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New Build: Boot Loop Before Getting to BIOS.

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February 13, 2014 6:56:24 AM

**UPDATE** I found out that it was one of my 4gb memory sticks. The mobo was giving me a code of 55 which means "Memory Not Installed". I took it out and runs fine with just the other stick. No matter where I place it or what combo, I get the boot loop. Does this mean that I have a bad stick and should request a replacement?


Yesterday, I built my first computer from scratch. After spending several hours getting everything plugged in, I booted it up and was able to successfully install windows, several drivers for the mobo and GPU driver. I decided that I would let it run overnight to install the various programs games so in the morning I was ready to play. However, I noticed that it was in a boot loop. It computer would turn on, all lights on the GPU, Mobo, Case seemed to work fine but the monitors wouldn't get a signal and I never saw the BIOS screen ("Press F2 for Boot Menu" etc), then it would turn off for about 3 seconds and then try again. I had to switch off the power supply because holding the power button didn't work.

I'm new to brand new system builds, so I am not sure where to start. There was no beeps or unusual sounds coming from the computer. I unplugged the GPU from the mobo, but it still had the same issue.

My concern is that I maybe installed the CPU cooler wrong, or put too much thermal paste and it spilled over and could have damaged the CPU. It's just weird that on the first run I was able to get everything going, and even did several reboots when installing drivers but now I can't even get to bios. Can some one please assist me on how I go about determining the problem?

These are my specs:
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CPU: Intel Core i7-2600 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card
Sound Card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Red) ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)

(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-13 09:47 EST-0500)

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February 13, 2014 7:18:48 AM

Some of the solutions get quite involved. Search "Windows boot loop" and you'll get many hits with detailed instructions.

There may now, however, be another problem since you were forced to shutdown via the PSU switch. I'm assuming you are using the SSD for quicker booting. There have been problems with SSD's and unexpected power loss like the one you did. See the following article.

http://www.extremetech.com/computing/173887-ssd-stress-...
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February 13, 2014 7:57:37 AM

thx1138v2 said:
Some of the solutions get quite involved. Search "Windows boot loop" and you'll get many hits with detailed instructions.

There may now, however, be another problem since you were forced to shutdown via the PSU switch. I'm assuming you are using the SSD for quicker booting. There have been problems with SSD's and unexpected power loss like the one you did. See the following article.

http://www.extremetech.com/computing/173887-ssd-stress-...


I tried searching for Windows Boot Loop previously, but all those solutions require me to access Windows Repair or BIOS which is something I can not do.
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