I have a new build and i am unable to load my Windows 7 OEM disk. It comes up as "windows is loading files" then it switches to the "Statrting Windows" screen. That stays up for a short time and as soon as the red and green light show up that are supposed to make up the red and green windows in the logo, it freezes......dos'nt do squat. I am running an ASUS sabertooth x58 mb with 6gb kingston hyperx RAM(set in the appropriate slots), 2 500gb HDD, core i7 920 CPU. One HDD is brand new with no OS on it and the other was from my old computer with a half installed windows 7 ultimate (computer crashed mid install). when i load from the old one i can either hit any key to load from cd/dvd or just let it go and it will just restart and go to post message. If i hit a key for it to load from cd/dvd, it will go through the windows is loading files screen and then pause at the same spot on the "starting Windows screen with the two lights". I have tried leaving one unplugged and thenthe other and i have tried setting the BIOS to AHCI and IDE. Im so lost on why it won't complete the setup. Sorry for this post being all over the place, its midnight and i have been working on this since noon, so im a little frazzeled and heading to bed. Any help would be very much appreciated.
If you can't load windows using the settings on the sticker on the ram itself, then the ram is likely defective. I've seen Windows fail to load or get stop errors due to incorrect voltage settings. You shouldn't have to raise or lower the voltage, run it at whatever the sticker says.
You can burn memtest86 to a disk and boot to it to test the ram. You should test 1 stick at a time if you have any errors to find out which stick is bad.
I'm assuming of course you have the hdd connected correctly.
thank you all for the suggestions. The hdd is plugged in correctly and they are not in the marvell connector. I moved the sata's around so its not that but i will try the memtest86. to be sure, that will work with no operating system correct?
Ok. So i went through the boot with each individual stick. Same result. Now im running memtest with all three sticks in and im on the end of the third pass and have no errors. Question, should i do mem test with one stick at a time or only do that if i get an error?
So after running the memtest, i got a hold of ASUS and they walked me through BIOS setup and made sure that the RAM was setup properly. By proccess of elimination i think it might be a bad system disk. Newegg is replacing it for me. If this dosn't work, i'll have a $1500 paper wieght....Thanks for the help and any further solutions are always welcome. I will keep you posted on the results.