I'm hoping someone here might be able to help me resolve a very pesky issue that has been eluding me for 4 days now. I've exhausted myself and my resources. Long calls with ASUS technicians has proved next to useless and Kingston techs are not online during the weekend.
I finished a new build Wednesday night featuring a Sabertooth Z87 motherboard, which is running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit.
Here are the full specs of my system:
ASUS Sabertooth Z87 motherboard (running Bios version 1707)
16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 (CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B) 4 x 4gb DIMMs
Seidon 120M liquid cooling
Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core
2x Kingston Hyper-X 3K 120gb SSD (In RAID 0 using the Intel RAID controller in the motherboard)
2x Western Digital 1TB HDD - due to be replaced soon
GeForce 9600GT video card
Zalman Z9 mid tower cas12:50 PM 2/6/2014e
Silverstone 750w power supply
LG DVD-CDRW optical drive (SATA) -- model that is several years old.
This same freezing behaviour has occured somewhat regularly when I have a disc in the DVD drive.
I was advised to set the "Launch CSM" option in the BIOS to "Disabled" to see if that resolves the issue, which it did not. I then updated all drivers on the system to their latest (I think!) - still no change. After a full round of Windows updates (144 to be precise) it still happens every time I reboot the system. Cold starts are fine, but reboots cause it to freeze up.
I cleared the CMOS (pullng the battery and letting the power drain from the board), installed a single SSD (Kingston HyperX 3k model SH103S3/120G) and my DVD on the Intel SATA controller and left the BIOS on ACHI - stock everything, no drivers updates or anything works just fine. I was able to restart the system about 25 times without a single freeze at all.
Please advise...this is driving me crazy and kept me up every night.