Upgraded to SSD, installed windows, then in several minutes black screen.

It started when I turned on the PC, heard 1 beep(good), saw the BIOS screen, and then that was it, black screen. I tried to diagnose it myself but I don't have enough time because of work. So I took it in to my local PC experts and they ran a diagnosis and they said it was my HHD which was a Segate HHD(like 4years old).

So I bought a Sandisk 240gb SSD, installed it and installed windows 10 pro. Worked like a charm. I left it for a bit and then screen went into sleep so it shut off then I turned it back on. Did this a couple more times. After the 3rd time screen didn't turn back on. I flickered like it was about to then back to black screen.

Retried a second time installing windows it worked this time I tried downloading and installing video card drivers. Turned off power saver so the screen wouldn't turn off. The while downloading drivers screen went black.

I'm wondering if it's my video card which would suck or just as bad my mobo, any help would be great.


CPU: AMD FX-8350
GPU: AMD Radeon 7850 2gb
PSU: Corsair TX 650
Mobo: GA-970A-D3
SSD: Sandisk 240gb
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  1. Please post your full system spec.

    It's possible your HDD was failing, but you'd normally be presented with a S.M.A.R.T error (unless disabled in the BIOS) before it proceeded to load your OS.

    EDIT* Looks like you added your spec while I was replying. If you disconnect your SSD, can you just sit in the BIOS indefinitely? Or do issues appear then too?
  2. Barty1884 said:
    Please post your full system spec.

    It's possible your HDD was failing, but you'd normally be presented with a S.M.A.R.T error (unless disabled in the BIOS) before it proceeded to load your OS.
  3. When I had the HHD installed the BIOS screen would show, then black screen, then back to BIOS screen with a spinning loading icon.
  4. Barty1884 said:
    Please post your full system spec.

    It's possible your HDD was failing, but you'd normally be presented with a S.M.A.R.T error (unless disabled in the BIOS) before it proceeded to load your OS.

    EDIT* Looks like you added your spec while I was replying. If you disconnect your SSD, can you just sit in the BIOS indefinitely? Or do issues appear then too?
  5. I'll have to reply to your edit when I get back to my place, I am currently at work.
  6. I may have solved it. I swapped the vid card for another and now no issues. I'll marked this as solved for now unless the issue rises again.

    nvm don't know how
  7. If you still want to use the Seagate HDD for a secondary drive, download SeaTools and run the diagnostics. 4 years is not that old, but any piece of electronic gear can fail at any time.
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