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    Default Can Win 7 be installed on eSata2

    I have an AS Rock ALiveDual eSATA2 motherboard which could take, at the time I installed it, 64bit versions of Vista and XP. It has 8gb DDRII ram. Can Win 7 be installed on this motherboard? If so, are there other compatability issues I would need to consider, for instance, chipset, processor, graphics card, driver issues? I hope this is the right place to ask all these questions.

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    Welcome to the forum.

    I can't speak for your specific motherboard, but I had no problems installing win7 home premium on my Gigabyte N650SLI-DS4 motherboard which uses the NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI (Northbridge: C55, Southbridge: MCP51). I've also installed win7 on both of my P35 motherboards without any problems. All three installations were done with 2 x 2GB of installed DDR2-1066 memory where the memory timings and cpu speeds set to stock settings. All three systems were later upgraded to 8GB of memory and were highly overclocked.

    SSD performance was decent with the nForce motherboard, but the SSD sata2 performance was not as good as with the Intel P35 systems.
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    As Prof Jim said, you should be fine installing Windows 7 on a PC with that board. You'll be on your own with drivers, as in none from your board's download page.

    Prof Jim's board that he mentioned above also had virtually no drivers for Windows 7 on its download page. I suggest doing your homework first, checking Nvidia's site for Win 7 drivers for example. But it seems the Win 7 drivers worked for him, unless he has more suggestions.

    You could do an experimental Win 7 installation before buying it, by downloading a Windows 7 ISO installation file (free), burn it to a disk or USB flash drive, do the installation and see how it goes. You won't have an activation key (unless you have one now) but it will work fine for several weeks before it nags you to activate.

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    Default Re: Can Win 7 be installed on eSata2

    From the ASRock webpage for your motherboard, your motherboard has:
    • NVIDIAŽ M1695 Chipset
    • NVIDIAŽ nForce3 250 Chipset

    Drivers - Download NVIDIA Drivers shows that the Vista x64 drivers are the most recent drivers that they provide for the nForce 3 series motherboards and this might be a problem. Nvidia had win7 drives for my N650 series motherboard.

    This is a long shot; maybe AMD has some win7 drivers for your motherboard.
    Have you done a web search using: nforce3 windows 7 drivers to see if there are any helpful links?

    If you want to try parsec's excellent suggestion to try out win7, it might help if you use the most recent 1.90 bios version, dated 1/7/2010.

    Good luck, let us know how you make out.
    Last edited by profJim; 01-15-2014 at 01:48 AM. Reason: added possible AMD driver source
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    4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
    MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
    Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
    WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
    Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
    SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
    Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
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    Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
    MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) video card
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    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
    HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
    CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
    E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
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    Hi profjim and parsec,
    Thanks for all this information. I think I should be able to try a dual-OS installation, keeping XP on one partition and try out Win7 on another. I like the idea of a trial version and will look into that, although the last time I tried an ISO, I ended up with a funny dos bug which prevented me from booting up at all. I think that was a legacy of some NERO special limited cd edition. For non-iso burning, it seemed to work fine.

    Is it only the motherboard that cares about the OS or do the processor and graphics card also play a role?

    I'm not a heavy user, mainly interested in getting updated security.

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    Default Re: Can Win 7 be installed on eSata2

    Thanks for all the good suggestions. I will get back to you when I'm far enough along to let you know what I've found out or tried.

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    You're welcome.

    All of my Intel processors supported 64-bit operation and all of the memory kits, 2x2GB and 4x2GB are regognized and fully supported.

    My systems ran fine with older 7600GT pci-e video cards and have no problems with my current MSI N460GTX Hawk (GTX 460) video cards.

    I have used win7 burned to a DVD several times to install a temporary test setup.
    As I recall, a windows nag screen would appear every time I booted about two weeks after my install and you can use the operating system for up to 30 days. I don't recall the details, but there is a fairly easy way to extend the period beyond 30 days.

    A web search using: how to delay windows 7 activation will provide links to sites that explain how to do it.
    Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
    P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
    4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
    MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
    Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
    WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
    Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
    SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
    Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
    Cooler Master HAF XB computer case (RC-902XB-KKN1)
    Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
    MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) video card
    Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
    HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
    CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
    E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
    Seasonic X650 80+ gold psu (650w) ~~ Xigmatek Balder HDT 1283 cpu cooler ~~ Cooler Master CM 690 case (RC-690-KKN1-GP)
    Samsung 830 128GB SSD MZ-7PC128B/WW (boot) ~~ WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data) ~~ ZM-MFC2 fan controller
    HT|Omega Striker 7.1 sound card ~~ Asus VH242H monitor [1920x1080] ~~ Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
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    Pull a Google search using "Fernando nVidia drivers".

    Meh, NM as I just did. HERE

    He's a whiz. I used his packs when I ran nForce boards. It's good to see he's still active. Thanks for that search.
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    Default Re: Can Win 7 be installed on eSata2

    Quote Originally Posted by Auntie View Post
    Hi profjim and parsec,
    Thanks for all this information. I think I should be able to try a dual-OS installation, keeping XP on one partition and try out Win7 on another. I like the idea of a trial version and will look into that, although the last time I tried an ISO, I ended up with a funny dos bug which prevented me from booting up at all. I think that was a legacy of some NERO special limited cd edition. For non-iso burning, it seemed to work fine.

    Is it only the motherboard that cares about the OS or do the processor and graphics card also play a role?

    I'm not a heavy user, mainly interested in getting updated security.
    It's not really the mother board that cares about the OS, but finding drivers for the components on the board that allows the OS to work.

    The driver suggestions above are gold for getting Windows 7 working on that board. You must have drivers for graphics cards and whatever other hardware you are using. Windows 7 will have some built in drivers, but how well they will work can only be learned by trying.

    As said above, the processor just needs to be 64bit capable, which it likely is, but we don't know what you have???

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    To save you some time, assuming an Intel CPU, go HERE

    Locate your CPU from the list (you may have to drill down a few times).

    When you get to your specific CPU, look at the specifications, and at the line "Instruction Set".
    If the line "Instruction Set" has "64 bit" next to it, your CPU can handle Windows7 x64 bit OS.

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