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September 21, 2011 12:31:54 PM


Bought a new build but it BSOD on start up. I've used my old hard drive with windows vista on it just to test it so its not a clean install. The CPU is running at 40c in the Bios so its possible I've not sat the heatsink on it right. Would the CPU reaching its throttle temps cause a BSOD?

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September 21, 2011 12:45:40 PM

It shouldn't. What was the message on the BSOD? that's probably the most important thing. Also make sure your RAM is in the correct colored slots. Sometimes that can be very confusing as different boards have different layouts.
September 21, 2011 6:46:29 PM

Checked the RAM its in the right slots. The BSODs are happening when windows is loading. Could it be because its not a clean install? I'll try to take a photo of the BSOD now
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September 21, 2011 7:22:32 PM

The error is STOP 0xFFFFFA60005AF9C0,0XFFFFFFFFC0000034,0X000000000000.0X000000000000 any ideas?
September 21, 2011 7:35:16 PM

if you used your old hard drive from another machine,then you will have problems because you dont have the new motherboard drivers installed,your trying to boot the machine with a Hard drive from another machine with a different motherboard,reformat the old hard drive and reinstall your operating system and new motherboard drivers.....
September 21, 2011 9:28:11 PM

Yeah I think that's the problem, I'm installing windows 7 now, will update when its done, cheers
September 23, 2011 9:47:12 PM

Ok update, when installing windows 7 the install will hang and not do anything. Its done this multiple times now. Do I need to install SATA drivers? I didn't know drivers worked before windows itself was installed. Or could it be something else?
September 24, 2011 5:23:02 AM

Win 7 comes with SATA drivers...not like in XP. Most likely it's a configuration setting in the BIOS that isn't set right...

Make sure you have the settings right for your hard drive or set it to AUTO...
September 24, 2011 11:12:11 AM

What options should I be looking for there's only a few in the bios for SATA and seems correct. I'll post what they are shortly
September 24, 2011 11:56:33 AM

Tried installing it again and this time it hanged on windows is finalizing your settings, so I switched the computer off and rebooted it and now its hanging on windows is starting. Gonna try installing windows to another hard drive to see if the problem lies with the SSD.
September 24, 2011 1:12:18 PM

Installed it on my other hard drive and it worked first time with no issues and all is running fine at the moment. Looks like the SSD is not working correctly. Could damaged sectors on the SSD cause this issue?
September 25, 2011 8:52:25 AM

No one ever had this problem?
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September 25, 2011 10:04:57 AM

could you have the HDD set to AHCI mode? my windows cd didn't come with AHCI drivers for some reason (or i think thats why it says no drivers found when i pop in the install CD :) )
September 25, 2011 10:19:37 AM

What does that do and what should I have it set to?
September 25, 2011 11:08:15 AM

I set it to ide mode but the install keeps hanging at installing updates part.
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September 25, 2011 11:12:37 AM

:(  is there a way to skip that bit? could you try burning a new cd
September 25, 2011 11:40:23 AM

It stopped expending files 20% this time. Its an OEM disk and it installed to my other normal sata drive fine so I think its the SSD. Are there's tools to test it?
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September 25, 2011 11:52:40 AM

i think there are tools to test, uhm i know windows has a ChkDsk feature which basically checks all the sectors on the disk, im pretty sure they have a checking program on the manufacturers website.
September 25, 2011 12:02:21 PM

I did it and it said "Some problems were found and fixed" If they were bad sectors it would not have been able to fix them so I doubt it was that.

SSD life says the health of the SSD is excellent : /
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September 25, 2011 12:22:41 PM

hrmmm, i think HDtune works on SSDs run a few of those tests :) 
September 25, 2011 12:29:00 PM

Doing that now. Reading around some people are saying that you should use a program called secure erase between installs and one guy said his SSD hung on the install for 20 minutes then suddenly continued and finished so maybe I need to give it more time. Its just I thought that if it got past that part last time within a second then why does it need 20 minutes the next time...
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September 25, 2011 12:36:22 PM

i honestly have no clue but if you got the time, sure try it out :) 

and the thing about secure erase... meh, i guess it cant hurt :p 
September 25, 2011 12:37:24 PM

The quick check worked fine with no problems, however the program stops responding for the normal check :( 
It seems to be stopping in the same place too

EDIT: It seems to have got past that part now, no errors at this point.
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September 25, 2011 1:30:32 PM

hmmm, i suggest trying it again, the windows install... who knows maybe that ChkDsk fixed it :) 
September 25, 2011 1:35:00 PM

Alright I will. No errors from the HDTune test BTW
September 25, 2011 2:12:11 PM

Stuck on installing updates again. I'll give it 30 mins then switch it off
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September 25, 2011 3:04:35 PM

-.- atleast you get that far i am now having a problem with my windows cd that says it doesnt have the drivers i need, it also wont proceed so i can't finish installing my OS on my new 1TB spinpoint.... anywho, maybe try installing linux or something?
September 25, 2011 3:16:59 PM

You have the option to install the drivers before you load it, so you should be able to download them and install them before hand can't you? I might send my SSD back and get a different brand.
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September 25, 2011 11:55:25 PM

yeah i tried that man, just wont work, ima have to get my hands on some new dvds and see if a reburn will work... and yeah i would RMA the drive also... just dont get the OCZ revo 3 ive heard tons of horror stories about it =/
September 26, 2011 7:16:25 PM

mouse24 said:
yeah i tried that man, just wont work, ima have to get my hands on some new dvds and see if a reburn will work... and yeah i would RMA the drive also... just dont get the OCZ revo 3 ive heard tons of horror stories about it =/

They asked me to update the firmware which was already at the lastest version so its not that. I'm thinking about getting the Crucial M4 128GB. People seem to recommend that one alot. Last night while I was trying again it failed so I plugged my other HDD with Win7 on it and it said the bootmanager was missing :/  Had to reinstall it on that drive as well. Its been a fun few days :pt1cable: 
September 26, 2011 7:40:28 PM

Link doesn't seem to work for me.
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September 26, 2011 7:47:18 PM

Just tested it and it worked this time.
September 26, 2011 8:58:36 PM

I know theres nothing wrong with my other PC parts because I'm using them now. I have Win7 installed on my 2TB WD black. Its just the SSD that Win7 won't install on.
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September 26, 2011 9:02:54 PM

Yeah bro, just RMA it
September 26, 2011 9:08:24 PM

I am gonna, but because I'm working the times the seller is open I can only send one email to the seller a day so I hope they don't ask me to try loads of different things and drag out the process. Just want it over and done with now :S
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September 26, 2011 9:38:20 PM

dang bro that sucks, just say its not working correctly and you want a replacement :p  and hope they dont charge shipping (this is one of the reasons i prefer newegg, open 24/7)
September 26, 2011 9:53:14 PM

I don't mind too much about the few quid for shipping. I just hope they let me switch it to another brand, pref crucial M4
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September 26, 2011 9:56:28 PM

hehe im real anal about shipping costs, idk why... my monitor was messed up a bit (the screens colors were way off) they wanted to charge me 15 bucks to ship it back -.- so i dealt with em through newegg and newegg sent me a shipping label free :) 

15 bucks for a $100 monitor that never worked right in the first place is stupid IMO

good luck bro, tell me what happens
September 26, 2011 10:05:46 PM

I guess it is annoying but that's life I guess :S. Will let ya know dude, thanks for your help.
October 3, 2011 9:18:35 PM

Finally got a refund. TBH it went quite well, no issues with it. Probably gonna get a Crucial M4 unless anyone else has any recommendations?
October 8, 2011 8:29:28 PM

In the end I got the crucial M4 128GB and Windows 7 installed fine first time and is running well now.
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October 8, 2011 11:50:13 PM

yay, grats man, i run diagnostics on my hdds just in case there is a bad sector somewhere so it doesn't mess stuff up down the line :) 
October 11, 2011 8:55:27 PM

KK will do, again cheers for the help