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I am hoping someone can shed some light on this problem with video playback.

Video playback freezes after anywhere from 30 seconds to 15 minutes into a movie. This happens with AVI's as well as DVD's on hard drive. Never happens with streaming video such as Netflix. And, I haven't really played a physical DVD all the way thru since every movie is saved to the HDD where I want them.

I can now predict just before it's going to occur by the hard drive activity LED going 100% just before it freezes. With Vista the only thing I could do was do a hard reboot, but with Windows 7 I can move the mouse to hit the stop button. After a few minutes the hard drive activity stops and I can hit play to continue the playback at least for another 10-15 minutes until the hard drive goes crazy again and we do the same thing again.

I've searched just about every forum website and have yet to get this issue figured out. This issue actually started with Visa X64 Ultimate and continues today with Windows 7 X64 Ultimate RTM. I have replaced every component of my system other than the case and hard drive. The Windows 7 is a clean install with minimal other software installed.

Current Hardware/OS:

AMD Athlon II X4 620 2.6Ghz AM3 CPU
Gigabyte MA785GM-US2H AMD785G Socket AM2+ MB
OCZ Vista Performace Ed. 4096MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz
Sapphire Radeon HD 3450 Video Card - 512MB DDR2,PCI Express 2.0 to my 47" 1080p LCD via HDMI
Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RTM
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 - hard drive - 1.5 TB - SATA-300

Note: The only item that was carried over to the newest setup is the HDD. This may be the smoking gun. The HDD is partitioned with a 120GB C: and the the rest of the drive is partitioned as E: and is where all the video files are stored.

I have disabled all screensavers, sleep mode, hard drive shutdown, indexing service (was never enabled) and problem persists.

My original system only used a Athlon X2 so when it froze I could not get any response and had to hard reboot, but with the X4 CPU at least I can move mouse to hit the stop and wait for the HDD to settle down. I upgraded to the X4 and a separate video card thinking that the problem was too much CPU load during playback.

The only thing I haven't tried is adding a seperate SATA HDD and moving the video files to it. Do you think that may be the answer? Do you think this might be page file related due to the crazy HDD activity just before and after the freeze?

I did notice last night that 99% of the time it never does this when only I'm watching a video, but happens ALL the time when the wife is watching a video with me, just after I tell her I think I figured it out.
Do you think there may be a connection??

I'll take any advise/comments/suggestions that anyone can offer.

Thanks HTPC.

Hello everyone!

System specs:
System: Dell Vostro 3550
CPU: Core i7 2.7GHz
OS: Win 7 Pro Sp1 64-Bit

System is brand new out of the box. My client asked me to help him setup the notebook and update Windows. After I did the updates and restarted the system, I received the BSOD and couldn't boot into Windows anymore. Got it booted into Safe-mode once, did a system restore which was successful, but still received the BSOD. After trying several solutions, which didn't work (mem-test, resocket RAM, HDD & battery), I gave up and restored the system to factory defaults (as it is luckily just out of the box), but still receiving the BSOD. The problem now is, I cant boot into safe mode anymore as the first time setup procedure needs to run in normal windows mode.
My 2 last resorts would be:
1. Reload the system with the system disks that are provided and not from the recovery partition, which might take some time.
2. Send the system back to the supplier, which I would like to prevent, as Murphy seems to be following the client around recently.
Any other ideas that can be recommended?

Thanks! ^_^

Hey hey!

I'm new on the forums and also new to Win7.

Just installed win7 on my new sweet i7 setup and everything went well with the installation and win7 is running really smooth.

However, there seems to be something wrong with my hdd setup. All my hdd's but one are showing. When I checked the diskmanager I saw that all my Hdd's are there and online but one of my hdds (the one missing) has got no driveletter and cannot be accessed.

Yfrog - diskar here's a screenshot displaying my problem. It seems like the disk "Store Bengt" has been set to 'system, active, primary partion' instead of just primary partition.

I ofcourse want this disk to just be an ordinary partition like the other two but I can't seem to figure out how to do that. I really need the data on that disk since its where I store all my school/work-related files. Luckily it seems like it hasn't been formated or similar since the used space is as it was prior to my win7 installation.

Is this an easy fix or how do I work my way around it?



I'm really confused about what I should do. I recently wiped my HDD after getting a new box, installed XP then W7RC. When installing XP, I made 2 Partitions, C:/ and D:/. The C:/ drive was ~100 GB on which I installed the OS, and the D:/ Drive was ~130 GB. What I then did was copy the contents of the user folder (My Documents, My Music, My Pictures, My Videos, etc.) onto the D:/ Drive. I set the Libraries to display the Documents, Music, Pictures and Video folders on the D:/ Drive and removed the Users and Public Folders from the Libraries.

Confusing bit.

Should I move the location of the Folders on the C:/ drive to the D:/. What will this do? Will this remove the contents of the Folders on the D:/ Drive? Will it change the icons for all the folders on the D:/ to the ones in the user folder on the C:/.

Also, I read that in Vista, there is a Redirect Option. What does this do and what are the benefits of doing this? Can this be simulated by moving the folders to the D:/ Drive then in the C:/ Drive make a shortcut to the ones in the D:/Drive?

Thanks in advance to any useful help.



I know how to change the location. Does this remove the Folder from the Users folder on C:/ and put it on D:/ and will everything then automatically go to D:/ Drive instead?

Thanks again

Have just today wiped my RAID 0 array and secure erased both my OCZ agilty 3 SSD's, decided to not run in RAID again (kinda unstablke at times) so have reinstalled Windows 7 64-bit on a single SSD (only had one hooked up during install to prevent windows 7 install partitions getting split between drives), everything worked great, i loaded windows, added my 1TB HDD and also using disk manager added my second OCZ drive (initialized and quick formatted it), this shows up fine in 'Computer' menu with a drive letter assigned. I have followed the recommended SSD tuning steps in this link i found (so i was up to date haha)...
12 Things You Must Do When Running a Solid State Drive in Windows 7

I actually have left the page file active on my C: SSD since i have a ton of free space so don't feel the need for deleting it, anybody who knows have an opinion on that??? Should i not have it running?

The problem i have now is when i restart windows the windows boot fails (get error msg 'ctrl+alt+del to reboot' ) but as soon as i disconnect the second SSD drive (which is currently empty) it boots absolutely fine. Have been into the bios a bunch and couldn't find anything to specify what particular drive to boot off first, it just lists the 2 different hard drives i have (ssd and hdd) as well as removal disk and CD rom obv. I don't want to keep my computer case open and have to disconnect / reconnect the extra SSD every time obv, any tips on what could be causing this would greatly appreciated, so thx in advance

Hey all,

So as the title says are there any Ubuntu users in the windows7forums community? I use Ubuntu 8.04 which is currently the newest long term support build. It's really the first Linux OS that I've gotten involved with in depth and I have to say I'm very impressed with it. It's rock solid, the large amount of features are very impressive and it has to be one of the easiest Linux Os's to pick up I've ever seen..

I love the Desktop cube effect.. such a great way to work with multiple apps among other things. It's amazing too that Ubuntu has all the visual effects that it does and yet the minimum requirements to run it are sooo low.. It really does "breath new life into old computers".

I also like how in Ubuntu you can see/access all the other partitions you have setup within your HDD. You can do anything to the files just as you would do within a Windows OS. That being said it is kinda sketchy though how you can access/modify your windows system files within Ubuntu too, I don't think that's a very good feature to have enabled. Especially for beginners to Linux.. On the other side of this, it's kinda odd how you can't see the chunk of HDD that has Ubuntu setup on it from within Windows... well at least I can't see it on my main comp.. But I'm guessing that's probably because Linux uses the "free space" of a Hard Drive to setup it's own partition and so on. Not a big deal, just an oddity I thought.

But overall I think Ubuntu is a very well done OS that provides numerous unique features and never stops amazing me when it comes to visuals. If only it could play games as well as Windows does... Maybe someday!!!

I'd like to know if any of you use Ubuntu and what your overall thoughts on it are..

Hi All,

I have a single 500GB SATA HDD in my computer. (Rest of the specs are : 24x HP SATA DVD R/W, Intel C2D E7500 processor, Intel DG41RQI MoBo, Kingston 800 MHz 2GB RAM). When I first setup my hard-drive, I first installed "Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit" on D: drive then "Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit" on C: drive (some mis-communication between me and my brother).

The computer worked fine for about 2 months before I decided to "Compress drive to save disk space" on C: drive two days back. I issued the command and went away. On coming back I found my PC shut-down. When I powered it on again, it said
BOOTMGR is compressed.
Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart.

I searched Internet for solutions. Tried some of them. To no avail. Please note that I used a recovery CD already prepared for the process.

Then I used "System Restore" from the System Recovery Options from the Recovery CD. Restore process was successful, but then I started receiving another even agonizing message
BOOTMGR is missing.
Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart.

I again searched Internet, tried a few solutions, again to no use.

In despair, my bro installed Windows XP on a separate, unused partition backed up his stuff from D: drive. But I cannot do the same. I have to login into my Windows on C: drive to get my data back (mostly databases of the Web-sites and applications I am developing or have developed, which can be backed-up from the software concerned). I have backed up my codes though. Luckily I don't keep anything else on the Windows partition.

Sorry, getting personal. In the mean while I used the command "C:bootrec /ScanOs" and "C:bootrec /RebuildBcd". They say:
Successfully scanned Windows installations.
Total identified Windows installations: 0
The operation completed successfully.

When I run commands "C:bootrec /FixBoot" and "C:bootrec /FixMbr", they say
The operation completed successfully.

But I must say that when the recovery CD starts up initially (when it scans for installations of Windows), it does show that there are two installations of Windows on D: drive and C: drive in that order.

I have tried "expand bootmgr temp" sequence of commands. I have tried individually decompressing the compressing the folders that were decompressed. Everything again failed. (Notepad works from the Command Prompt in the "System Recovery Options" on the recovery CD. I was able to expand the compressed folders and take some backup from the Open or Save dialog box of the Notepad).

The "Startup Repair" option under "System Recovery Options" shows in its Log that no OS is installed".

Any ways here's the output of the command "C:bcdedit":

[COLOR="rgb(139, 0, 0)"]Windows Boot Manager
identifier {bootmgr}
device partition=C:
path bootmgr
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-US
inherit {globalsettings}
default {default}
resumeobject {4815cc3c-6b60-11df-9403-ab5c0a4d15b4}
displayorder {default}
toolsdisplayorder {memdiag}
timeout 10

Windows Boot Loader
identifier {default}
device partition=D:
path Windowssystem32winload.exe
description Windows 7
locale en-US
inherit {bootloadersettings}
recoverysequence {4815cc42-6b60-11df-9403-ab5c0a4d15b4}
recoveryenabled Yes
osdevice partition=D:
systemroot Windows
resumeobject {4815cc40-6b60-11df-9403-ab5c0a4d15b4}
nx OptIn

Windows Boot Loader
identifier {4815cc3d-6b60-11df-9403-ab5c0a4d15b4}
device partition=C:
path Windowssystem32winload.exe
description Windows 7
locale en-US
inherit {bootloadersettings}
recoverysequence {4815cc3e-6b60-11df-9403-ab5c0a4d15b4}
recoveryenabled Yes
osdevice partition=C:
systemroot Windows
resumeobject {4815cc3c-6b60-11df-9403-ab5c0a4d15b4}
nx OptIn

EVEN WORSE, I can boot from the Win 7 DVD, it loads files and when I click "Install Windows", it says :
A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing. If you have a driver floppy disk, CD, DVD or USB flash drive, please insert it now.

When I click OK, it again shows up a dialog saying:
No device drivers were found. Make sure that the installation media contains the correct drivers, and then click OK.

Now, I don't know where to find the drivers from and what drivers is it asking for.
So I cannot format my partition even if I want to.

My first booting device in BIOS is HDD, but changing it to my optical drive didn't make a difference.

I am still stuck in BOOTMGR is missing.

Any help please.


I have recently purchased a new pc.


Gigabyte GA-A55M-S2H

AMD A4 3400


Western Digital 500GB HDD




I wanted to have a dual boot setup using Windows 7 Home Edition and Windows XP (neither are OEM) using 2 partitions on the HDD. I installed Windows 7 first on a 150GB partition without issue. I then attempted to install Windows XP. Windows loaded the files prior to install then I got a blue screen with a message that Windows had detected an issue and had stopped the installation to save my computer with the following error code:

0x0000007B 0xF78D2524 0xC0000034 0x00000000 0x00000000

I spent some time researching online and every response suggested going into the BIOS and either disabling AHCI, change from RAID/Auto AHCI to Auto ATA or set IDE mode as default. I had a look through the BIOS and the closest thing I could find was

OnChip Sata Controller: Enabled
OnChip Sata Type: Native IDE

Can anyone help me obtain a dual boot system without this error message appearing?



UPDATE: Someone suggested I needed to install XP first. I deleted both the 100MB system partition and Windows 7 itself, attempted to install XP but received the same error code.


Hi, I'm a noob to these forums so many apologies if this has been answered before, but I have a problem. Currently I have XP and want to do clean install of 7. I have two HDDs, one 500gb and one 200gb. The 500 is divided into C:, E: and F: drives, but C only has 25 gb so I want to completely remove everything from there and install 7. But, I also want to re-partition the HDD (I've already back-up my data on an external drive).

So, if I boot from the 7 disc then I get a black screen saying 'windows is installing files' and a thick line at the bottom, followed by the snazzy windows logo, followed by a blue background which I guess is the 7 desktop and my mouse cursor on screen. And...that's it. I wait and wait and no boxes come up, instructions or anything. Just the cursor and the background. Any idea what this could be? I believe that if I install from the disc (i.e. not boot but through XP)

Thanks for any help

Hello my name is zane

So I will be recieving a windows 7 upgrade disk because I bought a new laptop during the selected months. And I am hoping to clear some things up before I switch from vista

My System:HP Pavilion Dv7 with windows vista 64 bit

Well the thing is I hate almost all the extra junk I was given when I bought the pc.
And I would love to reformat and start with a brand new system running just windows 7.
When ordered the upgrade The technician said I would be able to do a fesh install with the upgrade cd but i'm very skeptical as I have been following the topic here for a while.

I know about the double Install trick and i'm hoping that it's that easy...though if someone could give me clarification that this does still work it would be much appreciated.

My next concern is what I wanna save. Basically all I really would like to keep is the mediasmart apps from HP and My drivers. But idk what to do about my recovery partition...

So far my preperations for 7 have been to :
Read up as much as possible about installing fresh with the Upgrade CD
Back up some extra files I want such as music collection and documents
And I used the Back up to disk feature and now I have a set of disks for recovery.

So how should I continue?
Should I reformat my whole HDD and do the double Install? And then Go and install all my drivers by manually finding them on websites and such? I'm confused as to how the system will run with no drivers. Will I be able to download the mediasmart apps from HP?

Or should I just reformat the C drive and do the Install to Just the C and then would I be able to use the recovery manage to install just the selected drivers...though I'm unsure if I would be able to access that program once 7 is installed.

Or can I use the recovery CD's to do this? I think they are just for a full system recovery though

Thanks for reading.. i know it may be more of an HP question and I know it's a Long post but idk who else to go to and I really wanna do this right.


As a new user of Windows 7, I wonder if anyone can help?

I recently installed Windows 7 on a partition on my 200GB IDE HDD. I tried to install the SATA driver for my SATA HDD but Windows 7 doesn't recognise it. The driver is on my AS Rock motherboard CD AA1697-11.
The driver is installed OK on the XP install on the primary partition of the IDE HDD.

I'm wondering if I can't install the driver is there any way of importing the files. Has anyone else had similar problems?

Installing Windows 7 (64-Bit) on a dedicated hard drive for testing...
Re-partitioned an unused hard drive and installed with no problems. Upon first start I received the following message:
Windows Boot Manager
Windows Failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause

File: Windowssystem32hal.dll
status: 0xc0000098
info: Windows failed to load because the HAL is missing or corrupt. "hal.dll" does not appear to be on the install dvd (iso).

my system:
Intel(R) Core2 Duo E8200 2x2.66GHz
2 GB DDR2 RAM (2x Dual channel 1 GB)
Realtek ALC 883 8-Channel HD Audio
Nvidia GeForce 7300 SE/7200 GS
Soundblaster Live! 24-Bit
LG GH20NS10 CD/DVD+-R/RW (40x/16x) (SATA)
1TB WD HDD (SATA) (removed for Windows7 testing)
250 GB WD HDD (IDE) (removed for Windows7 testing)
40 GB Seagate HDD (IDE)
Windows XP (SP3)
Ubuntu 8.10
Windows 7 Beta (build 7)

Last week I installed Windows 7, build RC 7100 x86, as a dual boot with Vista. The installation went fine - but after finishing that I only managed to see the start menu just once (the first time after completing the installation). Now I get the blue background with the fish, but no desktop icons or taskbar. ctrl+alt+delete gives a black screen.

Booting in safe mode works fine.

I also tried to start from the dvd and fix the installation, but that didn't have any effect whatsoever. The dvd was burnt with Imgburn on 1x speed.

My specs:
Acer Aspire M5500 - 1E77
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
500 GB HDD (W7 is installed on a blanc, 50GB partition)
NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT

I haven't changed any settings or drivers (exept I bought a new mouse, but the problem existed before that.)


Well i've noticed ever since i did that clean install on my new HDD it will always tell me to run a disk check at boot, I usually cancel it but its always pops up even if I do do it which is quite annoying, and the thing is I can use the partition manager because it says that the disk may be corrupted and to run a disk check -_-

How would I go about turning this feature off or delaying it to like 30 days

I've Installed Windows 7 on my computer starting from build 6218 to the latest leaked build 7229.

They have all run into corrupt disk errors they look like this

Someone advised that the entire disk was corrupt including the other partition, so i revamped my HDD and reinstalled everything. Still didn't work.

any ideas?

Hello again ,

I was just wondering about a drive not showing in Drive Manager.

I have three HDD and they show up just fine in the BIOS . The drive

that is not showing in my Device Manager are the 400 Gig and 1500 Gig.

But I am running my OS on my 320 Gig , which in neither in Device Manager

nor in Disc Manager (the area where you can delete partition format in Windows etc) .

I have the 320 and 1500 on my red SATA connector on my Board and the 400 on the black connector. Had no problems not seeing them before , just wondering how windows is not detecting the drive since they are visible in the BIOS and just working normally.

May I have changed a setting in the BIOS that let's the one 320 drive not be detected in Windows 7 all of a sudden ?

Any help would be appreciated ,

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Join Date Nov 2009 Age 40 Posts 1,246 Re: Drive not showing in Device Manager First, restart the computer and check again.

1. Check if the firmware of the drive is up to date. What drive is it?

2. See if DM is on View "Devices by type" to start with. Setting it to View "Devices by connection" should let you see the SATA drive.

3. The short of it, you'll need to go into device manager and uninstall the SATA drive and then reinstall it using "Scan For Hardware Changes" This is how:http://www.scottbuehler.com/computer...ot-showing/233

4. When you boot up is there a card bios keyboard shortcut, that you have to select in order to initialise the sata disk?
The card manufacturers help file should explain, and also detail whether any specific drivers are required.

I am wondering if it is my hdd or something else, if I transfer a big file "3gig" from partition 2 to partition 1, at the same time, open up IE or anything, My system becomes very sluggish, transfer speeds shows copying the 3 gig file from 30 mb/s & drops to 20 mb/s when I try to open something, this is another thing, 30 mb/s? that seems to be very slow. other than the pc is very quick just in middle of operations of transferring stuff becomes very sluggish.


This mess started after I had been playing Sims 2. The computer froze and BSOD popped up, in disbelief I didn't get any of the info from BSOD. I do remember it dumping memory or something.

After the shutdown/restart Windows failed to load/start. After some investigation and a similar issue happening before I discovered that the C: was somehow changed in the registry to a different drive letter, do not remember which. Using information of a MS KB article I editted the registry, changing the drive letters around as per the article's instruction.

After a successful boot, by this I mean Windows started and took me to the login/welcome screen. There I found that of 3 profiles; 1 admin and 2 standard, I could only log into one of each. The admin profile ran extremely slow and the standard profile, which rarely gets used ran fine. I could not get into the 3rd profile, it kept taking me to a "temporary" profile I can only guess because it did not have any of the personal settings that I had used in the original three.

The decision was made to start backing up personal stuff and do a "restore to factory settings." After the "are you sures," Recovery had almost completed when I received a message saying that it could not continue.

Now there is no Windows installation for which to recover. The D: drive which was a recovery drive/image is no longer there and is the CD/DVD drive now.

To make matters worse, I thought I might perform a fresh install of WinXP and then once that was up and running use my Win7 disk to perform a fresh install of Win7.

This seem to further complicate things, as now what was once a 250GB HDD now shows up as a 59GB drive. I am not certain, but the drives have somehow got partitioned.

After BIOS, I get the bootmgr missing error CRTL,ALT,DEL to restart message.

Please assist in anyway you can. I am a jack of all trades so to say, but a master of none. Please use laymans term, as I may understand some of "tech speak," but not all.

The computer is an HP G71, had Win7x64, 4GB RAM, any other info you need will have to come from the BIOS as I dont have much access to anything else.


Computer will not boot from Win7 installation disc. Same bootmgr error as before. I have access to a very limited command prompt through use of a repair disc that would normally give options to recover if there was something to recover.


I have a new machine (1 month) on which I am getting continual f4 (mainly) and 7a (sometimes) BSODs, usually while playing Battlefield 3. Sometimes on the ensuing re-boot after the BSOD, right after windows and the desktop have come up, the SSD activity light is on and the computer freezes, then BSODs again.

System details:
2600K CPU
Asus P8P67 pro m/b
On-board Realtek audio
Corsair Vengeance 2x4 GB 8-8-8-24 RAM
Corsair HX1050 PSU
Corsair Force 3 120 GB SSD (O/S and game files)
Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD
EVGA GTX 570 SC (x2 SLI) (factory overclocked to 797 MHz vs. 732 MHz)

Windows 7 64-bit O/S

I normally have the system mildly overclocked (4.0 GHz vs. 3.4 stock). Here is what I have tried:

--making sure I have current version of BIOS, chipset drivers, audio driver, graphics driver, SSD firmware
--Removing overclock on CPU and GPU
--Setting and raising Vcore (to 1.17 V)
--Setting RAM voltage to 1.55 V (vs. 1.50)
--Setting VCCIO to 1.10 (vs. auto)
--Removing Norton antivirus (currently running MS Security Essentials)

The BSODs occur at random times and intervals, but normally the first one does not happen until I have been playing BF3 for at least 30 minutes. I thought it may be heat related, but I opened my case cover and put a room fan directly on the boards (which lowered GPU temps to 72C and CPU to 50C), but still got BSOD.

Sometimes while playing BF3 I get a loud buzzing loop for a few seconds followed by the BSOD. Other times it is more gradual. I lose part of the graphics, but the game is till running. 30-45 seconds later I get the BSOD. Again, another clue is that sometimes after a BSOD playing BF3, the ensuing boot-up causes a BSOD before I really start doing anything.

Any help would be much appreciated. Dump files, CPU-Z images are attached in zip.

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Join Date Jan 2009 Posts 847 Re: New machine with continual f4 and 7a BSODs, ususally while gaming windows debugger shows the first crash as 0x3b SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION caused by fltmgr.sys which is forced on a x64 Windows platforms when an exception happens during a system service this is pos Vcore or voltage instability, then you have eight 0x7a KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR's where the Ntkernel has fallen over and are usually usually hard drive errors or RAM, then you have twenty six 0xf4 CRITICAL_OBJECT_TERMINATION where the Ntkernel has again fallen over and these are normally caused by hard drive problems IDE/sata config cabling or controller ?

everything is pointing to a hard drive problem, so I would first turn off all overclocking and backup anything critical ?

I would then pull all power and sata cables and reconect them being 110% sure they feel firm and stable ?

This could after all be something as simple as a bad connection on a sata cable or it could be something more sinister ?

As you are running your Os on your 120gb SSD I would also be tempted to create an 80gb partition onto the 1TB mechanical drive and drop an image of your running OS into that partition and experiment with running your system from there while you run some stress tests on your SSD ?

you could use an excellent but old tool like IOMeter, but be careful as you could kill an SSD with 36 hours of 4k random writes ?

Also there have been some reported problems with a batch of these drives so check the serial number and refer here ?

let us know how it goes

Hi everyone,
I went from an OEM to a custom built PC with just the graphic card remaining from that OEM system. For most of the time, I experienced BSODs when booting up, but also several times from within Windows, idling or under load.
I figured the mistake (no AHCI in BIOS) and made a clean OS reinstall after deleting the previous partition on my OS drive (SSD).
There's just two issues remaining now, one is some occasional massive performance drops (in explorer / office, no gaming), the other is I have a weird booting problem:
When I start my PC, it'll end in an infinite rebooting loop, sometimes showing BSODs, sometimes not.
Once I push the power button after a reboot (usually before / during POST) and push it a second time, the boot is successful and I can leave the machine running for days, use Standby and get no more BSODs.
I've recently reinstalled the graphics card driver (NVIDIA) according to some guide found on the net: Booting into safe modus, using CCleaner and Driver Sweeper. Win 7 blamed several BSODs on a Nvidia driver before that.

This measure hasn't resolved my boot problem.

I'd highly appreciate some advice on how to make this horrifying bunch of PCB work the way it's supposed to.

Just one more info which might be of interest: I have 2 RAID-1 arrays of Seagate Barracudas and wanted to update their firmware recently. The program loaded as supposed after reboot to do its duty, but refused to do its duty. Now I'm left with still not updated HDDs and an annoying extra prompt during boot which I want to get rid of (looking for a solution at Seagate...). Just in case you find some confusing thing in the boot menu: That's it.


EDIT1: Raids are realized using Intel Rapid Storage.

EDIT2: I just noticed CPU-Z > Memory tRAS reads 21 while the XMP-1334 Timings Table reads 23. Attached Files Andi_Attachments.zip (2.22 MB, 2 views) Last edited by Andi; 07-03-2012 at 04:46 AM. Reason: Addition of a detail Share Share this post on Digg Del.icio.us Technorati Twitter
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Join Date Jul 2012 Posts 3 Re: BSODs when booting One-month-without-a-reply-bump!
I hope that's not regarded as impatient behaviour. The problem still persists.
The Barracudas have been updated to the most recent firmware (CC35) and the RAIDs have been deleted. Doing a somewhat automated backup regularly now.

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