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how to find out what sata controller driver i need


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adrian3001

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hi all,
iom trying to install windows vista & windows 7 on to an acer amilo 6935g laptop. However i need the driver for my sata controller. Everything is as it came from new. I have researched & i think i need to get the driver for my motherboard, is this correct? I have the drivers from acers support site but they are in the wrong format to be used during installation of windows. Im stuck now & dont know what to do.

Any help is very appreciated.
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Neil Jones

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That's interesting that you have an Acer Amilo 6935g, because Acer don't actually make Amilo anything. Are you sure it's not an Acer Aspire 6935g?

Anyway Vista and 7 don't need any SATA drivers in order for a hard drive to be seen because they should be seen automatically. However under Vista and 7 you don't need any F6 drivers, you can load them from any valid location. Therefore best thing to do is download the AHCI driver from Acer if Vista/7 can't see the drive already, extract everything in it and burn it to a disk. You should then be able to tell the Vista/7 installation to search the disk.
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Sorry, it is an acer aspire!! it was a long day that day! anyway i managed to do this in the end. my lappy wouldnt install vista or windows 7 without the sata controller driver and the driver from acer was in an exe format and the install needed .inf format, so I downloaded an application called "belarc advisor" to find out exactly what motherboard I have. i then went to the motherboard manufacturer site (intel) and downloaded the correct driver from there. i used these files on installation using a usb hard drive and it worked. i now have a dual boot with vista home premium and windows 7 ultimate :)

just for the record, apparently vista and 7 dont need drivers for most sata controllers but in some cases they are still needed. I have also unhidden the recovery partition and am installing back to factory restore (on the vista install) so I can use the alt f10 method to restore in future.
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