I’m building a new computer based on the Sniper3 and all has been going well up until now. I have been installing an old (pre-SP1) copy of Windows 7 64bit from another PC to test boot and drive timings while waiting for my legal copy of windows to arrive. The power on to post complete (raid init) was running consistently 15-18 seconds. (This was easy to tell since the H100i fan power up was almost in sync with the post time). When my new copy of windows 7 with SP1 64bit arrived, I chose to do a fresh install deleting all the partitions on the raid array and installing. I ran into a small issue with the UEFI drive and the MBR, but I change the boot priority in BIOS and all worked fine. However, suddenly my post times increased to 30-40 seconds. Afterwards Windows boots and all is stable. The code the motherboard hangs on for approximately twenty seconds is 64. I tried reloading the old windows 7 from other PC but the post times remain long. I have no other software loaded, not even a video card. Only things I may have done differently from the 10 or so other windows installs on this same system was:
- I left my WD pugged in during the install (have verified no partitions on it and have unplugged prior to boot cycle)
- The UEFI change I suddenly need to change for the new windows. Did Windows SP1 somehow change other BIOS settings?
I hate giving up on this 20 seconds and fear it’s maybe an indicator of problems to come. Any help/recommendations would be very welcome before I continue my migration to this new build.
My new system (so far):
SeaSonic Platinum 860W
4 x 4GB G.Skill DDR3-2133
2xSamsung 840 pro 256Gb (RAID0)
WD Black Caviar 2TB (not partitioned)