i have a gateway computer that i want to load windows 7 pro 64-bit on. i want to do a clean install. will my computer DSL be able to connect on-line so i can download 64-bit drivers? also will my monitor work before i can download drivers for it too?
i'm not sure if things will work before drivers can be installed.
Maybe, maybe not. It would be best to have all of your drivers installation files downloaded and saved somewhere (ex: USB flash drive) first in case you do need them to be installed to be able to connect to the network/internet.
As a suggestion, you'll want to have those drivers first, as Brink said. The last thing you want to do is find out you can't get online to get drivers because your NIC wasn't detected. I can't suggest this enough!
By doing some searching, and posting components you can't find drivers for...you could be completely ready to start the clean install, knowing you'll be fully set up afterwards.
Nine times out of ten when you're plugged into an ethernet cable the new installation will start up connected to the internet. If you have a wireless LAN then I'd put the drivers on a stick so you can get online quickly to get newer drivers via optional Windows Updates, find any misssing drivers then on the Support Downloads webpage for your model.
System Manufacturer/Model Number HP Pavilion Elite 495UK OS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit CPU Intel Core i7 870 @ 2.93GHz Motherboard MSI 2A9C (CPU1) Memory 8Gb Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 664MHz Graphics Card nVidia GeForce GTX 460 1024MB dedicated RAM Sound Card Realtek HD Audio Monitor(s) Displays HP2310i Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080
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