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G53s BSOD and OCZ Vertex3 SSD

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Greetings. First post, so please be gentle 😛

I have a new G53s which I installed an OCZ Vertex3 SSD as the primary drive (that was a crazy adventure all in it's own.)

Now I have 2 major problems, and I don't know if they are related or not, so I would like some help troubleshooting.

Problem 1) BSOD occasionally - happens as often as every hour or so, but sometimes takes as long as 8 hours.

Problem 2) Using HD Tune on my drive shows that it is working VERY slow compared to what it should be. It is only averaging about 230MBs.

Here is what I have done so far:

1) read a million posts here.
2) googled the crap out what I know
3) using the info from posts here - here is what I have done so far:
-Installed the SSD in the machine, left the 640GB original drive in for data (note, I swapped their physical locations if that matters)
-Upgraded bios to 2.09
-Ensured the SSD drive is on 2.15 (came that way, but verified it using the ocz toolbox)
-Clean Install of Windows7 ultimate from my technet description
-Installed all the drivers in this forum's sticky above on the latest drivers
-Made the suggested windows 7 tweaks for ssd's - disable prefetch etc
-did all 140+ of the windows 'suggested' windows updates

one note of interest: in the windows event log I only see one error: The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Ide\IdePort0.

I am sure I have missed something, or made an error somewhere, but I have exhausted my limited knowledge so any help would be appreciated.

JigglyWhack wrote:
Just wanted to say thanks to you both. I have been running perfectly for a couple of days now. The new Samsung drive is working great and I am sad the Vertex3 didn't live up to the hype for me.

I also bought some new ram, and wouldn't you know one of the sticks was bad, but I found that easy with the memtest suggestion. Will return that tomorrow.

Just like all the other mass-produced electronic gadgets these days, it is possible to get a defective unit. It doesn't mean they are ALL defective, just that you may have to exchange a defective unit for a new one to hopefully get an issue-free device. If you really like a particular product, you may even have to make more than one exchange!
G74SX-A1 - stock hardware - BIOS 202 - 2nd Monitor VISIO VF551XVT