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Old 11-03-09, 06:32 AM   #13
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No problems here with 2 Sata hard drives and 2 dvd drives hooked up.
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Old 11-03-09, 09:39 AM   #14
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I went from Vista Home Premium x64 to 7 Ultimate x64. Did an in place upgrade. The install was cake! Took about an hour and everything was installed. Tweaking afterwards was a whole other thing. A lot of disabling and fine tuning.
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Old 11-03-09, 10:59 AM   #15
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Seems like an appropriate topic...

How well does it handle installing to a RAID array?
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Old 11-03-09, 11:15 AM   #16
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I had a few small bumps during my install, but not like that. It was mainly due to newbish mistakes.

I tried the install with AHCI on, which doesn't work for XP, Vista or Windows 7, at least with my P35 chipset.

After the OS is installed you can make a registry change and then install the AHCI Intel driver and activate it in the BIOS.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922976

I also started the install with my 2407WFP's media/USB hub connected and it didn't seem to like it when it came to identifying drives. It put my drive letter last in the chain, assigning drive letters to the card reader slots.

I had this issue with Vista and I just forgot to disable AHCI and unplug that USB hub from my LCD.

After that, it was smooth.
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Old 11-03-09, 01:17 PM   #17
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I recommend downloading a diagnostic CD to test your ram with memtest.

http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/index.html

I had blue screens during the windows 7 install and it was due to a stick of ram that was bad. I'd been using that ram for two years without blue screens in Vista. I guess 7 is just more sensitive to bad memory.
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Old 11-03-09, 03:10 PM   #18
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Ok, let me clear things up. I AM NOT Overclocking, EVERYTHING is bone stock.

K007, I learned my lesson there. I won't be updating drivers from MS.

Now for the funny part. Let me explain.

I have all my backup files on a spare HD (IDE), my primary HD is SATA. I "had" my IDE hd, connected with a CD-ROM drive. When I took out the IDE hd everything has been peachy.

Has to be some sort of problem with chipset drivers. I was actually excited, because the RC version worked wonders. Retail is well, it needs work.
Who uses IDE anymore
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I recommend downloading a diagnostic CD to test your ram with memtest.

http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/index.html

I had blue screens during the windows 7 install and it was due to a stick of ram that was bad. I'd been using that ram for two years without blue screens in Vista. I guess 7 is just more sensitive to bad memory.
Already tested the memory back in August. I had bought OCZ Reaper and it was defective. GOT new RMA ram, and got a perfect score. no bad ram.

Got one BSOD today, a fault in NTFS.sys
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Test it again.
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my first ever install of win 7 is fine with 6 sata internal drives and 2 external usb hd's as well as 2 virtual drives, one dvd and one external esata drive as well as a usb pcie expansion card, 2 graphics cards and an audio card

so i wish you all the luck it has to be faulty hardware giving you issues
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Test it again.
Memtest 86+ v 2.11

0 errors.

I am going to try and reinstall it barebones. If that doesn't work...
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Memtest 86+ v 2.11

0 errors.

I am going to try and reinstall it barebones. If that doesn't work...
How long did you run it for? I usually run it over night.
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I re-installed, well, so far...I used eidy's step by step advice, until step 9. I did NOT put in my chipset drivers, Win 7 detected everything. I couldn't "update" software. So far, it's working ok. No BSOD's AT ALL. Still installing devices 1 by 1.
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