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#1 tVEC

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 02:08 PM

Im using a 128GB Crucial M4 (firmware 0009) as my OS drive on a Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 in the SATA 3 port0. I have 16GB RAM and a i5-2500k @ 4.2Ghz. Recently Im getting a boot time of about 30 seconds after boot. I know that isn't all that slow in general, but for a SSD it is.

I have done all the usual tweaks for SSDs advised on many websites, like disable defrag, enable write caching, disable page file and indexing, superfetch and prefetch. I used an online guide to tweak my bios for SSD- I installed windows with ACHI mode on, etc.
I'm sorry I don't have the crystal mark results but trust me they were very very good, much faster rates compared to other results I saw posted online for an M4.
Applications start fast, but when I disabled all start up programs in MSConfg it loaded the same- about 30 seconds to boot after BIOS. So I disabled all services too. Same boot time.

So far, I have uninstalled a recently added program (APC UPS software), I checked all cables in the computer and all were snug. I'm just confused because the benchmark was so good, and I thought it was software. But when disabling everything, the boot was still slow. Any ideas?

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 02:29 PM

Are you overclocking?

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 02:36 PM

Yes I am OC'd at 4.2 up from 3.3 Ghz

Should I set to default?

I tried uninstalling bitdefender and MBAM, no change. I reset the CPU to default, no change.

I guess I can live with HDD-speed boots even though I forked over $220 bucks for the M4, it's more about finding the problem now. Because it doesn't seem to be software, cus I disabled all services and programs at startup and there was no change. But how could it be hardware when things work fine after the boot? I will continue to search but if anyone has any suggestions I'm all ears.

Edited by tVEC, 14 January 2012 - 02:47 PM.

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 02:44 PM

Go back to default during troubleshooting to see if it makes a difference.

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 02:49 PM

Thanks cryptodan, please check my earlier post, I just edited it. After resetting the CPU speed with no change I put it back up to 4.2 Maybe I should return the BIOS to default? Thing is, this started recently and the BIOS has not been changed in a while.

Edited by tVEC, 14 January 2012 - 02:51 PM.

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 02:54 PM

I would drop the clock speed back to default settings to save the CPU and extend its life.

Are all your drivers updated, and are you running the latest BIOS image, also is the firmware updated on the SSD?

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 03:17 PM

Yes to all, everything is current. I'm gonna do a full scan for malware with MBAM and see if it kicks anything up. Thanks again for your input!

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 03:20 PM

Download Autoruns for Windows: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinte...s/bb963902.aspx

No installation required.

Simply unzip Autoruns.zip file, and double click on autoruns.exe file to run the program.

Go File>Save, and save it as AutoRuns.txt file to know location.

You must select Text from drop-down menu as a file type:

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Attach the file to your next reply.

Compliments of Broni

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 03:29 PM

here you go:

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 03:35 PM

sorry, it didnt uploadAttached File  AutoRuns.txt   50.9KB   2 downloads

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i7-3770k

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Crucial CT250BX1(OS), Crucial M4 128, OCZ Agility 3 60GB(Games)

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 03:47 PM

I didnt see all that many programs starting up so thats good.

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 05:20 PM

Could this be a clue? -In Intel Rapid Storage Technology Utility, on the disk in question, the OS disk, it says "System disk: NO".

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 10:55 PM

That is very odd for it to say that.

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 07:54 AM

I reinstalled Intel Rapid Storage, still does not recognize the system disk. Windows Disk Management ID's the drive as system, boot, active, crash dump.

I also set BIOS to optimized default, except for ACHI, which would prevent windows from booting. No dice.

Seems to not be BIOS, nor Programs/Services, nor the drive it self. Must be a windows setting? :crazy:

Edited by tVEC, 15 January 2012 - 11:45 AM.

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Crucial CT250BX1(OS), Crucial M4 128, OCZ Agility 3 60GB(Games)

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 02:29 PM

Or it could just be a bug within the SSD Firmware.




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