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Reformattng issues on the G74SX - Clean Install and ASUS Reformat

ZeroBlade
Level 7
When I reformatted my G74SX for a clean install with Windows 7 64 bit and installed all of the drivers I would get choppy video playback. Never got to the gaming under that specific reformat since I already knew it was messed up. I want to install the ASUS Splendid Video Enhancement Technology or Power4Gear to see if that would make a difference but it said it would only install on an ASUS computer. I am looking to get the G74SX Driver and Application Disc to see if I could test out those two drivers and see if one of them makes the video work again.

When reformatting under ASUS reformat there seems to be a problem while reformatting that either the nvidia drivers will be missing under 'Programs and Features', the realtek usb card reader installing randomly while using windows, and now it seems that the network driver is having issues so I have to reformat again.

The best and most stable way to get the G74SX running would be with a clean install of Windows 64, the only thing is the choppy video playback which I cannot fix at the moment.
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dstrakele
Level 14
What application(s) are you using to play your videos?

Are you reporting choppy streaming video, choppy playing of local video files, or both?

What version video driver are you using?

What Antivirus, AntiMalware, and Firewall software are you installing to your system?

I seriously doubt that ASUS Splendid Video Enhancement Technnology or Power4Gear will do anything to resolve choppy video performance (in fact, I'd probably be more suspicious of them causing such an issue).

Have you tried using DPC Latency Checker to get DPC Latency as low as possible on your system?
G74SX-A1 - stock hardware - BIOS 202 - 2nd Monitor VISIO VF551XVT

It's choppy playback of local video files.

I'm using the same exact application MPC. The same exact Nvidia video driver 290.36. I don't think that's the issue

I'm using no antivirus under both conditions.

I reformat with the ASUS reformat discs and the problem isn't there.

I haven't used DPC Latency Checker. The issue must be something else though.


Ok I think I figured out the issue maybe not installing the Wifi Driver causes the latency? I didn't install the Wifi driver since I don't use it.

BTW for the Realtek on the G74SX your using the stock driver correct? The stock SATA driver correct since there isn't any newer version available?

ZeroBlade wrote:
Ok I think I figured out the issue maybe not installing the Wifi Driver causes the latency? I didn't install the Wifi driver since I don't use it.

BTW for the Realtek on the G74SX your using the stock driver correct? The stock SATA driver correct since there isn't any newer version available?

It sounds to me like the drivers in your clean install are incomplete. For example, it sounds like you bypassed the ATK package (that's why P4G wouldn't install.)

There are about 9-11 basic drivers that must be installed after the fresh Windows install.

There are newer versions of most basic drivers (newer than the ones on Asus' product page). You can find links in the Drivers thread.

PS: For troubleshooting purposes and getting a good Windows install with the best chance of clean playback and performance, don't install any of that Asus stuff you mentioned. Or any of the other Asus utilities. If you really want it, only add it later after you have a stable clean install up and running.

PPS: If you really don't use Wi-Fi at all, just disable that Device Manager, rather than add the driver and not use it. WLAN drivers are active and "doing stuff" whether you are actually connected or not.

Well I was going to bypass the ATK package so there were less processes that I was using. I don't think that would have anything to do with choppy video playback though. I'm actually reformatting at the moment with a clean install.

ZeroBlade wrote:
Well I was going to bypass the ATK package so there were less processes that I was using. I don't think that would have anything to do with choppy video playback though.

The ATK Package includes several important components, including the registry changes that identify your computer to other programs. It's not a lot of processes, and leaving it out is not worth the functionality you lose.

I think you'd be surprised at how many seemingly unrelated drivers can affect video and audio playback. FOr example, the ATK package has components that interface with your network controllers and your touchpad. If you are getting latencies in, say, a WLAN driver because it's bad or didn't install correctly, your touchpad can get glitchy, or video playback can be choppy. This is very common.

I understand wanting to cut back on unnecessary junk, but when you start cutting into the basic drivers/components, functionality and performance suffer. You have a very high-power 8-core porcessor, lots of RAM, etc....your computer can handle the processes. 🙂

Actually didn't know about ATK interfacing with other products. Ok, so for the audio drivers for the G74SX, stock, or the realtek ones on their website?

Ok I guess I can use the updated Realtek drivers.

ZeroBlade wrote:
Actually didn't know about ATK interfacing with other products. Ok, so for the audio drivers for the G74SX, stock, or the realtek ones on their website?

Ok I guess I can use the updated Realtek drivers.

I use the HD audio driver directly from Realtek. (Sorry, I can't seem to add a link.....must be a kink in the new forum design.)

Hello Folks

I am new to this. I am a former owner of a G74Sx. I am thinking of getting one again. I am going to use it for gaming and serious calculation. For calculation software to work I need it to be free from any hardware that need special code. Is the hardware standard PC plus standard drivers for the various hardware on board, NVIDIA GTX56m 3GB, network, etc. What drivers should be installed when getting rid of ASUS software through a clean windows install?


Cock Rouge

Cock Rouge wrote:
What drivers should be installed when getting rid of ASUS software through a clean windows install?


Cock Rouge


This is the basic driver set:

Chipset driver
Intel RST
Intel MEI
Fresco USB 3.0
nVidia Graphics
Realtek LAN
Realtek cardreader
WLAN (Atheros or Intel, depending on your machine)
Asus ATK Package
Touchpoad (not absolutely essential, since the generic MS drivers is quite functional)
Bluetooth (if present and needed)
Realtek audio (not absolutely essential, depending on your usage)