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Windows 7: CD/DVD drivers not found

11 Jan 2011   #1

xp 32x
CD/DVD drivers not found

I'll rundown my symptom, list my system and then list the solutions i've tried so far - unsuccsefully. I've already been pretty resourceful, and yet...

Any help is appreciated


Insert bootable dvd (which works on my other system, so its not the disk), bootloader initializes, first screen is the language selection screen. Following screen is simply 'install' button - I click 'install' and after a bit of loading get the message:

"No device drivers were found. Make sure the installation media contains the correct drivers..." pointing to a cd/dvd drive.


Asus P5B
Intel E6400 Core 2 Duo 2.13ghz
4GB's (4x1sticks) Corsair DDR2 5300 (667mhz)
SATA TSSTCorp (samsung) CD/DVD SH 223L (originaly ran into this on an older IDE TSST...upgraded)
SATA Seagate 350GB HD (50GB OS partition - running XP currently)
SATA Seagate 500GB HD
Geforce GT 220
Sparkle 400w PSW


0) Scoured forums, harassed friends
1) Updated to most current Bios
2) Looked for new CD/DVD drivers (no such thing, just firmware updates available)
3) Tried as many SATA/IDE variations in Bios as I could think of until I don't know what I've tried anymore
4) Swapped my old IDE drive for a brand new SATA drive
5) retried all SATA / AHCI varations in bios
6) Tried loading (while in Windows 7 bootloader) most current Jmicron SATA/RAID controller drivers
7) Started banging head against desk
8) Looking at USB boot as last option

My understanding of the problem WAS that it was a conflict of host controller types ie SATA / IDE / AHCI (I am not an expert on these things), and I was originally confident that a all SATA system / Bios would solve it. I've just today discovered talk of windows 7 bootloader as simply identifiying another component as a optical drive and getting stuck on it - the solution being to pull out all unecessary components and work up from there (the only thing I could pull out at this point would be the slaved 500gb, 3 sticks of ram and my wireless card...which I seriously doubt would generate this symptom, but whoooo knows). I have also heard PLENTY of talk that it's a bad disk, bad burn, burnt too fast, and yet this disk has worked on another system.


is for the magical bios combination that I haven't hit. I don't know bios settings beyond the basics. if someone has a grasp of my issue, I'm all ears. I've been at this for like a week

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11 Jan 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

I need some clarification... Are we talking about a Windows 7 disc?
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11 Jan 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Hi, I have the exact same problem. If you come to a solution could you please pm me.
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11 Jan 2011   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


1) Are you dual booting XP & Windows 7?

2) Are you over installing a 32bit XP with Windows 7 64bit?
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11 Jan 2011   #5

xp 32x

given it's a windows 7 forum, i was hoping i didnt need to specify what disc im installing

@ jelyman: yes, windows 7 dvd, it's a slipstreamed version that holds 32x and 64x version.

@theog: i am not trying to set up a dual boot - but i do have xp already installed (as a 50g partition) on the drive that i'm hoping to format over with the Windows 7 install. im hoping to install 64x, but i have been unable to get so far as to select that option, as i am immediately blocked by the drivers requirement.
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11 Jan 2011   #6

xp 32x

i wonder if there is something to do with the xp Os already sitting on the HD that is making windows 7 think there is an optical drive there without drivers, for which it can find none... i have daemon tools installed, which boots up with windows.... but thats stretching it no?

I'll try and get a photo posted of my drive setup as windows 7 install sees it.
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11 Jan 2011   #7

xp 32x

@theog: i just read # 2) closer --> YES
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11 Jan 2011   #8

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit

Can't install a 64bit on top of a 32bit. You need to wipe the drive clean then install Win 7.
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11 Jan 2011   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arick View Post
@theog: i just read # 2) closer --> YES
You need to clean your HD.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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11 Jan 2011   #10

xp 32x

I knew it would be something stupid simple like that.

Before I go ahead on this though....why would it be giving me this error even before i've selected 32x or 64x as my install option?
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