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Has anyone run into issues installing Windows 7 64bit on an AMD board? More specifically on Gigabyte AMD boards. The Win 7 64bit install froze while loading on a GA-A75M-UD2H. 32 bit installed just fine. Then on a GA-99FXA-UD3 it would not find the hard drive. I downloaded the latest AHCI drivers from Gigabyte but still complains about it. This would be in the F6 stage of the install. At first I thought is was because I had an SSD in there but I swapped it out for a spindle drive and got the same results.

 

I thought I'd check here and see if anyone had a quick fix before hitting Gigabytes board. I've successfully installed Win 7 64bit on other AMD chipsets before without issue.

 

Thanks.

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Sorry, have not installed on AMD in a very long time so I am not familiar with there boards or if there are any quirks.

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Are any of the drives recognized in BIOS? Do you see the drives listed in the boot order? I might try an alternate SATA port. I would also kick off a memtest to be sure that RAM is ok. Bad or incompatible RAM has done squirrely things to me in the past.

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Thanks for the tips. I'll try a different SATA port. I didn't think of that. The drives do show up in BIOS. I'll see about the memory too if switching SATA ports doesn't do the trick. Thanks again for the ideas this will help.

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I have some updates to this problem. Switching the sata ports had no effect and neither did a different set of memory. Went from Corsair Vengeance to Gskill sniper with the same effect. I tried an older 80GB hard drive and switched from AHCI to native IDE mode with no improvement. I then tried 32bit Win 7 Pro and that worked or at least got past the point of detecting drives and let me pick a drive to install on (even the SSD). Also I noticed that what the error I was getting was about a CD/DVD driver not being found with the 64bit.

 

I was going to try and load the OS on my USB stick again thinking I might have either a corrupt copy or I picked a pre-SP1 ISO and that that might help. But before doing that on a whim I switched the USB port my USB stick was plugged into and that resolved the problem. The difference? I went from a USB 3 port to a USB 2 port. My USB stick was a USB 2 device. I've had issues with USB 3 ports before with keyboards/mice. I thought USB 3 was fully backwards compatible with USB 2 but it looks like that's not totally the case. Or at least USB 3 needs additional drivers not currently in Win 7 64bit install media. My media BTW was direct from Technet so that's pretty much the horses mouth.

 

I guess it's just something to be aware of when setting up a new system. Not sure if it was just my configuration or if others will run into this in the future as well. I do have a USB 3 memory stick...I should try that and see if it makes any difference. If I do I'll report it back here. In any case thanks for the tips.

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Curiosity got the better of me and I gave a USB 3 stick a try. That did not solve the issue, so I went ahead and installed using my USB 2 stick in a USB 2 port. That install went fine with Win 7 64bit.

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I have some updates to this problem. Switching the sata ports had no effect and neither did a different set of memory. Went from Corsair Vengeance to Gskill sniper with the same effect. I tried an older 80GB hard drive and switched from AHCI to native IDE mode with no improvement. I then tried 32bit Win 7 Pro and that worked or at least got past the point of detecting drives and let me pick a drive to install on (even the SSD). Also I noticed that what the error I was getting was about a CD/DVD driver not being found with the 64bit.

 

I was going to try and load the OS on my USB stick again thinking I might have either a corrupt copy or I picked a pre-SP1 ISO and that that might help. But before doing that on a whim I switched the USB port my USB stick was plugged into and that resolved the problem. The difference? I went from a USB 3 port to a USB 2 port. My USB stick was a USB 2 device. I've had issues with USB 3 ports before with keyboards/mice. I thought USB 3 was fully backwards compatible with USB 2 but it looks like that's not totally the case. Or at least USB 3 needs additional drivers not currently in Win 7 64bit install media. My media BTW was direct from Technet so that's pretty much the horses mouth.

 

I guess it's just something to be aware of when setting up a new system. Not sure if it was just my configuration or if others will run into this in the future as well. I do have a USB 3 memory stick...I should try that and see if it makes any difference. If I do I'll report it back here. In any case thanks for the tips.

 

I, too, have seen issues with some devices plugged into USB3 ports. Generally, I now only plug USB3 devices into USB3 ports.

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