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Freezing, BSOD, and then Hanging

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September 27, 2012 11:20:16 PM

Hey all,

First off, thank you for taking the time to answer all these problems. Very selfless of you.

BLUF: My computer will randomly freeze, BSOD, and then hand during POST boot at Auto-Detecting SATA Port 1.

This just started yesterday. I was playing some Guild Wars 2 and out of nowhere the game froze. Upon rebooting the computer, it hung at "Auto-Detecting SATA Port 1." Once it finally (about 20-30 seconds or so) passed this point it would BSOD during the Windows loading screen (exactly at the same point every time). I am currently typing on the same computer because I found a way to get back into Windows 7. I let the computer do the "Launch Setup Repair" option during boot and after not being able to detect any fixable problems, the computer would reboot and pass through the Auto-Detecting SATA PORT 1 with no problems. After being up for 20-30 minutes, it all happens again (i.e. game freezes or another sign is losing all my icons on my desktop). A CTRL-ALT-DEL just gives me a black screen with my mouse cursor still moving. This problem does not appear to be game related because it will happen while sitting idle. So if it happens as I type, I know exactly what will happen: Freeze, BSOD, reboot, hang at auto-detect, BSOD at Windows load (a specific spot), reboot, hang at auto-detect, I select "Launch Setup Repair" (because Start Windows Normally option gives a BSOD), reboot, boots just fine into Windows. It's a predictable but weird cycle. Does this sound like a Motherboard problem? An SSD problem? Memory problem? or maybe just a Windows problem? Normally, I would think it was possibly a windows problem but the hanging at boot on Auto-detecting SATA PORT 1 confuses me.

I have done the following so far:
- changed my SATA cable to my SSD
- switched my SSD with my old HDD with same results
- flashed mobo to most current BIOS

If I rambled, I apologize. It's like trying to describe all the steps to making a PB&J...much harder to type than to talk and I am also typing fast before it freezes again lol. Thank you for any help in advance.

My specs:
Case: CM HAF 932
CPU: Core I7-920
Mobo: Asus P6T Deluxe V2
GPU: eVGA 580GTX
Mem: 3x2gb OCZ 1600
PSU: Corsair 750TX (750w)
OS: WIndows 7 Pro (64-bit)
SSD: Crucial M4 256gb

V/R
Ariakys

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September 27, 2012 11:31:34 PM

How did you set up the SSD and your HDD?
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September 27, 2012 11:35:44 PM

My SSD is my primary and is setup in AHCI. Is that what you are asking? I apologize for any ignorance.
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September 27, 2012 11:43:25 PM

I might add that when I got my SSD, back in December, i never formatted my HDD with Windows on it. I just pushed it over as a secondary and installed Windows 7 on my SSD. Lazy, I know. I did it just in case I had issues with the SSD. I say this because I thought it would ok just to switch my older HDD back in since it never had a format, using it's copy of W7. I assumed (yah I know what that does lol) that it would work. This is the first time I have any problems. It is just hard to pinpoint the exact component issue. :/ 
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September 27, 2012 11:59:23 PM

Can you start it up with just the SSD, and having the HDD cables disconnected?
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September 28, 2012 12:04:43 AM

Now that is weird. Just as I read your comment, the computer froze up. While it was off, I disconnected (from SATA PORT 5) my secondary HDD. The computer did not get hung on SATA PORT 1 and booted normal. Coincidence? Btw, thank you for taking the time and responding, regardless of the outcome. :) 
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September 28, 2012 12:44:33 AM

I have OS in both SSD and HDD and it just work fine -- SSD is set as my primary boot device, and HDD is just for storage, but it has an OS too.

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September 28, 2012 2:16:34 AM

So, I am trying something I don't know why I never tried. Just putting my SSD on another SATA Port and leaving the port empty. We'll see...
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September 28, 2012 3:33:19 AM

So it started hanging on SATA Port 5....i have a bad feeling about my SSD

Just updated the firmware on my Crucial M4 256gb...I'm reaching here... :p 
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September 28, 2012 8:12:51 AM

After a few hours of gaming, the update to the SSD's firmware might of done the trick. I will let you all know in the morning.
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September 28, 2012 11:45:01 AM

Good!
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September 28, 2012 12:06:00 PM

Xristo said:
I might add that when I got my SSD, back in December, i never formatted my HDD with Windows on it. I just pushed it over as a secondary and installed Windows 7 on my SSD. Lazy, I know. I did it just in case I had issues with the SSD. I say this because I thought it would ok just to switch my older HDD back in since it never had a format, using it's copy of W7. I assumed (yah I know what that does lol) that it would work. This is the first time I have any problems. It is just hard to pinpoint the exact component issue. :/ 


That's an excellent idea and it won't "confuse" windows. In fact, I wouldn't do it any other way and done over 2ndozen builds this way....provided of course that the HD data cable was unplugged while you installed Windows on the SSD.

I would set it up with the SSD on SATA ) and the HD on SATA 1.
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September 28, 2012 5:36:59 PM

Everything is running smooth. I let the computer run all night and woke up to a pleasant surprise. Looks like the firmware was the fix! Again, thank you to all who replied! I cannot stress enough how much I appreciate it! I hope this thread helps anybody else who runs into a similar issue. Cheers! :) 
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September 28, 2012 7:11:38 PM

As a general rule: If you are experiencing BSOD's when using a SSD, upgrade the firmware.
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November 10, 2012 10:45:46 PM

I have exactly the same probleem, and the same HW. I have also suspected the M4. But I already have the latest FW.
So what is the status for you?
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