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MSI Z77A-G45 refuses to load operating system

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Hi folks,

perplexing problem with this motherboard. Just got it last week and was running pretty well until today when I decided to update the BIOS to the latest revision. Update went okay. Problem was that after the update I would blue screen when trying to get into windows 7 64 bit. After some messing around and setting everything back to factory defaults I tried a fresh reinstall. My CD rom would start loading the OS and then just sit and spin. Then I also tried 2 versions of XP (SP 2 and one with SP3 slipstreamed) and those went even worse. Both of them gave me the following errors:

"setup is starting windows." Then bluesreen crash: "a problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer. STOP: 0x00000007b" etc.

Now I just used this CD rom a few days ago to load the same windows 7 64 bit onto another system with no problem.

What I've tried. Reset cmos manually and also removed battery. Tried all previous bios revisions through January of 2013. (Z77A-G45 / Z77A-S01 / Z77A-S40 (MS-7752) V2.9 ). Disconected all hard drives except for one. Tried three different single hard drives. 500gb. 650gb. 160 gb. Moved video card to another PCIE slot. Moved single ram stick to another spot. Only have one stick in it.

The thing is crashing in xp at the same spot every time. "setup is starting windows" and with windows 7 CD rom stops at point of "extracting (data files or something to that effect).

I just ordered another DVD drive at newegg but I don't think that's the problem. Even though I can get into the bios I think something is going on with the motherboard after the update. I've never seen anything like this.

I'm probably going to RMA this to newegg as long as I can test the board with the new CD rom before my 30 days are up. It will suck having to pay return shipping and also a restocking fee even though I'm going to exchange it for another one.

CPU is an I5 with a corsair h50. I can't imagine the CPU would suddenly go bad. Anyways folks, suggestions questions or ideas would be appreciated.

p.s. I could try removing the video card (GTX 480) and using the build in video to further isolate. But I think that would be a stretch. I'll try it though. Best to continue isolating.
post #2 of 5
Are these OS discs bootleg? A quick Google search reveals someone had problems with STOP 0x7B because the person was using a bootleg XP Pro installation disc. Can't help you there.

Otherwise try these methods:
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/findbyerrormessage/a/stop0x0000007b.htm

Looks more than likely something is messed up with your HDD probably. You should fill out your computer info so people at least know what kind of hardware you're using. Using SCSI by any chance? Right now it's a guessing game.
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Hi Anoob,


Thanks for the response. The XP pro disks are bootleg to the extent that I took the original that I bought and then slipsteamed service packs onto them and then burned them to disk I've done many installs with them and have never had this kind of problem.

My current system specs: (at least my dead system specs).

the above motherboard.

i5 3570k
4 gigs of ddr 400 ram (one stick) I grabbed from another build). I can get the model later if anyone needs it.
ocz modstream pro 700 watt.

various hard drives tried

wd black 650gb 7200 rpm sata
segate baracuda 7200 500gb sata
segate 160 (I don't know exact model on that one. Grabbed from my other system just to see if it was the hard drive).

The first two drives were working flawlessly for years in my previous 8400 build with an p5q pro motherboard.. I don't know why they those errors would be caused by the hard drive on a fresh windows install.

EVGA gtx 480.

Also, I tried using the built in video with HDMI but no luck. I think I might need to go int the bios and enable it but it's been a long day and I already puled the GTX 480 out. I think tomorrow I will try installing windows 7 base install on another machine and then dropping it into this build. See if I get a bluescreen. Not a perfect test but if it doesn't blue screen then it's probably something having to do with the i/o functions somewhere on the motherboard. That would be bizzare because as I said it was working fine before the bios update and I can still get around in an bios version I have loaded up.

I will check that link out and see if it gives me some ideas.
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Hey folks,

Just wanted to give you an update. Turns out I missed a hard drive setting. I didn't change the bios section there from ACHI to IDE. What a difference a day makes stepping back from the problem. Also, that error message helped a bit. I found an article where it said that error code could be a hardware error, typically from the hard drive. I thought why would it be all the hard drives? It's got to have something to do with the controller. I then went into the bios and did some digging. Anyway, thanks for the help!
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Hey folks,

Just wanted to give you an update. Turns out I missed a hard drive setting. I didn't change the bios section there from ACHI to IDE. What a difference a day makes stepping back from the problem. Also, that error message helped a bit. I found an article where it said that error code could be a hardware error, typically from the hard drive. I thought why would it be all the hard drives? It's got to have something to do with the controller. I then went into the bios and did some digging. Anyway, thanks for the help!

well ahci mod is really fast compared to IDE. And new hdd should be running ahci . IDE is an old thing
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