Windows will not install to 80 GB IDE

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  1. Posts : 18
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    Thread Starter

    I tried that, still wouldn't work.

    I messed with a setting in the BIOS called PCI IDE BusMaster. This was set to Enabled. After disabling this, Windows 7 was able to install. Does anyone know what this setting does? I've never heard of it.
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  2. Posts : 13,576
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    I thought he was still using an 80 GB IDE drive Greg

    But when in doubt, as Greg said, setting the bios to defaults usually cures the problem, glad you got`er going
    Last edited by AddRAM; 22 Apr 2015 at 17:48.
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  3. Posts : 25,847
    Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

    Okay I'm also lost.
    What hard drive was Windows 7 finally installed?
    Was it installed AHCI or IDE?
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    Did you install on a SATA drive? Why would turning off the IDE Bus resolve an installation on an IDE drive? Tech ARP - PCI IDE Busmaster

    I'd double check that.
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  5. Posts : 18
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    Thread Starter

    I am still using the 80 GB IDE drive which is the only hard drive in the machine. It is working perfectly. I did notice something, though. If I have this setting disabled, windows 7 32-bit will not install. If the setting is set to enabled, windows 7 64-bit will not install. Not sure why this is the case. Resetting the BIOS to defaults sets the IDE BusMaster to 'enabled.'

    @Layback Bear
    It is set to IDE.
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