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windows 7 & ocz agility 3 slow down

post #1 of 8
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Hey, I'm new here so maybe one of you gurus might be able to help me.

I've just bought that OCZ Agillity 3 SSD and installed a fresh windows 7 copy on it.
My computer has a reputation of never restarting or rebooting smile.gif That means that i leave it on 24/7. Even when i sleep its on with winamp (can't sleep without my trance music///) and other things doing stuff.

Since i've reinstalled windows on it, i've noticed after a few days of uptime, that program windows are really not that responsive anymore. I've closed explorer.exe and restarted it but its still the same.
For example, when i close a window from a program, it does the little aero fade but freezes at 90% opacity, stays like that for 3 seconds and then it closes.

The same thing happens when browsing my computer, for example going in and out of folders, not even on the SSD, but on my other HDD. It takes 500ms to 1 second to navigate, while after i restart windows its under 100ms.
If i restart windows, everything is working smoothly again.

I've made all of the SSD optimizations that i've found on the internet and i've put the page file on my other drive.
I really dont understand what the problem is.

The previous windows instalation on my HDD was 2 years old and after 15 days of uptime it was still running like a fresh restart.

Any info is highly appreciated and i"m sorry for the TL thread type smile.gif
Thank you.
post #2 of 8
Do you have the newest firmware on it? It should have 2.15.

Also, can you post a screenshot of a program called AS SSD as well?
http://alex-is.de/PHP/fusion/downloads.php?cat_id=4&file_id=9
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
Hey Sean,
Thanks for the reply.

I ran the AS SSD software right before i posted this topic, and compared the results both with the delay i was talking about and after the restart.
Odd thing, it was with ~20 score points faster with the delay than without.
Don't have the pictures of those results anymore but I'm running the benchmark again as we speak and here it is:

501

However, upon running OCZToolbox.exe, it simply says "No OCZ Technology drive found!". I have downloaded the "OCZ Toolbox (Firmware Updater)" from here http://www.ocztechnology.com/ssd_tools/OCZ_Vertex_3,_Vertex_3_Max_IOPS,_Agility_3,_Solid_3,_RevoDrive_3,_RevoDrive_3_X2_and_Synapse_/


And in BIOS, I've set every SATA to AHCI:
439


Thanks.
Edited by Highstrike - 2/23/12 at 8:36am
post #4 of 8
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Originally Posted by Highstrike View Post

Hey Sean,
Thanks for the reply.

I ran the AS SSD software right before i posted this topic, and compared the results both with the delay i was talking about and after the restart.
Odd thing, it was with ~20 score points faster with the delay than without.
Don't have the pictures of those results anymore but I'm running the benchmark again as we speak and here it is:

501
Yea, the score looks normal, the alignment is fine, and you have the SATA driver installed.

Is windows updated fully?

Maybe look over my optimization guide if you haven't?

Maybe try another re-install?

Quote:
However, upon running OCZToolbox.exe, it simply says "No OCZ Technology drive found!". I have downloaded the "OCZ Toolbox (Firmware Updater)" from here http://www.ocztechnology.com/ssd_tools/OCZ_Vertex_3,_Vertex_3_Max_IOPS,_Agility_3,_Solid_3,_RevoDrive_3,_RevoDrive_3_X2_and_Synapse_/

Thanks.

The reason the updater is not showing your drive is b/c you have the AMD SATA driver installed and not the default Windows one, they need to fix that issue with the updater. But it doesn't matter b/c your firmware is up to date anyways.

But say there is another update just do this to view the drive in the updater:
  1. Click Start
  2. In the Start menu, type Device Manager, hit Enter
  3. Click "IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers"
  4. You will see AMD SATA Controller, Intel SATA controller, etc., right click and click "Properties"
  5. Go to the "Driver" tab
  6. Click "Update Driver"
  7. Click "Browse my Computer"
  8. Click "Let me pick"
  9. You will see the option to choose "Standard AHCI 1.0 Serial ATA Controller", click this and click "Next" and let it install
  10. Then reboot and try to install the new firmware for your drive now
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
Windows is updated to the day, yes

295

I have looked at your optimization guide, and i've done everything it says previously, from another webpage but i remember each step.
Trying another reinstall i would like to avoid because it took me a month to get everything back the way i like them, all the programs and configurations.

I have done what you told me and updated the AMD sata controller to Standard AHCI 1.0 Serial ATA Controller. The toolbox works now, but i have the latest firmware so i dont need to use it (not that i could anyway, because my windows is on it, unless i boot from linux), but thank you for the tips.

Any other ideas why my system would start behaving the way i explained after 1-2 days of uptime?
post #6 of 8
I don't atm, I'll reply back if I can think of something.
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thank you for replying.

I too will try to take a closer look when the slow delay thing begins to happen and maybe i can pin point exactly what the problem is.
If all else fails, I will reinstall my windows on my HDD and just use the SSD to keep programs and what'not.
Seeing as how I don't restart my pc all that often (maybe 2 or 3 times per month...) I really didn't need to put windows on it but i figured what the hell, right?
post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 
Uptime: 0:18:44:36... nothing yet, still runs smoothly
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