I am trying to install Windows 7 on a new Crucial C300 64GB SSD. I've tried many different ways to try and get it to work properly but I always end up with the same problem. It installs and gets to the point that says "completing installation" then it reboots. It goes through the various BIOS screens and gets to the Win7 boot logo like a normal startup would. After that it's just a blank screen. No cursor or anything. I have to hold the power button to turn it off, and I get the "windows did not shut down properly" screen when it reboots. Trying to boot it again brings it to the same blank screen after the boot logo.
I have tried to install two different copies at least 20 times now trying so many configurations. Here's what I've done:
Unplugged all other drives
Tried both IDE and AHCI modes
Updated drive firmware
Tried two different copies of Windows 7
Installed from both the DVD and an external hard drive
The drive is a SATA III device, and says it is also SATA II compatible, which is what my motherboard supports.
At this point I don't know if it's my SSD or Windows or some other problem I'm not thinking of. I have installed Windows 7 numerous times before on this machine.