Windows won't boot after installing a new motherboard! (fixed)

(scroll to the bottom for the solution)

For the next two months, my Geeky roommate & I plan to upgrade our computers. What does this mean? Buying hardware from websites like Newegg & Tigerdirect, waiting eagerly for them to arrive, and then assembling them into beastly, gaming computer powerhouses!

On step 3 of the process (assembling), John ran into a roadblock (well, several roadblocks, but this one was a little harder then the others), windows failed to start! After an hour of searching on Google for the answer, watching Windows BSOD multiple times, attempting to resinstall (to multiple errors), I was able to solve the problem. I decided I would take the opportunity to document and share the solution with anyone having a similar problem.

How to successfully boot windows 7   after it fails to start on a new ASUS motherboard without having to reinstall:

1) go into the BIOS and change the SATA controller to IDE.

2) boot windows.

Problem solved. If this helped you, leave a comment!

I can't believe it took me an hour to find this information! I have a guess as to why it worked, the SATA AHCI drivers weren't loaded with the motherboard (we installed them afterwards from the disc that came with it). I'm assuming legacy IDE controllers don't require drivers. Such an annoying problem! Hopefully this is able to help someone else searching the vast internet for solutions! :)

source: http://www.w7forums.com/configure-sata-ide-ahci-t6435.html

 

There’s data suggesting that non-Internet users are paranoid..

There’s also data suggesting that either non-Internet users are paranoid or that those on the net are naïve: 27 percent of non-Internet users think that “most people can be trusted,” compared to 46 percent of Internet users. (Frequent Facebook users are 43% more likely than other Internet users and more than three times more likely than non-Internet users to trust others.)

via Social Marketing “Experts” Don’t Know Jack About Facebook, Twitter, and Their Kin | BNET.

 

I've observed this behavior before and I've always thought it was interesting how scared people are of other people. Why should we be? If everyone was friendly and tolerant of others, life would be so much easier. Everyone would know who the "bad people" were because we'd be sharing our bad (and good) experiences with each other. There's a lot of hype about "online privacy", most of which is caused by or originates on Facebook. What does that mean, really? What do we have to be afraid of? Using the tools available to us through the Internet to communicate, such as Google+, Facebook, and Twitter, we can get to know people in a way that was never possible before.. with very little risk. Hopefully as a society we can become more open to and trusting of other human beings.

15 reasons to join Google+


  • It's free

  • You already use Google for searching, have a Gmail account and use Google docs

  • Focused sharing with circles

  • Huddle: instant group messaging

  • Video chat (that works*)

  • Google talk (IM that works*)

  • Instant photo upload/sync with Android phones

  • Mobile app for Android (that works*)

  • Improves search results by showing +1's from your friends

  • Integrates with other Google services

  • Includes photo editing, photo storage, and predefined photo processing/enhancement (like instagram)

  • No viral porn

  • I'm on it ;)


* Facebook has yet to make any of their applications work correctly. We've all experienced the constant failure, incompatibility, and unreliable service.

Already on Google+? What are you reasons?

 

 

Add me to your circles!

Nice! Google anayltics UI gets an upgrade (photos)

Google has been steadily rolling out interface upgrades. Google+ & photos/picasa, gmail, calendar, maps, and now Analytics have made the switch. Still waiting for Docs, and reader to catch up!

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Organizing my Google Reader feeds.. Anybody else use this amazing service? (photo)

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For those of you not familiar with google reader:



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