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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: I am attempting to install
Just did this. Will sound stupid, but here goes:
Get both raid and non-raid drivers for the M7700 from Alienware.
Go into your bios and change controller to SATA.
Boot to win 7 DVD, (either custom or update install) and hit R6 to load driver.
Load the M7700 non-raid driver from Alienware.com support page. I stored my drivers on an SD card so that I could brouse to them during uinstall.
Let it load until it says it cant find the HD.
Reboot and enter BIOS.
This time, set the controller to RAID adn save.
On reboot, use Win 7 DVD, select install mode and hit F6 to load a driver. Browse to the RAID driver for XP and select it. Win 7 should now see the HDD.
To me it seamed that the driver and bios setting had to be "twiddled" to another state then back to the one you wanted before WIN 7 could actually see the drive.
For me, all loaded well after this except for that **** modem being discovered 39 times. That issue is still there in Win7 and can still be traced thru MS Knowledgebase article # 888111. I will be ripping out that worthless 56K dial-up modem board this evening.
Posted on Aug 26, 2011
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