I just finished doing a fresh install of Windows 7 (X64) on my desktop computer.. Let me tell you, it was quite a struggle! Click here to view the specs of my workstation.
At first, the install process seemed fairly routine.. I restarted the computer after putting in the DVD and booting from it (fresh install). The Win 7 splash screen came up, and I was prompted to select the language. Next, a big “Install” button was displayed on the screen. On clicking the install button, the following cryptic error message was displayed:
“A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing. If you have a driver floppy disk, CD, DVD, or USB flash drive, please insert it now”
Now, GT5628 uses an IDE/ATAPI Sony DVD/RW drive, and I have not had any problems it.. The message did not make much sense since the install was from the DVD and the drive seemed to boot and load Windows 7 normally.
A Google search took me to this informative site:
I tried all suggested remedies:
- Burn another DVD at a slower speed – did not help
- Set the jumper on the DVD drive to “Master” – did not help
- Replaced the dvd drive with another working IDE drive – Still no luck
- Replace the DVD drive with a SATA DVD – THIS IS THE SOLUTION THAT WORKED! It seems to me that the Win 7 installer is unable to work with a system that uses a combination of a SATA hard drive and an ATAPI DVD drive (Microsoft, are you listening?). Strange.. Vista installed on it without any problems!
Once the DVD issue was sorted out, the install process completed quite smoothly. I then put back my IDE DVD drive and it works without any issues.
It feels so much snappier. The boot time (and resume time) are substantially smaller. The graphics and fonts are crisper too. Well worth the struggle!
The second problem that I encountered was due to a missing – “PCI Simple Communications Controller” in the “Device Manager” (All other 64 bit drivers were installed perfectly.. Kudos to Microsoft for bringing 64 bit OS into the mainstream). After a little searching around, I was able to isolate the missing driver to be “Intel® ME: Management Engine Driver“.
The latest version of this driver can be downloaded from the Intel website.
Extract the contents on your hard drive. Launch the “Setup” app. This will immediately throw an error that the operating system is incorrect. Win 7 then automagically detects the correct settings and prompts whether you want to install it using “Compatibility settings”.. Go ahead and click on that option. Watch the “Yellow bang” disappear from the device manager!
I hope my experience with this installation helps you out!