Boot sequence is fine, I can get to BIOS, load from CD/DVD, etc.
However, there is no POST beep.
I have attempted to install Windows 7 x64 Pro two times now and it always gives me a BSOD while somewhere in the middle of "Expanding files." The BSOD the first time was ntfs.sys related and the second time it didn't have a sys file, only a 0x24 STOP.
I proceeded to go into the recovery console and run chkdsk /r for a thorough examination of the HDD. After attempting to install again, same 0x24 STOP error.
I'm at a loss here, can't imagine what might be wrong since all the parts came fresh out of the box last night.
Anyone have any insight? Thanks for taking your time to read my post
Do you have a speaker on the MB? Some are built in some have to be added on during the build.
Chech the bios and make sure everything is set to what it should be, Mem speed, cpu clock. Also check temps.
Check cd for scratches also.
From google it sounds like you might have a bad drive. I would try a different drive and see how it goes. I guess it could be bad memory causing some errors also.
As for the speaker, it would connect directly to the mothrboard on two small pins down where you attached the power switch, HDD led, etc... Normal audio speakers won't work. It's possible your board doesn't have one at all.
I ran a memtest and got 2056 errors after 12 passes.
Went into my mobo settings and set the RAM setting from Turbo to Standard and the voltage to 2.0V (these are the RAM specs). Ran another memtest and no errors after 5 passes.
Windows has been running for 2 hours without errors so far.
Turns out the mobo was just trying to use the RAM in an aggressive way or something...