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n1ghtl1fe
02-29-2012, 03:16 PM
I have had my g74sx for a few months now but for some reason the past few weeks I have been getting a black screen after the windows logo and before the welcome screen when booting. I have tried a clean windows 7 install a couple of times with no success. Everything loads fine until i install all the latest drivers. I have googled this issue to death and was hoping maybe someone has had a similar issue with their laptop here. If anyone has any insight it would be greatly appreciated.

dstrakele
02-29-2012, 03:40 PM
1) What version video driver are you currently running?

2) Have you tried installing the stock NVIDIA driver that was shipped with your laptop?

3) What applications have you installed to your clean Windows 7 installation?

gilbert
02-29-2012, 08:31 PM
I have had my g74sx for a few months now but for some reason the past few weeks I have been getting a black screen after the windows logo and before the welcome screen when booting. I have tried a clean windows 7 install a couple of times with no success. Everything loads fine until i install all the latest drivers. I have googled this issue to death and was hoping maybe someone has had a similar issue with their laptop here. If anyone has any insight it would be greatly appreciated.

i have the same problem , i updated a network driver in device manager and i was hopping that was the issue but no luck it keep on doing it ...

i have the latest drivers for everything and it just to do it before too ... i even put in a ssd hopping that would solve my problem but it still does it ......every time on boot up , not on restarts ...

BrodyBoy
02-29-2012, 08:40 PM
I have had my g74sx for a few months now but for some reason the past few weeks I have been getting a black screen after the windows logo and before the welcome screen when booting. I have tried a clean windows 7 install a couple of times with no success. Everything loads fine until i install all the latest drivers. I have googled this issue to death and was hoping maybe someone has had a similar issue with their laptop here. If anyone has any insight it would be greatly appreciated.
Could you please list all the drivers you installed after the clean install?

In my experience, this long "dead" period during boot-up is almost always due to a missing or inappropriate driver. Windows scans the hardware during boot-up, and expects to find drivers for all the devices it finds. If anything is missing, it seems to spend an inordinate amount of time looking (in vain) for a solution.

I'm guessing you're missing a driver (or two or three.... ;)).....

BrodyBoy
02-29-2012, 08:42 PM
i have the same problem ,
Did you do a clean install? Same answer as my previous post....can you list the device drivers you have installed?

gilbert
02-29-2012, 08:56 PM
no clean install , i cloned to ssd and the only drivers that i updated is the graphics card and a network driver that had an update ,,, at the moment my g74sx is at asus getting screen replaced had a couple of dead pixels ...

Invincible
02-29-2012, 09:00 PM
I have had my g74sx for a few months now but for some reason the past few weeks I have been getting a black screen after the windows logo and before the welcome screen when booting. I have tried a clean windows 7 install a couple of times with no success. Everything loads fine until i install all the latest drivers. I have googled this issue to death and was hoping maybe someone has had a similar issue with their laptop here. If anyone has any insight it would be greatly appreciated.

I Have blinking of screen while logon with latest NV drivers, i think it's normal, maybe you have longer duration of this effect, it's maybe depends on how much programs in autostart or defragment hard drive to speed up loading of video driver

BrodyBoy
02-29-2012, 09:07 PM
no clean install , i cloned to ssd and the only drivers that i updated is the graphics card and a network driver that had an update ,,, at the moment my g74sx is at asus getting screen replaced had a couple of dead pixels ...
If you mentioned any other complaints, like the slow boots, they will very likely do a factory restore. So you'll probably get it back with its original, out-of-the-box software set-up.

Let us know whether the boot-up issue persists at that point, and we'll take it from there. Do keep in mind that long boot times...typical of bloated installations that have lots of extraneous programs and utilities loading at start-up....are different from the issue I was addressing, which is a very long dead period where it almost appears the boot has stalled....nothing seems to be happening and the screen is just blank for a long time. That's more indicative of driver issues.

gilbert
02-29-2012, 09:12 PM
If you mentioned any other complaints, like the slow boots, they will very likely do a factory restore. So you'll probably get it back with its original, out-of-the-box software set-up.

Let us know whether the boot-up issue persists at that point, and we'll take it from there. Do keep in mind that long boot times...typical of bloated installations that have lots of extraneous programs and utilities loading at start-up....are different from the issue I was addressing, which is a very long dead period where it almost appears the boot has stalled....nothing seems to be happening and the screen is just blank for a long time. That's more indicative of driver issues.
i understand my screen goes black for about 60 seconds with ssd and in regular restart like 2 seconds with my ssd, i do have the recovery disks for it and i have used them before with same result.. i will keep you guys posted with exact times and maybe a video for better understanding...

n1ghtl1fe
03-02-2012, 01:42 AM
I did a clean install and installed all the lastest drivers off the drivers thread sticky. I have 7 startup items all they really are is core Asus stuff such as Atk and touchpad. Oh and AVG antivirus. I tried installing the latest nvidia drivers and 285 version but I am yet to install the stock version that comes on my driver disk.

ColonelS
03-02-2012, 02:05 AM
Even after a clean install and standard necessities drivers, your G74SX still experiencing the issue? Oh and you mentioned your G74SX currently under RMA did you inform the personnel over there regarding your issue?

n1ghtl1fe
03-02-2012, 02:29 AM
no I haven't made any calls or emails to Asus. I figure its something I can fix if not ill try hitting them up

gilbert
03-05-2012, 09:17 PM
Ok so i got a call from best buy today to go pick up my g74sx , they replace the screen, i had some dead pixels , after inspecting it i found a lot of scratches on the bottom of my laptop and even one of the screws almost came out the other side of the back of the screen , needless to say i had that mess sent back , anyways after booting it up a couple of times there is no more long black screen boot up , i even tried my ssd and after shutting it down a couple of times did not get a long black screen , and no they did not did a restore they did not mess with anything in my hard drives ram or set up, could the problem been in the lcd ? i don't think they even turn it on..

n1ghtl1fe
03-05-2012, 10:06 PM
Ok so i got a call from best buy today to go pick up my g74sx , they replace the screen, i had some dead pixels , after inspecting it i found a lot of scratches on the bottom of my laptop and even one of the screws almost came out the other side of the back of the screen , needless to say i had that mess sent back , anyways after booting it up a couple of times there is no more long black screen boot up , i even tried my ssd and after shutting it down a couple of times did not get a long black screen , and no they did not did a restore they did not mess with anything in my hard drives ram or set up, could the problem been in the lcd ? i don't think they even turn it on..

I think it might be a driver issue just because when i do a clean install without installing any drivers at all it boots up fine. When i get home today i plan on installing the stock nvidia and touchpad drivers off my asus driver disc to see if that is the issue. Those drivers seem to be the ones that cause the most problems.

gilbert
03-05-2012, 10:15 PM
I think it might be a driver issue just because when i do a clean install without installing any drivers at all it boots up fine. When i get home today i plan on installing the stock nvidia and touchpad drivers off my asus driver disc to see if that is the issue. Those drivers seem to be the ones that cause the most problems.
then i have no explanation of why my g74sx is booting up fine after the screen replacement .....with my 500gb hard drive and with my 120gb ssd ....

n1ghtl1fe
03-06-2012, 12:45 AM
then i have no explanation of why my g74sx is booting up fine after the screen replacement .....with my 500gb hard drive and with my 120gb ssd ....

do you think is possible best buy installed new drivers when they replaced the monitor? can you tell me what driver your using and the exact model of your g74?

thanks for your help man

adamsyes
03-06-2012, 06:27 AM
I have had my g74sx for a few months now but for some reason the past few weeks I have been getting a black screen after the windows logo and before the welcome screen when booting. I have tried a clean windows 7 install a couple of times with no success. Everything loads fine until i install all the latest drivers. I have googled this issue to death and was hoping maybe someone has had a similar issue with their laptop here. If anyone has any insight it would be greatly appreciated.

click on Start> Type Msconfig > open it and go to Boot tab. You should see Timeout set by default at 30 second. Turn that into a 3. once that is done go to advanced option enable the proccessor and set it to 8, and enable the ram (don't change it just check the box). restart and you should be OK.

It has nothing to do with the Hard drive. It's the ASUS motherboard & Windows 7 Operating system small issue

gilbert
03-06-2012, 05:08 PM
do you think is possible best buy installed new drivers when they replaced the monitor? can you tell me what driver your using and the exact model of your g74?

thanks for your help man

no i still have the same drivers same partition same ram, i made sure that it was the same as when i drop it off, i'm using the latest drivers for everything v.295.73 and my model is G74SX-BBK8........

gilbert
03-06-2012, 05:10 PM
click on Start> Type Msconfig > open it and go to Boot tab. You should see Timeout set by default at 30 second. Turn that into a 3. once that is done go to advanced option enable the proccessor and set it to 8, and enable the ram (don't change it just check the box). restart and you should be OK.

It has nothing to do with the Hard drive. It's the ASUS motherboard & Windows 7 Operating system small issueeven after making those changes i was still having the black boot issue , now it was working perfect and i don't know why all they did was replace the screen ..

n1ghtl1fe
03-06-2012, 06:56 PM
click on Start> Type Msconfig > open it and go to Boot tab. You should see Timeout set by default at 30 second. Turn that into a 3. once that is done go to advanced option enable the proccessor and set it to 8, and enable the ram (don't change it just check the box). restart and you should be OK.

It has nothing to do with the Hard drive. It's the ASUS motherboard & Windows 7 Operating system small issue

I have both those settings done, I even tried reversing all small optimizations lack that. Either way it gets me the same problem :(

Ruwin
03-07-2012, 01:04 PM
The dead screen at startup is a driver problem. Not more, not less. Only a video driver problem.

1. Uninstall any video driver you have.
2. Reboot. After you uninstall the video drivers and reboot, you will see that the dead screen is gone.
3. Install new driver from Nvidia web page (not Asus or anywhere else).
4. When installing, CHOOSE CUSTOM > CLEAN INSTALL. This will delete your former setup and preferences, as well as some keys from the registry.

REMEMBER: Always make a clean install of any software. Including Windows. Don't ever rely on software intelligence. The "Express install", "Normal install", "Quick install" and "Next .... Next ... Finish" type of installations are not for you, if you have bought a RoG laptop.

If this doesn't work, consider sending the laptop back for a serious hardware check.

n1ghtl1fe
03-08-2012, 08:35 AM
after a couple clean installs of windows 7 and trying a lottt of different fixes from updating all my drivers to getting boot code errors/solutions. i also tried many of your suggestions but the one that worked finally was dstrakele's.

SOLVED: i completley uninstalled all nvidia drivers and booted in safe mode, then used Revo Uninstaller to completely remove all traces of nvidia from registry keys to left over files/folders. I then popped in my asus driver disc and installed the stock video drivers that came with my laptop. Problem solved, now she boots fast as hell.


Only one question now, am I stuck using these outdated drivers ? or could it possibly be the way the asus driver disc installed them that fixed the issue? The newest nvidia drivers benefit lots of newer games some that i am currently playing, it would suck not to be able to take advantage of these updates.

Any ideas? thanks again for all your help and input everyone

BrodyBoy
03-08-2012, 08:47 AM
Only one question now, am I stuck using these outdated drivers ? or could it possibly be the way the asus driver disc installed them that fixed the issue? The newest nvidia drivers benefit lots of newer games some that i am currently playing, it would suck not to be able to take advantage of these updates.

Any ideas? thanks again for all your help and input everyone
No, I don't think you are stuck with the old driver. The issue you were having is not universal.....plenty of us use newer nVidia drivers without experiencing problems. I think it was something specific to your setup.

If you're feeling brave, go ahead and try a "Clean install" of the latest driver (or whatever newer one you want).

n1ghtl1fe
03-08-2012, 08:58 AM
i tried that a couple times with the same result. : /

dstrakele
03-08-2012, 07:21 PM
What happens if you uninstall AVG? If it boots properly with the latest NVIDIA 295.73 WHQL driver, consider installing Microsoft Security Essentials.

n1ghtl1fe
03-09-2012, 05:43 AM
I tried a fresh install again for the hell of it using the latest drivers same problem, I guess ill try clean installing stock drivers again then seeing if i just upgrade and not do a clean install will fix it.

BrodyBoy
03-09-2012, 05:52 AM
I tried a fresh install again for the hell of it using the latest drivers same problem, I guess ill try clean installing stock drivers again then seeing if i just upgrade and not do a clean install will fix it.
Can you list the drivers you installed after the Windows installation?

n1ghtl1fe
03-09-2012, 06:54 AM
sure, I downloaded them all off this thread. http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?5224-Drivers-Apps-and-How-to-s

-Intel Chipset INF Update Utility 9.3.0.1.19
-ATK Package 1.0.0014
-KB Filter 1.003 x64
-Fresco Logic USB 3.0 v3.5.4.0
-Sentelic Touchpad 9.1.7.7
-Realtek HD Audio ALC269 Drivers R2.67 Official
-Realtek 8168 LAN Driver v7.050
-Atheros AR9002WB-1NG WiFi v9.2.1470
-Realtek USB 2.0 Card Reader Driver 6.1.7600.10001
-Nvidia 295.73

My model is G74SX-XT1 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=637440&CatId=4938

BrodyBoy
03-09-2012, 07:55 PM
Thanks for taking a minute to write up that list. :) If you intend to try this again, I would give this workflow a try:



Go into BIOS Setup and load optimized defaults
Windows OEM fresh install
Check the hardware IDs for your WLAN and touchpad devices to confirm their manufacturers. Make sure that you are installing the appropriate drivers.
Intel chipset 9.3.0.1019
Intel RST (http://downloadmirror.intel.com/20624/eng/iata_enu_10.8.0.1003.exe) (without Intel Control Center)
Intel MEI 7.0.4.1197 (http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/nb/Drivers/MEI/IMEI_Intel_Compal_Win7_64_Z7041197.zip)
nVidia graphics driver 295.73 (http://us.download.nvidia.com/Windows/295.73/295.73-notebook-win7-winvista-64bit-international-whql.exe) (without unneeded components, like updater)
Fresco USB3.0 3.5.24.0 (http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/nb/Drivers/USB3.0/USB3_Fresco_Win7_64_Z35240.zip) (plus the AsPatch)
Realtek HD audio 2.67
Touchpad (Sentelic or Synaptics, as appropriate)
Realtek LAN 7.050
Realtek Multi-card Reader 6.1.7600.10001
WLAN driver (Intel or Atheros, as appropriate)
ATK Package 1.0.0014


I have performed this install numerous times on the G74....it yields a very clean and fast Windows installation. If you're still getting glitchy start-up or performance with this, I would suspect that one of the drivers is not appropriate to an installed device (wrong TP driver, for example). Beyond that, I would start to be concerned about an issue with your GPU that may impact driver compatibility.

n1ghtl1fe
03-13-2012, 04:02 PM
np and thank you for helping out. If i cant get it resolved by going through drivers i have installed one more time I will try another clean install. if i get the same results i might end up giving asus a call : /

i noticed you left out the kb filter? any reason why?

BrodyBoy
03-13-2012, 06:36 PM
np and thank you for helping out. If i cant get it resolved by going through drivers i have installed one more time I will try another clean install. if i get the same results i might end up giving asus a call : /

i noticed you left out the kb filter? any reason why?
Because it's unnecessary. Windows' generic keyboard filter works just fine, and all Asus' proprietary keyboard functions are handled by the ATK driver package.

n1ghtl1fe
03-13-2012, 09:06 PM
do you think its possible that the version of windows 7 home premium i downloaded and installed thru USB could be causing an odd issue like this?

I would do another clean install but honestly its been 3 times now with the same results. I dont see much changing.

gilbert
03-13-2012, 11:23 PM
ok guys i just got back my g74sx-bbk8 after replacing the lcd and im happy to say that my long black screen issue is gone, im using the envidia 296.10 driver version now and no problem what so ever, i did not made any changes to my drivers at all and once i got it back from asus the issue was gone , i even put in my ssd to test and it work perfect, i just upgraded to the new driver version and no problem,,,, sorry i can't help you guys to solve this problem but it looks like in my case the problem was the lcd once it got replace the problem was gone.........

n1ghtl1fe
03-22-2012, 06:40 PM
Ok, so its been a couple weeks since my last post but I finally solved the issue thats been plaguing my G74 for months now.

I followed BrodyBoy's suggestion on what to install and in what order after another clean install and it gave me the same issue. I did however do yet aNoThEr clean install of windows 7 and took my time installing each driver in safe mode (the ones that let me install in SM) to try and find when exactly the long boot issue starts as well as doing some boot tracing and windows performance toolkit . It sucked and was time consuming but this is what I did step by step. It took me way to long to resolve this issue so I hope by posting this I can save some other poor soul the trouble. (based off BrodyBoys post with some changes):

1. Go into BIOS Setup and load optimized defaults
2. Windows OEM fresh install
3. Check the hardware IDs for your WLAN and touchpad devices to confirm their manufacturers. Make sure that you are installing the appropriate drivers.
4. Intel chipset 9.3.0.1019
5. Intel RST (without Intel Control Center)
6. Intel MEI 7.0.4.1197
7. nVidia graphics driver (THAT CAME ON DRIVER DISC, longer boot but not as bad as previously)
8. Fresco USB3.0 3.5.24.0 (plus the AsPatch)
9. Realtek HD audio 2.67
10. Touchpad (This took some playing with the latest drivers eventually 9.1.3.5 proved most stable: Sentelic)
11. Realtek LAN 7.050
12. Realtek Multi-card Reader 6.1.7600.10001
13. WLAN driver (THIS is what i believe may have caused part of the problem. My Atheros AR9002WB-1NG WiFi card was conflicting with Nvidia's drivers, Once I installed the v9.2.1.470 driver I got the LONG black screen on boot as well as spotty wifi connections)
-What i did was do a full removal of nvidia drivers/software, then installed latest from nvidias site
-Then I installed the wireless drivers that came on my Asus Driver disc, followed by installing the latest drivers 9.2.1.470 again without removing the previous driver or deleting any of the Athreos drivers.
14. ATK Package 1.0.0015

After that, I rebooted faster but still a 15 second black screen but with no issues with any of my devices, the boot was still a little slower than I would have liked so I let all my windows updates install and then:

-Enabled Boot Logging in MSCONFIG, this places a text file in your c:\windows folder that tells you exactly what drivers load and what dont/give errors, notepad file is called "ntbtlog.txt"

-I also used windows Event Viewer to see issues I was having during boot and boot times. This is what helped me pin the issue on Nvidia's drivers, Atheros card, and Sentellic touchpad 9.1.7.7 drivers (stick to 9.1.3.5).
Guide:
http://itexpertvoice.com/home/what%E2%80%99s-taking-so-long-how-to-fight-slow-startup-times-in-windows-7/

Lastly I followed this guide using Windows Performance Toolkit, it trains your windows 7 ReadyBoot to load drivers and files faster on startup, through defragging and changing a few things. Your computer will restart 6 times and it takes about 25 min to complete. It was totally worth it though I now cold boot in 42 seconds on a 500gb HDD, not bad for having startup items and such. I restart in about 50 seconds.
I reccomend everyone checks this out to increase system stability and boot speed, shes even faster coming out of sleep and hibernate now.
Guide: (dont use the command prompt quote with "-drivers" just like this guide says it can cause BSOD on W7 and it did for me.
http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/140262-how-to-speed-up-boot-process-under-windows-vista-or-windows-7/

I hope this helps some of you, thanks everyone for your help with resolving this issue. For the record I did contact Asus Support RMA and they responded telling me to buy a new HDD bracket. Im glad this got resolved without me wasting money, just some time and some of this great community here.

BrodyBoy
03-22-2012, 07:17 PM
So...bottom line....the Atheros driver is the culprit? It cannot be pinned on the nVidia driver, specifically, since many owners use these without issue.

If the Atheros driver just doesn't behave well with updates to other drivers, I would be inclined to address THAT problem, rather than force the rest of my installation to accommodate this one crappy device/driver. Though I have tried various Atheros drivers in test installs on the G74, I have, like many others, replaced the Azurewave card with an Intel option. It's a very cheap, very easy upgrade, and not only do the Intel cards provide better performance & stability than the Azurewave cards, they have better driver support.

Sometime soon, I will do a fresh test install on the G74 with the OEM card. I want to see if I can replicate your experience using all the latest drivers, and if so, figure out what Atheros driver might alleviate the issue. I don't think using old video drivers is a satisfactory solution.....owners (especially gamers) need to be able to keep their video driver up-to-date.

And NO clean install should be as much trouble as you had to go through! :(

n1ghtl1fe
03-22-2012, 07:50 PM
Basically yeah, I believe it was the Atheros driver. For some reason when I installed the drivers for it off the Asus disc then installed the latest over those drivers the issue stopped. Previously I just had installed the newest drivers off a thread on this forum. I also forgot to mention i changed a setting on my Atheros card as well, I disabled "802.11 Bluetooth High Speed" in the devices Properties under the Advanced tab. During my researching of the problem I read that it can cause issues when both wifi and Bluetooth are enabled.

Oh, I also forgot to mention Asus put an updated driver on their site last month thats newer than any I have seen posted on the threads here. Ill probably post on one of the driver threads to give people a heads up.

So all in all, it could have been several things, maybe something I even overlooked during the hours I spent on this issue. But all signs lead to the Atheros drivers causing issues with my other hardware.

If your really willing to attempt to recreate it let me know I'd be interested in your results and more than happy to tell you what I did more in-depth if you need me too. I'm honestly just happy I got this fixed, your right no clean install should be this rough.

BrodyBoy
03-22-2012, 08:31 PM
If your really willing to attempt to recreate it let me know I'd be interested in your results and more than happy to tell you what I did more in-depth if you need me too. I'm honestly just happy I got this fixed, your right no clean install should be this rough.
Yes, I'll definitely be trying it myself. As you know, I list these drivers in my install directions, so I really want to know if that particular Atheros driver is a problem. I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks for going to all the trouble to report your results in such detail.....it's very helpful. :)

n1ghtl1fe
03-22-2012, 09:13 PM
Thanks for helping me out with all this and no problem, i just hope my bogus experience can help out others. Let me know how it goes :cool:

gilbert
03-22-2012, 10:01 PM
In my case i don't have the ATHEROS card and i was still having the same issue , another thing that i notice is that when i was booting up on just the battery i was booting faster then with the power brick plugged in ...

BrodyBoy
03-23-2012, 12:33 AM
In my case i don't have the ATHEROS card and i was still having the same issue , another thing that i notice is that when i was booting up on just the battery i was booting faster then with the power brick plugged in ...
Long delays during boot are almost always related to a missing, corrupt, or inappropriate driver. (Though harder to diagnose than most, a driver turned out to be n1ghtl1fe's culprit as well.)

Ensure that all your computer's devices have proper drivers installed. Otherwise, Windows spends an inordinate amount of time (at boot up) looking to rectify the situation.

Arvizu360
10-10-2013, 07:03 AM
Ok, so its been a couple weeks since my last post but I finally solved the issue thats been plaguing my G74 for months now.

I followed BrodyBoy's suggestion on what to install and in what order after another clean install and it gave me the same issue. I did however do yet aNoThEr clean install of windows 7 and took my time installing each driver in safe mode (the ones that let me install in SM) to try and find when exactly the long boot issue starts as well as doing some boot tracing and windows performance toolkit . It sucked and was time consuming but this is what I did step by step. It took me way to long to resolve this issue so I hope by posting this I can save some other poor soul the trouble. (based off BrodyBoys post with some changes):

1. Go into BIOS Setup and load optimized defaults
2. Windows OEM fresh install
3. Check the hardware IDs for your WLAN and touchpad devices to confirm their manufacturers. Make sure that you are installing the appropriate drivers.
4. Intel chipset 9.3.0.1019
5. Intel RST (without Intel Control Center)
6. Intel MEI 7.0.4.1197
7. nVidia graphics driver (THAT CAME ON DRIVER DISC, longer boot but not as bad as previously)
8. Fresco USB3.0 3.5.24.0 (plus the AsPatch)
9. Realtek HD audio 2.67
10. Touchpad (This took some playing with the latest drivers eventually 9.1.3.5 proved most stable: Sentelic)
11. Realtek LAN 7.050
12. Realtek Multi-card Reader 6.1.7600.10001
13. WLAN driver (THIS is what i believe may have caused part of the problem. My Atheros AR9002WB-1NG WiFi card was conflicting with Nvidia's drivers, Once I installed the v9.2.1.470 driver I got the LONG black screen on boot as well as spotty wifi connections)
-What i did was do a full removal of nvidia drivers/software, then installed latest from nvidias site
-Then I installed the wireless drivers that came on my Asus Driver disc, followed by installing the latest drivers 9.2.1.470 again without removing the previous driver or deleting any of the Athreos drivers.
14. ATK Package 1.0.0015

After that, I rebooted faster but still a 15 second black screen but with no issues with any of my devices, the boot was still a little slower than I would have liked so I let all my windows updates install and then:

-Enabled Boot Logging in MSCONFIG, this places a text file in your c:\windows folder that tells you exactly what drivers load and what dont/give errors, notepad file is called "ntbtlog.txt"

-I also used windows Event Viewer to see issues I was having during boot and boot times. This is what helped me pin the issue on Nvidia's drivers, Atheros card, and Sentellic touchpad 9.1.7.7 drivers (stick to 9.1.3.5).
Guide:
http://itexpertvoice.com/home/what%E2%80%99s-taking-so-long-how-to-fight-slow-startup-times-in-windows-7/

Lastly I followed this guide using Windows Performance Toolkit, it trains your windows 7 ReadyBoot to load drivers and files faster on startup, through defragging and changing a few things. Your computer will restart 6 times and it takes about 25 min to complete. It was totally worth it though I now cold boot in 42 seconds on a 500gb HDD, not bad for having startup items and such. I restart in about 50 seconds.
I reccomend everyone checks this out to increase system stability and boot speed, shes even faster coming out of sleep and hibernate now.
Guide: (dont use the command prompt quote with "-drivers" just like this guide says it can cause BSOD on W7 and it did for me.
http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/140262-how-to-speed-up-boot-process-under-windows-vista-or-windows-7/

I hope this helps some of you, thanks everyone for your help with resolving this issue. For the record I did contact Asus Support RMA and they responded telling me to buy a new HDD bracket. Im glad this got resolved without me wasting money, just some time and some of this great community here.

I did exactly what you mentioned but with Nvidia newest drivers 334.11 something like that and they seem to work, instead I didnt upgrade to the lastest atheros drivers. I just let them at the ones that came in the CD I got to thank you man. I was stuck with old drivers for over 2 years.

Arvizu360
10-10-2013, 11:17 PM
I did exactly what you mentioned but with Nvidia newest drivers 334.11 something like that and they seem to work, instead I didnt upgrade to the lastest atheros drivers. I just let them at the ones that came in the CD I got to thank you man. I was stuck with old drivers for over 2 years.
spoke a bit too soon im still having the problem any more help would be appreciated thanks..