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Windows 7: ASUS Z170-A boot problems

16 Dec 2016   #11
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

- Check your BIOS settings
- Boot from the installation disk - Repair - CMD: Type chkdsk c: /r


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16 Dec 2016   #12
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Seems like your problem starts at step 6 , as you`ve metioned. So do not install those drivers, windows already has them.
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17 Dec 2016   #13
chaosrealm93

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Megahertz07 View Post
- Check your BIOS settings
- Boot from the installation disk - Repair - CMD: Type chkdsk c: /r
@Mehahertz07 no need anymore

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Seems like your problem starts at step 6 , as you`ve metioned. So do not install those drivers, windows already has them.
@AddRAM yes and no. honestly windows shouldnt need SATA drivers to do a basic boot. the standard is generic


thank you both (and everyone else) for sticking with me till the bitter end. after spending 3 hrs on the phone with the ASUS tech support, we've finally nailed it down to bad BIOS files.

the latest version (2202) that appears as the "latest" download bricks something and makes it so you can only shutdown, not restart. according to the A+ certified tech (Allan), upon restart "the BIOS fails to hand over controls to the OS and therefore cannot load properly and the southbridge light remains on indicating this". Allan was a real sport and a pleasure to talk to and stuck with me to the end, running counter to official company policy of keeping the calls as short as possible.

the actual latest BIOS version, not listed officially (3007) fixes this. even the BIOS that came from the factory (1902) has this problem. this almost led me to suspect i had *another* broken board.... however common sense and a little judgement got me through, the likelihood of two new boards being "broken" in the same way is quite low
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17 Dec 2016   #14
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote:
the actual latest BIOS version, not listed officially (3007) fixes this. even the BIOS that came from the factory (1902) has this problem.
Doesn't surprise me really as I have found that any software or BIOS that is shipped with the boards beit Asus or Gigabyte etc are always out of date. Now my biggest beef is that the LAN and WLAN drivers are never or get installed and in that case and I guess I am lucky because I can - load the drivers on a stick from the brands site and install them from it.

Now as for the MBR v GPT I don't have a problem with either and in fact from an article I read the other day What’s the Difference Between GPT and MBR When Partitioning a Drive? the GPT is preferable to have a drive in. The only difference that I can see is the GPT has more partitions on it.
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17 Dec 2016   #15
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

I'm an advocate of printing the manufacturing date, (and preferably a First Build date for the device), on the outer (visible to the prospective purchaser), packaging on all Tech, similar to the Best before/ Use By dates on perishable goods.

This would give the buyer an idea of what era of OS it was built in, what functionality is to be expected, how likely drivers and support options are obtainable). I know you can find a lot out using a smartphone, (if you can get a signal), whilst at the store but with Motherboard or other internal components where they can have a Build lifetime of several years just the bios changes can make a big difference.

The issue with network drivers is always going to be an issue as it's not normally a good idea to build a house from the top down you need the foundations first and these type of drivers are the foundations of any OS install.

Things are better now than they were With each new OS having a better range of network support OOB.

I would always advise anyone who builds or installs their own hardware or OS software to invest in an Ethernet cable suitable to reach from their work area to the main router port, this allows a good chance that you can be online from initial boot and update drivers for the essentials before you get to the inevitable "this is a new toy lets play" stage.

As a pro I always carry various cables with me, I also carry a smartphone which I can connect to the new system via USB and use to obtain drivers either directly or indirectly
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17 Dec 2016   #16
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Yep Nigel the network drivers seem to me have to be a prerequisite for any system and why they are not built into a board for example - don't ask me how but just lets pretend they were - how much easier our lives would be. I like your idea of the smart phone too had not given that a thought to be honest - brilliant!!

But as I said before I always (now) get those drivers even before I take delivery of a board or machine because for example my main laptop an Asus G750JM required the BIOS to be updated before the drivers for 7 could be downloaded let alone installed so I had to depend a lot on my other gear. However this depends I suppose on what access one has to a working machine eh?
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