Asus p5n-d and SSD gray screen of death

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Asus p5n-d and SSD gray screen of death

Postposted on Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:49 am

Ran into something yesterday that I'd never seen before: a friend put a new 128 adata SSD into his Intel Q6600 box with an Asus p5n-d motherboard. The board saw the SSD, and the Windows 7 installer saw the SSD. It would load Windows, "complete" the install, and then reboot. The Winwows 7 splash screen would load fine, but then it would just go to a dark, gray screen and sit...no "preparing your desktop for first use" etc. No HDD activity light either, but you could see the white mouse cursor and move it around. I see that most, if not all, of these mobos don't support AHCI. I'm not sure if that is a make or break issue, but I'd be remiss to point it out. All the other HDDs were unplugged during the install. At first I thought he had a bad install disc which might have botched some files, but we repeated the results with a different ISO and mint install media. Anyone seen the "gray screen of death" before?
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Re: Asus p5n-d and SSD gray screen of death

Postposted on Thu Aug 16, 2012 6:28 pm

1) You need AHCI support for an SSD to work properly (no exceptions as far as I know).
2) Make sure the SSD's firmware is updated. Many drives had initial issues with their firmware, especially Sandforce-powered ones.
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Re: Asus p5n-d and SSD gray screen of death

Postposted on Fri Aug 17, 2012 9:36 am

I suspect the board or the SSD firmware, too, but I haven't heard back from him this week.
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