0 Replies Latest reply on Nov 15, 2010 4:48 PM by iBoosted

    Turbo Memory Issue - Disk Cache Location: -1 (WTf)

    iBoosted

      Greetings to all, I hope this is in the right section.

      OK...

      So I drank the kool-aid and nabbed a 4gb ITM to fill that unused spot in  my Dell e6400.  Long story short I was looking into MSI Whitebooks and  experienced purchasing stupidity with a website and as such ended up on  craigslist.  Poking around I came across a brand new e6400 and settled  on a $360 price. I was the first person to turn it on, and I updated the  bios.  I promptly dropped in 4gb DDR2 800mhz (2x2gb) along with a T9550  processor (replacing the P8700), the 4gb ITM, and a 320gb 5400rpm  Seagate.  I then installed Win7 Ultimate x64 w/SP1 (RC) (ACHI, not IRRT)  and followed the Dell driver order guide to the letter.  All drivers  used are the absolute up to date drivers.  Some had to be taken from the  manu websites as they were not offered from dell for 7x64.

      Everything was working flawlessly.

      So I start to examine the ITM Dashboard and Console, pin lots of  programs.  Virgo thoroughness led me to the understanding that on the  4gb ITM ReadyBoost is greyed in favor of User Pinning, ReadyDrive is  optioned.  Console is static on that.  Notice the HDD LED is hardly  lighting up.  Programs are flying. 

      Yay.

      End up doing a restart for one thing or another.

      Notice that the ITM Dashboard is sitting in my Tray, appearing  completely normal.  Everything is fine in Device Manager, zero flags. 

      Clean.  Happy.  Penguin.  Slide.

      Attempt to open the ITM Dashboard to pin a newly installed program and  get the message [sic]  "device is not functioning or not present."   Strange because everything I can see points to it working fine.

      Good feelings gone.

      I open the Console and see that ReadyBoost along with ReadyDrive are greyed out. 

      Possible driver error on the restart. 

      Do some searching.  Uninstall drivers.  Follow guide about unpacking, overwriting, re-installing. 

      Working again, and even everything I pinned is still there (?).  I pin the aforementioned prog.

      Restart.  Cigarette.  Crossed fingers.  Greyed out. 

      Frustration.  Explicatives.

      Searching. 

      Find thread about "Just let it sit there for a few weeks and it will magically start chugging." 

      Really?  YGBSM.

      Frustration.  Cigarette.  GF now suffering overflow wrath.

      Not satisfied I continue searching.  Find thread about installing with the -UP flag.

      Blah blah blah, working.  Rejoice.  Fear looming of inevitable restart.

      Doom.  Despair.  Stockholm syndrome.

      Intelligence.

      I poke around the ITM Console, 2 grey option boxes looming at me, while a  happy, no ! tray symbol is giving me a Simpsons style "HA HAAAAA."

      And all.

      Being a good, smart guy I reinstall Win7.  Perhaps a driver conflict,  bug, dare I say mistake, user error, cat walking across the keyboard (or  GF's ankle biter terrorist) when my back was turned, divine  intervention, or prank has unfolded.  Perhaps sitting on a dock caused  some kind of error.

      Remove from dock, AC power in.

      Get Win all installed (20 min from USB Flash =) and get back to basics.   NSS, Chipset drivers, PCMCIA/Smartcard drivers, Matrix/ITM.  Dell's  perscribed order.

      Working. *For now.

      On the ITM Console 1.10, under View tab, open System Information:

      *********************************
      System

      Kit Installed: 8.9.0.1023
      Shell Version: 8.9.0.1023

      OS Name: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
      OS Version: 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1, v.721 Build 7601
      System Name: LABWERKS
      System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
      System Model: 0U695R
      Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU     T9550  @ 2.66GHz
      BIOS Version/Date: Dell Inc. A27, 08/19/2010

      Language: ENU

      Intel(R) Turbo Memory

      Cache Disk Location: 0
      Model Name: FUJITSU MHZ2320BH
      Capacity: 298 GB


      Installation Status: Present
      File: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\iaNvStor.sys
      Version: 1.10.0.1012
      Provider: Intel Corporation

      OROM Version: 1.10.0.1012
      OROM Status: Success
      *********************************

      Restart.  Fury.

      Discovery.

      On the ITM Console 1.10, under View tab, open System Information:

      *********************************
      System

      Kit Installed: 8.9.0.1023
      Shell Version: 8.9.0.1023

      OS Name: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
      OS Version: 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1, v.721 Build 7601
      System Name: LABWERKS
      System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
      System Model: 0U695R
      Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU     T9550  @ 2.66GHz
      BIOS Version/Date: Dell Inc. A27, 08/19/2010

      Language: ENU

      Intel(R) Turbo Memory

      Cache Disk Location: -1
      Model Name: None
      Capacity: 0 GB


      Installation Status: Present
      File: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\iaNvStor.sys
      Version: 1.10.0.1012
      Provider: Intel Corporation

      OROM Version: 1.10.0.1012
      OROM Status: Success
      *********************************

      So now I'm here with this great find.  I've never come across this in  the hours of scaling the cliffs of every search imaginable on the  subject.  Obliviously ITM can't cache a disk that does not exist.

      This has got to be some kind of a simple fix, right?  A bug of some  sort?  The issue that seems to be the bane of the ITM existence?  How  has this simple observation gone overlooked?

      Rocket Scientist that can't tie shoelaces?

      Apologies for the verbose description, internal POST set to through.

      Collective genius conspire to solve. GO.

      And thanks for your time.

      Hardware Etc:

      Dell e6400
      Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
      T9550 @ 2.8 (10.5x), 1066 FSB, 6MB, 1.050 VID (Thanks ThrottleStop!)
      4GB (2x2gb) DDR2 800MHz
      nVidia Quadro NVS 160m (8.17.12.6099)
      GPU Clock: 800MHz  Mem: 595 MHz  Shader: 1700 MHz
      Backlit Keyboard
      ITM 2.0 4gb
      Dell 410 Bluetooth/UWB