Indeed sounds like improper driver is installed.
I came across some information regarding a registry edit that allows you to boot in RAID (Intel RST in our case). I implemented the edit(s) rebooted, changed BIOS to the RST option, boots perfectly. Intel RST software didn't acknowledge any 3 of my drives names. Uninstalled Intel RST software > reboot > Reinstall RST version just uninstalled, this time with all drive information and the accelerate tab!
Also, Rassal- are you running A03 or A08 bios? I've read mostly negative things about A08, but I'm curious what you have found to work for yourself. I currently have A03 and the SMBIOS version is 2.7. The Dell site is terrible for listing improvements like patch notes that the driver addresses, where would I go to get detailed information regarding what A08 implements? Thanks again, I appreciate it.
And over the top, sounds like A08 has a bug with the Mobile options button in hardware (the 1st button on the left in the 3 dedicated buttons doesn't work anymore).
Also, i noticed that i got from 7.1 windows index to 6.9 when i flashed A08... so they might have changed the bios of the 650... who knows... but it didn't fix the 835mhz boost for it... If you can, stick to A03... if you must (like i do... ) then do A08... not a big of a difference on benchmarks, i ran my usual PCMark, Vantage and 3DMark11 tests with A03 and A08 and performance is the same...
Sounds like the WEI score down to 6.9 is related to the 306.23 drivers, as i installed the 306.97 drivers today and i am back to 7.2 again. So not bios related, but driver related.
Nope, the nvidia boost issue is still there in A08... and i heard of a A09 somewhere, and still with A09 it seems it`s not solved...
- did you restore an image of your previous installation on the ssd or a fresh install? Which imaging software
- If you restored image, why. Because I hear Windows should be installed fresh on SSD for best performance since it makes some settings accordingly. If you installed Windows fresh, what media did you use for installation?
- Does it make a difference as to which bay we install in?
- Any BIOS settings need to be changed after installing SSD and before installing Windows?
- The registry edit you mentioned, is it really required and if so please point to the source
- Did you change any msata settings after installing the SSD?
- Any change in Intel rapid storage settings?
I installed a windows via the Dell provided Windows 7 disk (no image)
I kept the factory HDD out of the machine during the process of formatting windows onto the new SSD, once at desktop the priority was to update the SSD's firmware which turned out to be uptodate out of the box. (No BIOS changes yet)
System was stable so I shutdown and installed the factory HDD into the the second, and previously empty bay. Upon booting to desktop everything was running stable, and both drives were recognized and functioning.
At this time when I went in IRST software, the drives were showing up however, there was no "accelerate" tab. I did some extensive searching and found an article (that I can't relocate) discussing the BIOS raid setting being a factor that would affect that particular installation of Windows (if you instal on a "non raid" bios setting, you would be required to reformat under the raid setting to have it function). The article mentioned a "fix" of a simple registry edit changing one value from a "1" to a "3" (or vice verse I don't recall) that would enable you to change the bios setting to raid. In my case, the bios raid setting is called Intel RST. When I set that option before the registry edit I would get a blue screen boot loop. After reviewing the two registry files indicated in the article (one of which had the proper value already) I made the necessary value change, which then allowed me to reboot and select RST (raid) without any blue screen. At the desktop, I opened IRST software which now showed no information on my drives. I uninstalled and reinstalled the same version, this time all the drive information was there along with the accelerate tab. Here lies the only real setting within the software to select the drive of your choice and set it to be cached by the msata in a raid 0 fashion.
Hope that helps you enough to have an idea of what you might be dealing with. Sorry I can't find that article.
Also, I'm planning on using a native Win 7 SP1 USB drive for installation instead of the provided Dell DVD, and installing the required drivers manually. Anyway once Windows 8 is released on Upgrade Offer, I intend to install that clean so might as well try this now. I'm waiting on my Samsung 830 128GB now. I wonder if the Dell Windows 7 key would work with the USB installer. Otherwise I do have a Win 7 Pro license available.