So my computer froze and I restarted it. and I ran into a bunch of boot issues. In all Scenarios, all fans,case lighting, GPU lights turn on and stay on.
-When I reset the PC, it goes to the bios screen and my motherboard Dr. Debug shows A9 ( failure to post). While at this screen, I can go to the boot options and there is nothing listed to boot from. If I exit the bios, it just reloads the bios. It is like it is looping back to the bios main page.
-If I do a complete power cycle and press F11 to go to boot options, I see my SSD as an option. When I choose to boot from the SSD, windows will do one of several things:
A- The windows logo will appear with the spinning dots beneath. It will then load to a Black screen with the cursor visible and able to be moved around. I tried doing the log-in process and seeing if the display driver or what not was being wonky as some suggested. Nothing happens and the screen stays black with the cursor available.
B- Windows logo will start with the spinning dots but then will tell me that windows didn't load correctly and will give me the option to either power off my PC, or go into trouble shooting steps. When I go into troubleshooting, I have done several things.
1- If I try to repair the install, the computer goes into "Diagnosing your PC" indefinitely.
2- If I try a system restore, I am told I have no system restore points.
3-If I try and reset the PC, the computer goes into "Resetting this PC 8%" indefinitely.
4-I have gone to the command prompt and started Diskpart to see my drives. I am greeted with the following information:
Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
---------- ----- ------ --------------------- --------- ------------- ----------- ------------ --------
Volume 0 C System Rese NTFS Partition 100MB Healthy
Volume 1 D NTFS Partition 111BG Healthy
Volume 2 E NTFS Partition 450MB Healthy Hidden
My 2TB HDD is not shown here.
C-If I put in my Windows 10 USB boot media, I can do a couple of things. If I had restarted my PC, the only boot options are "USB: PNY" and "UEFI: PNY". By selecting one of those, I can start the windows install menus. If I had power cycled my PC, then I can see my SSD and my USB as bootable options. I can get to windows install menus. If I try to reinstall windows with both previous options, I can get to about the 3rd menu when it tells me to remove the USB, restart windows normally, and run the USB upgrade from within windows. If instead I go to the repair Windows option on the initial Windows install dialog box, I can select repair windows install. Upon selecting Repair Windows install, I am met with the text "The drive where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again."
-If I start in safe mode (with or without networking), the Windows logo with spinning dots beneath appears. Then the screen loads black with the cursor visible and movable. It sits like this indefinitely.
-If, from a complete shit down, I let the PC just run normally (No safe mode, no boot menu, no bios, etc), the Windows logo appears with the spinning dots. It will either:
A- Boot to the black screen with visible cursor.
B- Bring up the "Windows did not start properly last time" options. In which I can go to the troubleshooting steps that were done in the previous options with the same outcomes.
When I went to my bios after a restart and looked at the things hooked up to my motherboard, I saw everything except the SATA connection to my SSD. If I do the same but after a power cycle, I see my SSD connected via SATA. I tried taking everything out except cpu and HHD, tried with RAM installed and out, Same deal. I switched SATA cables on my SSD, I switched which SATA port I used on the Motherboard. I tried different power connections. I reset the CMOS. I checked my Bios and I have the latest version and that didn't need to be updated. I hadn't installed any programs recently. I was just using the computer and it froze. So I hit the reset button and that is when the issues arose. I had been doing regular Malware bytes scans, and everything had been consistent.
So is there something else I can try? How did my SSD get locked? Can I unlock it? Do i need a new SSD?