No. With the updated drivers, it's a perfectly good 150Mbps card.
If you use a router that runs a faster network (typically 300Mbps), you would get a performance boost with a card upgrade. Fortunately, it's one of the cheapest upgrades you can do....about $35-45 for the 6300. If you use a 150Mbps router, a card upgrade would make no difference.
So, last from my questions for the moment, I take it that the difference between pressing F9 to restore the system and making a clean install, would be that pressing F9 would re-install the bloatware all over again, making it no "cleaner" whatsoever, while using a iso with win7HP would only install the root files needed by windows in order to make the laptop fully operational. right?
Brodyboy, i take it that you have a g74 as well, if so, what is your personal "review" about the equipment?
Last edited by XVeno; 01-06-2012 at 01:12 AM.
My Windows 7 ISO which I got from DigitalRiver has been fully activated using the sticker underneath the notebook, as computer's nowadays don’t come with a actual Windows Disc, you will need a ISO to actually do a Clean Install, just mount to either a DVD or USB, then just activate it, via the Windows key on the sticker underneath. Bear in mind you need the right ISO which relates to the version which originally came with your notebook (so if you only got Win7 Home Premium, you can’t then use your key to activate Win7 Ultimate, see my thread here http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread...ht-Windows-ISO for getting the right ISO if needed.
Also, yes on bootup pressing F9 will install all the bloatware. Instead, make a bootable DVD or USB with the ISO image, then press F2 when you see the ASUS logo to enter BIOS, then select BOOT, select your USB or DVD as preferred BOOT device, insert DVD/USB, save and exit, then should get dislpay saying boot from DVD, press ENTER (you will only get a few seconds before this disappears and it continues to load Windows normally), then just follow the onscreen prompts, make sure you have the latest Drivers on DVD or USB before hand, saves alot of hassle.
Have I missed anything Brody?
Last edited by FenrirMH; 01-06-2012 at 01:31 AM.
Essentially...yes. F9 will do a factory restore, which is a complete, automated re-installation of the out-of-box configuration....bloatware and all. A clean install is a manual process. First, you install Windows. Then, you install the 8-10 essential drivers required to attain functionality of all the G74's onboard devices.So, last from my questions for the moment, I take it that the difference between pressing F9 to restore the system and making a clean install, would be that pressing F9 would re-install the bloatware all over again, making it no "cleaner" whatsoever, while using a iso with win7HP would only install the root files needed by windows in order to make the laptop fully operational. right?
Yeah....I've had three of them!! lol! In a nutshell, I think the G74 is a really nice desktop replacement laptop computer, with a really bad OEM software installation.Brodyboy, i take it that you have a g74 as well, if so, what is your personal "review" about the equipment?
All in all, I think the hardware platform is good, but I really believe that this model requires a clean install if you want stable, reliable operation. That makes it less-than-ideal for people who want a plug-n-play option.....this one requries some user intervention. Finally, I think Asus support is bad, but I honestly don't know if it's any better or worse than the other big manufacturers.
- I would have preferred that Asus installed Synaptics touchpads on all the G74s (most have Sentelic), but that's a minor annoyance.
- It has relatively poor speakers (compared to some older laptops I've owned), but they're passable.
- The full HD display is excellent, IMO....probably the best LED I've seen. (I have another Asus model that's only a year old, and its 1600x900 display is hideous compared to the G74.)
Last edited by BrodyBoy; 01-06-2012 at 01:44 AM.
Heck all I have done is throw 4GB more memory into mine, update my drivers and select the external speakers thru THX for better sound.... I have not done a clean install or remove any of the bloatware and she is running like a friggn champ.
The only 'issue' I ran into was while updating my video driver the picture in CinePlayer stopped playing... I could still hear the movies sound but had no picture... All I had to do was roll the driver back and all worked fine after that... Still running that driver and games are playing fine so I'll stick with it until I have issues... And then at that time I will just get better BluRay software to play movies if there's still an issue.
So far so good with this beast though!
So I guess i'll just stick by the clean install option, it's not that much of a deal anyways, besides from the ATK package, graphics driver, and some of the other gibberish, what software from Asus should I download? I've heard that GameFast for example, is nowhere to be found on the internet.
GameFast is included with the Rotation Desktop software.
G74SX-A1 - stock hardware - BIOS 202 - 2nd Monitor VISIO VF551XVT
Well, after reading most of the G74SX threads here (trust me, I had, god bless my patience xD), and learning how to get a better chance at NOT bricking my soon-to-be Asus G74SX, i noticed most of you mention installing the Chipset driver, a INF something, and since I'm going with a Clean Install as soon as I get it and play with some of the bloatware, I don't wanna miss anything important that might affect my overall experience...
I am familiar with some of the Asus issues (specially the Asus Web Storage crash with the Explorer.exe, but I managed to fix that myself), since I've recently acquired an Asus as well, but I don't think I'll dare risking much more than updating the BIOS.
So, if it's not asking much, may I have a step-by-step tutorial, explaining all essential drivers that i must have, in order to make it fully enjoyable and operational? You can leave the DL links to me, as I'm aware of the existence of both Jrd1st and Chastity's threads regarding drivers.
Thank you in advance.
Updating the BIOS is pretty safe if you use EasyFlash. But if you don;t have keyboard issues, you really don't HAVE to do it. FOr which part of the process do you want a step-by-step tutorial?