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Disable RDP password to log on:
By default, Windows will not allow the logon over a network with a blank password. After you have enabled this, you will be allowed to log on using a blank password.
You can disable blank password restrictions by using a policy. To locate and change this policy:
Click Start, point to Run, type gpedit.msc, and then click OK to start the Group Policy Editor.
Open Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\Security Options\Accounts: Limit local account use of blank passwords to console logon only.
Double-click Limit local account use of blank passwords to console logon only.
Click Disabled, and then click OK.
Quit Group Policy Editor.
Can you explain me a bit more what purpose does this serve? Also i cannot find a section in your thread on how to secure wipe "format" a SSD and start fresh again.

In regards to your last question you can format the SSD right at the beginning of installing Windows. Right after you accept the terms it asks you which drive you want to install windows on. One of the options there is "format"
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[Update]
I don't really know what else to do anymore. I have tested the RAM, HDD, GPU, and both PCI-E slots. Does anyone have any more ideas?

Here is how I tested everything:
RAM
Took out one stick and managed to run memtest. It made it through 400% with no errors

HDD
I cloned the original hard drive onto another one that does not have any bad sectors and I'm still getting the same problems. I've tried reinstalling Windows directly to the new SSD (has the latest firmware) from a disk and it also froze up.

GPU
I was worried it was the graphics card because it would freeze and I could occasionally see artifacts. I went to the store and snagged a new GT 520 and plugged it in and I'm getting the same issues. I also plugged it into my second PCI-E slot and was getting the same issues.

Start googling! That's what I usually do for everything. lol. I can't think of much atm as I am thinking of other things right now.

I think you may want to swap/test your mobo or psu.
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Disable RDP password to log on:

By default, Windows will not allow the logon over a network with a blank password. After you have enabled this, you will be allowed to log on using a blank password.

You can disable blank password restrictions by using a policy. To locate and change this policy:

Click Start, point to Run, type gpedit.msc, and then click OK to start the Group Policy Editor.
Open Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\Security Options\Accounts: Limit local account use of blank passwords to console logon only.
Double-click Limit local account use of blank passwords to console logon only.
Click Disabled, and then click OK.
Quit Group Policy Editor.


Can you explain me a bit more what purpose does this serve? Also i cannot find a section in your thread on how to secure wipe "format" a SSD and start fresh again.

Secure Erase guide here: www.overclock.net/t/1227597/how-to-secure-erase-your-solid-state-drive-ssd-with-parted-magic

It is also in the stickies section in the top of the SSD forum.

As for the Disable RDP password to log on. If you use Remote desktop in say your house and you have PCs that have no user password or you don't want to type it you can do the edit to allow you to log on to that machine without putting in a password. That is mainly there for me so I have a reminder of what I need to do when I set up my dad's PC. That whole post of random things in the guide is mainly extra stuff for me.
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Edited by MaFi0s0 - 6/11/12 at 2:05am
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Start googling! That's what I usually do for everything. lol. I can't think of much atm as I am thinking of other things right now.
I think you may want to swap/test your mobo or psu.

Yea at this point I really don't know what to do. I think it is the motherboard though. It won't even boot when the RAM is in the two black slots. It boots when they are in the blue slots but it still freezes up. I managed to find a rather nice MSI P55 board here on OCN so I might just pick that up. I do have an ancient Antec 300 from our downstares computer that I could try out but I just don't see it being an issue with the power supply. Not to mention it doesn't even have SATA power connectors so I would have to cannibalize by taking the hard drive as well as the disk drive and that's just seeming like a big pain. I'm pretty confident that it's the motherboard since I've eliminated everything else.

So I've gotten it all to work except for one thing. The SSD is only configured in IDE instead of ACHI. If I try it in the way you recommend it then it gives me a blink of a blue screen and restarts.
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Thanks for the secure wipe guide. Only if the system would allow me to give you another rep nbr lol. Again thanks much for the information. As for the special login feature i don't need that. It's nice to know you can do that too. Thanks!thumb.gif
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Hi I have a question

Is it alright to "delete" system restore and shadow copies? This is what I'm talking about

Right Click on C drive, properties, then click disk clean up, then under the "more options" tab you'll see a delete system restore and shadow copies....is it okay to get rid of these to optimize SSD perf?

Thanks
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Hi Sean, thanks for the guide, made setting up my new system a breeze.

Have a quick question
Quote:
Why 4096 as partition offset?
SSDs: It is best to use 4K (4096) alignment (partition offset) over the default 1K (1024) because of how SSD's perform their read/write operations. SSDs are erased in 4K blocks.

How do i go about aligning my new SSD to 4k? Is there a program that does this or do i need to reinstall windows :S.

Thanks
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Hi I have a question

Is it alright to "delete" system restore and shadow copies? This is what I'm talking about

Right Click on C drive, properties, then click disk clean up, then under the "more options" tab you'll see a delete system restore and shadow copies....is it okay to get rid of these to optimize SSD perf?

Thanks
All it does is delete the older system restore points, not really an optimization. tongue.gif
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Hi Sean, thanks for the guide, made setting up my new system a breeze.

Have a quick question
Quote:
Why 4096 as partition offset?
SSDs: It is best to use 4K (4096) alignment (partition offset) over the default 1K (1024) because of how SSD's perform their read/write operations. SSDs are erased in 4K blocks.

How do i go about aligning my new SSD to 4k? Is there a program that does this or do i need to reinstall windows :S.

Thanks

Don't bother with it, leave as is. There is not much of a performance increase anyways.
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All it does is delete the older system restore points, not really an optimization. tongue.gif

it's not going to hurt anything, will it? blushsmiley.gif
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