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I'm having trouble installing Windows 7 on my OCZ Vertex 2. I'll start from the beginning.

I already had Windows 7 installed on my previous HD.

I unplugged my old HD, and booted my computer from the Windows 7 CD on my SSD.

I installed Windows 7 to my formatted SSD, and the windows desktop comes up.

However, after Windows installs necessary updates and restarts my computer, I run into a problem.

The Windows 7 login screen is completely black. I can't even see it, but I pretended that it was there on my screen, typed in my password, and pressed enter.

Next, the Windows 7 wallpaper shows up, but I don't see a task bar/start menu or any icons. I tried hitting Windows Key + R and typing explorer.exe, but nothing comes up.

Also, I tried entering Bios to change my boot order, but I ran into another problem.



I pretty much can't do anything in Bios. I try to press tab to move over, and everything is in grey. Even when I hit enter on "HBA: 0 Marvell: 0", all I get is an "Auto configurator" pop-up that is grey and won't let me hit enter on it.

I'm pretty bad with computers I guess, but does anyone know what is wrong or what I am doing wrong? :/
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Not sure what you mean by loading Win 7 from a CD on your SSD?

Plug in SSD, go into your Bios change boot order to CD, place Win 7 CD in DVD, restart computer and then your computer will boot from your DVD drive and follow prompts etc...
 
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Not sure what you mean by loading Win 7 from a CD on your SSD?

Plug in SSD, go into your Bios change boot order to CD, place Win 7 CD in DVD, restart computer and then your computer will boot from your DVD drive and follow prompts etc...

Thanks. Will try this, and I'll be back if it doesn't work again.
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I just attempted to go into Bios and change the boot order, but I'm still unable to do anything in Bios. It still looks like the above picture. I can't do anything in Bios lol.
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I just attempted to go into Bios and change the boot order, but I'm still unable to do anything in Bios. It still looks like the above picture. I can't do anything in Bios lol.
Once you have set it to boot from CD, put the Windows CD in, then save changes and exit out of BIOS (F10 as it shows in your picture above). When it restarts, it should load from the CD and you can fresh install on the SSD.
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Once you have set it to boot from CD, put the Windows CD in, then save changes and exit out of BIOS (F10 as it shows in your picture above). When it restarts, it should load from the CD and you can install on the SSD.
I can't do anything in Bios to change the settings to boot from CD.. everything is in grey text instead of white.
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Try hitting F12 or F2 or Del or whatever to bring a pop-up to change boot order.
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Try hitting F12 or F2 or Del or whatever to bring a pop-up to change boot order.
None of them brought up a pop-up
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Hit "del" when you fist see the bios. Then once in the bios, go to the "advanced bios features" menu. There you will see the boot order, simply change first boot device to the cd/dvd rom {by pressing enter}. Then the second one to your ssd. Also make sure you enable "ahci" for the hard drive.

If all you see ifs the evga logo when you boot hit "tab' to cycle the boot logo off and then continue with the "del" key. You can set the ssd to "ahci' by going to the "Integrated Peripherals Menu". Then onboard sata device under sata mode, choose "ahci". Eject the dvd, place your disk in the drive. Then hit exit and save in the bios. You should then get a "Press any key to boot from cd" option.

F8, is for the boot menu selection. But he needs to set up the ahci first though.
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Hit "del" when you fist see the bios. Then once in the bios, go to the "advanced bios features" menu. There you will see the boot order, simply change first boot device to the cd/dvd rom {by pressing enter}. Then the second one to your ssd. Also make sure you enable "ahci" for the hard drive.

If all you see ifs the evga logo when you boot hit "tab' to cycle the boot logo off and then continue with the "del" key. You can set the ssd to "ahci' by going to the "Integrated Peripherals Menu". Then onboard sata device under sata mode, choose "ahci". Eject the dvd, place your disk in the drive. Then hit exit and save in the bios. You should then get a "Press any key to boot from cd" option.

F8, is for the boot menu selection. But he needs to set up the ahci first though.
Hitting delete when I first see Bios doesn't bring up anything or change what my Bios menu looks like. I don't see an EVGA logo when I boot.
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