I'm wondering if I have my mobo set up correctly. I have ASUS P6X58D mobo with a Seagate 1.5tb Barracuda Serial ATA HD 7200/32MB/SATA-3G 7200.11. The problem I seem to be having is I just installed Call of Duty 4 and it takes almost 30 mins to startup. That can't be right. I'm new to PC gaming but there's got to be something I don't have set right. I'm running a I7 960 stock with Patriot Viper DDR3 1600mHz 6GB kit. Other programs are taking a long time to start as well. Any help will be appreciated.
Swap SATA cables ... use a different colored SATA port, on the mobo (if so).
... There were (i heard rumor of) some firmware probs, with the 7200.11 series, at one time ...
... It takes just a few minutes to flash the latest drive firmware, from Seagate support.
... Also, right click the drive icon and disable indexing.
That is all really quick and easy stuff that might solve without any protracted methodology ... but if none of that solves ... the process will get more involved and ... well ... a bit more "sticky" ... cross your fingers and hope.
Thanks for your time in answering my questions. I checked with Seagate and the model# and serial # on my drive needs no updates at this time so I'm good there. I swaped out the cable, moved the cable to sata1 port on the mobo. Check the BIOS and made sure my boot drive was my HD, disabled indexing. The only diffrent colored sata ports I have are the ATA 6.0 Gb/s ports. Still no change.
Well I don't have a "known good Hdd" to use, did what you said on the other things and still no progress. I'll tell you this, I have no clue what I'm seeing in BIOS and not sure if these settings are correct. The one thing I did find was that the hdd was not set to the 1st boot device so I changed that and then put the DVD second.
Well, if you have any computer-savvy acquaintences, within your local community, you might get them to just give it a once-over ... (free dinner!). That might just be the most efficient route, if you have any options, there.
Another option is to read our checklist and do a very careful and deliberate build (again) from the screws on up ... testing and logging each step and component.
Third option? ... take it into geek-squad or a any pro service desk and ask them to "shake it down" and isolate any faults, defects, assembly errors or configuration errors.
Or some combination of the above, with our help (here) as a resource.
Time and urgency, as well as cash flow will determine your course.
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