I built a new PC for my daughter after a successful similar build for my sons. The hardware,
MOBO- Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3
CPU - AMD FX 4100 Quad core 3.60 GHz
Ram - 2 sticks ea 4 GHz Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer DDR3 PC3-14900
GPU -EVGA Ge Force GTX 460 I GHz
PSU - Antec 650 Watt.
OS - Windows ,7 64 bit
After the initial install of the Operating system, things started to go from a few glitches to real bad and worse. My first mistake which I corrected in the BIOS was that I accidentally selected the DVD as the 1st boot choice but the one I accidentally chose was the DVD option with EFI. I received a error message when the software was about 75% done. I went back in the BIOS and selected the DVD as 1st then Hard drive as second. Then re loaded the Windows install disk. I walked away, then my daughter told me another error message popped up. I took a cell phone picture of it to Google but the camera never took the shot. Needless to say I don't have the exact info on the error but it said something to the effect of a "offline" something or other was not and that's all I can remember. not much help there. I clicked the OK button and it seemed to load and finish. The main windows Start screen or desktop appeared. I then tried to load the Gigabyte Chip-set drivers and so on Video card etc. I noticed right way that the response time was extremely slow when I would try and open a folder from the Gigabyte driver disk. I also know I had no internet connection showing even though I still had not installed any of the vital drivers yet this might be normal. I went back into the BIOS to review some of the settings and then it never went back to the desktop. Even when I tried in Safe mode. Just a black screen with a Cursor appeared. Not a blinking Cursor. Then I would restart and not even the Cursor would show up and I could not get into the BIOS until I swapped Video cards to a spare one I have only 250 GIG PCIe 1.0 I did get back into the BIOS whether coincidence or due to the card swap I am not sure. The EVGA card I must add was in another build that had a MOBO that was new with bad Caps. ( Could it have gotten trashed by the bad MOBO?) That terrible story is in another thread on this forum.viewtopic.php?t=209400
Any way now I am trying to get thing to run and I do not know if it is a hardware problem or just a botched install from the get go and went downhill fast. If so, should I reformat the hard drive, if so can I do it from the BIOS screen or I can just take if off and use a hard drive reader and hook it up to my PC and just erase every thing format and try again. Or any other advise to help with this black screen and other methods to try and tackle this. I have Google d this and it seems common but I couldn't get any results.