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June 3, 2010 2:13:35 PM

I'm in the process of putting together a new AMD box, but I'm running into a bit of a snag. I have all the components installed, and everything seems to be running fine, except for when I go to load my Win7 CD. It will get to the screen with the floating Windows graphic, then freeze and not proceed past there. Being a computer tech by trade, I'm a bit stumped as to what can be the problem. All the parts listed below have been tested, and have either been working in the past, or tested working.

AMD Phenom II x6 1055T CPU with stock cooler (no overclocking done yet, so no need)
Gigabyte GA-MA790XT-UD4P Motherboard (6-core BIOS installed)
2 x 1GB OCZ DDR3 Dual channel RAM PC3-10666
EVGA GeForce 8800 GT 512MB (odd, I know, but It's off my old box, and known to be working perfectly. At least until I can get the ATI 5770)
Cooler Master Mystique Case
WD Caviar Black 1TB HDD going to be used for OS images and misc data
Seagate 160GB SATA HDD, going to be used for OS and apps. Formated as NTFS. Was previously being used as my OS drive on my old box.
Corsair 650W PSU, non-modular
Samsung DVDRW SATA drive

I thought the problem might be related to overheating in some sense due to the freezing, but I'm not seeing any temps out of the ordinary in the BIOS. CPU holds steady between 38-41 Celcius. I ran hardware test on both HDD's, the CPU, MoBo, RAM, and Video card using MRI's PC-Check. All passed. The only device I didn't test was the Optical drive, but being that it ran all the above test from CD, I'm assuming it is fine. see if it worked, and it froze at 20% formatting the HDD.

I know it's not the Win7 DVD either, as I tried installing XP to

Any ideas what could be causing this?
June 3, 2010 4:33:33 PM

Might seem silly, but are you sure the CD is ok?
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June 3, 2010 4:59:51 PM

Ya. I use the same disc at work to do installs and it works perfectly. I also tried installing XP to see if maybe just the disc was bad, and it froze while formatting the drive.
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June 3, 2010 5:32:20 PM

1. Have you read the sticky?
2. Are the timings and voltage for RAM properly set in BIOS?
3. Have you ever run Memtest on that RAM?
4. Are you sure all cabling is correct?
5. Have you tried breadboarding?
6. Exactly what test's have you done?
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June 3, 2010 6:33:34 PM

banthracis said:
1. Have you read the sticky?
2. Are the timings and voltage for RAM properly set in BIOS?
3. Have you ever run Memtest on that RAM?
4. Are you sure all cabling is correct?
5. Have you tried breadboarding?
6. Exactly what test's have you done?


1. Just read it. Didn't have a chance to at work when I originally posted the thread. All my parts are bought already, and I will not be overclocking the machine.
2. Timings and voltage are set to auto in the BIOS. It allows me to tweak for OC, but I left them at defaults (auto)
3. Yes, ran it yesterday, and it passed without issue.
4. I triple checked all the cabling yesterday. Changed SATA cables as well.
5. Haven't taken out the board to test for shorts yet, but I will probably be taking the unit to work tomorrow to try an external jump there.
6. I've run all the possible test on Hiren's, including PC-Check, Memtest86, and the Troubleshooter.

Note: I attempted last night to boot Ubuntu from USB, and it failed. I tried booting 7 from a USB and it froze at the same point as always. Re-running the test right now to make sure.
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June 3, 2010 7:53:27 PM

Found problem: Faulty RAM module. Tested single RAM chip, got to select language for install, but froze again on setup. Swapped chips, installing 7 as we speak. Guess I'll have to run on 1GB RAM until my next check.
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