I want to use the system for photo editing and Microsoft Flightsim X gaming. I want to install the OS and apps on a primary drive along with fresh data and use the secondary as a backup for data. I do not need a RAID configuration. I installed the HDD originally as AHCI in the bios originally but windows 7 was freezing even before the main installation started. I switched to IDE and windows installed but it is extremely unstable - it crashes within a minute of starting most times. It endlessly reboots. Sometimes the computer resets just after POST. I disconnected everything but one hdd but it still resets. I tested memory with the windows application and it is good. What am I doing wrong? Thanks for any help.
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when you populate all memory slots you need to increase the vtt voltage. I have done extensive research on this as I am considering going to 12GB ( because I can .... and run 4 vms) and I have the same mainboard.. try just 3 slots populated and let us know how it behaves.. and you will want ahci on
Okay, I read all I could find and started from scratch. I set all ports to AHCI but during post I see "AHCI BIOS not installed". Windows installation freezes at the software license prompt. The mouse scrolls but no click and no way to back out except power off.
I found out that a new windows 7 installation requires that the mouse and keyboard use the PS2 ports, not USB. Plugging into the PS2 ports solved my problem. I now have a very stable build. Thanks to all who helped troubleshoot this.