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Install windows 7, reboots continuously when restarting

Last response: in Motherboards
March 2, 2013 12:29:52 PM

Hi everyone.

I am running the following build:
AsRock Extreme3 Z77 LGA 1155 motherboard
8gb ram
520w seasonic psu
500gb Western Digital Black HDD
i3-2120 sandy bridge

I try installing windows 7. It restarts then completes installation completely. It restarts one last time then hangs at the splash screen for the bios for about 3 seconds, reboots automatically, then reboots again in a loop. I have disassembled the entire computer, went over every basic step I could think of and it still doesnt work. I've RMA'd the HDD, so it rules out that. Any ideas to what this problem could be?

a b $ Windows 7
a c 554 V Motherboard
March 2, 2013 1:26:03 PM

Hi, What is the setting SATA in BIOS, AHCI or IDE?
Are you installing from USB or DVD?
March 2, 2013 1:27:25 PM

Thanks for your reply. I believe the setting is ACHI. I am installing from DVD.
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March 2, 2013 1:30:19 PM

I also tried installing with a known working psu, yet it still does not work.

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a b $ Windows 7
a c 554 V Motherboard
March 2, 2013 1:42:05 PM

Try setting SATA to IDE and install again. See if still the same.
What SATA ports are the HDD and the DVD drive connected?
March 3, 2013 2:07:38 AM

Best answer selected by deedler.
March 3, 2013 2:08:30 AM

Turns out it was a bad OS. Burned another copy of Windows 7, works flawlessly. Thanks anyway alexoiu.