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October 25, 2011 6:52:16 AM

Hey guys

I just bought the new components for my PC. They are;

- Asrock H61M-VS mainboard
- Intel i5 2500 CPU
- 2x4GB Transcend 1333
- WD Blue 750 GB HDD
- WD Green 1TB HDD
- Thermaltake TR2 RX 450W PSU
- Palit GT440 1GB
- LG IPS235V monitor

So, this is how it went.

1) I carefully installed all the components, made sure everything is in order, cables, fans, slots...connected the graphics card to monitor via DVI. Turned on the PC just to see if it all works - no signal. Bad start. Plugged out the DVI cable, took the D-Sub cable from the graphics card to monitor. Turned the PC on again - no signal. Then I've plugged the onboard D-Sub to my monitor and - finally some pictures. BIOS (UEFI) utility showed up, I checked the temperatures, saw everything was in order.

2) Then I've set the disk modes to AHCI, corrected the boot order (HDD #1 first, USB DVD second, HDD #2 off), plugged in the USB DVD drive, put the Windows 7 Ultimate disk, and started the installation procedure. Opted for the x64 version, made a 50GB partition just for the Windows, chose all the settings, typed the computer name and adjusted the date & time...then the installation showed "Preparing Your Desktop"...so I kept watching the nice blue background and waited...after 15 seconds, it flashed the desktop with all the icons and then - automatically showed "Logging Off" and "Shutting Down". After few seconds, the PC kept showing POST screen for a second, then nothing...and it looped. It went into some weird restart loop.

3) I repeated the process again, making sure I didn't make any mistakes. Installation got thru, "Preparing Your Desktop"....10 seconds after the glimpse of Windows desktop and the sudden "Logging Off" and "Shutting Down" screens. And the reboot loop again.

Tried to shut off the PC and turn it back on - it just kept rebooting around the POST screen.

4) Unplugged the second memory module and disconnected the backup HDD, leaving the PC with just one 4fGB module and one HDD. Tried the installation again. Same results.

5) Took the old XP SP2 disk, changed the disk modes to IDE, installed the XP SP2. Everything seemed to work normal.

6) Put the graphics card CD and tried to install the drivers, because I didnt want to work with the integrated graphics. NVidia installer alerted me that "there is no such hardware in your configuration". Checked the HW Monitor program, it displayed CPU, HDD and Mobo temps, but not the GPU temps. Checked the Device Manager under Display Adapter - only Intel graphics shown.

7) Took out the graphics card from the PC and tried to install Windows 7 again. Installation went thru and then the regular Preparing Your Desktop / Logging Off / POST screen reset loop.

Any ideas what this might be? Thanks.
October 25, 2011 7:17:42 AM

Due to the number odd issues you are having, this sounds like a RAM problem. I've seen issues like this before and in every case it was a problem with the RAM. You said you took out the 2nd memory module. It's possible the stick you left in was actually the problem.

Have you taken the time to run memtest yet?
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October 25, 2011 7:43:55 AM

I'm gonna call out the psu as the culprit.
ATX2.2 power distribution is loaded up on the +3.3v and +5v not so much on the 12v =under 20A
New boards and gpus like lots of power from the 12v rails and your psu lacks that.
ATX12V 2.x PSUs have power distribution designed for late P4/XP PCs and for Athlon 64 and Core Duo PCs
Good psu for dual core =not good for quad core.
Try a better psu ATX 2.3 provide 20A minimum on the 12v rail and i bet your problems go away.
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October 25, 2011 12:03:57 PM

UPDATE

I have a Lenovo Thinkcentre tower, with G31T-LM mobo, 2 GB RAM, Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4 CPU and Delta Electronics DPS-280 FB PSU.

I've plugged my Palit GT440 card in Lenovo, connected thru DVI...and it works.

How is it possible that it works on this pathetic PSU unit like 280W Delta Electronics?
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October 25, 2011 12:16:36 PM

Did it still not work with the other stick?
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October 25, 2011 12:20:34 PM

I didn't switch the memory modules yet, I've just tested the graphics card if it even works, and it turns out - it works, at least on this Lenovo computer.
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October 25, 2011 5:04:07 PM

Mylo23 said:
So the current PSU I have isn't good enough? On the specs page it says it outputs 34A on 12V rail.

http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/Product.aspx?C=1247&ID=19...

I'll try different Win7 installation and I'll try plugging out the other memory module.

My bad i thought you may have had the earlier pre-2007 version.
I still suspect the psu though.
Thermaltake TR2's are notoriously crappy psu's.
Here's its big brother and it's a steaming pile.
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Thermaltake-TR2-...
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/332
Every review i've read of the TR2 line confirms they can't deliver their rated power specs.
Thermaltake makes some good units except you have to go far up the product line to get them(Toughpower and up).
If you want a good cheap semi-modular psu buy an OZC ModX 500w.
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/OCZ-ModXStream-P...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=33040&vpn=OCZ500MXSP&m...
I'll say it again if i haven't already the single most common reason for shutdowns,resets,and looping is a bad psu.
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October 26, 2011 5:55:01 AM

Thanks for the heads up!

Anyways, I got hold of another Win 7 installation, chose x64 Enterprise edition, and it worked from the start.

Updated the BIOS to 1.5 (latest version) and everything seems to be working EXCEPT the graphics card.

It doesnt work and theres no sign of it in device manager.
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