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Windows 7: windows 7 installation drivers missing???

08 Apr 2010   #11

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Vista x64 / 7 X64

Nope. Go to User cp, On the left panel, Settings and Options >Edit Options , tick Enable Private messaging.
Scroll to the bottom of the page and Save Changes.

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08 Apr 2010   #12


What you need is to insert the HD controller drivers, which are likely dated IDE drivers not in the Win7 installer.

To find these drivers, look in Device Manager for IDE controllers, then Google the exact name of your IDE controllers, locate the latest drivers (hopefully Vista if not Win7, but XP can sometimes work), download and unzip them to CD or flash stick, and browse there from the Load Drivers link you described until it picks up the drivers.

You may also find this driver on the Support Downloads page for your model computer or mobo, however it is often bundled into the chipset so you will have to isolate it or upload the entire chipset to Win7 installer. This can be a problem if the latest drivers are XP since Win7 installer will have some newer chipset drivers so you really only want to supply the bare minimum driver requested which according to what you describe is the IDE controller. If you had SATA controllers the driver would def be in the installer already. It is older IDE controllers that are providing these problems.

I know it says it is a CD/DVD driver missing, but the IDE controller that runs your HD is the same one that runs your CD/DVD drive, and it is your HD that is missing on "Where do you want to install Win7" page where your install is stalling out. Load drivers there.

If you post back your exact computer or mobo model, there are folks here who will link you to the drivers. But don't let that stop you from searching for yourself, as it is valuable tech experience.
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08 Apr 2010   #13

windows 7 enterprise (or so i want it to be)

thankyou, i will give it a go myself for a bit, and if i cant find anything i will come straight back with my model details, plz stay in touch coz i dont want you to think it is all solved now, just wait until it is please

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08 Apr 2010   #14


We are always here and never give up.
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09 Apr 2010   #15

windows 7 enterprise (or so i want it to be)

hmm, for everyone who can help, my computer details (as much as i can provide) are as follows:
- model: F3L
- Intel Pentium
- Used to have windows vista business, but now nothing
- memory: 2Gb
- HD: 250Gb
- Display: 15.4" WXGA
- CPU: Duo T2370
- Wireless: 802.11b/g + BT
- bought it in 2008, june

i wish i can provide more details, but as i have no HDD with an operating system on it, i cannot access such details as you may need
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11 Apr 2010   #16

windows 7 enterprise (or so i want it to be)

sorry, but im just wondering if anyone can help, i kinda need this desperately, and to find those drivers would be the best.
oh and i know you asked me to get into device manager, but i cannot do so because i cannot acces anything in my computer (the ASUS), so i could only point out the things i kjnow off the top of my head (which are the things on my post above).

so please, anyone who can help with those drivers can you do so.

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11 Apr 2010   #17


Did you go to the Asus Support Downloads website and look for the SATA controller drivers for your model notebook? Use Vista 32 bit if Win7 is unavailable as they will work.

The downloads page is here: ASUSTeK Computer Inc.-Support-

The driver is listed under Other: Intel Matrix Storage Manager. I have uploaded it for you here:

Now unzip the files onto a stick or CD and load them in at the "Where do you want to Install Windows 7" screen after selecting Custom in the booted Win7 DVD install.

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11 Apr 2010   #18

windows 7 enterprise (or so i want it to be)

thankyou so much gregrocker,

i have just downloaded it, and will restart the installation process using these drivers

thank you so far.

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11 Apr 2010   #19


If the installer won't pick up a driver from the storage manager driver you have unzipped to a stick or CD, after browsing into all of the folders, then put in the Vista driver disk you have there and browse it to attempt to find a storage controller driver to see if the installer Load Drivers app will pick it up from there.

Once you get a storage controller driver loaded, refresh the Hard Drive list in the windows above it to see if your HD now shows up to begin Custom install.
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22 May 2010   #20

windows 7 enterprise (or so i want it to be)

thankyou gregrocker, plx read this, as it is the finale of the problems....

formatted drive, need info
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