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Windows 7: SDHC ReadyBoost Card Stops Boot Process ?

02 Jun 2012   #1
FredM8

Windows 7 Pro 64 Bit
 
 
SDHC ReadyBoost Card Stops Boot Process ?

I have just installed a Integral 16 GB SDHC card and dedicated it to ReadyBoost. Windows default settings decided to only take about 4GB of it for ReadyBoost so the rest of it is available for general use. The problem is that after I shut down the computer and then re-booted with the card in place, the computer got stuck half way through the boot process and just stayed there. I shut down the machine, removed the card from the onboard reader, re-booted and all was fine again. What's going on ?


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03 Jun 2012   #2
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Welcome to Seven Forums FredM8. Can't answer for the freezing, unless it is related. But see if the card is formatted Fat32, if so you will need to format it NTFS to use more than 4GB for Readyboost. A Guy
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04 Jun 2012   #3
FredM8

Windows 7 Pro 64 Bit
 
 

Thank you A Guy. I will try NTFS on my card, but the problem with the boot stall is my main concern. Having the card in place seems to be having the same effect as leaving a floppy disc in place when booting up. Is that normal ?
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04 Jun 2012   #4
A Guy

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Check BIOS to make sure the OS disk is 1st in the boot order. Hopefully it isn't trying to boot from the SDHC card.
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04 Jun 2012   #5
FredM8

Windows 7 Pro 64 Bit
 
 

I have formated the card to NTFS and windows has now taken about 9GB of the 16GB available. I have ticked dedicate this device to ReadyBoost. In the BIOS my hard drive is first in the boot sequence but the card still makes the compuer stall at startup ?
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04 Jun 2012   #6
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I take it by stall, you mean it freezes and never starts? Can you boot to safe mode? Did you install any drivers for the card? This card installs into a PCI slot? What is the make and model of the card? You say the card works after the PC is booted? A Guy
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04 Jun 2012   #7
FredM8

Windows 7 Pro 64 Bit
 
 

It's not a PCI card it's just one of those small cards that fits into the multi card reader on the front of my machine. It's a Integral Ultima class 10 16GB giving up to 20MB/s. By stall I mean that it gets only part of the way through the boot process and stops with a black screen and a flashing underscore in the top left of the screen. If I insert the card after the computer has booted it does all the things that a card is meant to do ? I have not considered "Safe Mode" No drivers were suggested by on the card specifications on the blister pack it came in. I have been to the Integral web site and no drivers are suggested or seem to be available.
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04 Jun 2012   #8
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Ahhh, ok, I misunderstood. I thought you meant it was an internal card of some sort Does the PC freeze if any other type of card is in the reader? I'll have a look around with some new search terms. A Guy
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04 Jun 2012   #9
FredM8

Windows 7 Pro 64 Bit
 
 

It's the only card I have at present.
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04 Jun 2012   #10
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

OK, we know it's not the card reader, as it boots with no card in. It's likely not the card as it works after PC is booted. I'd suspect the drivers. Open Device Manager and expand the categories and see if you have any errors. I don't have a card reader, so am not sure if it is listed under usb devices, or? I can't find any support for your PC, but you'd want to see if they have any drivers. A Guy
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