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So I finally got all my parts in to do my new build and I'm plagued by issues trying to get the system up and running. Basically right off the start my first issue is I cannot get into the BIOS. After getting everything connected up, I power up and I get the screen that says hit the various keys to execute the different mobo menus. I hit "delete" to get to the BIOS screen but it never comes up, instead it proceeds to a black screen and just has the text "Loading Operating System" which stays there indefinitely. There is no operating system on the drives and I do not have the windows install disc in. I'm using a vertex 3 and wanted to get into the BIOS so that I could check the sata settings and what not.

After making no progress on getting into BIOS I decided I'd just try to install Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit and go from there. Well, now when I get to the install page, it's not reading my SSD, there are no drives detected. I also have 2 1tb caviar blacks (didn't have them connected at time I was doing SSD) I tried these one at a time after I couldn't get SSD to recognize. The first one was recognized, went through the install process, got seemingly to the end of it then failed, according to the diagnostic it says the drive is bad. So I try the other one, this one will not recognize either like the SSD, it's not showing up in the list to partition at the start of install.

All these drives read as being connected to the motherboard, when I boot the PC, and hit F12 to enter boot menu, if I choose hard disk, all these drives show up there so the board is reading them as being connected. I can't imagine that I've drawn 3 DOA drives.

I've been playing around with this all day and just am not making any progress, can't seem to find much trouble shooting help but it's hard to even know what's wrong when I can't even so much access BIOS or install windows. None of the parts really seem to be defective, except maybe that 1 HDD.

Parts:
Gigabyte GA-P67-UD7-B3
I7 2600k
Corsair H70 cooler
Corsair AX1200 PSU
G. Skill Sniper 8gb 1866 (only 1 stick in for install 4gb)
Vertex 3 SSD//2 1TB Caviar Blacks, 6gb/s versions
Gtx 580 3gb

I don't consider myself an advanced builder but this is not the first system I've built, my last one I built long ago but it's still running, 4 years in. Any suggestions or help is much appreciated, I was so hyped about this build now it's killing me.
post #2 of 6
Try pressing the Del key slower and only after you see the CPU and RAM post message. Ever since I discovered that trick I have had 0 occasions of the key not registering, which used to happen when I hammered the key before the screen even lit up.

You definitely want to get into the bios first before you install to make sure all the proper settings are in place. It's very hard to get AHCI to work after you install windows without it.
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Don't think it's that, I can't access the BIOS but I am able to get into the boot menu, which doesn't really help me but it does let me know that it is at least reading my keystrokes from that menu screen, so I don't think that's the issue. But I have tried many different methods of pressing "delete" trying to launch the BIOS just the same.

Another question, on the motherboards Debug/Error code display thing it has a code of 'FF'..in the manual that seems to correspond to 'FFh' which is stated as being 'Boot Attempt (INT 19h)'...anyone know what that means or what the code 'FF' generally suggests?
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Gigabyte mobos show FF when loading (or trying to load) windows.
Old keyboard or new? I've had the delete key stop working on an older KB before.
    
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post #5 of 6
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It's a logitech g510 keyboard, I also tried a merc stealth keyboard I had laying in the closet.

Your answer about the FF thing could be accurate, as my screen does say "loading operating system" only thing is, there's no OS installed and no install disc in the optical drive so I don't want it to be trying to load the OS, I just want to get into BIOS. Happen to know a way to correct that issue?
post #6 of 6
OCZ are aware many are having problems with P67-Vertex 3. They have specifically responded to your thread there with a step by step setup procedure for you. If you have performed these instructions then ignore this post. If not you may be just wasting time.

http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/fo...d-look-in-here
Edited by Albatross1991 - 6/8/11 at 8:04am
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