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Windows install freezes before it begins on fresh install of new build

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August 8, 2012 7:04:00 PM

Just put together my new system:

Gigabyte GA-990xa-UD3 mobo
AMD FX-8120 Black edition CPU
Sapphire Radeon HD6770 graphics card
2x 4GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 memory
Seagate 1TB harddrive
Thermaltake thoughpower 850W power supply (can't find a model number, lost the box. It's from my last build)

Everything works fine. Boots right up. Doesn't seem to have any issues with hardware. But I go into the BIOS, set it to boot from CD, then it says "Loading Operating System..." then says "Boot from CD/DVD" (I'm trying to install Windows Vista 64-bit Ultimate)
After a minute it says "Windows is loading files" with a progress bar, like you would expect on a fresh install. Then it flashes the windows loading logo, goes to a black screen and stays there frozen.

It seems like it is trying to boot the OS from the disk instead of starting a fresh install.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I need to get this computer working as soon as possible.
August 8, 2012 7:08:58 PM

is the disk scratched at all? can u put it in another system and try to boot off of it?

do you have another windows disk to try? (to test)
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August 8, 2012 7:12:05 PM

The disk is not scratched. Works fine in other computers. I'm thinking that it's the disk in some way... but i really wanted to see if anyone had any other ideas before I went out and bought another disk.
August 8, 2012 7:14:05 PM

Also, I think the board is AM3 and you have to update the BIOS to support AM3+ CPU's like the FX series. That's why it doesn't work.
August 8, 2012 7:19:18 PM

I will try that. Thanks
August 8, 2012 7:46:13 PM

The gigabyte q-flash doesn't recognize the .exe file on my flash drive

Any advice there?

August 8, 2012 7:47:15 PM

nvm. had to extract. I'm a moron.
August 8, 2012 8:03:04 PM

The BIOS update had no effect. Still having the same problem at the same spot.
August 8, 2012 8:25:45 PM

Problem solved. Had to downgrade the BIOS. The newest few are apparently still very buggy.