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12 Dec 2010   #21

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Now open the registry editor and navigate to:
HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\msahci\Controller0\Channel0
(Using the channel # you found in Device Manager above)
If these keys (Controller0, or Channel0) do not exist you must create them.
ok they do not exist so how do i create them? sorry if this is pesky stuff i probably should know
Just navigate to the last existing key you are looking for (msahci) > right click on it > select NEW > select KEY > and type the name of the key.

Same process for DWORD. Then just fill in the blanks.

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12 Dec 2010   #22

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Murd3rd View Post
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Let me find that.
In the meantime: did you check this out? - Model Content Page
"How To Manually Upgrade from Vista to Windows 7 - Satellite A355D"
i appreciate all the help, and no i am checking it out as i type this, i saw that the other day but didnt even think that it could be a tool for troubleshooting, but im about to read through it


as i was reading through it just now, it is talking about doing an upgrade, but i didnt just upgrade, i totally formatted my hard drive and installed a fresh copy of windows 7, i have zero toshiba software on my laptop anymore except the necessary software to run the hardware that is installed in on this computer, which may not even be toshiba specific
I did not read it, just saw it and thought it might be helpful. Evidently not.

All in all, I'm not too impressed with Toshiba's level of support on their download site. That's the first time I didn't see a chipset driver on a download page. You might be helped by calling their tech support to see if they can point you to the drivers you need. Maybe they keep them hidden so novices don't get themselves into trouble. These laptop companies are doing some strange stuff with customized drivers these days that are giving us all a hard time.
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12 Dec 2010   #23

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Murd3rd View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post

Now open the registry editor and navigate to:
HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\msahci\Controller0\Channel0
(Using the channel # you found in Device Manager above)
If these keys (Controller0, or Channel0) do not exist you must create them.
ok they do not exist so how do i create them? sorry if this is pesky stuff i probably should know
Just navigate to the last existing key you are looking for (msahci) > right click on it > select NEW > select KEY > and type the name of the key.

Same process for DWORD. Then just fill in the blanks.

ok thanks man, will try this out
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12 Dec 2010   #24

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Murd3rd View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
Let me find that.
In the meantime: did you check this out? - Model Content Page
"How To Manually Upgrade from Vista to Windows 7 - Satellite A355D"
i appreciate all the help, and no i am checking it out as i type this, i saw that the other day but didnt even think that it could be a tool for troubleshooting, but im about to read through it


as i was reading through it just now, it is talking about doing an upgrade, but i didnt just upgrade, i totally formatted my hard drive and installed a fresh copy of windows 7, i have zero toshiba software on my laptop anymore except the necessary software to run the hardware that is installed in on this computer, which may not even be toshiba specific
I did not read it, just saw it and thought it might be helpful. Evidently not.

All in all, I'm not too impressed with Toshiba's level of support on their download site. That's the first time I didn't see a chipset driver on a download page. You might be helped by calling their tech support to see if they can point you to the drivers you need. Maybe they keep them hidden so novices don't get themselves into trouble. These laptop companies are doing some strange stuff with customized drivers these days that are giving us all a hard time.

yeah but i dont know if they will help me, because my laptop is out of its warranty, (only had a year) and besides that i didnt do anything(ie..installing windows 7) to their specs....haha
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12 Dec 2010   #25

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

All is great now, you are a genius my friend!!! That stupid lil pesky thing wont be bugging me anymore

I appreciate all of the help from you and pebbly!
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12 Dec 2010   #26

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Congrats! Glad you knocked it out.
It can be annoying.
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23 May 2011   #27

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

will this also work for other components on a laptop. i just recently installed windows 7 ultimate on a friends computer and more than just his harddrive are displayed as ejectable devices. his cd/dvd/blu-ray drive is shown, along with his harddrive and two other items that im not sure what they were, one of them started with iEEE or something or another, i need to get more details on this and report back, but just wanted to know if this was possible for other things than just the harddrive
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23 May 2011   #28

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

i know this is an old thread, but i figured that this would be the best place to find the help.....see attached pic of his actual desktop

specs of his laptop, it is an HP Pavilion here's a link

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/d...roduct=3860658


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23 May 2011   #29

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Yes, it should work. But I think you are going to have to find the registry keys for each device, not just the SAta controller as before.

I've never seen those devices listed as removable (IEEE1394 (firewire) and SD host controller). It leads me to believe that the proper Chipset driver has not been installed yet. There is one on the "Software & Drivers" page for that laptop. I would see about installing that first.

You may also want to install the "Driver-Storage" one too.
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23 May 2011   #30

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
Yes, it should work. But I think you are going to have to find the registry keys for each device, not just the SAta controller as before.

I've never seen those devices listed as removable (IEEE1394 (firewire) and SD host controller). It leads me to believe that the proper Chipset driver has not been installed yet. There is one on the "Software & Drivers" page for that laptop. I would see about installing that first.

ok i will try that i report back
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