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INSTALLING DRIVERS AND BOOT DEFRAGERS
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June 5, 2010
4:43 PM
Bill3
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SmileHi ,

could you please advise where I can find a manual, for installing the drivers for my motherboard Gigabyte GA_MA_770_DS3.

Also a good boot defragger.

SmileRegards Bill3

June 5, 2010
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CoolHi Amnesia,

thanks, but I have already checked out dear old Gigabyte, when I downloaded new drivers.

The manual that came in the box, is not much good, as its translated from Asian, and it just says " install drivers '.

These are the drivers :-

29-05-10 DOWNLOAD FOR XP 32 BIT

           AUDIO
1       Realtek Function driver for Realtek Azalia audio chip (Including Microsoft UAA Driver in English edition)
OS:Windows XP 32bit,Windows XP 64bit,Windows Vista 32bit,Windows Vista 64bit,Windows 7 32bit,Windows 7 64bit
    R2.46    39.93 MB    2010/04/29

2       Microsoft UAA (Universal Audio Architecture) Bus driver (Full Multi-language version )
OS:Windows XP 32bit,Windows 2000,Windows Server 2003 32bit
    5.10.0.5010    29.87 MB    2006/10/03

           CHIPSET
3       AMD Chipset Driver (include chipsetsata raid driver)
OS:Windows XP 32bit
    8.641    79.15 MB    2009/08/14

    LAN
4        Realtek Ethernet Diagnostic Utility
OS:Windows XP 32bit,Windows XP 64bit,Windows Vista 32bit,Windows Vista 64bit,Windows 7 32bit,Windows 7 64bit
    1.0.0.4    3.77 MB    2010/04/29
        

5        Realtek PCIe LAN Driver
OS:Windows XP 32bit,Windows XP 64bit
    5.754    3.12 MB    2010/04/16

          SATA RAID

6       AMD SATA RAID Driver (Preinstall driver, press F6 during Windows* setup to read from floppy)
OS:Windows XP 32bit,Windows XP 64bit
    3.1.1540.127    0.33 MB    2009/07/09

 

Each driver unzips to a number of files, often including 2 exe's.

I know roughly what the 6 drivers do, but I like to do things precisely, so I don't have to do the job twice, so I would be most grateful if someone could tell me where I can find a manual to tell me :-

1 Precisely what the drivers do.

2 The order to install them.

3 How to install them.

CoolRegards Bill3.

June 6, 2010
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Hi,

The easiest way to install the drivers would be to run the .exe once the files are extracted. If you don't know exactly which .exe to run, do this (more steps but same results) :

1) Extract all the drivers to their respective folders

2) Go to Control Panel – System – Hardware tab – Device Manager

* We're going to use the Audio for example

3) Under Sound, Video and Game Controllers, Right-Click on the item with the yellow exclamation point and Click on Update Driver.
This will launch the wizard and your choice will be to choose the drivers manually. From there all you need to do is point to the folder where the audio drivers were extracted and the wizard will do the rest. The system will pick the correct files for your hardware.

Do this for all the other components. Sometimes it will ask you to reboot, you go ahead, reboot and continue.

The order in which you install the drivers doesn't really matter. I guess I would go LAN – Chipset – Raid and Audio.

As far as what the drivers do or precisely do… You will always get basically the same answer, allow the OS to recognize the hardware. Some components along with the drivers will include a small program or utility to help you manage said components ( Realtek Ethernet Diagnostic Utility for example).

I don't know which OS you will be using. Win7 has a pretty extensive driver database, where one only needs to install the OS and Voila! Most (if not all) drivers are already installed and your hardware ready to roll.

Hope this helps.

June 6, 2010
11:34 PM
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Laugh    Hi Gioneo,

many thanks for the advice, most helpful. I think I could manage with a bit more advice.

1 XP SP3 32 bit, updated using the Autopatcher.

2 I'll keep looking for detailed installation manual, just out of professionalism.

3 I think the Installation Wizard, or Installshield Setup Launcher, must be the exe to run, to install the drivers, while the Application Launcher, actually runs the driver, once installed into system 32, or where ever it goes.

4 I prefer to actually install the drivers myself, to make sure it is done correctly, as they are critical to the computers performance.

5 I have no idea what to do with 6 Sata Raid Driver, but I think you may have to make a boot disk with it. Personally, my experience has proved having a backup HD, that is not installed, is the cheapest option, with respect to cost of time, and the lockup and destroy virus. Here's an extract from my XP Manual :-

RECOVERY OF SYSTEM ( backup )

With hard drives ( HD ) being so cheap now, they are the easiest and quickest way to recover your system. Here’s my method :-

1     HD should NOT be fitted, in case your computer is stolen, but hidden safely, and only run for backups. The C drive = 20 GB must only contain XP, then you can designate My Documents to the D drive.

2    After installing XP + drivers + updates + display and other customization, but before installing programs and security, just take a complete copy of the C partition, with Partition Expert to your backup HD. This intrinsic copy can then be used to replace your C drive after a few months, when the programs are out of date, and a few viruses have done a bit of corruption. Wow, you’ve saved all that time scanning, removing viruses, and updating.

3     Ditto as in 2 for your complete system, with programs, security, and settings. Now your really going to save some time if things go wrong.

4     Next copy your D drive over to your backup HD, then you`ve  got yourself completely backed up.

5     Problems :

5a    You MUST completely over write and format the C drive with Partition Expert, before copying a backup to it, or reinstalling Xp, because, simply, XP can pick old files.

5b    If you loose your master boot record ( mbr ), just reinstall it with the XP installation Disc Recovery Console, by pressing R when loading.

5c    To reduce the size of a backup on the backup HD, just re-size it with Partition Expert, removing the unused disc space, but leaving 10 % free space.

6      The beauty of this system is that you are always restoring to an intrinsic XP, and its real quick and dirt cheap. Saving you hours of scanning, only to find a virus has damaged your system permanently, or it too time consuming to fix.  =================================

6 A tech once told me the installation sequence was Chipset first, as it's the most important, then LAN, then audio, always rebooting after each install. I don't know about raid, I'll google this, but I don't think I'll need it.

Thanks again, I'll put your post into my drivers wordpad.

Laugh   Regards Bill3.

PS. come on you other techo's, there must be a manual, there's everything else on the net, I just don't know what to google.

 

June 7, 2010
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What I do when I install a computer (in terms of drivers) is:

1. Go to the manufacturer's website (even if you have a disc--the discs are often out of date)

2. Download all the drivers for your computer.

3. Install (in no particular order). Order is not important when it comes to drivers--the default Windows drivers are good enough. If one particular aspect of your computer needs a driver that's immediately noticable, IE screen res is low or speakers are buzzing) you can install those first, but it's not really necessary.

Reboot when necessary.

4.  Install Windows Updates.

5. Do whatever else you want (Firefox, Security, other apps).

Oh, the site that was :(
June 7, 2010
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Surprised   Hi Locutus,

thanks, but that's basic stuff I had already covered in my posts.

Have you noticed that the posts get chopped off on the right hand side, also it would be helpfull to hav the window wider.

Surprised   Regards Bill3.

June 7, 2010
1:24 PM
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Bill3 said:

Surprised   Hi Locutus,

thanks, but that's basic stuff I had already covered in my posts.

Have you noticed that the posts get chopped off on the right hand side, also it would be helpfull to hav the window wider.

Surprised   Regards Bill3.


 

Same here… Definitely annoying.

Concerning a detailled manual to install the drivers for your MoBo… I doubt you'll be able to find one…

As far as backups goes… Although I do external backups, but they're mostly labeled as "Storage". My actual "system backup" is done using RAID 1 (Mirroring). If one drives fails the other just kicks in, until I can replace the faulty drive.

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