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Windows 7 - Restarting Loop

Asus Rampage iii extreme desktop motherb...
August 27, 2010 at 06:23:29
Specs: Windows 7, 2GB
Hi Guys,

I have just purchased a new computer, have had many successful builds of any specification but this one is bugging me.

I spent a good few hours putting everything together, turn it on install windows 7 on a 2tb 64mb cache western digital, everything installed perfectly. When it gets to the loading part of windows, it will just restart.

This surley is a software problem because i can leave the pc on forever on the bios. all cooling is optimum and working to the correct levels, my first thought was that the processor was over-heating but its not. Is it vital when running all drives on sata that i install all drivers including graphics drivers whilst installing windows 7? using the "load drivers" section.

I have removed all cd-roms, usb's, etc and it still restarts.

Any help would be perfect.

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August 27, 2010 at 07:26:25
sounds like you may have a bad mem stick or you are not using the slots correctly, try rebooting with only 1 stick , and try each stick in each slot 1 at a time,

or it could also be that you have a corrupt file on your installation, try another dvd.

have you updated the bios and chip set drivers?

graphics drivers especially for the newest cards are important, you may not have a usable driver, try F8 and choose vga mode.

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August 28, 2010 at 06:32:29
hey thanks for your reply.

I have tried 1 stick at a time, vga boot up, and all the other options but it still restarts on about 5 seconds on seeing the windows 7 logo.

I have not updated the bios and chipset drivers yet, but on the windows 7 installation i did load the chipset drivers on x64 and x86 yet the same problem occurs. This windows 7 installation disc has been installed on numerous amounts of hard drives and never have i had this problem.

I can't think what else this could be, at first maybe a power issue but i am runnin a Ocz 850w, i have taken out all the extra features like 5.25" fan control etc.

Do you recommend i update the bios then see what happens then?

I know the ram i have is compatible and i have done a memtest and everything come back fine.

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August 28, 2010 at 08:05:34
would it have anything to do with which sata ports windows 7 has drivers for? i read somewhere that 2 ports of the 8 ports i have windows may not recognise.

the bios see's everything and reports no problem, the extreme rampage iii has its own memtest and reports come back ok.

i have tried installing windows loads of times now on x64 and x86 with and without all drivers. The only problem when the graphics card driver is that nothing shows when i am installing windows so i think its something that has to be installed when windows loads up, if it loads.

On safe mode, it stops on disk.sys - does this give any clue to a solution?

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August 29, 2010 at 23:02:36
memtest does not always show a bad stick, i would still try only 1 stick in each slot to see if it will boot.
if your sure your psu is ok, then i would try a second video card..its really a question of step by step
it could well be that your sata ports could be an issue, did you install the sata drivers during windows installation?
i would have thought the rampage lll would be ok, but a bios update would be easy enough and might help, you could also try an old ide drive, what are the setting in your bios for your drive setup, raid, sata, ide, etc...this could be the disk.sys..
the things is, usually the stop is not at the file listed but the next file..i would run the disk manufacturers toold to check the drive, or create a new partition and try to install on an new partition.

the fact you have installed this win 7 on numerous hard drives could mean that has dedraded slightly, you can create a repair drisk from here and try running just in case a file is damaged.
there after you have to look to the mother board, you are at the point of trial and error in this issue, i understand it would drive you crazy, if you change and swap all other components, then the only thing it could be is the mobo or bios..but first you have to check with new/old components in every config you can think of..each stick of mem in each slot, drive in each port, ide drive, new partition, new drive, cpu and cooler, check temps in bios, and if all else fails, try another mobo, if its new and still under warranty, take it back, duff boards happen...sorry i cant pin it down for you.

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