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AQUASTEVAE
12-22-2011, 08:45 AM
sorry, didn't realize i couldn't edit the title, until it was too late.

I was looking through all the threads, and wow! so many people are having so many problems, that i wanted to post a success thread. i love this computer. it is running as close to flawlessly as can be expected. the key is formatting the main hard drive, and doing a fresh load of win 7, WITHOUT the installation disk. LOAD WIN 7 WITHOUT ANY ASUS DRIVERS!!! (at first)...
then after you have updated the chipset, video drivers and all the I/O stuff, then load the atk package, and only the few important drivers you need for key features you want to use. checkout jr's drivers thread on this board. he keeps it up to date, and it makes it very easy to keep your system running smoothly.
i don't have any of the problems that so many others are having on this board, and several of those problems are coming from not doing enough homework before buying. however, there is plenty of help on this board, and you can make your system run well, if you will put just a little effort into it. learning about your machine is the first step and it can only help with many, many, many things in the future.
my system runs fast as hell, and it has all the features anyone could possibly want in a mobile computer. so, do some research, ask a few questions, and get your system running the way you want it to. depending on asus is just going to piss you off. so handle your business, and reap the benefits. hope this helps...

ravnos04
12-22-2011, 08:54 AM
I just received mine not 12 hours ago and have updated only the graphics drivers to the latest (285 I think). Is there anything else I 'need' to do? I am a little sketch about wiping the computer and installing a fresh copy of Win7, I don't wanna brick my rig.

AQUASTEVAE
12-22-2011, 09:50 AM
i would suggest making the bootable dvd's, if you want to be able to reset it back to factory. but believe it or not, factory is usually not nearly as good as the machine can run. the drivers are usually old, and gimmicky by the time you get it, and they will cause all kinds of problems.
the first thing you should do is flash the bios to 203, if it isn't already there. always do this in the cmos, not in the windows environment, as that can brick it. but doing a clean load of win seven will not brick your computer. it will allow you to have the fastest, most trouble free setup you could use. it gets rid of all the asus bloatware, which not only allows the system to run faster and smoother, but also gives you more disk space as well. there are a few asus apps you need to reload, but even those apps, you DO NOT want to take off of the drivers cd, or asus's site. look for jr's drivers thread on this board, and you will see links to all of the lastest drivers. there is even a page on here somewhere that tells you what you should load back on a clean install, and what you don't need. let us know if you have a question. good luck.

tkd_ron
12-22-2011, 10:05 AM
I would like to say that I love the G74sx, I never owned any computer this fast before,playing my old games I realized how much I had been missing out on gaming wise. I didn't have any problems even out of the box and it ran very good, but after reading this forum and following the advise of some of the more knowledgable members I did a clean install and only used the latest drivers from the manufacturer of each device and was impressed even more, I would have not known how great this machine could run if not for doing that...so thanks for this thread Aquastevae and a big thanks to JRd1st and BrodyBoy.

MPerni
12-22-2011, 12:59 PM
I have the G74sx for a month now and it works 10 points, and now better than the moment i take it out of the box cause the ram and SSD upgrade!! Also have to thanks to JR, Brody and the rest of the guys that are helping here every day, great guys!!
Reading to many ppl that have failures with their machines iīm crossing my fingers so nothing happend hehe. Here itīs summer with more than 30° and i have it hours making renders or some days playing hours to mw3, and the notebook always stays cool, love it!!
Also made the upgrades of some drivers, ATK, Sintec touchpad, nvidia, atheros, and i think thats all, i leave Bios with the 202 that come with, and it works great, never had any issue, so i leave it like this for now.

Boosted_R
12-22-2011, 04:50 PM
For all the new users, I would look into changing your wifi card.....BSOD once and that was due to atheros software, bluetooth is horrible, but wifi is ok....... G74 runs soo much better with the Intel 6230....check it out, best/only upgrade really needed.

chrsplmr
12-22-2011, 05:03 PM
Thank You...nice review.. and thumbs up for the 74.
It does look like there is nothing but problems....unless
ROG'r'z like u step forward....cudos..

Most consumers never have an issue..and never think to look for
a forum... especially the ones that...just wanted a great laptop..and found one.
We see some of the ones that are at the end of their rope...when it was something
simple to start with...... and these are the ones that leave the impression...unfortunately..

Thank You for stepping forward....and joining right in to helping...Welcome...hope to
see you often.....best luck...c u again soon.

As to the others above.......Welcome....S P L A S H...... water is nice and warm, eh?
(Stay away from the yellow spots...hahahhahaha...)c.

AQUASTEVAE
12-22-2011, 09:37 PM
it's nice to have a positive thread, among all the negative ones.

dstrakele
12-22-2011, 09:42 PM
You guys have obviously posted in the wrong forum... ;>{)>

JRd1st
12-22-2011, 10:15 PM
You guys have obviously posted in the wrong forum... ;>{)>
Don't forget, aquastevae did a clean install, so his still isn't a "twilight zone" story. :D

BrodyBoy
12-22-2011, 10:21 PM
it's nice to have a positive thread, among all the negative ones.
I don't think it's a matter of the forum being negative....it's just that there are a lot of troubleshooting conversations. It does get frustrating to see so many of the same issues come up over and over again, knowing that there's some simple fix Asus could do that would avoid a lot of owners' headaches.

To be fair (not argumentative....but just a counterpoint to what you're saying about your machine :) ), you DID do a clean install to get it running so well. The vast majority of computer buyers don't know what that is and would be afraid to do it if you told them. And they shouldn't HAVE to. They buy a computer thinking that the out-of-box setup is as perfect as it'll ever be (like driving a new car off the lot). They think everything on it is already updated to the latest & best software. But we know neither of these is a safe assumption. (I don't think Asus EVER updates the original installations, even on models over a year old).

It's a fair criticism that Asus ships laptops with bad, and often unstable, software setups.

BrodyBoy
12-22-2011, 10:21 PM
Don't forget, aquastevae did a clean install, so his still isn't a "twilight zone" story. :D
We think alike! .....I'm just wordier, as usual! ;)

Simba7
12-22-2011, 11:14 PM
"key is formatting the main hard drive, and doing a fresh load of win 7, WITHOUT the installation disk"

I do this on every system I get, new or used. I never use the install disk it comes with. They usually contain bloatware and/or out of date drivers.

Colki
12-23-2011, 02:36 AM
I did nothing except updating graphics and getting another virus scan. It's now around 3 month that i got it, and it performs great, i am happy with it (and a bit sad bc only 60 hz display :( ).
I do recommend the G74 everyone who wants to play the newest games on high settings. It's good for take away (if you don't have recharging issues) and a more than great desktop replacement.

AQUASTEVAE
12-23-2011, 03:34 AM
I don't think it's a matter of the forum being negative....it's just that there are a lot of troubleshooting conversations. It does get frustrating to see so many of the same issues come up over and over again, knowing that there's some simple fix Asus could do that would avoid a lot of owners' headaches.

To be fair (not argumentative....but just a counterpoint to what you're saying about your machine :) ), you DID do a clean install to get it running so well. The vast majority of computer buyers don't know what that is and would be afraid to do it if you told them. And they shouldn't HAVE to. They buy a computer thinking that the out-of-box setup is as perfect as it'll ever be (like driving a new car off the lot). They think everything on it is already updated to the latest & best software. But we know neither of these is a safe assumption. (I don't think Asus EVER updates the original installations, even on models over a year old).

It's a fair criticism that Asus ships laptops with bad, and often unstable, software setups.

i agree with what you have written, but i have a hardline edge on some of the things you wrote. while i get what you are saying, and agree with most of it, i don't give people a pass as easily as you do. i think that people who buy a technical machine with little to no knowledge of how it works sort of get their just deserves. in this day and age, you should do your homework before buying anything with a sizable price tag on it. if they are unwilling to learn about this machine that can do sooooooo much for them, then they are setting themselves up for problems.
yes, i agree asus should sell computers that are ready to bang, as soon as you turn it on. but we all know that the reality is different from the dream. you can't walk out onto the LA freeway, and expect not to get run over, and you can't jump into a world of high tech, and expect much of anything without some knowledge, or a DESIRE TO LEARN at the very least. education of anything that you have or do is always going to be key in how successful you manage it.

i hope this isn't taken as being too negative, as that wasn't my intention. instead i want to inspire these people to learn about their machine. knowledge is the kryptonite of fear. the more you learn, the less afraid you will be to try things that can help you go much further than you otherwise would have.

BrodyBoy
12-23-2011, 06:33 AM
But computers have become nearly as commonplace as TVs, refrigerators, and iPods. (Or the car that I venture out onto that L.A. freeway in....) This is all high-tech stuff that we expect to just work....in fact, we depend upon it working....without feeling obliged to understand how it works, or how to fix it.

Computers are now sold as working appliances, right next to the microwaves. Heck, my mother uses one and she can't tell a modem from a mouse! The technology has matured past the geek years where everybody who used a computer also read PC World and frequented those little cave-like computer parts stores! (I know....I was there. ;))

And oh yeah.....have you ever bought a Mac? Computers CAN work right out of the box!

AQUASTEVAE
12-23-2011, 09:26 AM
But computers have become nearly as commonplace as TVs, refrigerators, and iPods. (Or the car that I venture out onto that L.A. freeway in....) This is all high-tech stuff that we expect to just work....in fact, we depend upon it working....without feeling obliged to understand how it works, or how to fix it.

Computers are now sold as working appliances, right next to the microwaves. Heck, my mother uses one and she can't tell a modem from a mouse! The technology has matured past the geek years where everybody who used a computer also read PC World and frequented those little cave-like computer parts stores! (I know....I was there. ;))

And oh yeah.....have you ever bought a Mac? Computers CAN work right out of the box!

i was taught how to work on cars long before I ever had one, or even a license for one. i understand that many people are using computers now'a days, who know nothing about them. all i'm saying is that those people can't ***** about problems if they admittedly haven't bothered to learn anything about the machine they are using, as they cause most of them for that very reason.
as far as the mac's go, if you call that working...? i personally hate them. much bigger pain in the @#%# than a pc.

MPerni
12-23-2011, 01:19 PM
The drivers issue comes with all asus notebooks or just rog ones??
Cause im not seeing my mother buying a laptop that said "Republic of Gamer" hehe. I also think that i donīt know, maybe the 80-90% who buy a ROG one, know how to update a driver.
One of my friends of university has a i7 imac 27 inches, sometimes we do some video editing in there, the monitor is gorgeous, but the hardware on it isnīt quite good for what he paid for. For the money he waste i prefer to make a super windows pc hehe, i paid 50% less in the g74 and i have better performance.

JRd1st
12-23-2011, 02:58 PM
I'm not positive, but I'd think that all Asus notebooks have poor driver support. Its a shame because Asus Update could be so useful, if only to tell you there's an update available for your notebook. :(

AQUASTEVAE
12-25-2011, 05:10 AM
I'm not positive, but I'd think that all Asus notebooks have poor driver support. Its a shame because Asus Update could be so useful, if only to tell you there's an update available for your notebook. :(

agreed!!! too bad they just aren't willing to put the time and energy into doing the right thing.

chrsplmr
12-25-2011, 05:30 AM
This is one of the best threads i have ever read....as to how this community works...
such respect....cudos to each and every one of you....
and as to the general feel of the thread...
yes..most is general troubleshooting...jabber...between us...
this is how it works...
anyone that comes with a problem and doesnt find the solution..was only yap'n...not
listening....
you guys are why i stay.....well played.... Merry Christmas.c.