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Windows 7: Windows 7 Starter on eee pc looking for driver during install


16 Apr 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Windows 7 Starter on eee pc looking for driver during install

I am ready to pull my hair out on this one. My daughter complains about how slow her netbook is, so I've finally decided to upgrade her XP os to Windows 7 starter. I have wasted almost my entire Saturday trying to get this to work but am stuck on the install right after I get past the language setting screen. I am being prompted with the following:

"A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing. If you have the driver floppy disk, CD, DVD, or USB flash drive, please insert it now." Then offers a browse option. Originally installing off of DVD, I decided to create a bootable USB and am installing off of that now. Both methods result in the same problem. I think it is looking for a driver for the Intel ACHI controller (ICH7M/MDH SATA AHCI Controller). I have tried the BIOS settings which offer 3 choices: Compatible (not sure what this means) or Enhanced. With enhanced I can choose between IDE and AHCI (default). I have the OEM disk with the XP driver - Intel(R) ICH7M/MDH SATA AHCI Controller (E:\drivers\ahci\iaAHCI.inf), which it finds/recognizes when I browse, but after installing, or attempting to install, I get the following message:

"No new devices could be found. Make sure the driver files are correct and located on the driver installation media."

I have downloaded version 8.9.0.1023 for XP, Vista and Windows 7, but it seems to be RAID only drivers which it does not recognize. There is box selection at the bottom of the screen that says "Hide Drivers that are not compatible with hardware on this computer". removing the check from this box reveals the driver options. This is how I know they are raid drivers.

I have a technet subscription which is where I got the Win 7 Starter image. I have seen some things about the Intel Active management engine, but I don't think I need this nor could I install it as I am in the middle of trying to install. I think I am just looking for a driver, but any help or comments would be welcome.

Thanks

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16 Apr 2011   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

You could set it to IDE...Maybe?
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16 Apr 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thanks - Tried all 3, still get the driver message no matter which one I choose. I didn't compare the checksums on the download, so will check to make sure the install image is right, but I have a feeling it is ok.
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16 Apr 2011   #4

Window's 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Instead of the starter version try the Windows 7 Home Basic that works better for me on one install that i had an issue with with the starter version of of technet.
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16 Apr 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Ok - I will try that, thanks
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16 Apr 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

OMG, Don't waste your time with Win 7 Starter, Home Basic solved the problem, no driver necessary.

Thanks Sandman!
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16 Apr 2011   #7

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

I would go further and install Home Premium instead of Basic.
If the netbook has a good GPU you can then run Aero.

I believe you can use Windows Anytime Upgrade to go to Home Premium without going though the hassle of installing.
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17 Apr 2011   #8

Window's 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I am glad to see it worked for you.
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