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Windows 7: Fresh install missing CD/DVD driver nightmare

06 Oct 2011   #1

Win7 Home Premium, 64bit
Fresh install missing CD/DVD driver nightmare

The horror… The horror…
Fresh install missing CD/DVD driver nightmare-fig0.jpg

Take pity… Please help… Save me from more of this… The same “CD/DVD drivers missing” msg as so many others.

Desperately attempting to fresh install Win7, 64bit (Genuine OEM disk)
(This is what I get by trying to "Move on up" from XP)

If I set the BIOS to default values, Win7 installs fine.

If I change BIOS values to RAID1…
1) Scrolling white bar “Windows is loading files”
2) “Language” , Enter
3) “Install now”, Enter
4) “Setup is Starting”
5) About 3seconds later I get “Select the driver to be installed” with a sub-window on top of that; Fig 1.
Fresh install missing CD/DVD driver nightmare-fig1.jpg

6) Gigabyte explains similar (but not exact), Fig 2.
Fresh install missing CD/DVD driver nightmare-fig2.jpg

7) I remove OS disk, insert mobo disk…. Nothing…. Machine only sees OS boot disk. Fig 3.
Fresh install missing CD/DVD driver nightmare-fig3.jpg

At your mercy,

My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Oct 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

Did you try to expand the X drive in Figure 3 to see what, if anything, is nested there?

Your OEM Windows DVD, is it one you bought or one from another computer?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Oct 2011   #3

Win7 Home Premium, 64bit

X Expanded is the Win7 OEM. I looked through that with a fine-tooth comb.

Disk purchased from NewEgg
My System SpecsSystem Spec

06 Oct 2011   #4

Win7 Home Premium, 64bit

My manners..
Thank you for the Welcome. It is indeed appreciated.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Oct 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

That's OK.

Have you checked the motherboard driver disc to see if is cracked or damaged in any way?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Oct 2011   #6

Win7 Home Premium, 64bit

Perfect condition.

When I remove the Win7 disk and insert the mobo disk the drive spins up briefly but does not change the directory in any way... Not read at all.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Oct 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

Well, if the drive doesn't show the motherboard folder, there must be something wrong with the disc or the optical drive.

I'm just wondering if it's worth copying the drivers to another disc or even a USB stick.

I'm off to bed now as it's getting very late over here so I'm hoping someone else will be along shortly.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Oct 2011   #8

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit

Erm... think about it, if Windows Setup has no drivers to access the CDROM drive then how is it going to see the motherboard disc and get the drivers from it?
Still, this is a weird issue since obviously you must be booting from the Windows DVD just fine to even get to this point. You say this happens only if you change the controller mode in your BIOS to SATA/AHCI - is the DVD drive an IDE or SATA drive? Where/how is it connected?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Oct 2011   #9


It's almost always an error indicating a bad ISO or installer. In this case it may be the selection of RAID1 which Win7 doesn't much care for.

I would try booting the installer to install to a single HD in AHCI SATA mode.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Oct 2011   #10

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

do not use Raid.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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