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Windows 7: Should RAID be disabled prior to install?

03 Nov 2009   #11

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04 Nov 2009   #12

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kiski View Post
Well, the insanity continues...I went into setup and disabled RAID and rebooted to make sure the system would, in fact, still boot up. It booted fine and when I checked "Computer" I found that my DVD drive wasn't listed! I rebooted and went into setup and checked the boot sequence. The CD/DVD drive (listed first) showed "not present".

My XPS does not have integrated graphics. I did check my nVidia GeForce 9500 GT card and it has (1) DVI out, (1) VGA out, and (1) S-Video out, so I can hook up a VGA cable to the monitor. Apparently this is an early 9500 card.

I find it almost laughable that, in order to "upgrade" to Windows 7, I have to disable RAID, disable the DVI monitor cable and use a VGA cable, AND remove 4 gigs of RAM! I could better understand this if I were upgrading from XP, but I'm upgrading from Vista Home Premium 64-bit to Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. This is the most frustrating Windows upgrade I have ever been thru and I've been thru plenty - starting with the DOS to Windows upgrade that came on 13 floppys!

I'm beginning to question whether this "upgrade" is even worth it. My computer runs very well with Vista (aside from the occasional hiccup) and my only real complaint is the really, really, long shut down sequence.
I haven't seen many Dells with installation issues.
Have you updated your drivers and BIOS from the Dell Technical Support site?

Dell has Win7 64bit drivers listed, not too many but a start.
The BIOS listed is 3/26/2009 A01, if yours is older I would install this one.

Good luck, let us know how it's going.
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