
1 x Corsair 650W TX Series PSU
1 x Zalman CNPS9900-NT - LGA 1156 / 1366 Ready!
1 x Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic 2GB GDDR5 PCI-E 2.0 x 16 Graphics Card
1 x Sony AD-5240S-0B 24x Internal DVD±R/RW Drive - Black
1 x Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit - OEM

and the new ssd drive;

240GB Intel 530 Series,SATA III

So, I've installed windows 7 fine and it boots to desktop great. I've installed all the windows updates (painful) but as soon as I install my graphics driver, it looks like everythings fine, I check device manager and it's picking up geforce gtx 460, i reboot, it gets to the starting windows animation - it looks like the login page is about to load (crucially though i dont see my cursor or anything) and the screen goes black and the machine reboots going to system recovery where the machine wont boot until i roll back the driver installation.

Im at my wits end with it - I've tried updating my mobos bios and drivers for everything. Tried changing between ide and ahci mode in the bios and it just wont boot into windows with the display drivers installed. Tried older drivers too.

So I thought i might have friend my gcard but i plugged in my old sata disk and the machine boots fine and the graphics card is working as normal. I've run various checks on the solid state drive and no bad sectors or dodgyness has been reported. Seems like the ssd and geforce dont like each other for some reason.

Any help would be massively appreciated - thanks so much in advance!

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October 2, 2013 1:53:31 PM

Did you download the correct driver for your card and OS? Was this a clean Win7 install to the SSD? Check thru this tweaking guide to see if there's anything you missed doing.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1133897/windows-7-ssd-tweaki... (scroll down to "My recommended changes in windows for your SSD")

Also, here's a Windows installation guide if you are forced to start over: http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-inst...
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October 2, 2013 2:06:38 PM

Hi ronintexas - yeah thats the fella I'm using.

Hi clutchc - yeah, double checked I've got the right drivers for the os and I've tried a couple of clean installs on the disk but to no avail.

That's fantastic about the guide, thanks for sending it my way - I'll give it a go and report back.
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October 2, 2013 5:35:20 PM

At which point did you install your motherbd drivers?
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October 3, 2013 12:36:45 AM

Ok, so I've been through the guide and I'm still getting the same issue. Could the fact the mobo is sata II and the drives sata III have anything to do with it?

Hi popatim - I installed the drivers after I had got all my windows updates done. I then also flashed my bios to the latest version. The bios update seems to have worked nicely as booting with my old hard disk, the machines happy again.

This ssd is driving me mad (pun intended)
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October 3, 2013 2:44:04 AM

Ok, so this is interesting. I've pulled out my nvidia card and whacked in my positively ancient Radeon X1800 and it's booted up absolutely fine. So there's something that the ssd and 460 don't like about each other. I've read some more about it and it seems like people are having lots of issues with ssd and 4xx 5xx nvidia cards. Still no closer really to fixing the problem but good to know that nothing is broken - just some sort of conflict issue... The hunt continues
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October 3, 2013 8:21:41 AM

That's interesting about the Nvidia 4xx, 5xx cards and a SSD. Hadn't heard anything about that. I can't even imagine what the issue would relate to.
Just as an aside... I used to have 2 x GTX 570 EVGA SSC cards in the rig in my sig below. I also had the small 64GB SSD below as a C: drive back then. I never experienced any issues. Not saying they aren't connected, but there may be more than that to it.
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