My system has been working great for months, and one day it just froze up and I rebooted and it loaded up real slowly (10min). Then I got a blue screen and it rebooted. I have a clone of my OS drive which I use to restore my system if all else fails. My cloned drive is fully updated and all so all I have to do is use a program like disc copy to do a bit for bit copy to restore it to that date. When my main drive stopped booting up I tried my back up clone drive and the same thing, get a post HDD light flashes a bit then goes solid.
Where should I start. I have also tried to boot from CD and the same thing posts then goes to a black screen, after the windows logo shows up. with both the onboard and my 9600GT. Someone suggested it might be the SATA controller but I would not know how to test for that. Here is my system in a nutshell
ASUS P5QEM-DO uATX board
E4500 OC'd to 2.54 fsb@225
Yes tried to boot to the vista CD and I get the logo and then the screen goes black and the HDD light stays on solid. I have tested the memory with memtest 86+, and tested the HD with seatools from bootable CD's and they test fine.
Made some progress, can boot from the windows cd now but when I get to the installation part, both the formatting of the drive seems slower than usual. Also when it gets where windows copies files to the HD it seems slow. After a few minutes the DVD drive stops spinning, its like it gives up copying files cause the progress meter stays at 0%. Checking the drives with seatools again