ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 New Computer Installation Problems for Windows 7

I've just built a new computer with an ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 Motherboard, AMD FX6300 CPU. I'm trying to install Windows 7 on this machine (eventually with the operating system on the SSD if I can).

The installation goes through the "Loading Files" upon initializing the Windows install, then gets to the "Starting Windows" splash where the 4 points are swirling, but either restarts back to the ASUS Splash and eventually tries to reinitiate the Windows installation, or completely shuts off all power to the system requiring an unplug of the power cord until the status light goes off, and needs to be replugged in to start again.

What causes the difference in whether it restarts the process or shuts off the system from what I can tell is either the devices connected to the SATA ports or the particular SATA ports that are utilized. I've tried with both the UEFI USB installation of the Win 7 iso, and the Win 7 disc. Same result. I've also tried going with LegacyOS as opposed to UEFI in the CSM settings of the Bios, and not booting with UEFI (although I don't think you can disable Secure Boot on this Mobo).

I'm thinking it is a Mobo issue and may just replace it with a different brand. This UEFI stuff has changed building a system significantly. I've built three in the past 2 years, but this is the first with UEFI and SATA III and I can't say I like it.
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  1. It can be ram as well so try having only one stick at a time if you have two.
  2. rolli59 said:
    It can be ram as well so try having only one stick at a time if you have two.

    Tried that - same issue. But interestingly, the UEFI is recognizing the DDR3 -1600 as 1333.
  3. 1333 is the default and either an OC profile or timings set manually would be required to run at 1600Mhz.
  4. Well. My time is at a premium and I think this Mobo is going back to the store and I'm getting a different brand. Hopefully I'll have better luck.
  5. I can not dispute that decision, would have been my next step.
  6. I had the same problem with TWO different units of this motherboard. Will not purchase any more Asus,
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