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Yes. Nothing special really. It's a Realtek and Windows 7 provides native support for the hardware.

I always thought this was a handy feature to have and interestingly no top of the line Asus board seems to include this anymore.
If it's not too much trouble, would you mind showing me what driver you installed to get it working?

I used the one from the Asus website in compatibility mode, and although I get it recognized, I can't get it to connect to my network. And natively Windows 7 wasn't able to load the driver for it either. It just showed up as RTL8187_ in the device manager. I also tried Realtek's RTL8187SE driver and that didn't help.

Any tips?
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Hello all. I just came across this forum while looking on info regarding SSD compatibility with my M2N32-SLI deluxe board.
Welcome.

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For some background, I was running an Athlon 64 X2 @ 3.0 GHz since I built this machine until this past summer when the heat sink fan starting having some issues and the CPU started acting funny. I think the CPU started dying because of the fan but I didn't notice any issues with the fan or high temps until I actually replaced the CPU and tried to reuse the old heat sink. I upgraded to a Phenom II X4 840 @ 3.2 GHz which I guess is a re-branded Athlon II X4 645 but either way it was low cost and an improvement over what I had. For this I also upgraded the bios to I believe 5002.

I just got done playing the BF3 beta the other day with my old 9600GT and even with the lack of decent graphics the game was great fun. I also played the beta on my PS3 but enjoyed the PC more which is unusual for me. In anticipation for the game I'm thinking of making a final upgrade move before this machine is placed on the permanent hold. Any further "upgrades" will come with a full build from scratch. I'm also running an even older 6800GS to power a second monitor with the 9600GT. I'd like to relegate the 9600 to the job of the 6800 and was thinking of procuring a GTX560 to take over primary duties. I was also thinking about the 460 but feel for not much more the 560 has some benefits over the 460.
The path I chose was a little more expensive because I was determined to utilize SLI. Two 460s seem to work quite nicely for me and will be easy to move to my next build.

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I would also like to upgrade my system drive to an SSD. In reading over the last 50-60 pages of this thread there seemed to be some good info regarding SSDs. I was planning on using an OCZ agility or vertex 2 but after reading reviews and then reading the issues on this forum I'm leaning towards the Crucial M4. Since I'm looking for around the 250 Gb range the M4 adds a decent chunk of change over the OCZ but it seems to be a safer option with regards to reliability, compatibility, and even performance. I was wondering if I'll run into any problems trying to do a fresh install of windows7 on the SSD. Will the SSD require any extra work for it to function beyond plugging it in and getting down to business? One thing to note is I do have a Raid 5 with 3 older WD drives. Since this was built a good 3 or 4 years ago, the only newer parts are the CPU and then a couple years back the 9600GT when it was first released.
For just a better overall end user experience, there's nothing quite like an SSD. I think the only suggestion I can make here is to clear the CMOS and reset ACPI before installing the SSD to make sure the system gets a good fresh start. Beyond that, Windows 7 should be very happy with an SSD. As to the size, I am forcing myself to live with a 120GB for basic necessity and using HDDs to store the bulk of my data. Probably a better practice anyway to separate OS from data. With this setup (120GB Vertex 3) I'm using it to start my system and run core apps and games.

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I figure this SSD isn't a bad choice as long as it works since I can just pull it out and go to work in a new machine should I decide to build one sooner than later. Same thing with the 560. Does it seem like this is a logical last upgrade step for the old M2N32? Should I skip the SSD and maybe go for a lower power GPU? Honestly, I'm not blinking at the cost of a standard 560 but the 256 Gb M4 makes me hesitate a little especially when there is no guarantee it will work. I would like an SSD but it needs to be this capacity or greater since I use many programs that are slow loaders and I'd like to speed them all up.

Thank you for any input you can provide. This has been driving me crazy since the beta for BF3 ended. I find it hard to think about much else until I make a decision. Below is a run I did on my old 7200rpm Hitachi using CrystalDiskMark. Looking at it, the SSD results I've seen in this thread look far superior.
Good luck and let us know what you decide.
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For just a better overall end user experience, there's nothing quite like an SSD. I think the only suggestion I can make here is to clear the CMOS and reset ACPI before installing the SSD to make sure the system gets a good fresh start. Beyond that, Windows 7 should be very happy with an SSD. As to the size, I am forcing myself to live with a 120GB for basic necessity and using HDDs to store the bulk of my data. Probably a better practice anyway to separate OS from data. With this setup (120GB Vertex 3) I'm using it to start my system and run core apps and games.

Good luck and let us know what you decide.
Thank you.

With regards to your suggestions, am I going to have to eliminate the Raid5 and set it back up after getting W7 set or should I be fine leaving everything as is? Regarding splitting the OS and data, I've never been too fond of it. Data itself I have no issue with, the whole reason for the Raid 5 was just to stick lots of old stuff that I like to look through and maybe even need something out of. Programs are another matter. I haven't ever really liked doing that. This build was really my first multi-drive build and desktop since back in the 90's though so I guess single drive operation was and is a bit of habit.

What is the best way you've found to separate? My plan is to use the 650Gb usable space on the Hitachi as a couple partitions, one for backup, one for data (i.e. My Documents type stuff), and then another for programs I don't want on the SSD. Really though, as I stand, I have about 80Gb of programs, 30-40 of windows, and around 40 of user data. Everything else is negligible. I'm sitting just under 160Gb for Vista, my programs, and all my saved files since the build, other than videos which all go on my storage array. I've uninstalled many games that I no longer play so that has saved a lot of space. I'm not sure how much less space 7 will take than Vista but I don't feel like I can shrink my usage that much.

Honestly though, I'm thinking of leaving this drive as is and starting the SSD w/ 7 from scratch. I'll have some time required for downloading and installing the programs I consider must haves. Maybe the restore backup from vista isn't the best way to approach it. I guess I can leave vista on the current drive and partition around it. Then if I can't find some programs I can just boot to that to use them.
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If it's not too much trouble, would you mind showing me what driver you installed to get it working?

I used the one from the Asus website in compatibility mode, and although I get it recognized, I can't get it to connect to my network. And natively Windows 7 wasn't able to load the driver for it either. It just showed up as RTL8187_ in the device manager. I also tried Realtek's RTL8187SE driver and that didn't help.

Any tips?
Here you go.

Honestly I think Windows just found and updated this for me. I can tell you for sure that I did not use the Asus drivers. If you're stuck, try using Drive Sweeper in Safe Mode and have it rip out all the Realtek stuff and start over.

Good luck.
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Thank you.

With regards to your suggestions, am I going to have to eliminate the Raid5 and set it back up after getting W7 set or should I be fine leaving everything as is? Regarding splitting the OS and data, I've never been too fond of it. Data itself I have no issue with, the whole reason for the Raid 5 was just to stick lots of old stuff that I like to look through and maybe even need something out of. Programs are another matter. I haven't ever really liked doing that. This build was really my first multi-drive build and desktop since back in the 90's though so I guess single drive operation was and is a bit of habit.

What is the best way you've found to separate? My plan is to use the 650Gb usable space on the Hitachi as a couple partitions, one for backup, one for data (i.e. My Documents type stuff), and then another for programs I don't want on the SSD. Really though, as I stand, I have about 80Gb of programs, 30-40 of windows, and around 40 of user data. Everything else is negligible. I'm sitting just under 160Gb for Vista, my programs, and all my saved files since the build, other than videos which all go on my storage array. I've uninstalled many games that I no longer play so that has saved a lot of space. I'm not sure how much less space 7 will take than Vista but I don't feel like I can shrink my usage that much.

Honestly though, I'm thinking of leaving this drive as is and starting the SSD w/ 7 from scratch. I'll have some time required for downloading and installing the programs I consider must haves. Maybe the restore backup from vista isn't the best way to approach it. I guess I can leave vista on the current drive and partition around it. Then if I can't find some programs I can just boot to that to use them.
I can't really comment on Raid as this is isn't something I've delved into yet.

But the idea of building fresh is certainly the way to go. In fact, I would probably start with only the SSD connected at first and then add the other drives in afterwards.

I have two machines here that live happily under the 120G cap. From my sig, you can see I carry plenty of storage.

One of the reasons I've adopted this separation approach with SSD is that there have been numerous times I've had to secure erase because of possible issues with firmware updates. This has given me the "encouragement" so to speak to keep my losses to a minimum.
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I can't really comment on Raid as this is isn't something I've delved into yet.

But the idea of building fresh is certainly the way to go. In fact, I would probably start with only the SSD connected at first and then add the other drives in afterwards.

I have two machines here that live happily under the 120G cap. From my sig, you can see I carry plenty of storage.

One of the reasons I've adopted this separation approach with SSD is that there have been numerous times I've had to secure erase because of possible issues with firmware updates. This has given me the "encouragement" so to speak to keep my losses to a minimum.
You definitely have a lot of storage. Sadly I can only shrink my system drive down to around 550 GB at the moment, odd since I'm only using 155 GB or so, which leaves the remaining 150 GB free to partition. I'm not sure how you fit the OS and games on the 120 GB drive though. Right now I have Vista and a bunch of system files sitting at about 45GB, about 40GB of games, and about 10GB of what I consider essential programs. Even if I were to relocate all the typical user type files and nonessential programs to a secondary drive I'm still sitting at 95GB. Maybe W7 takes up less space, I'm not sure. That puts me right about the max capacity I'd want to be at with a 120GB drive. Maybe it's not bad to max out an SSD though, I really don't know. It would be nice to be able to save some money on a lower capacity drive. 120 seems a bit small but maybe a 180 could work. At the price of them I feel like the 250's are a better deal at about $1 per extra GB though.
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You definitely have a lot of storage. Sadly I can only shrink my system drive down to around 550 GB at the moment, odd since I'm only using 155 GB or so, which leaves the remaining 150 GB free to partition. I'm not sure how you fit the OS and games on the 120 GB drive though.
I have 4 games installed. I also use iTunes for the active directory and artwork cache, and backups for 3 i devices. All of this probably accounts for < 40GB. With a number of utility programs also installed, there's still 30GB free.

I'm sure if you work at it it will fit easily. I've picked up some SATA-2 spinners of 2GB size for as little as $70 so that's another option for you.

If you want to go for the larger size, that's fine too. I suspect there's a lot of room for price/GB to come down.
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I have 4 games installed. I also use iTunes for the active directory and artwork cache, and backups for 3 i devices. All of this probably accounts for < 40GB. With a number of utility programs also installed, there's still 30GB free.

I'm sure if you work at it it will fit easily. I've picked up some SATA-2 spinners of 2GB size for as little as $70 so that's another option for you.

If you want to go for the larger size, that's fine too. I suspect there's a lot of room for price/GB to come down.
Hmmm. Well I'm definitely purchasing my final upgrade parts sometime this week. I've narrowed my SSD choice down to the Intel 320 160GB and the Crucial M4 256GB. The 320 runs ~$280 and should be 250 after a rebate. The M4 will cost ~380. Decisions, decisions.
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Hi everybody,
can anybody tell me which BIOS I should use for a Phenom X4 BE 975 STEP C3 on my M2N32 Sli Deluxe mobo?
Thank you!!
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Hi everybody,
can anybody tell me which BIOS I should use for a Phenom X4 BE 975 STEP C3 on my M2N32 Sli Deluxe mobo?
Thank you!!
5002,get it here http://www.overclock.net/attachments...eluxe_5002.zip

Good luck

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