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Windows 7: MSI 880gm-E41 BUOS backup and upgrade procedures AHCI SATA RAID driver

05 Feb 2019   #1

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
MSI 880gm-E41 BiOS backup and upgrade procedures AHCI SATA RAID driver

This is a question on an older PC. An MSI 880gm E41. I upgraded the BIOS in steps after not having

known how or had the need yesterday. MSI also has an area for upgrading the system and driver files for things like ethernet.

I ran into a problem involving ATI Catlayst, MSI as the download source and an AMD AHCI compatible SATA RAID driver. MSI is too hard to deal with. I brought the problem in here.

The component files are:

msi 760gma-p34(fx) (ms7641) amd ahci compatible SATA RAID driver

ati_sb8xxRAID_764_mb. Folder 764A

The goal is to just get update functionality from any SSD's I put on the PC, not a raid array
of any kind. If the operation itself is unneded, please advise on that. AHCI always is in the
discussion of SSD.

What happens is the loader file asks if I want to use Catrlyst installer and then I guess
proceeds to look for it, then hangs and the throbber just spins looking for something it
can't find. I've reinstalled the Catalyst component at least twice but really have no
use for the advanced graphics features for gaming and whatnot.

I know from past discussions on Sevenforums that there are sometimes insertion tools or
dll's that the forum has. How can I get this inserted into my PC?

I can make screen shots as needed.

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06 Feb 2019   #2
wither 2

Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit

Kind of curious. You have an 880GM motherboard but the driver you're trying to install is for a different motherboard. Are the drivers supposed to be the same?
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06 Feb 2019   #3

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

I'm not aware of any discrepancies since they both come off the same link. Always a possibility of error like misspelling the subject line. What should I be looking for?
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06 Feb 2019   #4

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

Jeez, yes. I just reread what you saw. I may have my wires crossed. Will look again.
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06 Feb 2019   #5

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

Here is the thing itself. The instructions shown in the screen shot mention floppy drives so this routine might
be just too old. I do have a 1.44 in storage but the details start with XP and the go on to show
Win7 which does not pause for that old F6 routine which I remember trying on a PC that is even
older than this.

Can these be extracted to pen drive or cd?

The page is simply the one given from my previous question on BIOS upgrades which
are finally done. I have made an SSD and it runs on the 880gm. That may be all there is, but

I understood that SSD efficiencies and utilities do not function without these upgrades.

Support For 880GM-E41 | Motherboard - The world leader in motherboard design | MSI Global

I will try to do the procedure they give while waiting for reply and using a cd.
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06 Feb 2019   #6

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

Ok I went through everything again and have a screen shot showing the prompts.

At the last select, that prompt looks for something it can't find which is ATI Catalyst Installer.

Anything I find related to Calalyst installer and reinstalling that is all about graphics drivers

since that what Catalyst is. Any search links go to the ubiquitous Toms Hardware (always what Google presents regardlless of the question) which is always on top and does not provide any adequate answers.

When Windows says it cannot open the thing and and presents some options, Catalyst is not in that nor
can I find it any other way on a browse. I have installed it several times-- it's all graphics setup.-- and ads.

This is why I mentioned an insertion dll or something to install the thing direct.

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06 Feb 2019   #7
wither 2

Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit

I didn't look at the MSI link your provided. I did a search on the 880gm-e43 and came up with a similar page. Basically, they're the same and the drivers do apply to a 7xx motherboard (and others) so you have the correct one.

I can't answer why the setup is having a problem with the Catalyst installation manager. If you look in the Bin 64 folder, it's there as InstallManagerAPP.exe. It might be helpful to run it first rather than run the setup.exe.
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06 Feb 2019   #8

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

Thanks for this response.

Where is the bin install manager then: In Windows folder? Can you give the directory tree for that?
Anything to bypass what is certainly a broken link or bad program element. In the folder under discussion there is four elements. One is AHCI64.exe and some dll and text files to describe. It doesn't complete either.

I don't know if these problems are historic-- going back to when the board was current. One thing I can think of is the fact that the video is onboard. Both of my MSIs have that and I have never moved off of it.

This Catalyst business seems to be a lot more trouble for driver install than I am getting out of it. Right now it's just something I want to fix.

I'll see over the days what the 880 - 43 board build has in the way of an AHCI driver download.

Catalyst has always been something I thought to be an interference and intrusion on system. Now when I need to access the install manager I cannot even see it in the programs list.
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07 Feb 2019   #9
Vineet Garg

Windows 7 Ultimate x32 With Sp1 + Vista Ultimate x32 with Sp1 & Sp2 !!

Hi All,

I think you want to add SSD to your PC & therefore want to switch to AHCI to avoid any problems.

1) Ascertain what is the current configuration ? AHCI or RAID ?
(a) Go to the Disk Management window. Then click VIEW tab from the top menu bar. Navigate to View > Top >Disk List & take the snap.
(b) Go to the Device Manager, expand IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers & look what it shows ?

2) Check BIOS : What are the active/existing settings ? & What are the available options/settings for AHCI/RAID ?
Please don't mess & make changes in the BIOS as of now!

3) Have you got a compatible SSD ? If you are going to buy a new SSD only for this cause, you should be careful! Even if all the things are good, compatibility may get crucial.
I see that you have SATA II support for 6 Hard Disks which can be run at max speed of 3gb/sec.
MSI compatibility report talks :
Though I can't help you with this enough, I would suggest SATA II SSDs only.

4) Only use the resources from the correct Support Page or you may get in serious problems.

Thanks & Regards. ...
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07 Feb 2019   #10

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate


Thanks for the diagnostic tips I overlooked on this. I'll report back any findings.
I recall that even finding the right submenu to locate the setting is not straightforward.
With all the BIOS upgrade steps completed, there are no obvious BIOS menu changes.

This search for AHCI error started when I wanted to use Adata SSD tools from their Utilities disk. I'll see if I canduplicate that error.

Also from earlier response on looking up 880gm E43, I saw no difference in the RAID driver
offered there: Exact same number, date and file size.
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