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Clean Installation for Asus G74Sx-BBK8

LeeEang
Level 7
After I had my laptop installed a clean windows 7 home premium, my laptop has become slower that is very noticable. The boot time takes up to more than 1 minute where before it took about 25-30 seconds. I did google it about the booting time, and found they mentioned about the new update of NVIDIA (301.42) which caused the booting to be longer. So I went on downgrading it (using Roll Back function from Device Manager) but it still took more than 1 minute to boot .

Another problem I figured is that the windows is not as smooth as it was before. I don't think I did anything wrong, but it's just slow. I also experienced something I've never encountered. Everytime I open an application, for instance Asus GPU Tweak, it asks me for the permission to open. And it's not only this app, some others app behave the same way too.

Please help me with this.

P.S. I installed all the needed drivers ATK, KB Filter, NVIDIA Driver (296.16), Sound, Chipset, LAN, Wireless LAN, Touchpad (Synaptic not Sentelic) and BIOS 203.
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PILGRIM wrote:
Hi, gilbert. I referenced to the OP about the thread where you mentioned
about your laptop's peculiarity (my post #6). I understand your case is different.

But we know that newer nVidia driver updates also makes the later games (and other programs)
better, supposedly. So, I'm curious on how the newer games (if ever you play them) play on the
nVidia 268.37 version. Aren't you complaining about their playability?.. Aren't there any problem/s at all?..


i really don't play that many games, i have Super Street Fighter 4 and Darksiders 2 thats it , and they play great , my laptop is super fast everything works no blue screen no errors at all , but i did scored in the 9600 in 3dmark vantage with stock clocks in the 348,79 driver and in the lows 8995 with 268,37 , but im sticking with the 268,37 because everything works perfect for me , and if i ever want/need to benchmark i can easily install the 348,79 driver . (stick with what works)
G74SX-BBK8
i7 2670QM
16GB 1600MHz
NVIDIA GTX 560M 2GB
120GB KINGSTON HYPER X SSD
INTEL CENTRINO ULTIMATE-N 6300

PILGRIM
Level 11
I currently have the Crucial M4 128 GB as my Primary OS Drive.
I would recommend it, given its reasonable price and quality.
Just make sure to update its firmware to the latest one.

Sorry, I don't use Ubuntu. Perhaps fostert could share his thoughts on this.
ASUS G74SX-3DE

PILGRIM wrote:
I currently have the Crucial M4 128 GB as my Primary OS Drive.
I would recommend it, given its reasonable price and quality.
Just make sure to update its firmware to the latest one.

Sorry, I don't use Ubuntu. Perhaps fostert could share his thoughts on this.


Alright. Thanks again PILGRIM for the info. I'll try to get a SSD.

LeeEang
Level 7
On my grub menu, it was 800x600. So I'm assuming the video card doesn't support by ubuntu. Have you experienced that?

LeeEang
Level 7
So I decided to install Ubuntu for the third times, and still the same things happen again. From the Details, it doesn't show that NVIDIA is the graphic card; it says unknown. Fucntion keys work just fine except the brightness control. Backlight keyboard is on every time i restart (it seems like it doesn't save the changes I made). Grup menu is 800x600.

LeeEang wrote:
So I decided to install Ubuntu for the third times, and still the same things happen again. From the Details, it doesn't show that NVIDIA is the graphic card; it says unknown. Fucntion keys work just fine except the brightness control. Backlight keyboard is on every time i restart (it seems like it doesn't save the changes I made). Grup menu is 800x600.


What version of Ubuntu are you using? Is it older than the 560M in the G74? Try downloading the latest version of Ubuntu. Also, I know that Debian has some pre-packaged versions of NVIDIA drivers that you can install (saves you the headache of downloading them from NVIDIA and compiling them). Does Ubuntu have similar NVIDIA driver packages you could install? Run the synaptic package manager (or whatever package manager comes with Ubuntu) and search for NVIDIA.

Not too surprised you're having Nvidia troubles with Linux...they have been the single worst company for supporting the Linux community by releasing their hardware protocols for people to write drivers with. Check out Linus Torvalds' message to them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=IVpOyKCNZYw
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G74SX-CST1-CBIL, i7 2630QM 2GHz
32GB DDR3 RAM @1333MHz
GTX560M 3GB DDR5 (192 bit)
17.3" LED 1920x1080
Sentelic TP, BIOS 203
Debian Linux Wheezy (Testing) Kernel 3.2, NVIDIA 295.40

fostert wrote:
What version of Ubuntu are you using? Is it older than the 560M in the G74? Try downloading the latest version of Ubuntu. Also, I know that Debian has some pre-packaged versions of NVIDIA drivers that you can install (saves you the headache of downloading them from NVIDIA and compiling them). Does Ubuntu have similar NVIDIA driver packages you could install? Run the synaptic package manager (or whatever package manager comes with Ubuntu) and search for NVIDIA.

Not too surprised you're having Nvidia troubles with Linux...they have been the single worst company for supporting the Linux community by releasing their hardware protocols for people to write drivers with. Check out Linus Torvalds' message to them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=IVpOyKCNZYw


I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 LT and it does have the driver packages for NVIDIA but those packages are out of dated. So I manually installed them on my own (which I finally figured out by today) but it didn't and still doesn't recognize by Ubuntu. Everything is still the same; grup and booting logo are in 800x600 resolution; brightness doesn't work until the laptop suspends; and all changes aren't saved. I already posted this problem in Askubuntu.com but no one seems to know how to fix it. Btw, the video is cool.

Anyway, I heard new update for Ubuntu is coming up this October, so I hope it would work with G74 better.

Bundy_Drop_Bear
Level 9
hey i did a clean install tonight had to make a backup of me WIn7 Ultimate DVD and remove that ie.cfg file so when i ran the Backup I could choose the HP install of the disc and not Ultimate.

Bundy_Drop_Bear wrote:
hey i did a clean install tonight had to make a backup of me WIn7 Ultimate DVD and remove that ie.cfg file so when i ran the Backup I could choose the HP install of the disc and not Ultimate.


So, do I just basically delete ie.cfg file to allow the Windows to let me choose which edition i want to?

i have the exact same model. your laptop comes with a raid0 setup. if you wipe ur recovery partition and use the recovery discs, it will not recreate the raid setup. in case you dont know what raid is, its using more than one drive to either increase performance or stability through redundancy. raid0 is 2 or more drives acting as one drive, so everything loads twice as fast, or 3 or 4 depending on how many drives you have striped.

i read somewhere that it doesnt come like that factory, maybe having something to do with your model being a best buy exclusive deal.

im dealing with this right now myself, but cant seem to figure out if its a hardware or software raid option. my project tonight is reading through all the crap advice in hopes of finding something in here that will help.

if you have the best buy warranty, this is considered a mail in fix. its to complicated for most of their employees, but ive noticed they most try to keep at least one person around that actually knows what theyre doing. if you take it in, youll probably get the immediate 'we can send it in to real techs' response. if there is someone there that knows more, you have to actually ask for them to check.

as to the other responses, if its tweaking your computer, then it would have ran just as slow before you reinstalled everything. maybe there is a driver that was updated during the reinstall that wasnt available before the wipe, but i dunno.

here's to learning everything on your own to fix simple problems because of cheap tech support.

anywho, let me know if you find anything else out, like i said, ive got the same issue.

o yea... if you look at your file tree, it will normally say you have 2 hard drives, one named C: . if you have one named C:, but it still lists 2 more hard drives, then you probably have a raid0. If not, then your laptop is no longer partitioned the way you got it, and it will take twice as long to boot up.

let me know here and ill keep posting whatever i find out if you want.