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Windows 7: Win 7 BSOD after motherboard upgrade

25 Dec 2015   #1
isaac12345

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 
Win 7 BSOD after motherboard upgrade

Hi all,

I recently upgraded my motherboard from a Gigabyte P35-S3G to a Gigabyte G41M-ES2L (rev 1.0) with F4 bios. I have 2 hard drives installed on the system, a 320GB with Linux Mint 17.2 64bit and a 1TB with windows 7 professional 32bit and most of my important data. The error I get is the same as - http://www.sevenforums.com/attachmen...-usb-photo.jpg It happens just when the windows logo starts animating.
I have no problems booting into linux apart from my soundcard not working after many tries. To check if there is a hardware issue with the sound I would like to check it in windows but it doesn't even boot. I have tried the following to make it boot -

1) Disabled Azalia codec in bios. Didn't work
2) Tried to boot into safe mode but it BSODs after the black and white driver loading screen
3) Tried startup repair but it is not able to fix anything
4) Tried looking for changing the hard drive mode to ahci or sata or ide. The advanced options only have 4 options as listed on page 47 of the manual (GIGABYTE GA-G41M-ES2L USER MANUAL Pdf Download.) and none of them worked.

Now I dont mind re-installing the OS as I need to anyway to find out my key when I upgrade from 32bit to 64bit. However, as the license is tied to the motherboard and I am not sure how many I have left, having already installed win7 on two other motherboards, and whether I would need to RMA this current motherboard, I dont want to end up in a situation in the future where I have a new motherboard but no license available for win 7.

What should I do in this case? Is there any way to find out how many win 7 licenses I have left from the ISO? I got the ISO from my university's MSDNAA page many years ago.

Or is there any way to fix the BSOD? I have a driver CD, so is it possible to install the appropriate drivers from there?


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26 Dec 2015   #2
axe0

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I would suggest to read http://www.sevenforums.com/crash-loc...-new-post.html for troubleshooting the 0x7B
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26 Dec 2015   #3
isaac12345

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

The problem with all those solutions is that I would rather just perform a clean install. But I would like to find out how many licenses I have left and the license key from my 32bit ISO(to use on the 64bit re-install, the ISO of which I got off the internet).

If I re-install Win 7 on my new motherboard without connecting it to the internet, will it end up using the license or do I have to activate it (via phone or internet) for it to be used up?
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26 Dec 2015   #4
axe0

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You better ask those questions at http://www.sevenforums.com/windows-updates-activation/
We only help with bluescreen related questions.
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27 Dec 2015   #5
isaac12345

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

Right. So I managed to fix it!

I basically figured out that the problem was the new ICH7 controller on my new mohterboard for which the appropriate drivers were not installed. So I first downloaded the driver from the gigabyte website. Unfortunately they provide it in a .exe format, so using linux mint's archive manager I extracted the driver files to a folder. Now to figure out which was the driver I needed, I referred to the motherboard's specifications which said ICH7. A few .inf files and their setup config files were named 'ich7ide' or 'ich78id2'. So to test which was the required one I followed the instructions outlined here - SATA Drivers - Load in Windows Recovery Options , the logic being that if I loaded the right driver the hard drive would show up. After figuring out the right driver, I simply followed the instructions here (HowTo: Repair Windows 7 Install After Replacing Motherboard - Dowd and Associates) to install the driver, restarted the system and it worked!
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