I am trying to repair a friends computer he bought from ZT Systems. The OS corrupted (WinXP Media Center Edition 2005) and he lost his restore disc. I contacted ZT Systems and they want $35 for a restore disc but my friend doesn't want to pay that. I said "no problem" as this is easy, I have installed fresh copies of Windows hundreds of times (literally). Anyway this one is kicking my butt!
So I went and formatted and reinstalled WinXP MCE 2005 and went to MSI's website to get the newest chipset and audio drivers. The only markings on the motherboard are MS-7191 and doing a search on MSI's website it can be one of two boards. Downloaded the drivers for both boards and put them on my USB flash drive and continued installing WinXP. Once down I attempted to install the chipset driver which is an ATI driver. It gave me an error saying a component wasn't found so installation halted. This was a week ago so I can't remember what the error was exactly. From ATI's website I was able to download and install the video drivers for the intergrated video. The audio driver installs and asks for a reboot but when it comes back up there is no sound and windows is telling me there is no audio hardware installed. Ugh.
I have the intergrated ethernet driver but it isn't self installing, it is just a driver file but since the chipset driver isn't installed Windows isn't finding any NIC so I can't manually install.
I am like screw it, lets put Windows 7 on it and see what it finds for drivers manually. Guess what, it doesn't install any drivers manually. I go to ATI's website and find the video driver and it works, go to MSI's and the only Windows 7 driver they have is the audio, I download and install it and again it doesn't work, saying no audio hardware. There are no Windows 7 chipset drivers.
I would love to get Windows 7 working on this system but will go back to WinXP if I can get the drivers to work.
Downloaded MSI live update and it says the motherboard is unknown, and of course it can't connect to the internet because the chipset drivers won't install.
Chipset driver issue, I tried to install them but I get the error "Severe - INF error Video Driver Not Found" followed by a "Setup was unable to complete the installtion. Try to setup your display adapter with a standard VGA driver before running setup" so I downloaded the video driver installed it successfully, I have all the resolution choices and color levels now ... but I get the same error!!!
I went to install the sound drivers and get the error "Microsoft Bus driver should be loaded in your system before installing Realtek HD Audio Driver!". In Device Manager there was a yellow exclamation for "SM Bus Controller" so I googled it and downloaded ATI SMBus Driver http://download.cnet.com/Chip-Set-ATI-SMBus-Driver-Vers...
It installed successfully and I have no yellow exclamations in Device manager but I still get the same error.
I have never had a computer smack me around like this!