After 9 hours, 8 installs .... please help me.
I have the following configuration:
Asus P6T WS Professional mainboard
Xeon 3520 processor
6 GB ECC ram
Asus EAH4350 videocard (until my 5850 arrives)
X-25-M Postville 80 GB
Sony Optiarc DVDRW (s-ata) drive
Win7 64 Home premium OS
(and WinXP 32 for testing).
The system is working nicely, and Win-xp installs without any problems.
If I install Win7 64 the system hangs on the final (?) reboot. Sometimes it reboots, sometimes it gives a blue screen. It gives the rotating balls and quits on me.
Safe mode is not possible, because the setup has not finished yet. If I move the mouse over the screen, it changes to a "text insert"shape in the middle of the screen, as it there is a window there with a message (I can't see the message...). Some flashing of the drive activity led, like a heartbeat (or maybe I'm going crazy, it's 3 am)
I have followed these steps (/message/76641# 76641 http://communities.intel.com/message/76641# 76641):
But it did not help. The system partitions are created, but the problems did not go away.
I tried all three controller options (IDE, RAID, IHCI), and did a full re-install. But it did not help.
I disabled the SAS controller, but it did not help.
I updated the SSD firmware, but it did not help.
I updated the mainboard firmware, but it did not help.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Does Win7 install to another drive connected to the same controller port?
If it did, you could image copy it to the SSD and see if it can boot then, even if only to see if it works. There should be some tips around for doing the image copying, like using the latest Acronis True Image.