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stillon80s
09-18-2011, 08:07 PM
Has anyone made a clean install for g74sx?. The reason for the question, I have been deleting a lot of of the software that it is not need it, what I think, but the lapy time for windows resume is as long as if I do a cold boot. I have another brands (sagers, toshibas, dells, lenovos, etc.) and they are very quick to come on from resume. Hey, even my little Asus EeePC is faster to come on. So I am thinking on start from scratch with a new fresh hard drive and windows installation.
I have been checking some other forums and they recommend to install W7 with the bios set up on EDI mode first. Once W7 is installed, change the registry to allow AHCI mode and reboot. While rebooting get into the bios an set AHCI mode and reboot again.
Some other forums say to leave the IDE setting since there is no noticeable gain performance on mechanical hard drives, SSD hard drives will have a performance gain noticeable.
With all these said. Can any one post a procedure and ONLY the require drivers/software to have a clean install?

BTW - I considered a Dell before buying the g74sx but I was sold on the performance and price.

iraqiboy90
09-18-2011, 10:29 PM
HDD or SSD?

1. Leave the ACHI setting on, don't change it.
2. Install clean windows 7 64bit, if that's what you want.
3. If this is an SSD, install the drivers using the CD that came with the laptop (Install only what is critical, like VGA driver, sound, network), and restart twice. HDD: restarting once is enough
4. Install all updates, then restart [twice for SSD]
5. [Optional] Check your SSD speed running this command. "winsat disk" without the quotes. Then restart when finished.
6. Enjoy fresh Windows 7.

grungeboy2
09-18-2011, 10:34 PM
i would suggest NOT doing that.

it's a pain and it's pointless. windows 7 will install just fine with AHCI mode enabled. if you try to install with EDI mode and switch you will have problems. i had a similar issue recently and learned through personal experience.

if you want to do a fresh install go for it. get your Driver CD that came with your laptop. install windows 7. once that's done, insert the driver disc. the things i unchecked were NB Probe (Cpuid HWMonitor is better), i unchecked the ASDM thing, everything else i let install. including ASUS Fastboot.

one other thing i did was to not install the Asus Nvidia Driver. i grabbed a new one from the net and installed it first, then i installed the drivers from the asus cd.

JRd1st
09-19-2011, 11:49 AM
Resume from hybernate is gonna seem slow no matter what you do. The system has to load a 12 Gb hiberfil.sys and that takes time. My G74SX seems to cold boot pretty fast to me, but resuming seems agonizingly slow so I disabled hibernation (to get rid of that 12 Gb file) and I use sleep.

I guess slow resume is a bad side effect of having a LOT of RAM. Lol

Hideaki
09-19-2011, 12:13 PM
Yeah. With my old laptop I used hibernation all the time because startup and such would take several minutes, but with my G74sx that's about 35 seconds so ...

Plus, every GB of SSD space is precious.

JRd1st
09-19-2011, 01:00 PM
... Plus, as JRd1st said, every GB of SSD space is precious.

Actually, I didn't say that. lol But since you have an SSD I agree more than ever. I just don't like having 12Gb files hanging around, doing nothing but causing eventual fragmentation on my HDD. lol

Hideaki
09-19-2011, 01:37 PM
Heh, yeah, jumped to conclusions. Sorry.

MrAgapiGC
11-20-2011, 03:08 PM
Hi all

I want also to make a clean install. I have the G74-BBK8. these does not come with the cd. It comes nice with 2 hhd and the basic 560M 2gigs 128bits video card

The computer comes with a file that is call edrivers. I make the copy from 1 hdd to another, since i have to use x7pro to log my servers on the office, but i will pay for the OS ultimate in order to use both hdd in raid0 and boost the stuff for a while.

Any recomendation? i know that there is a threath regarding the drivers, but that is log.

JRd1st
11-20-2011, 04:08 PM
Click the link "New Drivers" in my signature. There you will find an iso image of Windows 7 Home Premium, and updated drivers installation files for most of the drivers you need. Don't use the ones from the driver CD; they are old. You may need the driver CD for Intel Turbo boost monitor, though.

fostert
11-20-2011, 04:24 PM
When I got my G74 the first thing I did was download and burn three things: Hiren's BootCD 14, Windows 7 w/SP1 (seeJRd1st's sticky at top of posts on these forums), and Chastity's ASUS Driver and Application disk (http://pcaudio.ath.cx/stuff/g74sx_driverapps.rar). Boot with Hiren's BootCD, load gparted under the mini-linux boot on Hirens, and delete all partitions on both HDDs installed in my system (including the 25 GB ASUS recovery partition: useless). Make new partitions the way you want them. Boot the Windows CD, format partitions NTFS and install windoze.

Then install drivers from ASUS Driver and Application disk. Be very picky here and don't just install everything: fewest is best for lean fast system. For a good guide describing what each app is on this disk, look at
http://forum.notebookreview.com/asus...are-guide.html

Theres a good discussion in the thread below which shows a list of which drivers and other "polluteware" not to bother installing:
http://www.asusrog.com/forums/showth...-Got-the-g74sx!

And of course, use some common sense too: if you have never had a bluetooth nor ever plan on getting one, do not install the bluetooth driver and software.

BrodyBoy
11-20-2011, 07:10 PM
When I got my G74 the first thing I did was download and burn three things: Hiren's BootCD 14, Windows 7 w/SP1 (seeJRd1st's sticky at top of posts on these forums), and Chastity's ASUS Driver and Application disk (http://pcaudio.ath.cx/stuff/g74sx_driverapps.rar). Boot with Hiren's BootCD, load gparted under the mini-linux boot on Hirens, and delete all partitions on both HDDs installed in my system (including the 25 GB ASUS recovery partition: useless). Make new partitions the way you want them. Boot the Windows CD, format partitions NTFS and install windoze.

Then install drivers from ASUS Driver and Application disk. Be very picky here and don't just install everything: fewest is best for lean fast system. For a good guide describing what each app is on this disk, look at
http://forum.notebookreview.com/asus...are-guide.html

Theres a good discussion in the thread below which shows a list of which drivers and other "polluteware" not to bother installing:
http://www.asusrog.com/forums/showth...-Got-the-g74sx!

And of course, use some common sense too: if you have never had a bluetooth nor ever plan on getting one, do not install the bluetooth driver and software.

fostert:

I realize that this is an approach that you like and feel works best for you. But I've seen you recommend this procedure to new users several times now, and I'd have to argue that it's really not good advice for most users who are new to clean installs.

The Hirens program is unnecessary and makes the process much more confusing and complicated than it needs to be. (All re-partitioning, if needed, can be done from within the Windows installer.) Suggesting that all partitions on both HDDs should be deleted is not appropriate for most users, and could result in serious data loss for an unknowing newbie who thinks they should be following those directions.

And finally, as JR just mentioned, using the Asus Drivers Disk is pointless....all the important drivers are old, and re-installing the bloatware defeats the purpose of doing the clean install in the first place. Downloading and burning that disc is a waste of time. (Especially since most owners got one with their laptop.)

JRd1st
11-20-2011, 07:54 PM
... and doing a clean install because resume is slow is pointless, too. All you need to do is to disable hibernation to delete hiberfil.sys, defrag your drive, then re-enabl hibernation and you get a new hiberfil.sys that's contiguous and all alone after the system and files. If that doesn't speed up resume, nothing besides an ssd or maybe a new disk driver will.

fostert
11-20-2011, 09:22 PM
Sorry: OP asked "Can any one post a procedure and ONLY the require drivers/software to have a clean install?". I did just the procedures part, albeit probably not the most popular procedure.
Indeed, not being a well-versed Windows user/fan I didn't know you could repartition the drive during windows install. Thats good to know.
I agree with you that perhaps deleting all partitions is not the best advice: it may make most users nervous to do, and I should have clarified that I did this specifically because I needed a dual boot linux- windows system, so starting from ground zero is the only way.

But yes indeed stillon80s; take my response, average it with the reponses from others to have a clean install, and do something that resembles the mean.

MGomesss
09-19-2013, 11:01 AM
I take almost 2 minutes to fully enter windows. Why is that? Should i format?

Arvizu360
10-10-2013, 04:05 AM
I take almost 2 minutes to fully enter windows. Why is that? Should i format?
its your nvidia drivers... Install nvidia drivers 268.37 that come with your Republic of gamers disk and dotn upgrade... I too have a broken Machine that cannot upgrade its Nvidia Drivers if i dont want to wait a minute to log in to windows..