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September 19, 2013 7:02:54 AM

Hello there,

I need help installing windows 7 on my newly built computer.

So far I managed to create a bootable usb stick, initiate the install process, choose language setups, and then the install stops, asking for drivers

I'm about as good as a rock when it comes to software, so..can anyone help me get this damn thing working?



The specs are as follow:

MOBO: Asus p8h77-i
CPU: intel i5 3570
GPU: sapphire tech's 7870 GHz OC ed.
HDD: seagate barracuda 500Gb 7200rpm
RAM: 2x4Gb patriot viper 3 1600 MHz
PSU: corsair cx500
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September 19, 2013 7:19:59 AM

It's should be asking for drivers for the chipset so it can load the storage controller , you need to get the drivers for the motherboard and point the setup to that.
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September 19, 2013 7:29:00 AM

any suggestion on how to do that without an optical drive?


Can I download it and put it on the same usb stick I have the boot setup in?
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September 19, 2013 7:38:36 AM

PedroFerreira said:
any suggestion on how to do that without an optical drive?


Can I download it and put it on the same usb stick I have the boot setup in?


Yes, that should work. Just make sure you expand the files if the driver is in an .exe format.
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September 19, 2013 7:45:56 AM

hang-the-9 said:


Yes, that should work. Just make sure you expand the files if the driver is in an .exe format.


I downloaded the latest chipset driver on asus website, it was a .zip, unzipped it, now it's an .exe with bucketloads of .ini , a couple of .cab, a .dll and some other non important looking files

What do you mean with expand?
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September 19, 2013 7:59:33 AM

PedroFerreira said:
hang-the-9 said:


Yes, that should work. Just make sure you expand the files if the driver is in an .exe format.


I downloaded the latest chipset driver on asus website, it was a .zip, unzipped it, now it's an .exe with bucketloads of .ini , a couple of .cab, a .dll and some other non important looking files

What do you mean with expand?


Expand meaning take the single downloaded file and expand it into the file and folder structure which you seem to have. Put all those files into a directory and point the driver wizard to that. It will probably look for the .ini file for the setup.
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September 19, 2013 8:07:15 AM

hang-the-9 said:
PedroFerreira said:
hang-the-9 said:


Yes, that should work. Just make sure you expand the files if the driver is in an .exe format.


I downloaded the latest chipset driver on asus website, it was a .zip, unzipped it, now it's an .exe with bucketloads of .ini , a couple of .cab, a .dll and some other non important looking files

What do you mean with expand?


Expand meaning take the single downloaded file and expand it into the file and folder structure which you seem to have. Put all those files into a directory and point the driver wizard to that. It will probably look for the .ini file for the setup.


Oh, I thought I was supposed to expand the .exe

I've tried that, no good, it still can't find any drivers, even when I manually point it to the folder

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September 19, 2013 8:08:12 AM

Windows initial load should not be asking for drivers.
Check the bios for devices that are not initially necessary like added sata controllers.
Your boot device should be on the primary cpu supported sata ports.

Once the initial install lets you get into windows, you can install all the optional motherboard drivers from the cd that came with the motherboard. Since you do not have a cd, you will want to download at least the lan drivers to your usb stick so you can access the internet and download the rest.
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September 19, 2013 8:21:56 AM

geofelt said:
Windows initial load should not be asking for drivers.
Check the bios for devices that are not initially necessary like added sata controllers.
Your boot device should be on the primary cpu supported sata ports.

Once the initial install lets you get into windows, you can install all the optional motherboard drivers from the cd that came with the motherboard. Since you do not have a cd, you will want to download at least the lan drivers to your usb stick so you can access the internet and download the rest.



Wow, I think I need more detailed instructions on how to do that.

By the way, can the problem be that my HDD is connected to a SATA6G port?
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September 19, 2013 8:36:56 AM

PedroFerreira said:
geofelt said:
Windows initial load should not be asking for drivers.
Check the bios for devices that are not initially necessary like added sata controllers.
Your boot device should be on the primary cpu supported sata ports.

Once the initial install lets you get into windows, you can install all the optional motherboard drivers from the cd that came with the motherboard. Since you do not have a cd, you will want to download at least the lan drivers to your usb stick so you can access the internet and download the rest.



Wow, I think I need more detailed instructions on how to do that.

By the way, can the problem be that my HDD is connected to a SATA6G port?


You want the boot drive to be on SATA0 on the motherboard, that's the best way for it to be seen properly.
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September 19, 2013 8:39:52 AM

SATA0 ?

The labeling reads
SATA6G_1
SATA6G_2
SATA3G_1
SATA3G_2
SATA3G_3
STAT3G_4

Either way, that doesn't seem to be the problem, since the bios recognizes the HDD in any of the ports, and I get the same mistake on the installation


Btw guys, thanks for helping
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September 19, 2013 8:41:25 AM

I'll add the specs on the 1st post, just to make it clear what system we're talking about
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September 19, 2013 8:54:21 AM

tried the usb and sata drivers, also did not work
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September 19, 2013 9:00:33 AM

installing an OS should not be this complicated.
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September 19, 2013 9:28:05 AM

I'll look for my hdd drivers, if that even exists
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September 19, 2013 9:32:50 AM

Nope, according to seagate, the only drivers needed should be the mobo's SATA drivers
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September 19, 2013 9:52:07 AM

I think I'm gona wait till next month, buy a license, and pay to get it installed
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September 19, 2013 10:20:54 AM

PedroFerreira said:
SATA0 ?

The labeling reads
SATA6G_1
SATA6G_2
SATA3G_1
SATA3G_2
SATA3G_3
STAT3G_4

Either way, that doesn't seem to be the problem, since the bios recognizes the HDD in any of the ports, and I get the same mistake on the installation


Btw guys, thanks for helping


Almost all motherboards I have seen have the first SATA port labeled as 0.

Did you read the support files for this motherboard from ASUS? It lists several things about troubleshooting SATA issues including trying different settings. http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P8H77I/#support_Knowle...
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September 19, 2013 10:54:20 AM

hang-the-9 said:
Almost all motherboards I have seen have the first SATA port labeled as 0.

Did you read the support files for this motherboard from ASUS? It lists several things about troubleshooting SATA issues including trying different settings. http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P8H77I/#support_Knowle...


Well, I have now, still the same error
The RAID thingy was disabled though
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September 20, 2013 7:42:29 AM

PedroFerreira said:
I think I'm gona wait till next month, buy a license, and pay to get it installed


If you have not paid for a windows license, I have little sympathy.
A unauthorized license is prone to contain malware and may well be the source of your problems.
In addition, it is piracy.

Buy a legitimate copy and you should have no issue installing it yourself.
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September 20, 2013 9:38:54 AM

geofelt said:
PedroFerreira said:
I think I'm gona wait till next month, buy a license, and pay to get it installed


If you have not paid for a windows license, I have little sympathy.
A unauthorized license is prone to contain malware and may well be the source of your problems.
In addition, it is piracy.

Buy a legitimate copy and you should have no issue installing it yourself.


Though I'm not the greatest fan of piracy, because I beleive intellectual property should be paid for, I also think that most software is highly over priced.

Like I said, I'm gona buy it next month
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September 20, 2013 9:59:05 AM

If I get any trouble isntalling the licensed version I'll make a new thread
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