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    Default Installing a SSD on the G73JW

    Hey guys, I'm getting an SSD for the G73JW I ordered from Xoticpc and I'd like to ask if there is any difference installing it on the machine compared to installing a normal HDD. Does it need a different kind of bracket or will the standard one do?
    |Speeding on: ASUS G73JW w/ i7-740QM, 8GB DDR3 1333MHz, GTX 460M, Hybrid 500GB HDD + 500GB HDD|
    |Used to be on: ASUS G72GX w/ Intel P8700, 6GB DDR3 1066MHz, GTX 260M, 500GB HDD|

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    Should be the same as a standard HDD.

    Are you not getting XoticPC to do it for you?
    Last edited by acbatchelor; 10-22-2010 at 08:13 PM. Reason: added question
    ASUS G73JW (i7 740QM - 8GB DDR3 1333MHz - GTX 460M - 128GB Crucial C300 SSD + 500GB 7200RPM HDD)

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    I recommend you do a clean install of Windows 7 x64 home Premium.

    Download a Windows 7x64 HP ISO.
    http://forums.mydigitallife.info/thr...ch-X86-amp-X64

    Then unpack it to a USB flash drive using Microsoft's USB/DVDTool.
    http://store.microsoft.com/help/iso-tool

    On a separate USB flash drive put the unpacked Intel RST 10.0.0.1046.
    http://www.station-drivers.com/page/intel%20raid.htm

    1-Boot the computer from the USB flash drive with the Windows 7x64 HP files while the USB flash drive with the Intel RST files is in another port.
    Click NEXT at Language/Time/Keyboard screen
    Click Instal now
    Accept the license
    Choose Cutom(advanced)
    Drive Options
    Choose particion to install on.
    Click on load driver and go to the USB drive with the Intel RST
    Open the 64bit folder and click on the exe file to install the driver
    After that click OK and the Windows 7 files should start installing.

    2-After Windows 7 has completed installation I highly recommend you install the free Revo Uninstaller.(see Tips&Tricks forum)

    3-Install the newest Intel Chipset driver
    http://www.station-drivers.com/page/intel%20chipset.htm

    4-Install the newest graphics card driver.If you install a Nvidia driver and don't use 3D,uninstall the 3D Vision driver using Revo Uninstaller.See the Tips&Tricks forum for more info.
    NVIDIA:
    http://www.station-drivers.com/page/...force%20go.htm

    ATI:
    http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownloa...b_win7-64.aspx

    5-Install the 64bit sound driver:
    http://www.station-drivers.com/page/realtek.htm

    After this pick and choose any aditional software you may deem necessary.

    For SSDs let the computer idle for about 30~45 minutes so the Trim function in Windows 7.This takes the place of what a defrag program does for a mechanical HDD.This should be done especially after progams/games have been uninstalled.DO NOT USE A DEFRAG PROGRAM ON AN SSD.
    Also use CCleaner.

    Tweak the SSD using the free SSD Tweaker and turn off Windows Task Scheduler for defragmenting
    http://majorgeeks.com/SSD_Tweaker_d6382.html

    If you have a HDD installed;
    Always remove unused/unnecessary software from your boot drive
    Keep the drive running well by using CCleaner and a non resoure hog defrag program

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    Question.... Do I need to download all those drivers listed on that Intel Chipset page.
    I can't tell which one I need or don't need.

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    For #3 Only download and install the newest one that is WHQL after your Windows 7 installation completes.

    Version 9.2.0.1015
    Last edited by SmogHog; 11-27-2010 at 01:44 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SmogHog View Post
    For #3 Only download and install the newest one that is WHQL after your Windows 7 installation completes.

    Version 9.2.0.1015
    Thanks...

    Now which sound card do we have in the G73W? Realtek list several sound cards

    And as for the webcam... which one... Chicony or Azurewave? In my device manager it says...USB2.0 UVC 2M webcam

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    I'm trying to do the same thing, but the Windows install doesn't see the C300 when selecting where to install the OS. The BIOS sees the drive, but Windows install does not. If I connect the SSD to an external enclosure, Windows Explorer will see it as well as Computer Management.

    Suggestions?

    Thanks!

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    Remove any other drives.

    If the drive is not being recognized by the installation set the bios to defaults with AHCI as the storage type.

    At the add driver screen of the installation install the Intel RST x64 SATA driver software from a USB flash drive if your installing 64bit Windows 7 then the driver together with default settings may see the drive.

    http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=18861&keyword=%22RS T%22&lang=eng

    Open the zip file downloaded from the link above and put the files on the USB flash drive for installation at the add driver sreen.

    SSDs like the primary drive 0 position on the bus and sometimes aren't seen when in the secondary position.

    Check that the drive is fully seated into the power and data connections.

    You can also try installing Windows 7 off a USB flash drive also instead of the DVD.

    Does the C300 have the newest firmware which is 006.
    http://www.crucial.com/support/firmware.aspx

    Let me know how this works.

    Send me a PM if I somehow forget to come back to this thread.
    Last edited by SmogHog; 11-28-2010 at 06:13 AM.
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    Hi all, hoping you can help me. Also just got a ASUS G73JW and purchased an Intell 120GB SSD but having issues loading a fresh copy of WIN7.

    I have all drivers as mentioned in the thread above but when loading I get a message stating it's missing a CD/DVD driver and won't continue.

    I am loading from a USB with drivers on another USB so don't even need the CD/DVD drive, unplugging it also has not helped. Any research on this drive (model DS-4E1S) yileds that it needs nothing special other then the stnd. windows driver. When I choose this to load it's not recognized.

    Any ideas? I'd really like to get this SSD installed on this laptop thanks!

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