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I just built a new HTPC for our living room, and I'm using a SSD for the first time. Here are my system's specs:

mb: ASUS P7H55M-PRO
cpu: Intel i3-540
ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
vid: iGPU (i3-540 integrated graphics)
ssd: Kingston SSDNow V+100 SVP100S2/96G
hdd: Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS 2TB SATA 3.0Gb/s
opt: LG Super Multi WH12LS30 (12X BD-R, 2X BD-RE....SATA)
os: Windows 7 Ultimate x64


When I first turned on the system and installed the OS, everything worked great. However, I didn't change much in BIOS (just the date/time, and to check that my drives showed up....but I didn't think about switching the SATA controller to "AHCI" instead of "IDE"). So I installed Windows 7, and everything seemed on the up-and-up.

But then I realized that I did not enable AHCI. Win7 was only taking about 20 seconds to start, but I've read that an SSD can't really reach it's potential unless AHCI is enabled. So I went into the registry and made the appropriate change (.../msahci), rebooted into BIOS and set the SATA config to use AHCI. I saved and rebooted, and verified that all of my drives were showing in the SATA Drive Config screen of the BIOS. But now Windows would not load.....it would just hang at the "Starting Windows" screen, then reboot itself.

So, I figured I must have messed something up by initially installing the OS under IDE mode. And since I had not done anything yet to the system besides install the OS, I decided to just delete the created partitions and reinstall Windows. I made sure the AHCI mode was enabled, booted from the Windows disc and deleted both the "system" and "primary" partitions that had been created on the SSD. Now the SSD just showed as 86GB of unallocated space. I proceeded with the install (which seemed to hang at 0% for most steps....), and Windows loaded fine.

But now I notice a problem when trying to install my drivers off of the ASUS CD. It seems like most of the installations hang a 0% for several minutes (5-10) before beginning the installation. And to top things off, when booting up Windows hangs at the "Starting Windows" screen for about 10 minutes......which is just unacceptable.


Soooo, now I'm at a loss. What am I doing wrong? SSDs are supposed to be so great and fast, and this is taking longer by having it in AHCI mode than if I were to reinstall under IDE mode. I've already looked to no avail, but is there some special driver that I need? I am extremely tech savvy (was a computer tech for 7 years, now a programmer), so I know what I'm doing when it comes to this (or so I thought). My next step is to reset the BIOS and install W7 again under AHCI mode, but something tells me I will end up with the same results, so I figured I'd check on here to see if you guys had more experience with this problem?

Thanks to all who can help!
post #2 of 14
Could be compeltely unrelated, but Intel Storage Matrix drivers (or something like that) would cause my boot to hang for about 5 mins.
 
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post #3 of 14
try this.
go to device manager>storage controller> and then uninstall JMicron controller.got exactly the same problem as yours and it works for me
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post #4 of 14
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Thanks for the quick replies you guys.

I do recall Intel Matrix Storage Driver being one of the things on the ASUS cd....I'll try uninstalling it and see how it goes.

As for uninstalling the JMicron controller, wouldn't that render the drive useless? what controller should I be using for the drive if not this one?
post #5 of 14
Instead of old Intel Matrix Storage get new Intel® Rapid Storage Technology and see how it goes.

I would also recommend getting drivers from ASUS website instead of CD. There are more up-to-date drivers there.

http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Int..._PRO/#download
Edited by XSCounter - 6/10/11 at 2:56pm
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XSCounter, thanks for the tip on the Intel Rapid Storage download.

However, I've found quite the contrary to be true in regards to the ASUS website. The drivers I have on my CD are newer than what is on their website. If you look at your link, under BIOS for example, the version is 1604 with a release date of 8/10, yet my board came with version 17xx, with a release date of 1/11. It does strike me as odd how none of the versions I have are on their website though......
post #7 of 14
More problems with ssd and Intel, Ive never had a problem with any ssd installing windows and get the same good results with amd drivers or bog standard msahci, on many ssds ive used. why not clean erase reinstall with ahci in bios and see what happens with the standard ahci driver? Something seems drastically wrong with your set up...
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Hmm yeah, that's odd. But other drivers should be newer? Maybe they did last minute BIOS flash before releasing this batch of boards and forgot to upload it on web.. Dunno. When I update drivers, I try to get most of drivers from manufacturer website. Like for Intel controller or wi-fi, I go on Intel website. For Nvidia drivers, go to Nvidia. Audio - Realtek and so on, depending on what I got on my mobo.

But back to business; did driver update help with slow boot?
post #9 of 14
Hi XSCounter on another note if I may I see you have same soundcard, do you run it to an AV amp? On PCM i have the green analogue to my pc speakers and the optical to my AV 7.2 amp. When I send signal to amp what speaker setting should I have on the Asus DX Audio Center? when i have it set to 2 channels it seems quiet and if i set it to 8 channels its really loud through amp. I know the setting is a lot down to thje listener but what would you set it? Doesnt it only send a stereo signal down the coaxial wire? I get confused!!!
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post #10 of 14
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I haven't tried yet. I just booted and was prompted immediately to restart to finish the install or complete the change or something. I remember reading about having to do this once Windows detects the AHCI drive and installs the appropriate driver. So I restarted, hoping somehow things fixed themselves (yeah right).

Anyway, so now I've had it and I'm pulling it all out except the SSD and optical drive. I just reset the BIOS to factory so I can start fresh. My intentions:

- Boot into BIOS.
- Verify the SSD drive shows up and then switch the SATA controller to AHCI mode.
- Boot from Windows 7 dvd and install Windows.
- Download Intel Rapid Storage Technology, install, and reboot.

I'll post results of how the reboot goes (as for the hang issue), and see how Windows is registering the drive (SSD or not).

I'll also check the ASUS site against my local copies and download any updates. Thanks for the help. Any other suggestions to get this thing up and purrrrring?
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