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July 26, 2011 9:45:41 PM

Hello everyone I hope you all are doing well. My dilemma is every time my computer reaches the Starting Windows screen with the window colors flying in, it restarts. I know it has something to do with the upgrade I just applied, but I don't know how to fix it.

I built this computer around 2 months ago and it worked fine from the get go. Here were the previous specs.

AMD 955 BE
ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3
Corsair TX 750W V2
Corsair XMS3 4 gig 1333MHz
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB
XFX HD 6950 2GB


I upgraded to the ASUS Crosshair V Formula and 8gigs of G Skill Ripjaws. I made sure that the ram was compatible with my mobo prior to buying and the memtest works so I don't think it's that, but I'm not sure. Everything else is the same but the mobo and ram. I'm about to take everything out, ugh this sucks :pfff:  , and put it together outside of the case just to make sure that I have everything plugged in right. Thanks for any help and I hope to hear from you guys soon.
a b B Homebuilt system
July 26, 2011 10:19:02 PM

alright, have you checked bios settings?

Usually the restart loop at startup/windows logo indicates that your disk drives are setup differently.

BIOS -> sata configuration -> (post back with your findings :) 

we can start to move on from there. Check my signature links to help you further!
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July 26, 2011 10:28:24 PM

It says this

SATA CONFIGURATION

SATA6G_1 WDC WD1002FAEX(1000.2GB)
SATA6G_2 ASUS DRW-24 ATAPI


SATA6G_3 through 6 show not present because I do not have anything plugged in to them
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 26, 2011 10:31:48 PM

erm, i meant if its set at either of these;

IDE
RAID
AHCI

do a clean install of windows.

I recommend setting sata to raid so that in the future when you want to decide to setup a raid array, you don't have to re-install windows fresh.
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July 26, 2011 10:36:12 PM

Oh haha I had to click SB SATA CONFIGURATION

That says that

OnChip SATA Channel is enabled
SATA Port1 - Port4 are set to AHCI
SATA Port5 - Port6 are also set to AHCI
S.M.A.R.T. Status Check is enabled

Hot Plug on all ports is disabled
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 26, 2011 10:37:59 PM

ok, your running off AHCI, that rules out one problem. so when you got your new mobo and ram stick installed, set it inside your case - did you do a fresh install of windows7 64 bit?
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July 26, 2011 10:38:01 PM

I set the both to IDE and it started! I thought that AHCI looked different that what my other mobo said. Thank you so much good sir. At least for now it has started!
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 26, 2011 10:41:00 PM

Hang on bro, have you been running sata drives off IDE mode all these days?

to realize the true speed of a sata HDD, you need to set it to either raid or ahci. setting drives in IDE mode was for legacy products.
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July 26, 2011 10:41:08 PM

I considered it after it wouldn't start, but I haven't yet. And now that it has gotten past the Starting Windows screen my keyboard won't work. It works in the BIOS, but not past the Starting Windows screen...
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July 26, 2011 10:41:58 PM

I haven't changed anything on the SATA configuration. IDE just seemed more familiar haha. I could be wrong about the other mobo setting.

Now that I think about it, it was AHCI on my other mobo. IDE just seems familiar because the old computer I have uses IDE.
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 26, 2011 10:44:40 PM

bro,PLEASE do the following :)  ;

1| set SATA in bios to AHCI or RAID, keeping ODD as the primary boot option
2| restart,
3| format OS drive during reinstall of windows 7
4| this should solve the problem of your keyboard.

BTW, is keyboard, usb or PS2? usually a bios update can solve these lil issues as the updated vers account for ps2 glitch, ram or cpu support
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July 26, 2011 10:47:45 PM

USB keyboard. I changed it back to AHCI and it restarts again. I'm gonna format my HD and hopefully it will start. I need to update my BIOS anyways because it is version 0404 not 0506

I'll let you know what happens after the reformat

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July 26, 2011 10:58:21 PM

My keyboard won't let me type when trying to reformat...
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July 26, 2011 11:03:20 PM

I got an old PS2 keyboard and it is working now. I'll update later
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 26, 2011 11:11:22 PM

:) 
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July 26, 2011 11:54:30 PM

Phew! It starts and everything is good to go. Thank you so much for the help. I am installing drivers and all that good stuff again. At least I didn't have too much to reinstall. Once again thank you good sir
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July 26, 2011 11:55:13 PM

Best answer selected by rmcron5296.
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 27, 2011 2:34:50 AM

Relax bro, we're here to help!!!
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 27, 2011 11:32:21 AM

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