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Windows 7: I need multiple suggestions for a couple of problems that i have.

31 May 2013   #1
Executable Beep

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
I need multiple suggestions for a couple of problems that i have.

1. I just installed windows 7 on a new build (Check specs), and i want to know if everythings okay and running well, but i dont know how to do that, is there a specific way or is there any kind of program that i can download, that tells me what my FULL system specs are and if they are running okay?

2. COOLING: The stock fans from the C70 come in a really slow speed, i want to crank them up but, same problem, i dont know how, is there any special software that i can use to change the fan speeds? or do i need to buy an external controller?

3. The motherboard has a little screen that has 2 characters, every time i turn it on it gives me a LOT of characters, and finally it stays in A0, what does that mean?

4. I installed all the drivers from the motherboard, gpu and cpu i think, is there anything else i need to install? apart from antivirus?

5. STARTUP TAKES LIKE 5 MINUTES. also does shutdown. I press the ON button, then it goes through all the gigabyte motherboard stuff, then the WINDOWS IS STARTING thing comes up and it stays there for like 5 or 10 minutes, dont know why, but when it finally gets everything going on, it runs like butter on a hot pan, i can run crysis 3 at high settings no problem, i just dont know why it takes SO LONG on the boot secuence. i have another PC with exactly the same version of windows, its not nearly as fast as this one and it takes about 15 seconds to boot, i dont know whats happening:/

that is all, if i get any more problems ill probably ask you guys again, but until then, thank you


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31 May 2013   #2
Solarstarshines

Windows 10 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Executable Beep View Post
1. I just installed windows 7 on a new build (Check specs), and i want to know if everythings okay and running well, but i dont know how to do that, is there a specific way or is there any kind of program that i can download, that tells me what my FULL system specs are and if they are running okay?

2. COOLING: The stock fans from the C70 come in a really slow speed, i want to crank them up but, same problem, i dont know how, is there any special software that i can use to change the fan speeds? or do i need to buy an external controller?

3. The motherboard has a little screen that has 2 characters, every time i turn it on it gives me a LOT of characters, and finally it stays in A0, what does that mean?

4. I installed all the drivers from the motherboard, gpu and cpu i think, is there anything else i need to install? apart from antivirus?

5. STARTUP TAKES LIKE 5 MINUTES. also does shutdown. I press the ON button, then it goes through all the gigabyte motherboard stuff, then the WINDOWS IS STARTING thing comes up and it stays there for like 5 or 10 minutes, dont know why, but when it finally gets everything going on, it runs like butter on a hot pan, i can run crysis 3 at high settings no problem, i just dont know why it takes SO LONG on the boot secuence. i have another PC with exactly the same version of windows, its not nearly as fast as this one and it takes about 15 seconds to boot, i dont know whats happening:/

that is all, if i get any more problems ill probably ask you guys again, but until then, thank you
My first thought is the PSU probably on the border for a GTX670 But you have a 550w Seasonic a hell of a good brand

You can tweek some of the windows settings to allow faster boot and you might need to update chipset driver for the Motherboard

A0 in the corner is probably bios version you can also go into bios and tweek boot settings as well
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31 May 2013   #3
Lee

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11
 
 

Press your windows key then type in "msconfig." When that comes up go to the "Startup Tab" and click on the different programs to turn them off (be careful what you turn off). You may need to do this several times to get the desired result you are looking for. A good deal of the programs you install have the tendency to load up your Startup process with trash that is not needed to run your OS.
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31 May 2013   #4
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

As far as your system specs, System Info - See Your System Specs

The motherboard screen you referrred to is probably a diagnostic screen. It displays what the motherboard is checking, and will show if it gets stopped on something in particular. It's purpose is to help you diagnose problems. The codes should be in your motherboard manual. AO, is typical for OK, meaning POST went well.

As Lee suggested, hold the windows key (the one with the flag on it) and press "R". It will bring up a run box. type msconfig and go to the startup tab. The ones with the check by them are the ones that start with windows. The more programs that start with windows, the longer it takes, but should not take as long as you mentioned. Uncheck any program you do not need to start with Windows, which is about all of them. I have Windows sidebar and Microsoft Security Essentials start with windows and that's all.

As far as the fans go. If you have them connected to the motherboard, most motherboards allow you to control them through a motherboard utility or in BIOS. You can connect them to a power connector from the PSU and they will run full speed all the time, or you can purchase a fan controller to allow you to control them as you want at any time.

As far as software, there is no reliable software that I know of that will tell you if your computer is running ok. I always stay away from the utilities made to 'fix' windows. They will cause you more problems than they will solve. Try clicking the start button, in the search box type cmd, in the cmd entry that appears right click it and select 'run as administrator'. Copy/paste this into the window and hit the enter key sfc /scannow it is a system file checker which will check system files and attempt to repair any corrupted or missing files. After finishing those, check back and let us know your progress.

One more thing everyone should do, but few do, is create a system repair disk. It is easy and fairly quick, but can save you many problems down the road. System Repair Disc - Create
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31 May 2013   #5
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Your PC should boot and get to the desktop in no more than 30 or 40 seconds with an SSD.

When Windows starts there are 2 parts: a black screen with coalescing squares and "Starting Windows", then it switches to a blue screen. If the delay happens during the black screen it usually means that Windows is choking on some piece of hardware or it's driver. If it stalls on the blue screen it usually means that it is some Windows setting, file, startup program, or registry error.
Usually means often, but not always.

Be sure to check Device Manager. Look for any items with a yellow /!\ , or items listed as Unknown. If you have any that means you need to install (or reinstall) the driver for that device.
Under the Properties of each device it will tell you if the "Device is working properly".

Did you align your SSD before installing Window?
Did you install Windows with the SATA controller set on AHCI in the UEFI (BIOS) settings?
When you installed Windows, did you do so with the spinning hard disk disconnected?

Let us know.
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31 May 2013   #6
swanscn

Win 7 pro 64 bit and win 7 enterprise 64 bit
 
 
could be a hardware or firmware issue

I would start by checking the firmware levels of all of your components. From MB bios right through any other firmware your MB may have. Then do the same for all of your other components. Then move on to the various drivers for the different hardware you have installed and get them to the latest level, this may take care of things for you.
In the past I had a system that while it ran took forever to startup it turned out to be a firmware issue with a component once that was updated what was taking 10 minutes went to a minute.
If this does not solve the problem it will be time to start removing components. Start by removing everything that you do not need to boot and see if this changes things, if it does not then the problem is isolated down to the installed components. If this improves the situation add the components back 1 at a time and measure the results, you are doing this to find the problem component.
Back to what to do if the problem still exists after you take everything not needed to boot out you then should try replacing what you can. This depends on what you have available to work with.
I have seen firmware updates fix many weird things recently a machine that had been working for 18 months started to fail hourly (every 60 minutes). A firmware update to the SSD fixed the problem note this was the 1st time the firmware on the drive was updated.
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31 May 2013   #7
Executable Beep

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Solarstarshines View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Executable Beep View Post
1. I just installed windows 7 on a new build (Check specs), and i want to know if everythings okay and running well, but i dont know how to do that, is there a specific way or is there any kind of program that i can download, that tells me what my FULL system specs are and if they are running okay?

2. COOLING: The stock fans from the C70 come in a really slow speed, i want to crank them up but, same problem, i dont know how, is there any special software that i can use to change the fan speeds? or do i need to buy an external controller?

3. The motherboard has a little screen that has 2 characters, every time i turn it on it gives me a LOT of characters, and finally it stays in A0, what does that mean?

4. I installed all the drivers from the motherboard, gpu and cpu i think, is there anything else i need to install? apart from antivirus?

5. STARTUP TAKES LIKE 5 MINUTES. also does shutdown. I press the ON button, then it goes through all the gigabyte motherboard stuff, then the WINDOWS IS STARTING thing comes up and it stays there for like 5 or 10 minutes, dont know why, but when it finally gets everything going on, it runs like butter on a hot pan, i can run crysis 3 at high settings no problem, i just dont know why it takes SO LONG on the boot secuence. i have another PC with exactly the same version of windows, its not nearly as fast as this one and it takes about 15 seconds to boot, i dont know whats happening:/

that is all, if i get any more problems ill probably ask you guys again, but until then, thank you
My first thought is the PSU probably on the border for a GTX670 But you have a 550w Seasonic a hell of a good brand

You can tweek some of the windows settings to allow faster boot and you might need to update chipset driver for the Motherboard

A0 in the corner is probably bios version you can also go into bios and tweek boot settings as well
What do you mean by "the PSU probably on the border for a GTX670 But you have a 550w Seasonic a hell of a good brand"?? (sorry, my english still needs a lot of improvement cx)

and yeah, ive tried updating the motherboard's cdrivers and everything but it still takes like 5 or 10 minutos on the boot time, but after that, everythings okay:/ don't know why
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31 May 2013   #8
Executable Beep

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lee View Post
Press your windows key then type in "msconfig." When that comes up go to the "Startup Tab" and click on the different programs to turn them off (be careful what you turn off). You may need to do this several times to get the desired result you are looking for. A good deal of the programs you install have the tendency to load up your Startup process with trash that is not needed to run your OS.
Already tried doing that:/ i thought it could actually be a program failure or something, but it wasnt, im thinking its a piece of hardware but i dont know wich one
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31 May 2013   #9
Executable Beep

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
As far as your system specs, System Info - See Your System Specs

The motherboard screen you referrred to is probably a diagnostic screen. It displays what the motherboard is checking, and will show if it gets stopped on something in particular. It's purpose is to help you diagnose problems. The codes should be in your motherboard manual. AO, is typical for OK, meaning POST went well.

As Lee suggested, hold the windows key (the one with the flag on it) and press "R". It will bring up a run box. type msconfig and go to the startup tab. The ones with the check by them are the ones that start with windows. The more programs that start with windows, the longer it takes, but should not take as long as you mentioned. Uncheck any program you do not need to start with Windows, which is about all of them. I have Windows sidebar and Microsoft Security Essentials start with windows and that's all.

As far as the fans go. If you have them connected to the motherboard, most motherboards allow you to control them through a motherboard utility or in BIOS. You can connect them to a power connector from the PSU and they will run full speed all the time, or you can purchase a fan controller to allow you to control them as you want at any time.

As far as software, there is no reliable software that I know of that will tell you if your computer is running ok. I always stay away from the utilities made to 'fix' windows. They will cause you more problems than they will solve. Try clicking the start button, in the search box type cmd, in the cmd entry that appears right click it and select 'run as administrator'. Copy/paste this into the window and hit the enter key sfc /scannow it is a system file checker which will check system files and attempt to repair any corrupted or missing files. After finishing those, check back and let us know your progress.

One more thing everyone should do, but few do, is create a system repair disk. It is easy and fairly quick, but can save you many problems down the road. System Repair Disc - Create
Well, where could i find such motherboard utility to crank up the fans?:/ as far as everything else, just tried them a couple of minutes ago, pc is still taking 6+ minutes to boot up:/ but thanks anyway, this was really helpful n-n
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31 May 2013   #10
Executable Beep

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
Your PC should boot and get to the desktop in no more than 30 or 40 seconds with an SSD.

When Windows starts there are 2 parts: a black screen with coalescing squares and "Starting Windows", then it switches to a blue screen. If the delay happens during the black screen it usually means that Windows is choking on some piece of hardware or it's driver. If it stalls on the blue screen it usually means that it is some Windows setting, file, startup program, or registry error.
Usually means often, but not always.

Be sure to check Device Manager. Look for any items with a yellow /!\ , or items listed as Unknown. If you have any that means you need to install (or reinstall) the driver for that device.
Under the Properties of each device it will tell you if the "Device is working properly".

Did you align your SSD before installing Window?
Did you install Windows with the SATA controller set on AHCI in the UEFI (BIOS) settings?
When you installed Windows, did you do so with the spinning hard disk disconnected?

Let us know.
Yeah, it should be booting in like 30 or even 20 seconds with an ssd but thats my point, its taking like 6+ minutes and i dont know how to fix that ;_; and yes, the enormous delay happens when the black screen is on, where it says 'Windows is starting' and the windows flag is sparkling on top.

Already checked device manager, everything seems to be okay, no error or warning messages so i guess everythings fine...?

No, i did not align the ssd before installing windows, i dont know what i did, i just put the flash drive and forced the boot secquence on it, thats how i've done it before, if this could be the problem, would you tell me how to check if i did any of those things correct? or how to install windows all over again but with those settings enabled?
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