Chipset Drivers For Motherboard

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I have an MSI Eclipse SLI motherboard.  Right now, I am running Windows
XP but I would like to do a clean install and run Windows 7 Home
Premium.  Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor has not found any problems with my

The motherboard specs can be viewed here:

I will have to install new chipset drivers that are compatible with
Windows 7.  When I go to this site,
, I see that MSI offers two different chipset drivers.  One is called
"Intel 3/4/5 Chipset Drivers", and the other "Intel TPM Device Driver".

Which driver should I install?


Re: Chipset Drivers For Motherboard

tb wrote:
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TPM is for a "Trusted Platform Module". Amongst other things,
it provides a way of supporting BitLocker encryption. BitLocker
is only available in certain versions of Windows 7. (An alternative
is to use TrueCrypt, if you worry about this stuff.)

Otherwise, unless you're a business user, there might be very little
use for TPM.

Many motherboards come with a TPM header, and no actual TPM "module".
And without the module, it doesn't work. They use a header, so the
"paranoid tinfoil hat people" can unplug it :-) It's an unusual
board, that doesn't have some way of disabling TPM. The paranoid
don't like it, if TPM can't be turned off or removed.

Your Intel 3/4/5 Chipset Drivers presumably handles things in
the "System" section of Device Manager. Some of the items needed,
are built into the OS already, and the chipset driver simply "calls"
a built-in OS installer. The chipset installer contributes a
descriptive text string, which you can view and enjoy in
Device Manager.

Windows 7 supports several of the necessary disk interface
drivers, and this is how Windows 7 can install and boot, without
the usage of a traditional "F6 floppy". Driver names are
"iastorv", "msahci", and those are already on the Windows 7 DVD.
If you put the motherboard in "IDE mode" or "AHCI mode", then
chances are the DVD has a driver for that already. Even your
Intel RAID modes would work (that is what "iastorv" is for).
More obscure brands of RAID, might not be supported out of
the box.

Windows 7 may have a basic video driver of some sort (i.e. one
which is better than a VESA driver), but I wouldn't depend on
that being the case. If you have a video card in the box, download
a Windows 7 driver in advance, so it's ready to go.

I know you're doing a clean install, but *always* plan for the
worst, and you won't be disappointed. Make a backup of
your WinXP, in case something nasty happens, and you need
to call for help :-) I expect this will go smoothly, but...
you know computers...


Re: Chipset Drivers For Motherboard

On 7/12/2011 at 12:34:03 AM Paul wrote:

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Thanks, Paul, for the very informative answer.  I really appreciate
your efforts!

Of course I will make sure to backup all the important files before
doing the install.

What I would like to do initially is creating a dual-boot setup with
Windows XP and Windows 7.  Windows 7 would reside on a different
partition than the one used by Windows XP.  (Just in case things go
wrong with Windows 7.  Later, when I know that things run smoothly, I
would delete the Windows XP partition.)

The version of Windows 7 that I will be using for the install is
"Windows 7 Home Premium _Upgrade_ Family Pack" (since I have two
desktops with Windows XP on them).  I recall having seen back in 2009
several articles detailing tricks on how to do a clean custom install
on a partition other than the one where Windows XP resides using the
_upgrade_ version (as opposed to the full retail version) of Windows 7,
thus preserving Windows XP in its partition and creating a dual-boot
PC.  I also seem to recollect that Microsoft tolerated this for a
while, but then they did something to the install files which would
prevent this kind of action.  I think the whole issue was about
licensing rights and how the one for Windows 7 Upgrade did not allow
Windows XP to be on the same computer...

Am I remembering correctly?


Re: Chipset Drivers For Motherboard

tb wrote:
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I recollect someone mentioning you could install the upgrade
version, then install over top of it. Something like that.
What I can't tell you, is what will happen to the adjacent
WinXP partition while this is going on. I presume in each case,
you can point Windows 7 at a target partition, and that
is the one that gets zapped.

I certainly haven't tried it. Back when the test version of
Windows 7 was out, I did do a multiboot in a virtual machine,
with Windows 7 and WinXP, but I haven't done the "double
upgrade" thing you're trying.

The one thing you're doing, which simplifies matters a bit,
is installing Windows 7 after WinXP. So at least there is
a good chance you'll get a working boot menu, and fewer
additional steps.

In terms of the things important to WinXP, that would be
the entire C: partition (file system and Partition Boot Sector),
as well as sector 0 (the MBR). Backing those up, might preserve
your setup for you. That is, if you're trying to do this with
one disk. The MBR can be backed up like this:

    dd if=\?\Devoce\Harddisk0\Partition0 of=C:\rainy_day_MBR.bin bs=512 count=1

The "rainy_day_MBR.bin" file will be 512 bytes long. You
can put it back, by reversing that command (of course,
that only being safe, if the partition table hasn't changed
since you did the backup, which usually isn't true for very

If you know how to do "fixmbr" in WinXP, then backing up the
MBR is optional.

The way I'd do it (or try).

1) WinXP is in one partition.

2) Create a 30 to 40GB NTFS partition next to WinXP. Windows 7
    has two ways it can install, a wasteful "dual primary partition
    way" (my laptop is set up that way by Acer), or a more economical
    single primary partition way. You'd want the latter, as you're a
    multibooter, and primary partitions are a precious resource
    (max four of them).

    As far as I know, if you prepare a partition in advance for
    Windows 7, and point the installer there, it's possible it
    won't create one of those goofy "100MB boot partitions"
    (like on my laptop).

3) Now, back up WinXP and back up the MBR for easy repair.
    Since you've (hopefully) defined a useful partition setup
    at this point (WinXP and Windows 7 primary partition), then
    backing up the MBR will preserve the primary partition table,
    complete with the size information for both partitions. That
    way, restoring it later, won't cause a disastrous loss of data.

4) Do the first install of Windows 7. The upgrade will either
    recognize your existing WinXP as a valid pre-requisite and
    you'll only need to install once. Or, you can try the
    "double install", which involves something like not activating,
    and installing over top. (I'm not sure of the details on that,
    so you'll have to use your Google Fu.) If your DVD in hand
    was Windows 7 SP1, then who knows whether that dodge still

5) If all is well, on the next "real" reboot of Windows 7,
    the boot menu should show two OSes, Windows 7 and WinXP.
    The Windows 7 BCD will "own" the boot process, and
    hand off control to WinXP on request. If you ever
    delete Windows 7, you'll have a bit of repair work
    to do, so WinXP can boot. For example, that MBR you
    backed up, assuming the primary partition definitions
    haven't been changed, could be copied back. Or, you
    could use "fixmbr" from the WinXP recovery console.

    If the boot menu does not contain a WinXP entry for
    some reason, you have the option of downloading
    EasyBCD and fixing it. When I did my virtual machine
    test case, I also got to test EasyBCD. Seemed easy
    as pie, at the time.


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