Unsure if Hardware or Software Problem

November 14, 2009 at 20:19:31
Specs: Windows 7
When I first installed windows 7 everything worked great but a day or so after windows explorer kept crashing when i tried to either empty the recycling bin, go into my computer, or do and thing that needs to use windows explorer to run. So I decided to live with it for now, but now a month later the cd drives started to disappear and would only come back if I restarted. And then a little while after that the whole computer would lock up when the cd drive would disappear. So I got fed up and decided to reinstall windows 7 and now the windows install wont complete, it has installed everything to the hard drive, but right after the windows splash screen shows up the screen goes blank and just sits there. I don't know if all of this would be caused by a hardware problem or a software problem, cause its really got me puzzled and im started to get pissed off with it.

Here are the specs of my computer:
Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
Core i7 920
Gigabyte ex58-ud5
6gb Patriot DDR3
2x 32GB Corsair Solid State Drive in RAID 0 (OS)
2x 1 TB WD Drives
Antec Quatro 1000w power supply

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November 14, 2009 at 21:55:36
try to instal it by using one stick of ram

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November 15, 2009 at 09:17:50
Nope that doesnt work.

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November 15, 2009 at 10:50:51
Did you format the drive before the second install? I had to reinstall once and ran into this assuming it would run the same way XP would and did not format first. After going back and formating my drive the installing all was fine.


I want to go like my grandfather did. Peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming at the top of my lungs like the passengers in his car.


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November 15, 2009 at 11:28:11
Yes I did reformat it, I actually have tried to install windows 6 times after that and formatted it each time and it still wont work. I have even taken the drives off the raid and just tried to install to just the one and it still doesn't work.

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November 15, 2009 at 13:30:58
Are you installing the 32 bit version of Windows & or the 64 bit?

Check the RAM settings, especially the voltage. Don't use auto or defaults.

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November 15, 2009 at 13:52:26
I am installing the 64bit version. I went in and changed the voltages and timings for the memory and it still does the same thing.

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November 15, 2009 at 16:29:40
if it were me, I would try another OS. If your problems continue, I would suspect hardware.



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