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Need help in Asus Bios and SSD configuration!!!!

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November 25, 2011 8:46:02 PM

My specs are

Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z
I7 2600k Processor
Windows 7
Crucial M4 256 SSD


These pictures are of my current BIOS. The first picture are my onboard devices. What I want to know is which ones I can safely turn off that will lead to a faster boot time, or if there are some that I do not need at all turned on.









The second one is my boot screen
For some reason if I select my M4 SSD as my primary boot option windows will not start up, it will just go to a black screen with an underscore blinking in the top left. I have to select Windows boot manager for windows to boot up properly. I do not know if this is ok or not ok or if it can be fixed. I also noticed that I believe my SSD drive is plugged into the Intel Z68 SATA 6.0 GB/S connectors and not the Marvell SATA 6.0 GB connectors. What is the difference between the two? ive done alot of reading and cannot find which one is best for the SSD to be plugged in to. If you could help me on these issues that would be fantastic! thanks guys.
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November 25, 2011 10:54:36 PM

1) I think you are doing the proper thing to install the SSD on one of the Intel 6gb ports.
I do not know why it does not boot.

2) I would install the other drives also on the Intel sata ports.

3) If you do not use the marvell extra 6gb ports, why not disable them and avoid the time to initialize them. If you do not have the marvell drivers installed, it might even be the cause of your boot problems.

4) If you do not have a floppy installed, you can disable that adapter too.
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November 25, 2011 11:20:01 PM

i dont know why it has to do windows boot either, it looks the same as if i had the m4 as the primary boot, it doesnt ask me anything on loadup. i do have all the drivers installed including the marvells. and the ssd is the only drive i have so that eliminates having to put any others on those sata ports. would the issue be that the ssd could not be connected to the number 1 port on the sata ports or something? idk : \
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November 25, 2011 11:21:17 PM

also whats your reasoning behind installing on the 6gb ports? the only thing the manual said i believe that the marvell was for storage devices only, but the intel ports could be set up for a RAID. or something like that
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November 25, 2011 11:23:48 PM

rmarshall292 said:
i dont know why it has to do windows boot either, it looks the same as if i had the m4 as the primary boot, it doesnt ask me anything on loadup. i do have all the drivers installed including the marvells. and the ssd is the only drive i have so that eliminates having to put any others on those sata ports. would the issue be that the ssd could not be connected to the number 1 port on the sata ports or something? idk : \


Are there any bios updates to the motherboard or the ssd that might help?

You could try port 0.

It might be worth a trip to the crucial forums or crucial support.

On a hunch, try disabling the marvell controller that you don't need.
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November 25, 2011 11:28:56 PM

update is latest on mobo i believe, firmware is latest on the ssd for sure. and where is the port 0 to be exact? right now if your looking at a map of the mobo it is in the left red sata connectors which are the intel ones on the bottom, it could only go to the top one, and to the right are the marvell connectors
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November 25, 2011 11:29:32 PM

i disabled the marvell in the bios, if thats what you mean by disabling the controller
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November 25, 2011 11:35:58 PM

now when i set the m4 to primary it says "reboot and select proper boot device"
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November 25, 2011 11:38:22 PM

Sorry, I am out of ideas.

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November 26, 2011 4:26:19 AM

Try moving your SSD to one of the older SATA II ports and see if it works there. There is something weird going on with the SATA III ports on ASUS m/b's right now.
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November 26, 2011 9:42:45 AM

one of the older sata ports meaning the 3gb ones? and thats good to know if its just the asus mobo where i cant do anything about it. i spent about 5 hours last night trying to figure it out lol. but either way it boots up totally fine with the boot manager as primary anyway, im just picky. but i will try that
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