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Hello all. Have created my second new build - first one to use an SSD for the main drive and am having total nightmares at the moment with Windows 8 performance - have done a total reinstall but the same problems have cropped up yet again.

The problem is that after a while, especially when I do anything like installing any software, the system become completely unusable. Task manager can't even stop processes effectively, there's no way of turning off the computer and internet pages refuse to load. When I check task manager it reports very low CPU and memory percentages but 100% disk usage - the 100% disk usage is the common theme. On top of this I'm noticing incredibly sluggish startup - takes up to 4 minutes to get to a working desktop and things like internet explorer then, on first go, take up to 45 seconds to open. It's a potentially powerful beast (see specs below) but is giving absolutely useless performance.

I've tweaked the virtual memory so it's 8000-1600mb as advised in several forums and have optimised the drive several times but the issue just keeps cropping up. Please, please can anybody help me narrow down the problem?

Spec: I5-3470, 8GB Ram, GTX 760 OC, Gigabyte GA-H77N-Wifi
post #2 of 4
I had a very similar problem happen on my brother's computer and he has an HDD. I ended up burning the ISO to a new DVD and reinstalled Win 8 and it took care of the problems. I would wipe the SSD first before installing it again.

Also, what kind of RAM are you running and did you set the XMP profile in the BIOS? What power supply do you have and how old is it? Did you make sure to install the newest chipset driver from Gigabytes' website?
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What type of SSD do you have? Manufacturer, model and capacity? AHCI or IDE mode?

What process does Task Manager say is using 100% of the disk?
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Heisenberg
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CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core 2 Extreme @ 2.8GHz (upgrade) Intel GMA 950 2 x 2 DDR2 667MHz (upgrade) 120GB Mushkin ECO2 
Optical DriveOSMonitorPower
Replaced with 42 W/hr aux battery Mint 17.3 1280x800 Dell 65w Dell Adapter 
CaseOther
Latitude D630 Chassis Intel 7260-802.11ac 2x2 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Not telling AsRock something Pixel Pusher 2 x 8 GB AMD Radeon RAM @ 1600mhz (All the VM's) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Crucial M4 128GB (8 second boot) Western Digital RE4 1TB Western Digital RE4 2TB Pioneer Blu-Ray Reader/Writer 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Dell U2713HM IBM Model M (CLICKY!!) 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Antec HCG-900 NZXT Source 210 (it was cheap) Logitech G502 Schiit Modi 
AudioAudio
Sennheiser HD 598 M-Audio AV40's 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-4200U Microsoft BGA1168 Intel HD 4400 8 GB LPDDR3 Dual Channel @ 1600mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
SK Hynix 256GB SSD Windows 8.1 Professional 1920 x 1080p IPS Display Microsoft Touch Cover 2 
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I've seen this problem come about from SSD firmware not playing well with Windows 8, but AFAIK updating requires the drive to be wiped as part of the process. I'd make sure you have all the right and up to date drivers installed, I'd also reset the BIOS to default settings then I'd completely remove the SSD and refit it, making sure all the cables are properly connected and in the best ports.

I think there was also a bug with an update a while ago that broke the indexing service for some people causing a similar problem, maybe try disabling the service or installing from a more recent ISO.
Edited by Bearybear - 7/26/13 at 10:16am
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