I first did a fresh Win7 install on my old HDD (just to test out the system) and everything worked fine. Next, I ignored the HDD completely and tried a fresh Win7 install on my brand new Sandisk SSD, but it BSOD'd on me every time, rarely getting me through the Welcome screen.
I went into my BIOS, changed the SATA operation from AHCI to IDE and RAID. No luck. I get BSOD ~5 seconds into the installation.
I can rule out:
1) The SATA cable 2) The SATA ports 3) PSU/power cable
I am not sure what my firmware version is and not sure how to check that out. I hope that's enough info.
Please, any help will be greatly appreciated. I need to get this fixed ASAP because the mobo is getting RMA' d soon.