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Windows 7: Laptop can't run for more than 3hrs straight.

14 Nov 2013   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

@carwiz I installed the thing but it did nothing.

@ICit2lol Asus told me that they haven't tested windows 7 on "these machines". When I asked them who are they to make me use a certain OS, they just apologized and "strongly recommended against it" .
I didn't really understand the OEM part. Like..install an OEM version of 7 ?

Right now it's working (more or less) as it's supposed to, but keep in mind that I selected to use the nvidia graphics card only. To me, right now, this is more of a temporary fix, because it's supposed to be able to use both the intel integrated graphics and the nvidia card and switch between them without crashing.

You guys have been really helpful so far and if you have any other suggestions they will be extremely appreciated

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16 Nov 2013   #12

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kevil0922 View Post
My model is N56VB [and on the asus website they don't have anything for windows 7.]

@carwiz the nvidia link doesn't work for me. I've done the whole clean reinstall of windows about 5 or 6 times now and it didn't solve it. It had this problem before I tried the 3rd party drivers.

I have the latest nvidia drivers [I checked the website and the nvidia experience program] and on the Intel website when I do the online test it says that the driver is valid and up to date.

The bios is up to date as well. I tried updating it at some point but it wouldn't let me because I already had the latest version.

Today I went to the IT desk at university and they did some diagnostics and told me that there's nothing wrong with the hardware. They told me to set it to use the nvidia graphics only and this seems to be more or less a fix because today it hasn't crashed....but I'm still not comfortable with it...
Check out these drivers you have to hit the "others" when asked for drivers. N56VB - Notebooks & Ultrabooks - ASUS

Edit sorry if I have confused the issue but thought my previous post was the wrong one.
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16 Nov 2013   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

When I select "Others", it just gives me a bios file [my bios is already up to date] and some manuals in different languages.
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17 Nov 2013   #14

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

This seems a bit ridiculous to me as I run 8.1 on machines that were never tested as suitable. I suppose the only way is to get a new hard drive and a 7 OEM and install. If that worked then the "old" drive can wiped and used as a back up.

Now an alternative is to use the 8 as it came and get it looking like 7 with one of the Start up programs like Classic Shell (free) or Stardock8 ($5). or I have both only because I used Stardock before I realised there were others and now use the Classic Shell.

If you still have 8 on board to get to a desktop just hit the Win key + X and click on desktop at the bottom.

Mind you it will be different than 7 in items in the Control Panel etc and takes a bit of working out.
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17 Nov 2013   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

@ICit2lol My laptop didn't come with any OS preinstalled. It just had a CD with drivers compatible only with Windows 8.

I know I have the alternative of using 8, but I just can't stand it. I watched review videos on youtube and I try not to hate it but I still hate it.

By the way, I don't know much about OEM versions of Windows. If I install one, what will be the advantages ?
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17 Nov 2013   #16

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Well Kevil in a nutshell an OEM is short for Original Equipment Manufacturer and is an edition of the OS that is installed as a once off onto a machine. That means that builders both commercial (they hold a licence for this software) and you and I can install Windows for example onto a build without having to pay for the retail version.
The catch is that means that the OEM version is tied to the first motherboard it comes into contact with and cannot be installed onto another machine (or board).

The advantages are it is cheaper and is bloat ware free ie you don't get a lot of commercial brands crapware installed as well. Now if the board ever goes bad then Microsoft are usually pretty good at letting you put it onto a new board it is only a phone call away. Mind you if you did this too many times it would look rather suspicious.

To be honest I cannot see why that machine could not accept the 7 OEM it does not make a lot of sense to me.

The alternative is to install the 8 and do as I suggested but again the systems are slightly different 7 is much easier to use but the 8 I find is quicker ie my laptop I ma on now is five times faster booting and going between programs than it was.

See pic of me right now this is 8.1 with the Stradock8 set up.
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18 Nov 2013   #17

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

So far, I haven't tried installing an OEM version of Windows because I was and still am hoping to avoid another reinstall. Thank you very much for the explanation, ICit2lol !

Just an update: My laptop has been running normally since I set it up to use just the nvidia graphics.
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18 Nov 2013   #18

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

That's good to hear post again mate if things go belly up
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