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First post, active lurker. A lot of the guides here have helped me, and now I'm looking for a bit of help if anyone has the chance. smile.gif

So, what started off as a more or less routine cleaning has gone pretty darn bad. I had recently moved to my place on campus and from that, I suspect, the retention screws on my laped TRUE loosened up. Given that, it wasn't making great contact, and the AS5 wasn't in great shape - so temps shot up by 10 degrees in Idle. It was time for a cleaning anyway, so I gave it a go. So I cleaned the case and everything and remounted the HSF using some Matrix by Arctic Silver. (My AS 5 is in my hometown with all my parts)

Tried booting up first, nothing. Start unplugging things thinking I must have put something in the wrong place. So it finally posts after disconnecting a few things, and I get into windows. Launch CoreTemp and I'm reading 56-59 degrees idle. What the heck. Look at the case, I tightened everything up properly, and the HS is square on the CPU. Did the pea size application of paste cause it's the thicker kind too. So now I'm feeling pretty tired, and a little annoyed, so I decide I'm pretty much done troubleshooting for the day. I think to myself, hey, I'll clear CMOS and get rid of this overclock so at least I'm not killing my CPU. So that's what I do. And it hasn't been able to get into Windows since. If I hit Start Windows Normally it gets stuck at the logo screen, except the logo doesn't even show up. If I hit startup repair, it stalls at a full progress bar. And when navigating the menus, and selection the options, the previous screen sort of peels away to black like how some older tv's would.

Anyway, I'm kinda clueless right now. I'm gonna take everything apart again this weekend, but I'm hoping maybe someone can offer some insight beforehand. I'll try booting into a linux rescue cd once I'm sure my computer is mildly stable, after the rebuild if Windows still won't start.

I'd greatly appreciate any help. Oh, and here's the specs for the rig:

i7 920 D0, no OC anymore
TRUE with single fan
EVGA 132-BL-E758 MOBO
Corsair 1000w HX
6gb Corsair Dom 1600
Sapphire 1gb 4870
Coolermaster Stacker 830

-Edit: Meant for this to go under Motherboards, sorry.
Edited by Daniel St. Jules - 10/21/11 at 5:38pm
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I've got a feeling that this is not just one thing causing multiple issues, but as these things usually go, it's probably something tiny tongue.gif. The booting issue sounds like it's set to IDE when it has been running on AHCI (or vice versa). That's the only thing I can think of, sorry I can't be more useful.

Edit: Welcome to OCN mate!
Edited by Substate - 6/8/11 at 9:41pm
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post #3 of 9
Double check your disk settings in BIOS after the CMOS clear.. IE... if it needs to be AHCI or IDE... if it was RAID or not. ect. It sounds like its something simple that just got overlooked.
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Originally Posted by Substate;13805385 
I've got a feeling that this is not just one thing causing multiple issues, but as these things usually go, it's probably something tiny tongue.gif. The booting issue sounds like it's set to IDE when it has been running on AHCI (or vice versa). That's the only thing I can think of, sorry I can't be more useful.

Edit: Welcome to OCN mate!

Sounds like the OS or a driver was corrupted. The AHCI issue he mentions above could also be the culprit.
    
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^ As Substate said, its probably something small that you missed, the best thing you can do is to probably rebuild the system, but if you do no have time, maybe try running 1 stick of ram, just an idea. Good luck.
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post #6 of 9
Yep, follow the above post!

Take out all of your ram except for 1 stick, leave in the 1 stick thats closest to your cpu.

Then reboot, with only 1 stick of ram in your PC, this will allow you to get past the post screen, and enter your bios.

Once in your bios, make sure your memory settings are correct!

Check the MHz (speed/frequency)
your timings
your voltage

I've had this exact same problem, after clearing the Cmos, it just wacked out the memory settings.
So you need to use ONLY 1 stick of ram to get back in!

Once you've checked all of your bios settings, shut down, replace the rest of your ram, and reboot to windows.
Edited by Inteller - 6/8/11 at 10:00pm
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Check IDE settings of hard drive, 90% thats the problem
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First check to see if the board function OK, take out the RAM and boot and see if you hear beeps meaning there is no memory, after that insert each memory separately and try to access BIOS and reset to default settings. if the reset from the BIOS is not working take out the battery and try again.
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As several mentioned, the problem with windows not loading up properly afterward was the RAM. With the proper profile, everything loaded up just fine. smile.gif Thanks everyone.
Edited by Daniel St. Jules - 6/20/11 at 8:57am
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