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I just recently purchased an OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD to install as my boot drive, and so far I'm finding my Windows boot time to have not decreased, nor have I really found much of a increase in my Windows Experience Index score.

I've read several guides already, and have performed all the basic preliminary steps:
-Set my motherboard SATA controller to ACHI mode
-Upgraded the firmware to the new 2.15
-Performed a clean installation of Windows
-Verified the alignment offset is set to 1024KB
-Disabled many of the Windows 7 system settings (pre/superfetch, defragmenting, set a constant pagefile, turned off hibernation, etc)
-Disabled many system services as per this guide: Blackviper's guide

At first I felt the booting was taking too long because I thought the Windows 7 splash screen animation was taking longer than Windows actually took to load, so I went into my boot options and selected the "No GUI boo" and "OS boot information" options. What I noticed was that all the Windows files load super fast, except for the last driver, classpnp.sys, which causes my system to just hang for about 30 seconds, and then finally my Windows GUI will load (about 45-60 seconds boot time in total after my POST). I've done a search on this file, and there are tons of people posting about this file causing their system to hang/freeze while loading Windows, and there really seems to be no solution. What frustrates me more is that this seems to be a driver for SCSI devices, and as far as I'm aware I'm not using any (although I could be wrong since I'm not too familiar with SCSI), nor is there any way to disable this file from loading, it would seem.

The other concerning thing is that in the guides I read, they suggested I get my computer rated for it's WEI (Windows Experience Index) score, and that a SSD should score over 7. Well, I ran my test twice. First time it scored 5.9, and 2nd time it scored 6.2... both well below 7. I've ran CrystalDiskInfo, and everything seems to check out fine on my drive, though.

Anyone have any suggestions?

Edit: Ok, I at least got my WEI scores up to 7.7 by installing the latest SATA3 controller drivers for my mobo. I was pretty sure I had done that in the beginning, but I must have missed it. I still wish I could get Windows 7 to load as fast as I've seen another person do so in a Youtube video, though.
Edited by DJRK - 10/19/11 at 9:28pm
post #2 of 8
Are you connected to Intel SATA 6Gb/s port or Marvell 6Gb/s. If it's Marvell, that explains everything. Switch to Intel asap.
post #3 of 8
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I'm not sure... I'm pretty sure I've got it installed on my SATA3-0 channel. I'm currently reading through my motherboard's manual to try to determine this, but so far haven't found anything to distinguish which ports are Intel Ports, and which ones are Marvell.

Any idea how I could determine this?

Edit: Ok, from what I think I've gathered, are the Intel ports the internal SATA connectors, and the Marvell the eSATA connector on the back? It's definitely attached to the internal SATA3 connector.
Edited by DJRK - 10/20/11 at 6:19am
post #4 of 8
From here: http://www.gigabyte.com/products/pro...px?pid=3759#sp

Chipset:
2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3_0, SATA3_1) supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices
4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (SATA2_2, SATA2_3, SATA2_4, SATA2_5) supporting up to 4 SATA 3Gb/s devices

Marvell 88SE9128 chip:
2 x eSATA 6Gb/s connectors on the back panel supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices

Your back panel eSATA ports (yellow ones) are by Marvell, make sure you don't use them. You should be connected to the white ports on the front panel.


Can you run AS SSD benchmark, please?
post #5 of 8
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Yeah, it's definitely on an Intel SATA3 port.

Here's the results of the benchmark:

Seq - R: 515.45MB/s W: 154.47MB/s
4K: - R: 21.35MB/s W: 67.33MB/s
4K-64Thrd - R: 107.13MB/s W: 147.83MB/s
Acc.time - R: 0.203ms W:0.224ms

Score:
Read:180
Write:231
Overalll: 494
post #6 of 8
My X25-M pulls a 7.7 as well. While your drive has much more speed than mine, I would expect you to see better results than myself.

Your bios updated? I noticed when I went from AM 1703 to AM 2001 I got an extra 20mbps on my SSD.

Might also try looking at your startup order to see which programs and services load first and try to optimize that.
 
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Did some quick research and found this.

Classpnp.sys is generally the driver for SCSI devices. Due to this Classpnp.sys your computer hangs at the "Starting Windows" screen.

This problem may occur in many scenarios. These scenarios include the following:

• The registry is corrupted.

• A System file is missing or damaged.

• A device driver file is missing or damaged.

I think I'd secure erase and reinstall Win7. I also would not be trying any of those things in the blackvipers guide. That may be where the problem started.
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Thanks for taking the time to research this issue. I spent a fair bit of time researching it, and came to find the same things, yet no clear solution.

Anyways, yeah, I was debating doing a secure erase and reinstall of Windows. Fortunately I've only been using this installation a couple of days, so it won't be a huge loss to start over at this point.

Regarding the secure erase, I've found 2 tools that should allow me to do so. One of them, the OCZ Toolbox, a Windows based tool, didn't work because it said the drive was frozen (and no, I was not booting Windows off of the disk itself at the time). The 2nd one is a Linux distro that I boot off a USB drive that has a secure erase tool. My question is: This tool allows me to secure erase the drive using either an external application (and gives me 3 different choices in how it is done), or it gives me the choice to do so using the drives own internal ability to do so. Is one choice particularly better than the other, or does it not really matter?
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