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Windows 7 will not boot after reseating CPU; BIOS does not recognize Windows

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December 28, 2013 7:00:35 PM

Hi, so I recently upgraded my video card and heatsink in my gaming PC and am having a peculiar issue with my computer. After installing a new heat sink and video card, and reseating the CPU, my BIOS will no longer recognize that Windows 7 is installed on my SSD. Every time I boot I get the "Reboot and Select Proper Device or Insert Media and Press a Key" message.

I have gone through my BIOS and changed the boot priorities as well as run windows recovery/repair. While running the recovery, I have ran a chkdsk on the drive and it found no bad files. The recovery disk does not recognize a version of Windows either, but when I check the directory of the drive Windows is still present. I have also reset the CMOS to no avail.

Does anyone have any troubleshooting ideas that I could try to solve this issue? I'm all out of options and have tried to search forums but none of the techniques I have found have worked for me.

My system is:
CPU: Phenom II x6 1055t
MOBO: Asus M5A97
Heatsink: Corsair H100i
GPU: Gigabyte GTX 760oc 2GB
RAM: 8GB of Kingston PC1600
SSD: Corsair Force 3 120GB
PSU: Antec HCG 620w

Thanks, I really appreciate any help.
a b $ Windows 7
a b G Storage
December 28, 2013 7:04:52 PM

Nice! I recently ran into the same problem with a Corsair GT.
Tried everything you mentioned.
Solution = get Corsair SSD toolbox select erase and re-install windows.
Might not be what you're looking for but it worked for me.
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a b $ Windows 7
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December 28, 2013 7:34:54 PM

It's likely related to the boot drive as you know already.

Since you've already booted previously, my guess is something like a loose SATA DATA cable to the drive.
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December 28, 2013 7:45:57 PM

photonboy said:
It's likely related to the boot drive as you know already.

Since you've already booted previously, my guess is something like a loose SATA DATA cable to the drive.


I've checked the SATA cables, even changed them and swapped SATA ports on the MOBO, no luck. Tried the power cables as well.
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