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New hardware install problem

Q: New hardware install problem

I want to install a external hard drive to my desktop computer. I am running WinXp with service pack 3. The first time I tried to install this hard drive I got this Microsoft message saying basically that this device has not been thoroughly tested and they don't recommend installing. So I canceled the install. When I found out that it is a common message and that I should just go ahead with the install, I could no longer get the computer to recognize that I have new hardware to install. This is a Western Digital External Hard drive 1 TB.
What is interesting with this new install, is that when I disconnect the USB cable from the back of the PC I get one ding. When I reconnect it I get two dings. I don't know what this means, but I know that whenever I have tried to install new hardware in the past, I usually get one ding and a message on the monitor, that new hardware has been detected.
Since I cannot proceed with the install I will get another WD drive and go ahead and install and ignore the warning from MS, so I can complete the install.

A: New hardware install problem

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I have an 850mhz AMD T-bird with a MSI motherboard and a 40 gig maxtor hard drive. Running the maxtor diagnostics, everything appears to be fine. If I try to run the maxtor formatting/install utility, the computer locks so I can only cut power to get it back. I tried using fdisk, which appeared to work, until the first reboot during the Windows install... the computer stops responding at "Verifying DMI Pool Data." I have tried installing win 98se and win 2k pro. Both do the same thing. Maxtor is no help, blaming it on everything else they can think of. Help? Thanks in advance.


A:OS won't install... hardware problem

Just finished having the same problem, when you reboot are using a "boot disk"?

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Every time I try to install a program or hardware on my computer, I am getting a mesage from my Norton Anti-Virus Program that this or that is trying to write to another file. I have NO idea what that means, but the message header says "WARNING: Virus Like Activity". I have recently had several virus' that were in files removed. Now I am wondering if it could be that there is something that is wrong with the way my files are being written that looks like I have a virus. I am trying to reinstall my scanner from an installation disk. That is when I am getting the message. (This time.) Any suggestions.

P.S. I am a computer novice!

A:install hardware problem

You may have your security set very high in norton antivirus. Take a look in your option settings under bloodhound and make sure it is set to default. Also in the advanced section allow for programs loads.
Sorry I forgot to say under auto protect.
Let us know Dave

[Edited by davey7549 on 06-09-2001 at 03:41 PM]

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Windows will detect new hardware but it will fail to install... "The hardware was not installed because the wizard cannot find the necessary software." It even tried searching windows update to install a Microsoft mouse which failed. Windows should have default drivers for controlling a mouse and even if install fails it should still work but it does not. I swapped mice with my other PC. One out of about 8 usb ports worked with the replacement mouse but it did not install, as you might have guessed. I recently finished working with tetonbob to remove serious infections to the OS.

Operating System System Model
Windows XP Media Center Edition Service Pack 3 (build 2600)
Install Language: English (United States)
System Locale: English (United States) Dell Inc. Dell DM061
System Service Tag: GHF6BC1 (support for this PC)
Chassis Serial Number: GHF6BC1
Enclosure Type: Mini-Tower
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
1.87 gigahertz Intel Core 2 Duo
64 kilobyte primary memory cache
2048 kilobyte secondary memory cache
64-bit ready
Multi-core (2 total)
Not hyper-threaded Board: Dell Inc. 0WG864
Serial Number: ..****.
Bus Clock: 1066 megahertz
BIOS: Dell Inc. 2.4.0 05/24/2007
Drives Memory Modules c,d
244.95 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
162.20 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

TSSTcorp DVD+-RW TS-H653A [CD-ROM drive]

TEAC USB HS-CF Card USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 1
TEAC USB HS-MS Card USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 3... Read more

A:[SOLVED] XP Pro MCE SP3 Hardware Install Problem

Sometimes the quickest path to a stable system after an infection is a clean install . . are you up to that?

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I have a problem trying to install Windows 2000 Pro ever since I got my new motherboard: After it reboots to inspect my computer's hardware configuration, it freezes. It does not respond to any of the function keys. I've unplugged all the cards on the motherboard and the CD-ROM and there is no effect, so none of this hardware seems to be causing problems.

I have a Gigabyte 7IXE motherboard with 128 MB DIMM. Windows 2000 Pro install and ran perfected on my old, but now defunct, board.



A:Windows 2000 install problem: freeze on inspecting hardware configuration

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I have a problem trying to install Windows 2000 Pro ever since I got my new motherboard: After it reboots to inspect my computer's hardware configuration, it freezes. It does not respond to any of the function keys. I've unplugged all the cards on the motherboard and the CD-ROM and there is no effect, so none of this hardware seems to be causing problems.

I have a Gigabyte 7IXE motherboard with 128 MB DIMM. Windows 2000 Pro install and ran perfected on my old, but now defunct, board.



A:Windows 2000 install problem: freeze on inspecting hardware configuration

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Note: I will get an export with DM Log Collector this evening when I get home from work but I wanted to start collecting some opinions on the subject and I do have a BlueScreenView export to hand.

I was experiencing a BSOD during Windows 10 Pro x64 installation on a freshly built computer, the installation would get to 80% ? 100% and BSOD with a variety of errors, mostly IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL

After about 10 attempts with different UEFI settings disabled (Intel NIC, XMP Disabled, Updated UEFI, etc) the install stuck and I was able to load into windows thought this was pure chance.
In its current state the OS boots up fine and I can log in but I have about 1 ? 2 minutes before I get a BSOD, the like of which are attached in a TXT file from BlueScreenView (I will get the proper DM Log Collector files this evening)

I have tried:

Checking CPU temperature (32 Degrees C)Updating MB UEFIDisabling and disconnecting NICs as I found several threads on google identifying Intel NIC drivers as a possible causeReseating all hardware and power cablesRemoving each stick of RAM in turnInstalling from UEFI and LegacyDifferent media (VL image, Media Creation Tool Image)Installing from USB3 & USB2 PortsWith and without XMPInstalling Chipset drivers in the ~1 minute I have in the OSUninstalling video drivers in the ~1 minute I have in the OS as I remember hearing about significant issues with Windows 10 and nVidia DriversInstalling latest nVidi... Read more

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Hello all-

My friend has an old laptop laying around that was broken so I told him hey what the heck bring it over and I'll fool around with it. He brings it over and I get my good old external HD that I use YUMI to install windows with. This thing is going nuts beeps & boops the whole time; I figured out the built in keyboard is fried due to liquid damage at some point I yank it out, I connect my dell wired keyboard that I use for all my "projects" and start again. I wipe the laptops HD and start my install. It completes the install portion that is booted from my external then restarts into in windows to finish the install on its own HD. Makes it all the way to the end where the screen flickers like its adjust the resolution. Moments after that "Windows could not be installed on this computers hardware- please restart"

I check everywhere online and I find a tutorial on this site that explains how to enter device manager in safe mode while installing win 7 (which I didn't bookmark like a fool!) I find that it has a LIST of drivers not recognized (graphic card is one). I down loaded the drivers from Acers website but while restarting the Win 7 install I click i the load with drivers button and it says they aren't in driver format.

I'm lost- about the call this laptop broke, done, cooked. I pulled the laptop HD out and ran disk check from my Dell desktop it was fine. The liquid damage doesn't appear to have damaged the internals of the laptop, the d... Read more

A:Win 7 Install Fails Home Pre (Can not install on this hardware)

Try the steps to Troubleshoot Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums.

Install only the wireless or ethernet drive when you get online to pull in all other drivers from Windows Updates, after enabling Automatically deliver drivers via Windows Update (Step 3)

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I'm gettin' for Christmas either a DVD write/re-write drive, or some ramsticks; possibly both.

I'm cleanin' house too (re-format HD), and am wonderin' if it's best done before new hardware addition, or after new hardware addition...

A:re-install OS pre, or post new hardware install?

Probably before, but is should not matter much either way

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I m facing this video hardware error from last 1 week in my HP G62 361Tx Laptop.
Laptop Cooling fan is working Ok. no Abnormal sound.
I have installed TechPowerUP GPU Z to check GPU Temperature..
Min Temp.-> 52 degree centigrade
Avg. Temp-> 72 degree centigrade
Max Tamp. -> 84 degree centigrade
I m attaching follwing file:

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU M 370 @ 2.40GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 37 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3061 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 51743 MB, Free - 20209 MB; F: Total - 108149 MB, Free - 11567 MB; G: Total - 145237 MB, Free - 10863 MB;
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 1426
Antivirus: Norton AntiVirus, Updated and Enabled

A problem with your video hardware caused Windows to stop working correctly.

Problem signature
Problem Event Name: LiveKernelEvent
OS Version: 6.1.7601.
Locale ID: 1033

Files that help describe the problem

View a temporary copy of these files
Warning: If a virus or other security threat caused the problem, opening a copy of the files could harm your computer.

Extra information about the problem
BCCode: 117
BCP1: B3C4F008
BCP2: 99FC68B0
BCP3: 00000000
BCP4: 00000000
OS Version: 6_1_7601
Service Pack: 1_0
Product:... Read more

A:Video Hardware Error-A problem with ur video hardware caused Windows to stop working

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I tried to install a network card (belkin, notebook network card) and when I booted my laptop (dell latitude, windows 95), it DID detect a new hardware...however, it wouldn't let me install it. It said "this wizrd searches for new driver for belkinF5D5020-PCMCIA-network card, and when I went to click next, it said windows could not detect new hardware. I was like "huh"????
So now I have a NEW network card that I still need to any ideas?????

A:Trying to install new hardware but......

Does it show up in device manager as a nonworking device? If it made it that far you should just be able to reinstall the driver and go from there.

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guys help me, some programs are blocking installation of any hardware to my pc. how can get rid of those programs? they are not located where they are supposed to be in.

A:can't install hardware

What are you trying to install and do you have anti-virus software installed on your PC?

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Does anybody know if i get future problems by installing windows 7 home premium 64 bit on 32 bit computer hardware?
thankes for help

A:Install 64 bit on 32 bit hardware

I would Check your PC with the Upgrade Advisor:

Download Details - Microsoft Download Center - Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor

With only 2gb of ram, I would stay with 32 bit.

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Trying to get my system up and running after replacing a dead Harddrive
Getting the message

Intel Pro Wireless 2200BG NEtwork connection #4

An error occurred while trying to install this device

The name is already in use as either a service name or a service display name
I've tried uninstalling the hardware from the device manager and rebooting. Windows will find it, it renames it with a new # (e.g. I've tried 4 times now, hence the #4 after the name).
CAn't seem to figure this one out.

Any thoughts?

BTW ...Dell Latitude C610 running winXP

Thanks in advance

A:Cannot install this hardware

With a little diligence, I found the answer.
See this article:

Network adapter install problems

A slight change from the recommended, the card tried to install once I rebooted so I did the regedit part First , THEN I deleted the network adapters in the device manager.

In the registry editor, the key related to THIS card is W22n50 which I deleted.

On the next boot everything installed correctly.

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i try to install windows xp on the computer listed below, i have windows 7 installed on a terabyte SATA3 drive, i create a new partition for windows xp of 200 gigs on that drive, but whenever i select that partition it freezes in the middle of installing the drivers, it's a windows xp cd from way back. so i figured it might have been new hardware so i grabbed an old sata 1 and removed the sata 3 from the picture by disconnecting it. then i was able to get it working, but it's so slow, and i beleive that hard drive is going out because of it's age it is clicking a lot and it is very loud whenever accessing. any suggestions of any questions please help. thanks so much.

A:New hardware XP won't install

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When I try to connect/add a new device via fire wire or USB, I am told that I do not need a driver as my Windows XP supposedly already has the driver. I continue to get the message that the driver is not available.
The drivers for this device are not installed. (Code 28)

To reinstall the drivers for this device, click Reinstall Driver

I then click Reinstall and get this message
Cannot Install this Hardware
The hardware was not installed because the wizard cannot find the necessary software
Any suggestions?

A:Cannot Install this Hardware

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Asus M4A89GTD PRO Motherboard
AMD Phenom II x2 b55 3.2ghz CPU
8gb Ripjaw ram 4x2gb modules 1600mhz
WD 640 Green Drive
OCZ Vertex 2E 60gb SSD
ATI Radeon 5870

New hardware that I installed recently, the SSD and an extra 4gb ripjaw ram (identical kits).

Error I am getting, ''Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key'' when I try to boot from Windows 7 DVD.

The boot priority is as it should be, I have taken out the WD HDD, the 4gb installed ram and all other hardware, usb devices etc to see if they were causing any issues (all long shots) I've reset the BIOS, I've replaced the DVD drive with a brand new one it's a SATA one by the way. I have no clue, really need help on this one, been trying to solve it for the last 4 hours.

My next move is to try and install Windows 7 from a USB memory stick and update the BIOS with the latest version.

I haven't yet wiped the 640gb drive (my previous O/S drive) and I can still boot windows 7 on that. I just can't seem to run the Windows 7 install at all without getting that error message.

I've also checked the IDE/SATA/RAID configs and everything is as it should be, and I put the optical drive in SATA ports 5/6 as that is where ASUS recommends them be.

I'm at a loose end

All I've been trying to do is run Windows 7 on the disk to install it on my new SSD.

A:New Hardware, O/S Install on SSD. Help.

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I started up my computer up a week ago and when i got on my profile it said i had new hardware to install. After a while of X-ing out of it i just hit continue to see what happenes. it said it was trying to install an infared device. After i closed that another one poped up and tried to install a WDP (i think that's what's it's called). Both didn't install it successfully, but everytime i start up the computer they both begin. How can i get rid of these screens? I didn't install any new device either.


A:Saying i have new hardware to install, but i don't

but i never put any new hardware in. I got my computer fixed from this one guy and he didn't put any thing in it at all. How can i get rid of these messages or at elast make them stop!?!?

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i am trying to install a usb to ethernet adapter and get a windows "cannot find the driver" message. i have the cd w/ the driver and direct it to it but it wont access the driver.
thanx in advance for any help,

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Is there a policy on xp or maybe 3rd party software that will not allow the installation of additional hardware?

Thanks guys.

A:Hardware Install block?

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I plugged in my USB from my digital video camera, I downloaded a video capture program, now I need to install the USB but I don't know what type of hardware I want. Help ho's.

A:What type of hardware do I want to install?

are you saying that the usb is not you get an error


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HOW TO INSTALL Hardware Diagnostics ON MY PC

A:HOW TO INSTALL Hardware Diagnostics ON MY PC

Hi, The installer for the hardware diagnostic uefi is on the following link. Once installed, the hardware diagnostic options can be accessed as follows. Shutdown the notebook.  Tap away at the esc key as you start the notebook to enter the Start-up Menu.  From here, you can select the Diagnostic Menu options by pressing f2 Regards, DP-K

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I have Win7 Professional so I can run some XP programs. I just attempted to install my ADS Tech Instant DVD+DV so I can convert VHS to DVD. Finally found an upgrade to the Capture program that will open but the hardware driver won't install - I keep getting
'Windows could not find driver software for your device. If you know the mfg can visit its website and check the support section for driver software.'
I have tried every driver they have that might work and I get the same response. At times I am able to access "Let me Pick from a list of Device Drivers - hit Have Disk - Browse - navigate to various extracted drivers I have downloaded - none worked. One driver did start to install but then - 'Windows encountered a problem installing the driver software for your device.' and 'Windows found driver software for your device but encountered an error while attempting to install it. This device cannot start (Code 10).'
One driver installed it was an x64 but it wouldn't operate the device - it was a Video USB Driver.
I think that is what I need - a USB driver - that's how the unit plugs in.

As a note, earlier this week I did a bunch of Windows Updates which updated and showed the various Devices with Removable Storage as (5) E,F,G,H,and I. After today's attempts they have all disappeared. ?? How can I get them back?? Maybe that is affecting my attempts. The machine does recognize when I plug in the ADS device. I've been doing it 'hot'. Not looking for permission ... Read more

A:Hardware Driver Won't Install

Do you have SATA in AHCI mode so hot-plugging is enabled? That''s your permission.

Try SysRestoring to before the updates then study them more closely to see what they do and watch what results from installing them in smaller groups. Keep the device plugged in as Windows Updates should detect it and cue up a driver in optional.

You don't say if there are Win7 drivers for the device. If so, try running their installer as Admin, and also browsing to their unzipped files from Device manager. Does it list in Dev Mgr even after unhiding all devices on View tab? Vista drivers may need to be installed in Compatibility Mode, as likely would XP: Compatibility Mode

Google the name of the device + Windows 7 or Vista and see how others have resolved the issue.

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I have just completed building a new system for a friend.
My friend is purchasing a new windows 7 pro package shortly.

In the meantime I would like to get her new machine up and running.

Can I install Win 7 with my copy but not enter a key thus allowing her
to enter her own OEM key once she receives the new computer?

I would like to at least get the updates installed for her and configure
the new machine prior to her receiving it so that she only has to put in
her key to activate windows and everything else will be ready to use.

A:New Hardware Fresh Install

Receives the new computer? or the new installation disk? Installation without entering a key is always possible while going for updates is a different matter there.

With any fresh install of 7 you first have to pass the WGA validation as well as the installation of the Windows installer used to put the updates on once downloaded. That requires an activated Windows however leaving you in a dilemna. Once the new disk is in perform the clean install at that time and get ready for the load of updates once that is activated.

For simply running 7 for 120 days without activationm,

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I'm not sure this is really a windows problem, but I didn't know where to put it..
I've just upgraded my computer with a new motherboard, cpu, ram and cabinet. (And all these things should go great together) I don't remember all the details now but the motherboard is from Asus, and the cpu is a amd athlon xp 3000+. The problem is that now windows xp won't load! First I get the choices of safe mode, last good configuration etc, but when I try one of these, there's a blue screen with some text for about one tenth of a second (so I can't read it) and then the computer restarts (and the same thing happens) The only thing that works is the recovery console, but I'm not sure if that/how that can help me.. So I thought I'd reinstall windows, thinking the hardware change was too much too handle. The thing is, the computer doesn't "react" to the cd (or boot floppy discs) The little light on the cd-rom lights up for three seconds and then the startup continues as usual. No "you are about to install windows" or anything. And yes, I have set the right boot sequence in bios. (Floppy, cd, hd or cd, floppy, hd) I don't understand why the installation cd is just "ignored" like that, since the cd-rom is detected normally in bios. Anyone see what's going on, and how I can get into windows or at least get to reinstall it if that's neccesary? I'd be really grateful, cause I've had a lot of w... Read more

A:Xp won't run or install after hardware change

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My computer was stored at a person's house for 3 weeks. I am 99% sure my 400 gig hard drive was attached internal. I got everything out of the house but there is no 400 gig drive anyway.

How can I tell a history of the hard drive installed and uninstalled.

Thank you

A:Hardware install and uninstall log

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Each time I try to install new hardware (So far a memory stick, a barcode reader, a new mouse) I end up with the hardware wizard saying it cannot install it. "The data is invalid". Two of the above items are plug and play and the other had a driver which installed ok.

What can be causing this please?

A:Solved: Cannot install hardware

Did you get this resolved and can you post your findings?

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ok this just happend this morning. here how the morning all started. i got up and noticed my cable internet isnt working..not connecting to the net work. so i did all the troubleshooting and couldnt come up with nothing myself so i called Comcast. all they knew was it was connected and wanted me to do what i already tried...then they were gonna shock it or something. but then all of a sudden it comes back so i told him we're all good and got off the phone. restarted my pc....then restarted again just to make sure....and it was all good. then i did some cleaning of junk files and cleaned up the reg a bit then restarted again.

However, upon this restart i get an add hardware pop up? its for a modem?? lol i have never used a modem on this computer since i had it. wasnt even real sure it did... just cause i have never actually looked....the ethernet is integrated which i use all the time. so i used my Driver Detective to look up the drivers for it....installed it comes up as "Motorola SM56 Modem". then it list itself it the tray...with a little yellow phone icon. ok now i just looked at the back of my pc.....there is no modem?? lol wth?? i think maybe it did at one time but it was removed, ya know? i think i just took it out one day for the hell of it a long time ago. just because i know i would never use maybe it was a card and not integrated like the ethernet. not sure. but why did this just come up out of the blue? ive reformated this p... Read more

A:new hardware install out of the blue??

ok now after another restart the modem is longer there....not in device manager...not in the tray?? i think my pc might be possessed!

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currently running retail winxp pro sp2 on msi k8n diamond plus with amd athlon 64 3400+ and nvidia gforce 6600gt. want to build new system with msi p7n diamond with intel core 2 quad and geforce 8800gt. of course i want to keep my sata drives with xp without having to reinstall, etc. is this possible? have googled and read alot about it but can't decide if this is doable. tia for input. of course i have backups. fred langa's article looks like it might do the trick.

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On older version of windows, whenever you upgraded hardware, it was always best/mandatory to do a fresh install of windows. Is this still the case for 7? I really dont want to reinstall windows (mainly because of all the gigs i would have to download because I deleted the install files that are on my windows drive), but I dont wanna gimp my performance because something didnt get detected.

A:new hardware, fresh install?

Its not mandatory .... just make sure that you have updated your new hardware to the latest drivers...

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Everything worked fine and now everything has gone haywire, updates do not work, installing or uninstalling things dont work, starting up or shutting down has problems, this is crazy. Does vista have some sort of file check system to go over and replace missing or corupted files?

A:Vista will not install any new hardware...

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I just installed the ASUS M3N-HT MoBo, quad core AMD Phenom x4 9600 CPU, and 4G(2x2G) OCZ Fatal1ty RAM, with the nVidia 9800 GTX+ video card.
I had Vista previously installed on my HDD with a different CPU, RAM and MoBo, and had no problems. I've installed all the drivers I could find for the new hardware, and can run the current hardware configuration in safe mode with networking.
Whenever I load up Vista normally it gives me the BSOD at about the same time as the side bar would load, saying SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION with the reference of AMDLLD64.SYS. Could anyone please offer some insight on what I can do to fix this? Could it be a registry problem? I've set my RAM at 1066 and 800 settings, hoping that was the problem, but received the BSOD at about the time where the side bar usually would load. I've also tried just having one stick of RAM in, which didn't help. I also went into the BIOS and set it up with the down core set at running it as a dual core, which only made it take longer to get me to the BSOD because it took longer to load Vista. I don't know what else I can do.

A:BSOD with new hardware install

I'm pretty sure Windows installs the OS reading your MB serial number...if that changes then normally you have to do a repair install of OS and re-activate windows with a free call to the US of A.

Things may have changed since I last had to do this.

But first I would try a different driver for that graphic card

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When we start up we get the new hardware to install message, but we don't have any new hardware to install. How can we get rid of this message?

A:New hardware to install at start up??

and welcome to the Forum

As you follow thru with the new Hardware wizard, It should give an indication of what it is trying to install . . what files is it looking for?

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Toshiba u845w-

originally comes with win8; so naturally I changed Bios to legacy and installed windows 7... the laptop comes with a 32gb pci ssd and after win7 is loaded there is no room to even download updates, decided to order up a larger pci ssd to load windows 7 on and I have checked bios settting a ton of times and I now get 90% of install of win 7 and I get a "windows will not install on this hardware"....any clues?

I had windows installed with a 32bit win7 home and ive tried 64bit now but I cannot figure out what im missing...

A:WINDOWS 7 will not install on this hardware.

The 32gb SSD is a caching drive meant to speed up the hard drive, but they are installed in a RAID that needs a driver which apparently is not in the 64 bit Win7 installer. Since 32 bit performs better for >4gb RAM installs I would boot it's installer to reinstall your licensed version.

More found on this model missing RAID drivers during reinstall here:

A tutorial which explains reinstall where MSATA or Intel Smart Response (caching) technology is used: Install Windows on System with MSATA and ISRT - Windows 7 Help Forums

If you have further questions I'd ask in the tutorial comments section as Sandeep is expert on these types of installs, even for other makes than Dell. We also have others who can help you if needed.

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I was having problems with my i7 system freezing during installation. After reading through these forums I removed 2 sticks of RAM, my sound card, and my wireless PCI adapter and both of my WD hard drives. Everything's working now!

My question is at what point should I start reinstalling my hardware? Should I install my mobo drivers first?

Can I also add everything back in at once now?

By the way, these forums seem really helpful! I'm looking forward to browsing through the different forums here!

A:At what point can I re-install my hardware?

Quote: Originally Posted by patric

I was having problems with my i7 system freezing during installation. After reading through these forums I removed 2 sticks of RAM, my sound card, and my wireless PCI adapter and both of my WD hard drives. Everything's working now!

My question is at what point should I start reinstalling my hardware? Should I install my mobo drivers first?

Can I also add everything back in at once now?

By the way, these forums seem really helpful! I'm looking forward to browsing through the different forums here!

Go ahead and attempt to add everything back and see how the system responds...

If nothing bad happens than start installing specific drivers for the devices and enjoy your computer...if issues arrise post back and lets work them out together...

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i am trying to install a usb to ethernet adapter. when the new hardware wizard comes up it says "cannot find driver file" cannot install hardware code 28.
any help or insight would be greatly appreciated.

A:Solved: cannot install hardware-USB xp

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pls help....when i install my cam...when the install finished pc just got slow so i..uninstall the cam...but the slow doesnt remove pls help..

A:Install Hardware Problems

Hello Allain, Welcome to TSF

Could you give us some more information (Specs) on your computer. Please include how much RAM you have.

Also, are you sure you uninstalled the Cam properly.

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My brothers computer had been working for the past five months. All of a sudden the computer would not post, and would not display anything on the monitor. The computer was getting power as the fans would stay on.

I swapped out the Power Supply Unit, and the computer did post and start to load windows XP for a moment. During the loading phase of XP the computer automatically rebooted itself.

I tried loading Windows XP onto another hard drive off of this system. It look like everything was going to run great, but the install would give me missing files. I tried two known good windows XP CD installs. Both did not work. I would receive missing file errors and not be able to complete the install. I'm thinking it is either bad memory or a bad mobo. Or could it be the CMOS?

Thanks in advance for any help or ideas.


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currently running retail winxp pro sp2 on msi k8n diamond plus with amd athlon 64 3400+ and nvidia gforce 6600gt. want to build new system with msi p7n diamond with intel core 2 quad and geforce 8800gt. of course i want to keep my sata drives with xp without having to reinstall, etc. is this possible? have googled and read alot about it but can't decide if this is doable. tia for input. of course i have backups. fred langa's article looks like it might do the trick.

A:move xp install to new hardware

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Hey everyone, am i wits end here so i'm hoping someone here has an idea. here's my issue, I have a P4 3.0 prescott with an asus p4p800s mobo. After leaving it with my sister for a week she effectively killed it with a virus. Easy fix I thought until it got to the point where it would freeze when booting to windows (win xp sp2) and only boot to safemode....sometimes.

Well long story short I took everything out of the machine, and have tried to use 5 different hard drives, each result ending the exact same way: The windows installer runs until it finishes loading everything to start the install....then I get a blue screen without fail and cannot proceed forward. Like I said I took everything out of it, tried 4 different sticks of ram in every possible configuration and nothing seems to get it any farther along.

does this sound like a mobo issue? it will run the bios just fine, and I just reflashed it hoping that would work but nothing.

Any ideas??

A:xp won't install, possible hardware malfunction?

just a suggestion, could be a bios virus. well, try it.. remove the battery on your motherboard. just be careful, wait like 5min after shut down.

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- x64
- Original installation
- Retail version
- All new hardware, 2 weeks old
- OS is 3 days old, thats when I reinstalled it to get rid of driver BSOD's

The crashes seem quite random, this is one of the first I had on this fresh OS install. I had 2 others, but I got cleaned by ccleaner.
The memory has been tested 16 hours/16passes by memtest, no errors. My first set of ram was corrupted, so I had those changed. I had memory_management BSOD's because of those faulty modules. Haven't seen that specific one yet with the new modules, so that should be O.K! All temperatures are OK.
Gigabyte X58A UD3R FB bios
Intel i7 930
OCZ Platinum 6GB 1333Mhz 7-7-7-20 specs/voltages set as recommended (screenshots first post, last bit of settings in the first reply) by guys from OCZ forum
Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ, two in RAID0 on which the OS is installed as well
X-Fi Titanium
Radeon 5870

All at default speeds, no overclocking. The only thing I changed were the memory timings and voltages. The BSOD that is attached happened when I was playing Medal of Honor. Yesterday I had a BSOD when the PC was idle in Windows. But as I said, the previous two errors were cleaned.

Thanks in advance, will post any other BSOD I get in the meanwhile as well!

A:New Hardware, Clean install

Welcome to the forum. Sorry you are having troubles.

Error code 3B, SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION. Usual causes: System service, Device driver, graphics driver, ?memory.

Kernel base = 0xfffff800`02c04000 PsLoadedModuleList = 0xfffff800`02e41e50
Debug session time: Wed Oct 20 07:44:29.392 2010 (GMT-4)
System Uptime: 0 days 2:09:28.391
Loading Kernel Symbols
Loading User Symbols
Loading unloaded module list
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Use !analyze -v to get detailed debugging information.

BugCheck 3B, {c0000005, fffff80002da890d, fffff88002d73750, 0}

Probably caused by : ntkrnlmp.exe ( nt!ExAllocatePoolWithTag+53d )

Followup: MachineOwner

7: kd> !analyze -v
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My existing ipod stopped synching to my itunes.The found new hardware wizard window opened and I tried to install it. During installation another window appeared stating USB mass storage device has not passed windows logo testing. I have windows xp service pack 2, don't know what I should do now.

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This has nothing to do with a virus, as the title of this topic might imply. What it does have to do with, however, is the software that is required for me to use my IVT BlueSoleil Bluetooth USB dongle. The software installs (without options) a number of drivers for different devices and connections (dial-up, serial port, file transfer, printer, etc.). However, the only driver I use is file transfer to my phone. All of the other features included I do not need and do not want. However, since the install was too "straightforward" and without additional options of what I want and don't want installed, I am left with an "all or nothing" sort of deal with it.
This whole thing wouldn't be too much of a problem except for the "Install Hardware Wizard" pop-ups I get on computer start. These occur (I presume) from the different drivers the software has installed on my computer. I have tried to set them up (even though nothing exists for them) to no avail. When I login, I get three sequential pop-ups (one after the other, but only once the one before it closes) "welcoming" me to the set-up wizard. As I have stated, there is no hardware, thus no reason for these to continue. I always click cancel, and once the three pop-ups have been killed, the hardware icon in the system tray pops up a balloon tip informing me that the new hardware was detected, but that there was a problem in installing it. This really is nothing more than a nuisance, ... Read more

A:At System Start, "Hardware" Asking to Install

Hi HamSandwich,One possibility that might be the fastest would be to contact the company. See if this gives you a form:;category=53If not, go to and choose what comes closest to your problem from the list About Technical Support Question. To get the above form, I chose "Can not complete the installation", because in essence, that's what's happening. It's trying over and over again to complete its task, without knowing when to quit.There may be someone with a better idea who will pop up here.Zllio

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Ok so i have an old pc i jumbled together out of bits and bobs and when i go to install windows XP i get loads of CRC errors.

Motherboard: MSI K8N Neo2 54g
Processor: Amd Athlon 64 3500+
Graphics Card: MSI RX9250
Hard Drive : Seagate 70gig
Ram: Crucial 1gig Dual channel (2x512mb)

I have trawled the interenet and it seems that everyone believes this to be a memory problem, ive run memtest86 on the computer for about 4 hours and had no errors (although it was not recognised as 2 512mb in dual channel mode but 2 512mb in single channel mode).
The MSI K8N NEO2 has some iffy memory slots and memory wont work in certian slots but ive tested it in every configuration i can think of with both dimms and with just one but windows just wont install.

I have installed windows onto the hard drive on another computer and then tried to use the computer but windows just reboots at the main loading screen with the green .. or is it blue ? loading bar. so the hard drive's ok.

ive also made copies of the legal disk tried them and also tried downloading versions and installing them but nothing will install so its not the disk either.

The only thing i can think of is that when my old graphics card died in it it may have caused some damage to something as i switched to my new system when the old card died.

anyone got any ideas?
- cheers

A:CRC errors on XP install - certian hardware

Ether the mem or the board. Install errors are mem issues most of the time.

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cannot install or update drivers to some hardware devices. I am told "Cannot install this hardware. Access is denied." What is the problem?

A:Cannot install hardware Access is denied

do you have administrative rights?

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I thought I had done a repair install, but now it's just like it was a totally new installation of XP in that I've lost the desktop I had and associated folders on the desktop (which I kind of expected - any way to get them back?)
The big problem is that when XP restarted, it didn't automatically reload/search for drivers for any of the hardware. I try to manually install them for example the modem driver, but it won't do it (seems to think it already has it, but not found in device manager at all). Add New Hardware doesn't want to work either.
Any ideas/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks,


A:XP Repair install not recognizing hardware

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Whenever I plug anything into any of my usb ports, the new hardware wizard pops up and asks me to install the drivers. even if it's plug and play.
But it's not only my usb devices. It does the same thing when I try and create a virtual drive with daemon tools.
And while it does work, the wizard pops up every time I start up my computer to install my CD drive i recently installed.

Help please?

A:Computer refuses to install any hardware.

OS/registry issue. Personally, I'd perform a fresh install of the OS.

Aside from that, you could try a Repair or manual install of the latest Service Pack and drivers.

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I recently completed a clean install of Windows 7 on my laptop (Toshiba Satellite l655-s5150). However, I am unable to update my drivers as my computer cannot identify most of my hardware.
Under device manager it has "Other Devices" listed as "Ethernet Controller", "Network Controller", and "PCI Simple Communications Controller". All three have a yellow exclamation mark next to them and Manufacturer: Unknown.

Any advice would be appreciated.

A:Cannot Find Hardware After Clean Install

Go to Toshiba Support, click on the Download tab and enter your system details. Download and install the chipset drivers and then the remaining items should be recognised. You can then download and install the other missing drivers if Windows does not install them automatically.

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so just recently i was having problems with an error involving my mouse and keyboard.

it seemed to have started with an error involving my mouse.

Everytime i boot up i get the Found New Harware Wizard popup.
It says, "There was a problem installing this hardware" - Logitech HID-compliant Cordless Mouse. An error occured during the installation of the device.

Now this is months and months after i installed the keyboard/mouse combo to my computer, yet i am getting this message now?

Well i ignored it till my keyboard and mouse finally wore out.

So i went out and bought a new one. Which by the way i love Logitech's cordless desktop wave. Now it wasnt a big deal, but i figured a new mouse so the error msg should go away because everything will be freshly installed. Wrong, its still there everytime i login.

Anyone have any ideas what i can do?

thank you


Windows XP
Gateway 504 GR
Old mouse/keyboard combo: Logitech Cordless desktop S510
New mouse/keyboard combo: Logitech Cordless desktop wave

A:Cannot install this hardware...cordless mouse

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On a fresh xp pro installation, I adjusted the resolution, mouse speed, then went into device manager, clicked my unrecognized wireless card, updated the driver using cd (normal procedure for those who don't want the systray app). It seem to install like normal but upon reboot, after the loading splash screen for windows i got a few nanoseconds of blue screen before it would reboot. I let it reboot a few times before resorting to using "last known good configuration" as the boot option.

After using this option, I no longer have "Access" to this driver. It will recognize and attempt to install, but after the first progress bar with the detected hardware name, I get the error window. (error reports within the Found New Hardware Wizard dialog window)

I attempted to restore the file per the below url, but it didn't work.

A:Cannot Install this Hardware | Access is denied

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Hi Everyone

I am new to this forum

Just bought new MOBO and chip& Sata HD while installing clean copy of win XP pro it gets to hardware detection and stops and reboots. Obviously a driver issue how do I fix. Help me get off this mery-go-round
Doc Mike

A:New Xp Install Keeps Restarting While In Hardware Detection

check all your hardware, drives, etc, are recognized correctly in the bios,

have you used the cd disc ok before, try another disc if you have one, or check it is clean and also clean the cd-rom if you can,

good luck

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I wasn't entirely sure where to post this, so if it should go in another forum, let me know and I'll repost there.

So my system was closing in on 5 years old and not working well, even after replacing the HDD a few months ago. So, I decided to replace nearly everything: CPU, mobo, RAM, GPU, and PSU.

CPU: AMD Athlon 760K Richland 3.8 Ghz
Mobo: Gigabyte AMD AX88
GPU: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 2Gb
RAM: Crucial 8Gb DDR3 1866
PSU: Corsair 550W 80 Plus Gold ATX 12V and EPS 2.92

Overall, installation went fine, although I learned the hard way how Windows 7 reacts when you upgrade all of your hardware. Once I resolved that and some driver issues (the CD that came with the Mobo gave me BSODs when it autoran), things are running mostly quite well. However, there are a few minor issues I'd like to iron out, and I'm having a hard time finding answers.

First, Hwmonitor is not showing either the temps for the cores of my processor or for my GPU:

Second, in Device Manager, I see the following:

The Properties panel shows both of those as having no drivers. Now, there's only one connection for USB pins in my case, whereas the mobo has two separate sets of USB pins, so I'm wondering if those are showing up that way because nothing is plugged into the mobo? If so, should I just delete those out of the Device Manager?

The third issue is that whenever my monitor (Dell S2009W) goes into Power Saving Mode, it won't 'wake up' when I move the mouse. I'm not su... Read more

A:Some minor issues after new hardware install

Hi have you tried reinstalling the chipset, Also the makes and models of your .
Power supply.
Would be useful here.

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My HP Pavilion all in one 23-q107a is failing to update 2 important hardwares that I know of, the first being a BIOS update and the second being the update for my AMD A6-7310 APU with AMD Radeon R4 Graphics. When I try installing the BIOS update from HP's Software and drivers service on the website it works until the installation part, which then pops up with an error code, this error being "de - Error: BIOS Report ROM file crash" and when I trying installing the upgrade from R4 graphics to R7 graphics the installation process halts at the very end and never fully proceeds to update. If anyone could help me with my situation I would appreciate it.  Thanks. 

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please delete this post.

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so I am an audio guy with an old p4 2.0 ghz pentium setup... and I was wondering if there are any limitations to taking my operating system drive with everything on it installed and repair installing it on a new mobo / cpu combo ...

I figured any p4 would work but not sure about the athlon 64fx or the dual and quadcore... or the migration from a 32 bit setup to a 64 bit setup...

can someone please let me know what I can get away with here.... reinstalling everything would be more of a headache than you know...


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Hi...Installed an analog modem which turned-out to be defective. Removed it phyically along with associated software. Now, everytime I start windows (W2K Pro) , pc says it's found new pci device (the modem) and attempts to reinstall it- despite the fact it's GONE. Only thing I can think of is that when modem was removed, it took along with it somethng the pc needs o n start-up and it keeps on looking for it- anyone have any ideas?

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Why does it say in the manual before hooking up a PDA,cell phone,MP3 or Ipod you have to install the software first that came with it?

There are big waring in the manual .

A:install software before hooking up any hardware?

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Today I upgraded my desktop's video card (from an Nvidia card to an ATI one). After I finished the install, which appeared to go without any problems, I tried opening the internet but it said there was no connection. Indeed, any of my programs that needed internet connection did not work for me.

Normally, I don't even sign in. I have a DSL service (AT&T provider) and leave the DSL modem plugged in on the time, so it's alwas on, and when I boot up the computer I just open the internet right away.

In trying to find out what might have gone wrong, I opened up device manager. I did see two things that had the yellow exclamation mark next to them, under "Other Devices." The two listed were "Other PCI Bridge Device" and "SM Bus Controller." I recall that after installing the new video card that when the system booted up, in the lower right corner of Windows XP desktop that little bubble popped up that said "Found New Hardware - Other PCI Bridge Device" and I think one appeared for the SM Bus Controller. I don't know what these have to do with the video card or video drivers. Do they have anything to do with my network connections?

All I did was first uninstall the Nvidia drivers for the video card, removed the card, put in the ATI, booted up, installed the ATI card, rebooted, and then when I thought everything was settled, that's when I ran into this problem.

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A:Connection failure after hardware install

It sounds like it is a device conflict. Go back into the device manager. Click on the device with the yellow exclamation. click properties and go to resource tab. Look in the conflicts box and see if anything is listed. If so, change the settings of this device if you can or the settings of the device it conflicts with. Restart and all should be good. Is the network card showing in the device list under network adapters? If so, and not conflicted, then you may have to reset your dsl modem to regain internet connection. Do so by unplugging power from modem and the phone jack cord too. Wait around 20 seconds and reconnect plugs. This should force the DSL Modem to reaquire an IP address. You may need to reboot the computer also.

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Hi Everyone

Hope this finds all happy and healthy, I have a wee problem, donít know if this is in the right section but it only happened after installing hardware.

I installed a Toshiba Dynadock U3.0 monitor Docker this afternoon, and its working great but since I installed it, two things are happening.

1. I get a message that desktop window manager has stopped working - I close the box and nothing happens, this also comes up when I boot up.

2. Every so often I get the message that IE has stopped working, again I close the box and nothing happens, IE is still working.

I have done a bit of a search, reset IE, etc does not help, I have installed this software before but it was on I5 computers with W7 Pro and all monitors where same size and make

I have Windows 7 Home Premium on my main computer of which the Docker is on, The computer is a Sony and itís an I7 and all monitors are different, Sony/Philips/Compaq

Any suggestions? Thanks in advance


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Hello all.
I am desperate for help!
I have a Toshiba A300 laptop running Windows 7 Ult x64
I attempted to install a Logitech camera & webcam, Windows failed to install the drivers.
After that, I lost all power to my left and right USBs.
I tried System Restore, changing the Power Settings (keeping USBs on) but nothing worked.
After running a third-party USB disabler/enabler, I was able to enable the left USB port, but still have no power to both right ports.
I am at a loss of how to diagnose and fix this issue.
I am 99% sure that this is not a hardware issue, but rather a Windows 7 safeguard against the botched driver install for the Logitech installation.
I don't know enough about advanced tweaking to diagnose this issue.
If anyone could help, it would be my Christmas miracle!

A:No power to USB after failed hardware install

Your computer is quite old and cam with Vista Business and DDR II ram the best I can tell.

If this is not correct please give me more information that I can work with.

From where and how did you get Windows 7 Ultimate/64 and is it activated with SP-1 installed?

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I bought a TV Capture card that was installed but the sound didn't work, so I bought a different TV Capture card. Now the Windows XP PNP auto install keeps installing the drivers for the old card thinking that's what's in my computer and won't let me install the correct drivers.

I have installed the card by itself - with the 1st card installed - in different PCI slots - everything I can think of.

Nothing works. How can I remove from XP's memory that I had a previous card installed - I want to remove the drivers it has downloaded to auto install - I want to remove EVERYTHING about the previous card.

How can I do this so my new card will install correctly?

-Confused as hell - Nathan

A:XP Hardware Auto Install PROBLEMS!!!

Nathan, welcome
I would suggest first that you remove the original card and then try the new one. If you want to remove drivers from the old one, do this : right click on my computer, select properties, select hardware tab, click on device manager. On that list you will have to find sound, video and game controllers. Ones that you want to remove should be in that list. What you can do is select it and click remove or just hit delete button...then you can go ahead and install your new one. Did sound didnt work at all or just when you play someithng in your CDROM ?


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I have a screen shot of the error. I thought it was the DVD driver not compatible so I went and bought a different one. Same thing. I now know it is an XP issue. Possible a registry edit needs to be done, but I need some help and direction. I have scaned for viruses, spyware, and reinstalled SP2.
I have ran the sfc /scannow. I have replaced the file with the one off the CD.
Please help!

A:Cannot install new hardware. Access denied

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Thanks in advance for any help you can provide. I've been slowly building up a new system over the last few months, and the final piece was adding a second PNY Nvidia GTS450 for a dual SLI rig. Since installing the new hardware and drivers, I've had some issues with an occasional sudden reboot of the PC... which I later realized is Win 7's new way of dropping a BSOD.

In the process of all of this, I've been installing and uninstalling software like a madman. So this week I decided to do a full reinstall of Windows. No luck. I've tried to eliminate any hardware overheating issues (my cards stay below 60C).

The reboot/crashes have come when I've been using some pretty low-demand picture editing or when I've been making adjustments in the Nvidia control panel.

I am hoping someone here can at least point me in the right direction... if there is an obvious software issue at play, or if I ended up with a defective piece of hardware.

Many thanks!

Windows 7 Professional 64bit.
Installed this week (2/15/2011)
Asus M4N98TD EVO Motherboard
AMD Phenom II X4 965 CPU w/ 8GB RAM (DDR3 - 10666)
2 x PNY Nvidia GeForce GTS 450 graphic adapters, driver ver. 266.58
750W OCZ Power Supply
NO system overclocking.

MiniDump Attached

A:BSOD with new Windows Install and Hardware

Dump blames your nVidia Display Drivers, please do the followings...
- Boot into safe mode with networking
- Uninstall the nVidia Drivers (using Device Manager)
- Use driver sweeper to remove leftover nVidia display driver files Guru3D - Driver Sweeper
- Install the latest drivers NVIDIA DRIVERS 266.58 WHQL
- Reboot into normal mode

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Use !analyze -v to get detailed debugging information.

BugCheck 116, {fffffa80076e54e0, fffff88010047354, 0, 2}

Unable to load image \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\nvlddmkm.sys, Win32 error 0n2
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for nvlddmkm.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for nvlddmkm.sys
Probably caused by : nvlddmkm.sys ( nvlddmkm+156354 )

Followup: MachineOwner

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I don't know what this feature/capability is called but last year at college they gave us a ghost of windows 7 enterprise x64 that we could run on pretty much any computer. We would basically ghost it on to our esata drives and be able to run it at home or on any of the schools computers(different labs, different hardware). I thought this was just a nice feature of windows 7 but i recently installed windows 7 professional x64 onto my drive using my home computer and was unable to boot it at school. can anyone point me in the right direction?

A:Help with 1 install on multiple hardware sets

I think this might help you:
Sysprep a Windows 7 Machine

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I recently downloaded the hardware update from Windows Update for my laptop and it failed to install this (screenshot) and I keep on getting that error when i boot the laptop.

I even tried to get into safe mode, Admin account but still won't work. What can I do?

Windows XP Pro

A:Cannot install hardware - Access is denied

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I had a stock system from Dell (an inspiron 530)

[Windows Vista]
Intel E4400
Foxconn G33M02 (OEM motherboard)
2GB DDR2 RAM (upgraded to 4GB)
160GB Seagate HDD for OS
640GB WD HDD (additional) for Storage
NVidia 8600GT

Today I recieved my new Asus P5N-D [NVidia 750i chipset, second hand came with no driver CD =S ] and installed it. It booted up and then came to an error saying that a vital system driver was corrupted (acpi.sys)
I tried many things, like repairing with CD, booting into safe mode etc. but nothing worked (I was unable to enter safemode due to more system files being damaged/corrupt)

I decided to disconnect the WD HDD and wipe the other hard drive using [email protected] killdisk.
Killdisk ran and deleted the existing Windows partition so I could install a fresh copy of Vista.
When installing Vista from the CD a status bar appears with "Windows is loading files..."
When it reaches the end it reboots into an cycle that leads nowhere.

My guess would be that it is hardware or driver related and that I may have to change some BIOS settings, but I have no idea what is wrong or how to fix it.

Thanks in advance,


A:[SOLVED] Changed hardware - OS won't install

Turns out one of my memory sticks was defective (must have got zapped when swithing between motherboards)

Oh well =]

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I cannot install the dirver for my mother board audio.

The Hardware Install Wizard finds the hardware but fails to install the driver with the following message:
Cannot Install this Hardware

There was a problem installing this hardware
Multimedia Audio Controller

An error occurred during the installation of the device

The name is already in use as either a service name or
a service display name.


I have the latest driver from SIS. Running the SIS install exe also ends in failure and the same message.

I have removed the device and rebooted, with the same result.


Remove conflicting Registry entry.
See Microsoft Knowledgebase article Q265409 at;EN-US;q265409

for a similar case.

I found the entry caused by installing the wrong driver before the correct driver. When I deleted that entry all was well.

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i have been trying to install hardware on my computer but everytime it tells me im missing files,im trying to install multimedia audio controller so i can have sound but it tells me im missing ksuser.dll for all i know i could be missing more files.ive tried everything to get this to work but i cant i have actually tried to download the file from the internet and it does download but when i try to extract it,it tells me load library failed the specified module could not be found,i have no idea what that means,i am pretty much computer illiterate.i have also downloaded the latest directx but that didnt help.i have windows xp and also it tells me ksuser.dll is missing from service pack 3.i have no disks for this computer but ive seen people fix this sort of problem without one.ive also went to microsoft and didnt see anything that could help.half the stuff doesnt make sense please if you can help i would appreciate son wants to play games but he cant without sound. thank you

A:Solved: cant install hardware on my computer

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So I just got a real steal deal on a new i5-2500K and an Asrock z68 motherboard from Microcenter; and have some new G.Skill DDR3 on the way from Newegg.

I am an AMD build, to an Intel build... which will be my first Intel in 10 years; I got into AMD back with the old K6-2's...

Anyway, I am running Windows 7 64bit Ultimate.

I am going to pull out all my AMD stuff eventually, motherboard, Phenom II 955, and its Ram kit; then replace it all with the Intel parts.

Obviously, I am going to want to do a complete, total wipe of my HDD, and reinstall from scratch off a clean slate.

Before I do that, I would like to know the best option for backing up most of my data.

Go I go.. PCName>>>Local Disk (C)>>>Users>>>Myname

...and just copy/back up the entire "Myname" folder; which contains all the AppData, My Docs folders, etc ?

Then copy that all back onto the new installation?

A:Clean Re-Install of Win7 with new Hardware

Yes you can do that however re-importing hidden AppData settings is a corruption path into a brand new clean reinstall so it's better to not import any but the active User folders, then start fresh.

Here are steps to adapt to get a perfect reinstall based on thousands we've helped with here: Reinstalling Windows 7

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I just got a Dell Inspiron 9300 from a friend and formatted the hard drive because he had about 4 years of data and use on it so I wanted to start fresh. Installed Windows XP and downloaded SP2 on my other computer (what I'm on now) and put it on my flash stick, then put it on the 9300 and installed SP2 fine. Installed graphics card drivers the same way, worked fine. (nVidia Geforce 6800 Go). But Windows won't automatically recognize the hardware in the laptop. Sound, wireless network card, and some other things aren't recognized. Control panel says there's no sound card or wireless card, but there obviously is, and it was working before I formatted the hard drive. I downloaded Inspiron 9300 drivers and installed fine, and got my bluetooth working but it didn't recognize the sound or wireless yet. XP even didn't recognize the graphics card until I installed its drivers. It just referred to it as Default Monitor. The thing is I don't know the model type of the sound card, wireless card or other parts since Windows won't even show me that they're there. My friend had pre-installed Dell software before I formatted so I'm thinking the drivers were pre-installed with that software. But there has to be a way to get them back.Does anybody know what I can do to get the sound and wireless internet working? I'll probably be able to find its drivers once I can find out how to make Windows recognize that the hardware is actually there. It obvio... Read more

A:Windows won't install new hardware automatically

wireless driver at

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First my hard ware: MB = Asus A7N8X Deluxe running an AMD Athlon XP 2600. RAM = 1 GB, Video adapter ATI Radeon 9600.
Plextor PX-740A DVD/CD drive. OS = Windows XP Home w/sp2.
Now here's the problem - I was running a Aver Media UltraTV PCI 350 until it went belly-up. Before I removed the board I uninstalled the board's software and the driver. Now when I restart the computer Windows thinks the board is still in the computer and trys to install the driver and everything else for the board. I've tried cleaning the register with all three of my cleaners (VCOM System Suite 6, Register Repair Pro, and RegSupreme), and all to no avail!!
I ran out of things to try to do - can you please HELP!!??

A:Brain dead XP hardware install

XP doesn't take nicely to switching MBs. You need to reinstall the OS, or try a repair.

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I installed win 7 Ultimate successfully from a thumb drive and then did a re-install. The second time I am receiving the prompt "Windows setup could not configure windows to run on this computers hardware"

Any ideas? I did not have any issues on the first install, it was totally successful.

A:2nd Win 7 install not working - Win says cant configure hardware?

Hello mate.

To rule out format errors, boot the Windows 7 installation media to diskpart and run the clean command, once the clean finishes, exit diskpart and use the Windows 7 installer to create and format a single 100GB partition to install to.

If that does't work, after another clean, use diskpart to create, format and mark Active a single 100GB partition to see if that works, use Step #2 in the SSD/HDD tutorial for reference. DISKPART : At PC Startup

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

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In a couple of weeks' time, I am going to buy a new notebook (UEFI). This will have Win 8.1 or 8, Pro or Non-Pro, _preinstalled_ by the OEM company (likely Samsung ATIV book plus).
(Side remark: I never want to be working with Windows 8.0, and also never with a non-pro version. So in any case, 8.1 Pro needs to be the installed OS, in the end. )

The issue:

I have a Macrium Reflect professional license that allows me to redeploy a Windows version to dissimilar hardware. The notebook, as well as future notebooks, will obviously have UEFI / a key bound to hardware.

I would like to be able to transfer the complete installation to a different, new (faster) notebook in 2 years' time, or in case of emergency (malware, hardware defect). I do not want to run into installation and/or licensing issues in the process. I am willing to buy a separate license (with a sticker, for instance), if necessary. (This is one of my questions: Is it necessary to ditch the pre-installed windows license/installation to make this work.)

I have read about all sorts of problems in this context, but nothing that reflects exactly this scenario, and whether problems will arise and what to pay attention to.

Thanks to anyone for helping, in advance.


Added note: I will also buy a notebook pc for relatives, same procedure, but 8.1 "basic", not pro. in case this makes a difference.

A:Win 8.1 install: re-deployable to dissimilar hardware

You can read about the System Builder OEM Licensing here:

OEM System Builder Licensing

Note that there are differences between the following:

Buying a PC/laptop with OEM pre-installed OS
Purchasing an OEM disk and installing under a Personal Use License (new 2012)
Purchasing an OEM disk and installing under a System Builder License

I understand that I am not answering your question directly. Good luck.

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Please help! I have a Sony Vaio desktop that I've had for a few years now. It's running Windows XP SP2. I attempted to install a Sabrent Wireless 802.11G PCI adapter in it today. I installed the software first as directed, shut it down, installed the adapter, and then thr PC wouldn't boot up. I then took out the adapter and tried to boot it back up. The computer simply gets locked up during the process of booting up. What can I do to get this thing going again so I can remove the problem drivers and/or software? Thank you so much for your help. I'm desparate for an answer.

A:Help - Unable to Boot Up After Attempted Hardware Install

What model Vaio?

Try clearing CMOS settings.

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So, my computer suddenly started finding a handful of devices it can't find drivers for. I didn't add any new hardware. After trying all I could think of I resorted to trying a clean install. Sadly that did not help.

Can someone advise me on where to begin to diagnose this problem? Obviously I'm not very experienced with this.

I'm sure you'll need more information to truly help with this, but I'm not sure what to provide or how to obtain it.

A:No new hardware, can't find drivers even after clean install

Please provide more information. What do you mean your system is finding devices for which it can't find drivers? Please explain IN DETAIL.

Also, after the clean install did you download and install the chipset driver followed by all other appropriate drivers? Look in device manager - any yellow or red symbols?

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Each time I try to install my new videomate tv tuner card drivers I receive an error message stating "Invalid Data" I have a Dell 4100 Dimension system running WinXP Professional. I emailed to tech support at Comprousa and they suggested that I down load the latest drivers and move the card to another PCI slot and start from the beginning. Well, I did what they suggested but Winxp starts to load the drivers but then gives the same error message does anyone know what the problem is and what to do about it?

A:Win XP hardware install driver error message

From their website I got the impression you should be running the latest reference drivers for your video card. That is, the driver from the video chip manufacturer, not the card maker.

The great thing about XP, is that there about a thousand ways to skin the same cat.

Try these:

Try to get as far as you can in the driver load, once it craps out on you, go into the Device Manager, find your hardware, it will most likely have a yellow exclimation mark on it. Right click and choose Update Drivers.

Cancel the install, in the control panel chose add/remove hardware and follow the prompts.

There are more ways too

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Ok, I have a wierd problem. Well actually 2.

The first one is that my original hdd must have gotten infected or something, because sound is totally disabled even though device manager says it's working, internet connection shows as being disconnected, but actually works, Windows update won't work at all, system restore is saying that there's nothing there to restore, etc. I tried the obvious stuff like malwarebyte, hitman, spybot, adaware, antivir full scan and such. Nothing works. I've never tried using hijackthis or one of these forums, so I decided to try it.

Second problem - I decided that with this happening, I wanted to get a new drive anyway, even if the old drive gets fixed (I'd use it as a storage disc). So I bought a 500gb SATA, installed it, put it as my primary boot, and installed Vista from disc. Everything went smoothly and Windows started up. Very quickly, I noticed that Vista wasn't detecting ANY of the hardware such as the video card, ethernet, soundcard, etc. I asked Windows to look for new hardware in device manager to no avail. I restarted to see if anything changed, but alas, it didn't, so I changed back my old HD to the primary boot and am using that again.

I can't understand what's going on. I only have one copy of windows, and have it installed on both, but I didn't think that would be a problem. I didn't authenticate it on the new system yet. When I'm on my old one like now, everything's fine and detected (in some cases not working because th... Read more

A:New Windows install, computer won't detect any hardware

did you install the m/board drivers after loading vista on the new drive

then load the drivers for the other items

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Ok, I have a wierd problem. Well actually 2.

The first one is that my original hdd must have gotten infected or something, because sound is totally disabled even though device manager says it's working, internet connection shows as being disconnected, but actually works, Windows update won't work at all, system restore is saying that there's nothing there to restore, etc. I tried the obvious stuff like malwarebyte, hitman, spybot, adaware, antivir full scan and such. Nothing works. I've never tried using hijackthis or one of these forums, so I decided to try it.

Second problem - I decided that with this happening, I wanted to get a new drive anyway, even if the old drive gets fixed (I'd use it as a storage disc). So I bought a 500gb SATA, installed it, put it as my primary boot, and installed Vista from disc. Everything went smoothly and Windows started up. Very quickly, I noticed that Vista wasn't detecting ANY of the hardware such as the video card, ethernet, soundcard, etc. I asked Windows to look for new hardware in device manager to no avail. I restarted to see if anything changed, but alas, it didn't, so I changed back my old HD to the primary boot and am using that again.

I can't understand what's going on. I only have one copy of windows, and have it installed on both, but I didn't think that would be a problem. I didn't authenticate it on the new system yet. When I'm on my old one like now, everything's fine and detected (in some cases not working because the vir... Read more

A:New Windows install, computer won't detect any hardware

System manufacturer and model?

Does system employ restore/recovery partition?

Are your disks recovery/restore types from an OEM (Dell, HP, etc.)?


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I recently purchased a Sony PSP, and have been attempting to connect to my computer for the past few days. I connected the device to my computer using a USB cable and attempted to use the Windows Hardware Update Wizard to install the necessary drivers for it as instructed. For some reason, immediately after installation begins I get the following Error Message:

There was a problem installing this hardware:

PSP Type A

An Error occured during the installation of the device

Insufficient system resources exist to complete the requested service.

When I attempted to do the same on another computer, it worked just fine.

If I could get any assistance on why I'm getting the message, and how I can fix it I would greatly appreciate it. I've done alot of reading up until now trying to see if any others have had the same problem I am having now, but I was unable to find any problems remotely related to my own. I'm not too familiar on how driver installation's work, but I do know for a fact that I am not lacking 'system resources'.

A:Error Message trying to install removable hardware.

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I have Dell studio 1558 with windows 7 home premium, my hard disk is failing and it has bad sectors that cannot be repaired by any kind of software as shown in the pictures attached,, I have ordered a new HDD and going to install windows 7 back by downloading the latest official Win7 installer ISO with SP1 . Can I make a clean OEM install of my windows 7 profession home as I still have the COA(certificate of authentication),and will it be successful as my hardware is changed (HDD is changed)

A:Can I make a clean OEM install after changing my hardware

Download win7 home premium in your language (is it available on Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River ? My Digital Life)?

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1-U ISO
English x86: X17-58996.iso
English x64: X17-58997.iso

Burn the right ISO to DVD and install from that DVD. Use key that's on COA-sticker. Installing/moving to another disk doesn't give you any problems (win7 stays genuine)

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I had two hard drives installed on my computer, but when I upgraded my cd-rom, I had to steal the ide cable that was attached to my 2nd hard drive as the cd-rom would not work plugged into my sound card. The ide cable that is attached to my main harddrive does have two hook-ups, but when I hook up both harddrives, my computer will not start up and tells me that no operating system was found. when i unplug the 2nd drive, the computer starts up fine. I believe that both hardrives where set as masters as they had thier own cables, but I cannot find any settings on my 2nd hard drive (western digital) to set it to the slave hard drive.
Please help me!!!!


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Hi guys,
I'm new here so go easy on me, this looks like a well informed site so I'm sure you will be able to set me on the right path!

I have a P4 Intel Celeron 2GHz with 512m RAM & 40G HDD x 2

I bought the unit 2nd hand and the windows XP cd was a copy with key written on the sleeve & disc.

Unit worked fine for a few months after purchase however then the HDD crashed and the only solution was re-format and start again, did that, all good again for a few months then happened again except this time I was able to repair and continue.
With all of this in mind I decided it would be a good thing to upgrade and I bought a WD 160G IDE HDD, an LG DVD read/write (multi) and I also got a legitemate unopened copy of XP pro. Hoping all this would lead to reliable hassle free computing!
I connected the hardware last night and proceeded to format the HDD and install new windows all good until it said it was finished and went to re-boot for the first time and the PC froze at blue screen... came up with setup needs to start again one time but mostly stops at blue screen.
I also noted a line when detecting HDD about 80 cable connector not detected... a bit quick to read it properly though.
As far as I can tell the HDD has an 80 conductor connector however I don't think the DVD has...& the DVD instruction say that it may need one... (I am at work right now so can't look at it)

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A:Solved: New XP install & hardware upgrade issues

I have reinstated the old working condition as it was now by reloading xp on the old HDD so have everything back to where I started...
Any advice on how to go about the upgrading/updating that I am attempting to do?

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Hello Community! I have a problem. Im just installing Windows 7 on the following system, and i am getting the above error. (All brand new items).

i5 2500k
8gb ddr1600 Corsair
Asus P8P67 B3 rev 3.1
LG DVD Burner on SATA 3g
Mouse/Keyboard on USB
Club3D gtx550ti
Ultron Card Reader
2x 2TB Caviar Green on Raid0 with 2 partitions set up in the intel boot software one just under 2tb and the other at 1.7TB, the HDDs are SATA 6G
HDDs in Bios set to RAID
Windows7 home premium x64

Anyone got a clue? installs fine, in the end when its doing the config it gives me the error. Is it any of the hardware or is it getting confused with the raid? oh, the MB has two 6G connectors, one set of Marvel and one of Intel. Im using the intel with Rapid Storage Technology and set the disks up in the Boot Utility from intel.

Thanks a lot!

A:Install Err: Windows Cannot Configure to Hardware in Your Computer

Win7 doesn't much like dated RAID. Try installing to one HD plugged in alone and set to AHCI in BIOS. Unplug all peripherals.

Next try removing all but 2gb RAM to try install.

Check for newer BIOS update on Asus website. If none, reset the CMOS: Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS

Next wipe the HD: SSD - HDD Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

If install makes it to installing drivers and stalls, use this method to enter Device Manager and uninstall any Device(s) in error to let install complete, then update driver(s) from the Desktop: Device Manager - Access During Windows 7 Installation

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Hi all,

I have a Fujitsu Siemens laptop, Amilo Li2735, model M52228, which has performed faultlessly for the last 7 years. The HDD has now 'failed' with random corrupted files so I have installed a brand new HDD and attempted a clean re-install using the original DVD system restore discs I made when the laptop was new.

The install appears to go smoothly and goes through the usual screens: Factory Defaults restored successfully, then reboots with 'Please wait while Windows sets up your computer', followed by the (common?) error of 'Windows setup could not configure Windows to run on this computer's hardware.'

No changes have been made to the laptop since new, and the original SATA HDD was replaced by a conservative WD 500Gb SATA II drive, which I was told is backwards compatible with SATA.

I would really like to get this laptop working again, so any help would be appreciated. It's been a great piece of kit and for the low cost of a new drive it seems a waste to bin it.

In anticipation - John

A:Please help with clean install: cannot configure on hardware error...

Try to reinstall windows without your system restore discs. Use a clean windows installation disk.

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a puzzler for me, I have 3 hard drives all ide and suddenly on each boot the hardware wizard keeps asking me for a driver for each of them, this is XPPro sp2. The drives are working fine and show as working properly, this just started out of the blue & I canot think of anything I might of changed.
appreciate any suggestions
thank you

A:Hardware wizard keeps asking to install Hard Drives

Welcome to TSG....

Try downloading the hard drive diagnostics from the manufacturers web sites for the hard drives. Run each one you might have one or more weak or ready to go south hard drive(s).

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Hello Sevenforums I apologize in advance if I posted this in the wrong area. Im having major issues re activating windows after a massive hardware upgrade. My copy of windows is genuine it was a retail upgrade from windows vista and I did the validation over 1 year ago. (Still have the box CD code etc.) It keeps telling me to activate windows 27 days remaining. Which Ive tried to do. It rejects my code Ive tried all known methods of activation. I've contacted support at Microsoft and got no help, the guy on the phone I could barely understand. I would be over the moon if somebody could give me a solution.

basic facts.

1.Only done 1 fresh re-install and 1 full backup of windows over the lifespan of the product key.
2.This was an upgrade copy designed for windows vista purchased from one of the largest retail stores in New Zealand.
3.My hardware is now completely new bar the hardrive, DVD writer & chassis.
4.All hardware has been installed correctly and has been burnt in

Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
Windows Validation Data-->

Validation Code: 0
Cached Online Validation Code: 0x0
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-8PHP8-HQX2X-7HG4V
Windows Product Key Hash: eFzXSbfBjnArkzKHGHrtQZEQjmA=
Windows Product ID: 00359-034-0207246-85659
Windows Product ID Type: 5
Windows License Type: Retail
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010300.1.0.003
ID: {0EF8B66A-46FF-4FDF-AE15-BA8C38E72478}(1)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
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A:windows 7 product key will not activate after new hardware install

I can't see any problems with the report - you probably simply need to use telephone activation.

telephone activation (operator calls)
Click on the Start button
in the Search box, type
and hit the Enter key
follow the instructions, but when asked which service you require by the telephone ansafone, do NOT reply - this should force an operator to respond, who can deal with you

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I just built my first rig a week or so ago. I'm not the most experienced troubleshooter.

Intel i7 920, not currently overclocked
Asus P6T LGA
XFX Radeon 5770
G.Skill 3x2GB DDR3 1600
Corsair TX 750watt PSU
A single SATA WD Caviar Black 640GB
A single SATA Lite-on CD/DVD burner

Building went just fine- everything posted right away. I set up a Windows 7 Professional 64-bit and Ubuntu 9.10 dual boot. Two partitions for the two OSes, and a third for general storage. My copy of Win7 was purchased from my university's webstore, and the .iso burned to DVD using ImgBurn on a slow speed. The installs went smoothly, everything operated well for about a week.

I started to get some error message about win32kernell.dll being messed up. I thought I might have let AVG move something it shouldn't have. Then on a reboot, I got the "Windows was unable to start" jazz and the repairer, which eventually let me back into the OS, which was still not running smoothly, same error. I didn't have much installed on the machine yet, and decided to just do a new clean install from my install disk rather than mess with it.

Win7 reinstalled smoothly on its partition, if slow, and it seemed alright again for about a day. I then started receiving errors about installers not being able to run properly, and then on reboot, Windows was unable to start again. The repairer got me into the OS, but Windows Explorer was crashing every three seconds and it was unfortunately rather fubared.

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A:Sudden hardware incompatibility on clean re-install?

Was there any applications that you installed on both installations of Windows 7 you have performed? What other common things did you do between the two (such as adjusting any settings)

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Installing a RAID array during a new system build is not so difficult but Once I decided I wanted a RAID 0 array on my existing Win 7 PC, I quickly discovered that it is not easy to accomplish that particular wish. However it can be achieved without hacking the registry. Here is the procedure that worked for me.

Goal ? to install a pair of 1TB WD Caviar blacks in Hardware RAID 0 on an already installed Win 7 system.
Win 7 OS resides on a separate 64GB SSD boot disk.

Motherboard: ASUS P9X79PRO,

SATA Ports as follows:
2 x Intel SATA 3
4 x Intel SATA 2
2 x Marvel SATA 2
CPU i7 3820, 32GB
OS Win 7 Professional x64

Drives: (in final configurations)

1 SSD 64GB Win 7 Drive, On Intel SATA 3 controller, Non RAID assigned, but controller in RAID mode.
1 SSD 128 GB Data Drive, On Intel SATA 3 controller, Non RAID assigned, but controller in RAID mode.
1 x 2TB Internal, non RAID drive to backup RAID array, 7200RPM, 64MB, on Marvel SATA 3 Controller/AHCI
2 x 1TB Caviar Black in RAID 0, 7200 RPM, 64MB, on Intel SATA 2 controller, in RAID mode
2 x 1TB External USB 2.0 Drives (Backups)
1 x DVD on Intel SATA 2 controller ? Non RAID assigned, but controller in RAID mode.


Once windows is installed without RAID it is difficult to get it to recognise RAID hardware.
If you install RAID drivers without the RAID hardware enabled the drivers do not fully install.
If you enable th... Read more

A:Hardware RAID installation after Windows 7 OS install

Here is a pic showing various driver details etc

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I know with a USB external Zip I just plug and play. But with a SCSI external zipdrive what do I need to buy and how do I install it? Someone told me it's not Plug and play.

A:Do I have to get additional hardware to install a SCSI external zip

You need a SCSI card. Once you have a working SCSI card, it is, indeed, plug and play.

A good one for ZIP drives is this one:

Get free stuff and help out a poor computer tech:
LarryCore begs for money

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Ok right now im running windows 98, i took thinking i could use an old harddrive from her computer, its 826 cylinders, 16 heads, 63 sectors/track, write precomp 0, and is 420 megabytes, i just need to store things basically, i know exdactly how to plug it in and everything so i isntalled it and it froze up my starting screen for a couple sexs i tried to set different options by hitting F1 but still couldnt figure out what to do, Also this harddrive was running windows 3.1 on her computer, will it work? if so how? if not should i just trash it?

A:{Moved to Hardware} How do i install a secondary harddrive

This is a Tips and Tricks forum. I'm moving your post to the Hardware Forum

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