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Chikara
01-05-2010, 06:20 PM
Hi all

Occasionally my PC runs quite sluggishly. It's not all the time, but enough to be annoying... so this weekend my mission is to try and find and fix it. This is where I need your help

Firstly my specs:

CPU: i7 860
RAM: 6GB RAM Corsair DDR3 3x2GB
MB: Asus P7P55D PRO
GPU: ATI Radeon HD4890
HD: internal 1) WD Caviar Black 1GB (Wd1001FALS-00j7b0) (for OS and apps) installed as drive C :
internal 2) WD Caviar Green 1.5TB (wd1001FALS-00jlb0) (for Data) installed as drive D :
OS: Win 7 Home Premium 64bit

Secondly the symptoms:
Sometimes when accessing data from D: drive there is some stuttering. Even in basic MP3 playback.
Also when saving data to D drive, again sometimes it seems to be quite slow, but not always. Example - yesterday I was saving my Outlook data file to D: drive as a backup. I noticed initially, the transfer speed was 826KB/second which seemed hellishly slow (and it said it was going to take 16minutes to save the 778MB file). After a few minutes, the progress bar and data speed sped up.
Screenshot attached.
http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/slooow_save_speed.jpg

Other examples are when using email and changing between folders, sometimes it can take 10-20 seconds before the new folder shows with the emails.
Playing videos can often stutter, but not continuously.
Even sometimes web browsing can be slow, but I put this down to internet congestion rather than my PC, unless it is something to do with temp files being written/accessed from D: drive too.

Occasionally too my keyboard will have some keys stop responding, but this is fixed when I unplug and reconnect the USB plugs for it. Mentioning this just in case, but I'm sure this is an unrelated issue

Thirdly my thoughts on what it might be:
All the above leads me to think there is some kind of bottleneck between moving data between C and D drives.
Both drives are internal SATA drives.
Originally I was running Win 7 64bit RC, and when the final version came out I did a clean install. I was reading somewhere that if you do this, then the SATA controller would default as IDE emulation mode, rather than AHCI mode, and it's very difficult to change it back.
Is this true and would that perhaps account for the erratic performance?
Is there anyway to change that setting back to ACHI? If I change it through the BIOS I get a BSOD. Which upon Googling it, seems to be common because it doesn't have the right drivers for ACHI available.

Is there any other settings, perhaps relating to BIOS, or caching, or page files etc that I may have missed that I should re-check??

Fourthly what else I have checked:
Have made sure my BIOS and all other drivers are up to date, which they are as far as I know.
Am up to date with all MS security patches
Have run full viruschecks and trojan checks, all clean
Run Avira AV (only one AV), and Comodo firewall, a combo I've used for years in the past, so I doubt very much they would be caused the slowdowns
Have defragged and error checked the drives
I haven't yet tried another cable but that's next on the list..but hoping there is a software or setting that will fix it, rather than hardware

Oh also here is a Hijack this log.
Theres a few 'missing files' but I'm not sure if these are real, or just if Hijack this isn;t fully compatiuble with Win7 64bit yet.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 1:18:30 p.m., on 1/05/2010
Platform: Windows 7 (WinNT 6.00.3504)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.7600.16385)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\TurboV EVO\TurboVHELP.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\robotaskbaricon.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Razer\Lycosa\razerhid.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Portrait Displays\Pivot Software\wpCtrl.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\avgnt.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Portrait Displays\Pivot Software\floater.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\HTC\HTC Sync\Application Launcher\Application Launcher.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Teleca Shared\CapabilityManager.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Teleca Shared\logger.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Teleca Shared\Generic.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\HTC\HTC Sync\ClientInitiatedStarter\ClientInitiatedStarter .exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\HTC\HTC Sync\Mobile Phone Monitor\epmworker.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\HTC\HTC Sync\Mobile Phone Monitor\DbgOut.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\HTC\HTC Sync\Mobile Phone Monitor\HTCVBTServer.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\HTC\HTC Sync\Mobile Phone Monitor\FsynSrvStarter.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12\OUTLOOK.EXE
C:\Program Files (x86)\HTC\HTC Sync\Sync Manager\syncindicator.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Razer\Lycosa\razertra.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HiJackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page = C:\Windows\SysWOW64\blank.htm
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Int ernet Settings,ProxyOverride = *.local
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar,LinksFolderName =
O2 - BHO: RoboForm - {724d43a9-0d85-11d4-9908-00400523e39a} - C:\Program Files (x86)\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\roboform.dll
O2 - BHO: Groove GFS Browser Helper - {72853161-30C5-4D22-B7F9-0BBC1D38A37E} - C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12\GrooveShellExtensions.dll
O2 - BHO: Windows Live Sign-in Helper - {9030D464-4C02-4ABF-8ECC-5164760863C6} - C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live\WindowsLiveLogin.dll
O2 - BHO: Java(tm) Plug-In 2 SSV Helper - {DBC80044-A445-435b-BC74-9C25C1C588A9} - C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre6\bin\jp2ssv.dll (file missing)
O3 - Toolbar: &RoboForm - {724d43a0-0d85-11d4-9908-00400523e39a} - C:\Program Files (x86)\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\roboform.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [GrooveMonitor] "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12\GrooveMonitor.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Lycosa] "C:\Program Files (x86)\Razer\Lycosa\razerhid.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PivotSoftware] "C:\Program Files (x86)\Portrait Displays\Pivot Software\wpctrl.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [DT PHL] C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Portrait Displays\Shared\DT_startup.exe -PHL
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HDAudDeck] C:\Program Files (x86)\VIA\VIAudioi\VDeck\VDeck.exe -r
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TurboV EVO] "C:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\TurboV EVO\TurboV_EVO.exe" -b
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [avgnt] "C:\Program Files (x86)\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\avgnt.exe" /min
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [UVS11 Preload] C:\Program Files (x86)\Ulead Systems\Ulead VideoStudio 11\uvPL.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Mobile Connectivity Suite] "C:\Program Files (x86)\HTC\HTC Sync\Application Launcher\Application Launcher.exe" /startoptions
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NBKeyScan] "C:\Program Files (x86)\Nero\Nero8\Nero BackItUp\NBKeyScan.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [JMB36X IDE Setup] C:\Windows\RaidTool\xInsIDE.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [iTunesHelper] "C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\RunOnce: [Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware] C:\Program Files (x86)\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbamgui.exe /install /silent
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [RoboForm] "C:\Program Files (x86)\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboTaskBarIcon.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [BgMonitor_{79662E04-7C6C-4d9f-84C7-88D8A56B10AA}] "C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Nero\Lib\NMBgMonitor.exe"
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-19\..\Run: [Sidebar] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\Sidebar.exe /autoRun (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-19\..\RunOnce: [mctadmin] C:\Windows\System32\mctadmin.exe (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-20\..\Run: [Sidebar] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\Sidebar.exe /autoRun (User 'NETWORK SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-20\..\RunOnce: [mctadmin] C:\Windows\System32\mctadmin.exe (User 'NETWORK SERVICE')
O4 - Global Startup: SetPointII.lnk = ?
O8 - Extra context menu item: Add to Google Photos Screensa&ver - res://C:\Windows\system32\GPhotos.scr/200
O8 - Extra context menu item: Customize Menu - file://C:\Program Files (x86)\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboFormComCustomizeIEMenu.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~2\MICROS~2\Office12\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O8 - Extra context menu item: Fill Forms - file://C:\Program Files (x86)\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboFormComFillForms.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: RoboForm Toolbar - file://C:\Program Files (x86)\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboFormComShowToolbar.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Save Forms - file://C:\Program Files (x86)\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboFormComSavePass.html
O9 - Extra button: Send to OneNote - {2670000A-7350-4f3c-8081-5663EE0C6C49} - C:\PROGRA~2\MICROS~2\Office12\ONBttnIE.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: S&end to OneNote - {2670000A-7350-4f3c-8081-5663EE0C6C49} - C:\PROGRA~2\MICROS~2\Office12\ONBttnIE.dll
O9 - Extra button: Fill Forms - {320AF880-6646-11D3-ABEE-C5DBF3571F46} - file://C:\Program Files (x86)\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboFormComFillForms.html
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Fill Forms - {320AF880-6646-11D3-ABEE-C5DBF3571F46} - file://C:\Program Files (x86)\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboFormComFillForms.html
O9 - Extra button: Save - {320AF880-6646-11D3-ABEE-C5DBF3571F49} - file://C:\Program Files (x86)\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboFormComSavePass.html
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Save Forms - {320AF880-6646-11D3-ABEE-C5DBF3571F49} - file://C:\Program Files (x86)\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboFormComSavePass.html
O9 - Extra button: RoboForm - {724d43aa-0d85-11d4-9908-00400523e39a} - file://C:\Program Files (x86)\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboFormComShowToolbar.html
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: RoboForm Toolbar - {724d43aa-0d85-11d4-9908-00400523e39a} - file://C:\Program Files (x86)\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboFormComShowToolbar.html
O9 - Extra button: Research - {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - C:\PROGRA~2\MICROS~2\Office12\REFIEBAR.DLL
O16 - DPF: {E2883E8F-472F-4FB0-9522-AC9BF37916A7} - http://platformdl.adobe.com/NOS/getPlusPlus/1.6/gp.cab
O18 - Protocol: grooveLocalGWS - {88FED34C-F0CA-4636-A375-3CB6248B04CD} - C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12\GrooveSystemServices.dll
O20 - AppInit_DLLs: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\guard32.dll
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\Alg.exe,-112 (ALG) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\System32\alg.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: AMD External Events Utility - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\atiesrxx.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: Avira AntiVir Scheduler (AntiVirSchedulerService) - Avira GmbH - C:\Program Files (x86)\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\sched.exe
O23 - Service: Avira AntiVir Guard (AntiVirService) - Avira GmbH - C:\Program Files (x86)\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\avguard.exe
O23 - Service: Apple Mobile Device - Apple Inc. - C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
O23 - Service: ASUS System Control Service (AsSysCtrlService) - ASUSTeK Computer Inc. - C:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\AsSysCtrlService\1.00.02\AsSysCtrlServi ce.exe
O23 - Service: Bonjour Service - Apple Inc. - C:\Program Files (x86)\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
O23 - Service: Capture Device Service - InterVideo Inc. - C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\InterVideo\DeviceService\DevSvc.exe
O23 - Service: COMODO Internet Security Helper Service (cmdAgent) - COMODO - C:\Program Files\COMODO\COMODO Internet Security\cmdagent.exe
O23 - Service: Dragon Age: Origins - Content Updater (DAUpdaterSvc) - BioWare - C:\Program Files (x86)\Dragon Age\bin_ship\DAUpdaterSvc.Service.exe
O23 - Service: Portrait Displays Display Tune Service (DTSRVC) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Portrait Displays\Shared\dtsrvc.exe
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\efssvc.dll,-100 (EFS) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\System32\lsass.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%systemroot%\system32\fxsresm.dll,-118 (Fax) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\fxssvc.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: FLEXnet Licensing Service - Acresso Software Inc. - C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Macrovision Shared\FLEXnet Publisher\FNPLicensingService.exe
O23 - Service: Google Updater Service (gusvc) - Google - C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Common\Google Updater\GoogleUpdaterService.exe
O23 - Service: iPod Service - Apple Inc. - C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
O23 - Service: @keyiso.dll,-100 (KeyIso) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\lsass.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @comres.dll,-2797 (MSDTC) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\System32\msdtc.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\System32\netlogon.dll,-102 (Netlogon) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\lsass.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: NMIndexingService - Nero AG - C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Nero\Lib\NMIndexingService.exe
O23 - Service: Portrait Displays SDK Service (PdiService) - Portrait Displays, Inc. - C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Portrait Displays\Drivers\pdisrvc.exe
O23 - Service: @%systemroot%\system32\psbase.dll,-300 (ProtectedStorage) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\lsass.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%systemroot%\system32\Locator.exe,-2 (RpcLocator) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\locator.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\samsrv.dll,-1 (SamSs) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\lsass.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\snmptrap.exe,-3 (SNMPTRAP) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\System32\snmptrap.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%systemroot%\system32\spoolsv.exe,-1 (Spooler) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\System32\spoolsv.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\sppsvc.exe,-101 (sppsvc) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\sppsvc.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: TeamViewer 5 (TeamViewer5) - TeamViewer GmbH - C:\Program Files (x86)\TeamViewer\Version5\TeamViewer_Service.exe
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\ui0detect.exe,-101 (UI0Detect) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\UI0Detect.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\vaultsvc.dll,-1003 (VaultSvc) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\lsass.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\vds.exe,-100 (vds) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\System32\vds.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%systemroot%\system32\vssvc.exe,-102 (VSS) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\vssvc.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\Wat\WatUX.exe,-601 (WatAdminSvc) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\Wat\WatAdminSvc.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%systemroot%\system32\wbengine.exe,-104 (wbengine) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\wbengine.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%Systemroot%\system32\wbem\wmiapsrv.exe,-110 (wmiApSrv) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\wbem\WmiApSrv.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%PROGRAMFILES%\Windows Media Player\wmpnetwk.exe,-101 (WMPNetworkSvc) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Media Player\wmpnetwk.exe (file missing)

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Thanks in advance for any suggestions...

Speedy Gonzales
01-05-2010, 07:06 PM
Was AHCI enabled in the BIOS, when you installed Win7?? Did you install / update the chipset drivers, after installing Win7??

You dont need these in startup

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [GrooveMonitor] "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12\GrooveMonitor.exe"

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [UVS11 Preload] C:\Program Files (x86)\Ulead Systems\Ulead VideoStudio 11\uvPL.exe

If you dont use nero home tick this

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [BgMonitor_{79662E04-7C6C-4d9f-84C7-88D8A56B10AA}] "C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Nero\Lib\NMBgMonitor.exe"

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PivotSoftware] "C:\Program Files (x86)\Portrait Displays\Pivot Software\wpctrl.exe"

So 1408 is on it at the mo (the BIOS)?? If it is did you set it back to the default settings, then reconfigure them?

Are any USB3 devices connected? Are you using RAID?? I think this is what this is O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [JMB36X IDE Setup] C:\Windows\RaidTool\xInsIDE.exe

Chikara
01-05-2010, 07:33 PM
Hi Speedy

Thanks for the response, I'll fix those startup entries.

I didn't change anything in the BIOS when I did the reinstall, so I'm not sure if it's enabled by default, or not.
When I try to change it now, that's when it gives the the blue screen as soon as it starts. If I change it back to the old value in the BIOS, then it starts okay (but of course is running in IDE emulation mode)

As far as the chipset drivers, I thought I installed them after installing Win 7.
I remember going to the Asus site after the install, and getting everything I thought I needed.
I've just gone to the site again, and downloaded/reinstalled again

This: Description Intel(R) Chipset Software Installation Utility V9.1.1.1020 for Windows 32/64bit XP & 32/64bit Vista & 32/64bit Windows 7.(WHQL)

From:
http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?SLanguage=en-us

After unzipping and running, it said sucessfully installed. So I don't know if that means it was never installed correctly to start with, or if it's just again reinstalled over the top.
What do I need to do now - do I need to do anything with the drivers via Device Manager?
Should I now try going back into BIOS and changing it back to ACHI again??

Yep, I have the latest BIOS 1408 at the moment. I didn't change any settings in the BIOS after I updated the BIOD, I never have after updating the BIOS in the past either. Should I have reset them and then changed them each time? When a BIOS is updated, does it remember any of the old settings??

No, I'm not running any USB3 devices that I'm aware of. I don't think this board is USB3 capable.

Nope, I'm not running RAID. Should I uninstall that xInsIDE.exe file??
Perhaps that's causing a conflict somewhere??


What should my next steps be??

Speedy Gonzales
01-05-2010, 07:51 PM
Use ccleaner and disable this entry, just in case it stuffs something up

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [JMB36X IDE Setup] C:\Windows\RaidTool\xInsIDE.exe

If it was on IDE emulation when you installed Windows, as you found out, you cant change it to AHCI (after Windows has been installed). Or it'll crash (because the SATA drivers havent been installed). If you want AHCI, you'll have to enable AHCI in the BIOS first. Then format the hdd again. Then reinstall Windows. I think there's some kind of registry hack, but unless you know what youre doing, you may kill windows altogether

You could be right, I dont think the mobo supports USB3. Why the latest BIOS says Improve compatibility with some USB3.0 devices, I have no idea. You should set the BIOS back to its default settings, then configure the settings after you flash it. Because it may have new features. Even with a new mobo, you should configure the settings. Or else it may not work properly

feersumendjinn
01-05-2010, 07:59 PM
This might be contributing to your Outlook/email problem
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/932086

Sweep
01-05-2010, 08:49 PM
If you update a BIOS it remembers nothing of what you had before so you have to go through and make your choices and then save same. Quite possible that the BIOS may be set to boot off a floppy as first choice and there is no floppy drive installed.

Chikara
01-05-2010, 09:20 PM
Hmmm... well I googled some more and found some instructions for enabling AHCI after an installation
for example
http://www.ithinkdiff.com/how-to-enable-ahci-in-windows-7-rc-after-installation/
Even though that was for a Win 7 C version, it looks like the reg key is the same, so I tried the same option (changing value back to 0), and then rebooting and enabling AHCI in BIOS before rebooting.
Everything seemed to work, it installed, resrated and now it seems as if I'm in AHCI mode.
I now have the safely remove hardware icon in the tray for both C : and D : drives is this normal!
But the main problem now is, it seems even slower! Copying my Outlook backup file this time seemed to give an avergae speed of about 1.5 / 1.6MB/sec only!!
Is there a setting somewhere I have missed, or not set correctly??

Speedy Gonzales
01-05-2010, 09:41 PM
I now have the safely remove hardware icon in the tray for both C : and D : drives is this normal!

It is for windows 7. Well, I've seen it. I'm not too sure if AHCI, or the chipset drivers do that. Because, when I updated the chipset drives, the options changed to something else. Have you installed ALL of the updates? Did you reset the BIOS and reconfigure the BIOS. If you havent, I would. Then save them then reboot.

Chikara
01-05-2010, 10:17 PM
Hi again
Yep when I first did that workaround, I changed the BIOS settings before it booted.
These are the relevant settings and what the values are set to now, hope this is correct:

Storage configuration: Configure SATA as AHCI (other available options were IDE or RAID)
AHCI configuration: Port 1 HD; Port 2 HD, Port 3 CD Drive (these values seem to ahve been auto selected)
Onboard device configuration: J-Micron eSata/Pata controller: AHCI mode

As far as I know, all the updates are installed. But I might go to the Asus site again and download/install the most recent available ones.
Where in Control Panel/Device manager should I be looking? I'm not sure which devices correspond to what drivers I need to check/update...

Speedy Gonzales
01-05-2010, 10:30 PM
I mean updates for windows 7. Some of windows 7's drivers are actually better than ASUS drivers ! Believe it or not

Chikara
01-05-2010, 10:37 PM
Really?!! Haha, there's a first...
I remember so many posts on this forum saying not to get driver updates from Windows Update, but to get them from the manufacturers sites direct! The times they are a-changin...

Yes I checked the Windows updates also and I'm still up to date.
Actually I just did another test (saved the outlook backup file again) and this time it seemed a lot faster. I only caught a glimse of the progress box but I think it said around 50MB/sec...is this close to the data transfer rate I should be expecting??

Even though it had already done a few reboots, I did one more when I noted down those BIOS settings in my previous post, so perhaps something triggered/finished installing after the last reboot??
Strange, but keeping my fingers crossed it will stay at a good speed again...

Speedy Gonzales
01-05-2010, 10:47 PM
Yup The ASUS sound drivers for this are crappy. I use headphones. Turn the volume up it sounds like its only 1/2 way. And the videocard drivers from ASUS left a pixel on the screen. I thought it was a stuffed pixel on the monitor. It wasnt. It was a bug in the drivers lol

And the test PC that I installed Win7 on. It doesnt have any drivers for windows 7. So, I have to use its drivers (LAN/Sound). And they're fine. I think 50mb is faster than what I get here. So it should be good enough

Chikara
01-05-2010, 11:05 PM
I think all Asus sound drivers must be crappy actually..this MB has onboard sound, and the quality isn't the best out of that either.
Actually, getting off topic from this post, but I was researching that seperately, and I was reading a lot about audiodg.exe being buggy and having memory leaks, which I think is a file used with Windows Media player, did you find it was Windows Media player only that didn;t have great sound, or was it any music player?

Speedy Gonzales
01-05-2010, 11:09 PM
Any program lol. This tuner, media player. Even windows sound