A little backstory to my issue. About a month ago, I installed a Samsung 840 SSD (the older version) into my desktop, without a hitch, and was running Windows 7, amongst other programs off of it. A few days ago, the computer froze completely, I rebooted, only to find a message saying something to the effect of, "An operating system was not found on any drive." Strange I thought, so I went into the bios and noticed that it was not recognizing my SSD any more, but was still recognizing the other hard drives, CD drive, etc. So I tried a few other SATA cables, and to no avail. Even tried power cycling the drive, but ultimately determined that it was dead. So I brought it back to the brick and mortar store that I bought it from and exchanged it for a Samsung 840 Evo (newer version) SSD that was on sale for the same price that I had bought the old one for a month before.
I installed the new SSD the same way that I had installed the older one, and after Windows 7 was nearly done installing I got an error saying "Windows Setup could not configure Windows on this computer’s hardware" and the fans all started ramping up and sounding like a jet engine. Also strange, was that the monitor had random RGB pixels that kept multiplying like a slow virus immediately after the message popped up. I thought it might be an issue with the bios not being updated, so I flashed the latest version, but still got the same message. I thought maybe my bios settings switched from AHCI to IDE somehow, but upon checking, they were the same AHCI settings that they were when I was running the older SSD.
I'm doing a clean install of Windows 7 from a USB drive, which is the same thing that I did with the first, older SSD. Anybody have any idea what the problem could possibly be? I have an older mobo/processor, and am wondering if now is the time to upgrade, or if this issue can be resolved.
Mobo - Gigabyte GA-MA790X-UD4P
CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition Deneb 3.0GHz
Video Card - EVGA 512-P3-N973-TR GeForce 9800 GT
Ram - Crucial 4GB Kit (2GBx2) DDR2 (PC2-6400)
Power Supply -COOLER MASTER UCP RS700-AAAAA3 700W
Unfortuantely, none of the above solutions worked. Could it be an issue with the video card, or video card drivers? I ask because of the strange RGB pixels that come up and multiply as the error pops up.
I even tried installing on a different SSD, and a standard hard drive, and get the same error.