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sonik
12-03-2013, 11:55 PM
Hello all, I'm the (hopefully) proud new owner of a G750 JX. Got the TB-71 model with 750GB HD, and 16 GB ram.

I also purchased a samsung 840 ssd.

So my question is what is the optimal order of getting this thing properly set up?

Should I update windows to 8.1 first and then install the ssd, or ssd now and then upgrade to 8.1 ??

What programs/bloatware can I remove?

Basically what's the easiest way to get the SSD and win 8.1 up and running smoothly.

Additionally I read something about newer version of the current lineup, JXa, JWa, something along those lines. Anybody know what the deal is with that and how to check an see if I've got a newer version?


Thanks so much! Looking forward to unleashing the beast!

sonik
12-04-2013, 12:04 AM
I read the "Bought a G750JW-DB71 and a few questions" sticky thread. Just curious if I should even update to 8.1

wrangler
12-04-2013, 02:12 AM
I saw the reference to JXA, also, but it doesn't appear to be a different model, at least not one that's out now. On the ASUS web site, inputting "G750-JXA" as a model number for support got me an error message.

Pitcher@asus
12-04-2013, 03:34 AM
asus have not JXA model for G750, so where are you look for this model? others, i think you upgrade to 8.1 or change ssd then upgrade to 8.1, it is ok, you can use ASUS backtracker (http://www.asus.com/supportonly/ASUS_Backtracker/#support_Download) tool to change image to new SSD.

wrangler
12-04-2013, 04:10 AM
"JXA" is mentioned in this thread, among others.

http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?39156-G750JX-BIOS-208-Update-Concerned-about-doing-this

See the screenshot for "G750JXA" BIOS.

rillex
12-04-2013, 04:27 AM
I bought 750jx a few days ago and ran the OS on the 750gb HD, felt so extremely slow and bad. Took forever to do anything, login was so goddamn slow.


I Had never opened a laptop or changed/installed a new HDD before.
But it was pretty easy and straight-forward!





I plugged in my USB-HDD (had no other usb-pens =( ...) and ran asus backtracker
Turned off the computer
Removed the original HDD and placed the SSD where the original HD was installed.
plugged in the usb-hdd again (the one I installed the os image on with asus backtracker)

and it installed and booted up perfectly

turned off the computer again and installed the original HDD in the second slot

and formated the 750hdd


then I used windows update to install a few required updates so I could have access to the windows 8.1 upgrade

upgraded to windows 8.1 through store


Its easy and fast to do but the whole download process seem to take forever even with 100mbit



Also, I did not update my realtek audio drivers, for some reason I got very bad framerates in arma3 when installing any other realtek drivers. :(

rillex
12-04-2013, 04:32 AM
ah i realised that I probably missunderstood the topic/question :p

sorry!

sonik
12-05-2013, 11:09 PM
Thanks for the replies, anybody else want to chime in?

Pjay12
12-06-2013, 03:29 AM
I removed pretty much all the bloatware from mine. I also updated my BIOS, gpu driver, audio driver, undervolted, optimized, cleaned up, etc all by myself! (Its my first time doing it and Im very proud of myself)

Proof that I feel I did it right - Crysis 3 on ultra runs at around 40-50 fps. Gaming for 8 hours straight gave me temps below 68 degrees ( cpu and gpu) No lag. Boots up in about 5 sec max. No issues with sound or graphics. Amazing performance. My advice is to everything by yourself, experience it and find out everything about your own laptop. I had 1 reboot when overclocking my graphics card so I found out my limits. I had a few graphics driver crashes when playing around more. Now I have arrived at a system thats perfect for me.

If you need any help uninstalling stuff, post the names of the app here and Ill tell you if I think its safe to uninstall. If you want driver advice, post here and Ill tell you which one Im using perfectly satisfactorily.

On a side note, I dont experience any of the problems posted here by most users. Speaking popping or distorting, graphic probs, etc nothing. Its perfect.

sonik
12-09-2013, 04:16 AM
Cool thanks. I haven't gotten a chance to mess with anything else yet, too busy with finals. This week though I'm looking to get it fired up.

Looks like there are few different ways to go about this...

hmscott
12-09-2013, 04:57 AM
Cool thanks. I haven't gotten a chance to mess with anything else yet, too busy with finals. This week though I'm looking to get it fired up.

Looks like there are few different ways to go about this...

The most flexible way to approach this is to get another drive the same size as the original drive, and clone the original drive to the new drive, and run from the new drive - putting the original drive away for recovery/service situations. Drives aren't that expensive these days, and for the peace of mind it gives I can attest to how nice it is to remember you have a full backup drive waiting to quickly put in place when your working drive gets mucked up.

You can also use Asus Backtracker to backup the original recovery partition(s) and that gives you the ability to bring your original drive back to the original installation condition.

Imaging the original HD to the SSD is the way I did this before on the JW/JX. I shrink the Data partition on the cloned SSD so the 750GB/1TB drive partitions fit on the smaller SSD - but I keep the original partitions so I can do recovery on the SSD instead of relying on recloning to get back the original configuration.

If you have the backtracker drive and the original drive you could just skip the extra partitions and make it one big C drive, it's up to you what config you prefer to live with.

As far as the order of the backup / upgrade. I kept the original drive at 8.0, did an Image copy of the 8.0 SSD clone before updating to 8.1 with Macrium Reflect, and then another image copy after the update to 8.1 + driver/Windows Updates - basically when I was happy with the 8.1 configuration.

Then every week or so, sometimes longer when I get busy, I do an image copy of my C drive onto the 1TB drive to keep a fresh restorable backup in case my drive gets futz'd up.

Have fun :)