I'd really appreciate some guidance on this issue. Basically, I have a computer that I'm upgrading. I bought a new CPU, GPU, motherboard, and RAM. I'm using an old hard drive with an existing installation of Windows 7 and I'm reusing my PSU.
So I built the new PC with my new 2500K, MSI motherboard, Radeon 6950 GPU, and g.skill RAM. I threw in the old hard drives and PSU and fired it up. I was told on start up that the RAM amount had changed and that I had to go to the BIOS. I did so, found no problem with the RAM, and rebooted. The computer appeared to load fine until it got to the "Starting Windows" screen with the animated Windows logo on it. It hung on that screen indefinitely, so I tried a startup repair. It appeared to be loading fine until it got to the last screen. It hung again.
It then occurred to me that perhaps the Windows installation already on the hard drive was not compatible with the new hardware. A very good possibility. I did a little trouble shooting by switching in the old GPU, but that didn't do the trick.
In the end, I reassembled my old machine and it's working as it was before. It needed to run Chkdsk and there were some corrupted files in system32 (Yay!) but I think that may be due to me turning off the computer when it was hanging?
Basically, I need some advice as to how I should move forward. Is it possible to do what I'm attempting? Do I have to reformat and just start over? Should I just uninstall some drivers for the old hardware and try again? Thank you for taking the time to help me, I greatly appreciate the assistance.
Edited by GraysonH, 19 December 2011 - 08:34 PM.