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Windows 7: Installation x32 Professional fails on ASRock ION330

21 Sep 2009   #1

Windows 7 Professional (final) x64
Installation x32 Professional fails on ASRock ION330


my CD/DVD drive (LiteOn DS(-)8A3S) is not recognized by Windows 7 Pro x32. See original topic here.

Compact description:

I just got my brand new Intel Atom "server" from ASRock. And tried to installed Windows 7 Professional x32 on it. The ASRock ION 330 should be Windows 7 compatible, see official badge on the website.
It failed out of the reason seen on the screenshot. It misses CD/DVD-drive drivers.

What I tried to solve the issue:

01). Rescanning the Windows DVD
02). Putting in the ASRocks "Nettop Series" CD, which came with the Accessories
03). Without any CD/DVD inside
04). Changing the PIO mode (to "0" or "Disabled"(?))
05). I unchecked the "Hide drivers" box, yet didn't find any proper drivers
06). I set the BIOS settings to default
07). I updated the BIOS to v. 1.60
08). I set the BIOS settings to default again
09). I checked the SATA settings
10). I had the CD\DVD drive set as the first boot device as well as second boot device - no difference
11). I set the SATA settings from IDE to AHCI - didn't help
12). I contacted the ASRock and LiteOn e-mail support, they provided me with some of the above mentioned solutions - yet they couldn't provide me with drive drivers at all!

Additional info: I got the Win 7 RTM via MSDN and burned the image on a Sony DVD+R. I checked the ISO (after a move) for the MD5-hash (correct), although I had none provided from Microsoft. Installation of Windows XP SP2 x32 starts properly. Though I don't know yet if this'll help in my error tracking?

Thanks for your help in advance!

Kind regards

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21 Sep 2009   #2


Please describe the problem you are experiencing. It is likely that no SF member is willing to register at the other forum (the one that is failing you) to investigate your problem in detail.
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22 Sep 2009   #3

Windows 7 Professional (final) x64

I updated the topic to reflect my efforts. Please also note the attached screenshots.
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29 Sep 2009   #4

Windows 7 Professional (final) x64

No idea anyone? Btw.: I doubt installing Win XP would help as you will have to install Win 7 over XP, so you won't be able to start it from Win XP itself. The only thing I might try to put it on the desktop and then run from there, but when will this part of the HDD then be wiped?
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29 Sep 2009   #5

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Hi KnowledgeWorker

A lot of win7 installs that fail with more than 2gig of ram.
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29 Sep 2009   #6

Windows 7 Professional (final) x64

@theog: How do you mean?? *confused* The ION330 has only 2 GB of RAM and the Windows 7 installation I use is x32, so it doesn't support more than 3 GB anyway. Or did I miss anything?

Still, it isn't even about Windows, I can't even install it because of this driver issue.
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