ASUS P5Q Pro
4GB Corsair TwinX XMS2
VisionTek Radeon HD 4850 512MB
Western Digital SE16 640GB
600 OCZ StealthXStream
This is THE most confusing PC problem I've ever encountered. So I set up my new PC, and everything seems to go smoothly - until I try to install Windows Vista. The IDE DVD-R drive seems to be taking it's time to install but eventually ask for some sorta driver or something. At this point I'm thinking "What? It's the first time running, what drivers?" So I retry only to have it fail again (this time at a different point). I exit it all thinking maybe the disk is just dusty or something and reboot the PC. Then that DVD drive doesn't boot at all. The screen just stays blank (with a blinking "_") as my DVD drive makes no sound. So I think, this DVD drive has been strange lately, let's borrow my sister's IDE DVD-RW drive. It all seems well until it freezes at the point after the green bar finishes loading (when a background appears) the mouse seemed to be OK, so I wait - but then it just reboots itself. It happens again. And again. So I try using a copy of Vista without SP1. Same thing, and eventually it just plain freezes at the green bar. At this point I gave up on Vista to try XP. And THAT freezes on me too - at the "starting Windows" screen. Of course now I've decided to try using the orginal DVD drive, but same thing, an endless "_". So I try updating to the latest BIOs. Same thing. Locking in RAM voltages. Same thing. Setting the SATA controller to compatilblity mode. Same thing. Disabling APCI. Same thing.
Finally, I formated the hard drive using the Maxtor boot CD (For some reason Western Digital's won't boot). Everything seems to go smooth, but now Windows doesn't boot - it'd load the green bar, and it'd just stop. Nothing. Then the PC would reboot itself again. Safe mode doesn't work.
Memtest is currently running, but in the mean time, I need all the help I can get.
Edited by bentrinh, 06 October 2008 - 06:04 PM.