Well, thanks for responding, especially since you have the same mobo. It was a fresh install, and seemed to be installing fine, but before asking for the registration number, etc, the screen just went black. Not "no signal" on the monitor - just black. I have changed the bios sata to AHCI, and am in the process of formating a usb drive and installing the intel AHCI drivers during install.
I came here to get more info on TRIM, etc, but had started an anandtech.com thread on this problem - here -
I am always amazed that people are willing to take their time to share knowledge and experience with strangers - thanks - gredhead
Its not black during registration (I think), it has installed almost everything, and the folders and files are all visible on the SSD with the restore tools from the win7 DVD. I've gotten wrapped up trying to get the HP utility to format a USB memory stick, to put the Intel AHCI drivers on to load during the win7 install,now that I have changed the bios from IDE to AHCI for SATA.
(See my link in last message)
Based on your message here, I will try another install from scratch, with mobo bios set to AHCI, and letting win7 do what it will. Stay tuned.
Did this - booted from DVD, repair, use recovery tools, command prompt, format D: &4.4 gb total available (C is 100 mb express gate SSD on mobo)
restart, boot DVD, win is loading, (1:00 later) starting win, (another :25 later) blue/clouds screen, some disk access, (3:20 later) English/USA screen, install now, setup is starting, (4:45 later) license, agree, new install, [not disk 0 part 1, sys reserved 100 mb system] [yes disk 0 part 2 (p6t - label I gave on formating) 74.4 gb primary] - enter
(1:35 later) installing windows screen - goes through copying win files, expanding win files, installing features, installing update, completing installation
setup is updating registry settings
(0:30 later) - completing installation
(0:55 later) - reboot, black screen (but signal to monitor, not "no signal")
some disk access off and on
(20:00 min later) no disk access, still black screen
enter, ctl-alt-del do nothing, no disk access
any ideas? - thanks - gredhead
PS - pretty sure no overheating, big case, lots of fans, and bios hw monitor shows resonable proc temp.
Thanks for all your help. SSD is fine. Put geforce 8400 in and did fresh install of win7 to completion. Shut down and put gtx 260 back in, booted, and win7 said it installed the drivers for gtx 260, needed to restart. Restarted, and had black screen again. Have new thread over at anandtrech to see if I can get help determining if its a problem with the drivers (need to install latest gtx260 drivers, vs what win7 puts in), my lack of understanding what you can and can't do with dual DVI connectors on video cards, or a bad gtx 260.