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Am I missing drivers / are there no Windows 8.1 drivers for my mobo yet?

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April 5, 2014 8:20:54 PM

Hello all :)  I just built my first PC from scratch, with these specs:

Mobo: ASUS M5A78L-M LX plus
CPU:AMD FX-6300
GPU:Gigabyte R7 260x
RAM: Kingston HyperX 4GB
Storage: Corsair 115GB SSD
OS: Windows 8.1

I don't have an optical drive. Anyway, I am having trouble installing drivers. I correctly installed the driver for the graphics card, but everything else is a mystery. I copied the contents of the CD that came with the mobo on to a USB drive and tried running them on my new PC, but an error message came up saying that my OS is not supported. I think the CD only contains drivers for windows vista / 7.

I went to the ASUS website and found a LAN driver and an audio driver and I installed those. Is there no chipset or USB or other drivers that I can/should install?

Thank you so much :) 

PS I also have a 150Mbs USB wireless adapter (with driver installed) on my new desktop but the internet connection is really slow (download speed ~100kb/s). Could this be related to not having proper drivers yet? I am on my laptop right by my PC right now and the connection is fine.
a b V Motherboard
April 5, 2014 8:55:56 PM

I realize you've tried installing the drivers from the CD. Have you tried downloading the Window 7 drivers from the website and installing them? Usually if a company hasn't put out a Win8 driver, the Win7 version can work. It's worth a try.

Also, have you identified exactly which drivers you need to install? Press "Windows Key" + "Pause/Break" to launch the System Device list. If the list has a lot of yellow items with exclamation points you could try selecting those items and using the built in "update driver" feature that Windows has, this can sometimes be helpful.

It is possible that you're lacking a proper USB driver, which might slow the USB speed down. But I don't know for sure. If you're not happy with the slow connection speed you could download drivers on the laptop and use the "sneaker net" to move them from Laptop to Desktop.

Also, this can be dangerous because of the possibility of bricking the MB, but check your BIOS version and see if you might benefit from a newer version. The notes on the different versions are a bit vague but they seem to say, "improve system stability" and "improve compatibility with USB devices" a lot.
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April 5, 2014 9:37:42 PM

noahhicks said:
I realize you've tried installing the drivers from the CD. Have you tried downloading the Window 7 drivers from the website and installing them? Usually if a company hasn't put out a Win8 driver, the Win7 version can work. It's worth a try.

Also, have you identified exactly which drivers you need to install? Press "Windows Key" + "Pause/Break" to launch the System Device list. If the list has a lot of yellow items with exclamation points you could try selecting those items and using the built in "update driver" feature that Windows has, this can sometimes be helpful.

It is possible that you're lacking a proper USB driver, which might slow the USB speed down. But I don't know for sure. If you're not happy with the slow connection speed you could download drivers on the laptop and use the "sneaker net" to move them from Laptop to Desktop.

Also, this can be dangerous because of the possibility of bricking the MB, but check your BIOS version and see if you might benefit from a newer version. The notes on the different versions are a bit vague but they seem to say, "improve system stability" and "improve compatibility with USB devices" a lot.


Thank you for the reply.

I downloaded Windows 7 drivers from the ASUS website, but they also will not install (I get the same error saying wrong operating system). I am pretty sure these are the same drivers which came on the CD.

I also looked at the System Device list but there were no exclamation marks. So I still don't have USB or chipset drivers, but how big a deal is this? It seems to me that if it was extremely important, the manufacturer would have released drivers by now.

The internet speed is really killing me though. I can't do anything on the desktop because of it. I don't really think its a USB driver problem because the data transfer speed with USB and everything is very fast. I would download a driver but I can't find one which will install properly.
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a b V Motherboard
April 5, 2014 10:47:15 PM

The best thing to do would be to contact asus technical support and tell them your situation. A lot of times they can give you good information that may not yet be publicly published on the web yet.
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