14x SATA II, SATA III Benchmark Comparison - BIOS Enabled or Disabled Discussion

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  1. c69k

    c69k Notebook Deity

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    I believe you need this fast. I do not know how advanced you are, how you flashed so I write this as simple as possible. This is how I do it.

    I used usb stick (256 Mb) installer for flashing to OCZ firmwares. Right now some (hopefully all) following 2.06, 2.09, 2.11, 2.12, 2.13 and 2.15 FW should be available on OCZ server. Next is a link explaining how to make such a usb stick.

    Bootable Tools for OCZ Vertex/2/3, Agility2/3, Solid3, Revo, and Ibis SSD's

    Now, force-flashing to 2.13 (or other) is pretty simple. Make sure you are connected to internet, preferably by cable. Put in the USB stick, restart system, your system should boot from usbinto linux, if not, leave the stick in, go to Bios and select boot from USB. After linux boots, Click top menu (out of the 3), or just press Enter, wait for extraction to ram and you will see this screen (***1***).

    1. Dubble Click on My Documents icon
    2. Find icon with filename OCZ (NOT icon with OCZ logo named ocz.png).
    3. Right click on the icon, Select Open with SciTE Text Editor
    4. Go to line with ./fwupd -log /dev/sd?
    5. Change it into ./fwupd -log -force -fwl FW_2_13 /dev/sd?
    6. Save and Exit (close all open windows)
    7. Make sure your internet connection is active
    8. Dubble Click Update Firmware icon, after the window opens press Enter (repeat this step until you see fw flashed to 2.13)
    9. Restart computer from Linux to Linux again, then Shutdown. Take out stick and enjoy smooth startup (I hope).

    Btw. Fix Temperature works for 2.13

    p.s. Re-flashing to the same FW: ./fwupd -log -force /dev/sd?
    p.s.2 Re-installing Win7 on 2.15 and CMOS battery reset did not help me to start Win7 on 2.15. After i flashed to 2.13 system started at the first try.
    p.s 3 Flashing/Re-flashing unlocked Bios 05 with 'run as administrator' is recommended.

    (***1***)
     

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  2. Odatan

    Odatan Newbie

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    Thanks man, my m14x is back to life. It boots every single time with 2.09. I'm just about to try playing with bios settings now... we'll see. So far, I'm gonna stick with 2.09.

    Thanks again
     
  3. madmantm

    madmantm Notebook Consultant

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    yeah guys i'm having an issue with my caddy, if i put windows straight on it, i will get errors, even if i install RST and with the custom bios, i did the tweaks mentionned here, windows just doesn't want to run on this caddy or at SATA 1.5

    any ideas?
     
  4. custom90gt

    custom90gt Doc Mod Super Moderator

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    You're running an SSD in the caddy???
     
  5. madmantm

    madmantm Notebook Consultant

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    i got two ssd's ;) my old one was a sata2, and now i got a sata3 ssd as my main.
     
  6. custom90gt

    custom90gt Doc Mod Super Moderator

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    A ssd in a sata 1.5gb/s port is pretty much worthless. You'd be better off throwing an older mechanical drive in there for space.
     
  7. c1ro

    c1ro Notebook Consultant

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    It is more than worthless, its causing problems all day.

    The optical drive slot killed me 1 SSD, then killed the partition table on the replaced new drive - one day when it booted I was told drive D need to be formatted before use. Luckily I did not pay the price of my valuable document. I gave up SATA III on this laptop. Put the old X25-M into the main drive and happy days :)
     
  8. madmantm

    madmantm Notebook Consultant

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    still, even with a mechanical drive, i get the issue, windows won't install on the caddy drive.
     
  9. custom90gt

    custom90gt Doc Mod Super Moderator

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    Why are you putting windows in a drive that is in the caddy? I tried the caddy once and had issues because the drive was sata 2.
     
  10. madmantm

    madmantm Notebook Consultant

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    delete this.
     
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