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|09-15-2012 03:16 AM|
I bought the M4 and did a fresh install.
The BIOS got from HP actually DOWNGRADED my system from F18 to F17. The current version is F21 but it wont let me upgrade for some reason, the CPU insists that its on the current version.
Everything was pretty automatic from the install using an OEM disk. And having the HP drivers on a USB afterwards. I think it switched the controller to AHCI for me. The firmware on my Crucial M4 is also 000F.
I heard RAID was either bad or not worth it even though some of the 1337s like to claim their SSDs are running in RAID0...for the time being im leaving it as is.
I googled how to disable pagefile in the registry......and then did that as well.
|09-14-2012 09:46 PM|
got it yesturday, but needed an extra day to backup everything. (or as much as i could)
did a fresh install via OEM Win 7 and using my HP keys.
couple headaches because AMD dediced to stash in the USB 3.0 AND wifi drivers in the GPU utility that isnt on the HP site.
other than thats its pretty smooth, after i installed Win 7, I took the DVD drive out of my laptop and installed the old 5400 RPM HDD via an 12.5 mm SATA caddy.
best of both worlds now I have 128GB SSD + 640GB HDD spread over 5 partitions in one laptop, including deleting the HP recovery partition (stop working once the SSD came in) and using it for a program files directory for progs I dont use alot or wont mind the extra 5 sec bootup.
multiply that with overclocking a 1.6GHz Llano to 2.3GHz and im a pretty happy camper.
Photoshop is rendering at a crazy speed. Swapping a 2GB DDR3 to 8GB DDR3 should bump me to 12GB RAM total, should be able to find those for $30 +$35.
Future-proofed an older AMD a8 for at least another year with the SSD upgrade, even longer since I dont do any gaming past Source mods and Old School EMUs.
crucial m4 SSD. highly recommended
|09-13-2012 09:03 PM|
|bpm3k||I received mine today from Amazon. The Crucial box came in a cardboard sleeve without any bubble wrap or cushioning. Perhaps due to lack of moving parts it doesn't require any protection. It is the most recent firmware rev: 000F.|
|09-13-2012 04:23 AM|
Got the drive too.
Mine was packed OK. bubble wrap etc.
|09-12-2012 08:49 AM|
I got mine today too. They didn't pack it too well, the drive was in a small crucial m4 box which was just placed inside a brown cover without any protection..
On a separate note, has anyone seen the refund from staples for the pricematch on their credit card? How long does this usually take?
|09-11-2012 03:30 PM|
|supersoul||I got it two hours ago|
|09-11-2012 10:59 AM|
|puddin32||Picked up the 128. Thanks.|
|09-10-2012 11:17 PM|
|09-10-2012 08:21 PM|
|09-10-2012 07:00 PM|
Thanks OP! in for the 256GB model... $165 - $45 in discover cashback rewards + $10 taxes
also free 1 day shipping promo using my discover card for purchase
|09-10-2012 06:53 PM|
I figure $165 isn't too bad, and the only way I'll beat it after tax is if they sell for $150 or less. Been waiting for the Samsung 830 to come down to around $150, but I have a 128GB Crucial M4 as well, and it works just as well as far as I can tell, so I don't mind going with Crucial.
And someone said it's likely we'll see 256GB's on sale for $100 during Black Friday. I HIGHLY doubt that. There may be some brands like OCZ going that low, but even that seems kind of unlikely, though I could be wrong.
I highly doubt we'll see Samsung/Crucial/Intel drives go under $0.50/gig. I doubt we'll even see them go that low, because those companies know that they are the best (most reliable), and they can sell for a higher price than the likes of OCZ/Kingston/Etc.
My guess is we'll see Crucial/Samsung/Intel top drives go around $130-$150 for a 256GB, and $60-$70 for a 128GB. Though I could be wrong.
I was going to get a second Crucial M4 128GB to run in RAID 0 just for the hell of it, but $80 seems high for me considering I got my first Crucial M4 for $74.99 on a deal a few months back.
I'm sure I can get another 128GB, cheaper, during Black Friday, or maybe even before then. But as far as 256GB's go, I don't really see my preferred brands going much cheaper than $165, since Amazon will be charging tax during Black Friday.
The 512GB will probably hit around $300 during Black Friday, so after tax, you'll save about $20-$25, versus today's price. So it really comes down to if having it two month's earlier is worth $20-$25 to you. Of course, this is just speculation. For all I know the 512GB's could sell for $1 or $1,000 on Black Friday.
|09-10-2012 05:04 PM|
|Joonsta||Is the 512 GB a fair deal? I'm wondering if I should pull the trigger before California starts charging tax for Amazon purchases.|
|09-10-2012 05:00 PM|
|09-10-2012 04:59 PM|
|09-10-2012 04:29 PM|
|evila||omfg!!!!!!!!! In for 10!!!!!|
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