Drive options (Advanced) not showing during Windows 7 instal

April 18, 2015 at 14:55:29
Specs: Windows XP
From my brand new Asus laptop , I removed DOS & installed Win-7 ult-x64after great difficulty in fixing DVD RW as first boot option. First I deleted all partitions(incl. system part.) of 500GB-HDD, but at the time of creating partition, I kept 150GB as unallocated for installing Linux in future. There was no problem in installation of Win7-ult in a single 350gb partition. But problem developed(incl. BSOD) due to wrong sequence followed during drivers installation. Asus cust. care advised a fresh clean install of OS to solve major problems incl. networking. During last installation of Win-7, I found 2 small partitions(around 100mb) were also created prob. for system files. Now, during trying clean installation, I could not suceed even though I set 1st boot option as DVD drive. OS practically refusing to boot from DVD and every time old Win-7 starts booting. After failing the OS boot from DVD("press any key to boot from DVD was totally missing), I tried reinstallation from Windows itself. Had the OS been XP, such installation would not have been possible, but from running Win-7, I could start setup, but this time "Drive options (Advanced)" not shown as a result of which i could neither delete/create/format partitions & cancelled OS installation. Being a newbie, I am unable to understand where I had done wrong. Is my WD HDD faulty? Should I use any other bootable softwares for formatting instead of Win-7 DVD? Please guide me how I can delete all partitions first, then create new partitions for clean OS install.

Regards,
S.K.De

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#1
April 18, 2015 at 15:11:19
During the install Windows offers the options of dealing with partitions. It is an option you need to select rather than clicking your way through the install. If you keep a close eye out during the process you will spot it.

I'm not sure where your problem is regarding booting from DVD though. Did you access the BIOS and configure your hardware startup options?


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#2
April 18, 2015 at 20:17:34
Partition/Format options are available if you select the Custom Install option.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#3
April 18, 2015 at 21:52:40
Yes, during first install, I got all options & accordingly formatted partitions. It was shown when I selected 'custom install' . I had already told that in this laptop from the very beginning I was facing problem in changing 1st boot option in BIOS from HDD to DVD. Of course, it was possible to change otherwise how I could install Win-7 in this laptop. Most peculiar thing is that after last instal of win-7, I forgot to revert the boot menu from DVD to HDD, but to my surprise, laptop auto changed the boot menu from DVD to HDD. I could not understand how it can happen & this makes me believe that something wrong in this new laptop, probably in BIOS due to which a simple thing like 'clean install' becoming more complex. I feel that entire problem can vanish once I format entire HDD & repartition it but after failing at least 10 times, I don't know how it would be possible.

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#4
April 18, 2015 at 22:44:29
I'm wondering why your 'brand new' laptop came with Dos on it. You might want to post back some info on its history as well as model number.

It sounds like there may be a physical problem with the DVD drive, the windows 7 disk or both. If the bios doesn't find the DVD drive at the moment it's detecting drives then it could be removing it from the boot order. Or if it detects it but the drive doesn't spin up enough for the bios to see it has a bootable disk in it then it's going to go on to the next boot device.

Or it's also possible the bios isn't holding the information because the cmos battery is dead but that wouldn't be likely in a new laptop.


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#5
April 19, 2015 at 02:00:54
My Asus laptop is dirt cheap (model-X550CA-XX545D- core i3 -64bit(3rdGn)-2GB/500GB/15.6" LED screen(not touch screen) with 10X Mats---a DVD-RW,HD webcam, cost around INR20,900(i.e.US$335.0). How can a manufacturer give a laptop with Win8.1 installed, that too with 1 yr. warranty. CMOS battery cannot be dead because my laptop is hardly 1 month old. You are right, problem might be with DVD drive, but good news is that my Laptop God has ultimately realised my woe & turned to me. About an hour back I succeeded to boot the win7-ult from DVD & rest was very easy. Right now I am not raising a complaint against DVD-RW to Asus, but I can realise that it would not last another 6-8 months. Let me hope for the best. I am also extremely grateful to all my brother members for sincerely trying to help me solving the problem.
Regards,
MasterTito

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#6
April 19, 2015 at 06:31:52
Why would you install Win7x64 on a laptop with only 2GB RAM? 2GB is the minimum for x64 & since a portion of it is used for the graphics, you'll actually be running on less than 2GB. I suggest you start over again & install a 32-bit version.

http://asuslaptopindia.in/index_fil...


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#7
April 19, 2015 at 12:40:49
You are very correct. 2gb ram is bare minimum for a x64 machine, but this laptop does not support 32-bit installation otherwise I could have installed my eternal favourite 32-bit XP-sp3 in one partition. Very shortly I shall add another 2-gb stick. Money saved during purchase can be utilised for this RAM. Similar machine with 4gb ram presently costs at least 30% higher. riider can you please tell me whether I can add a 4gb stick with similar configuration in the second slot (laptop has only 2 ram slots) ? Will the machine accept this odd configuration?

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#8
April 19, 2015 at 14:55:53
"this laptop does not support 32-bit installation"

Of course it does, what makes you think it doesn't?

I looked at the RAM choices & there seems to be conflicting answers. It appears there is 2GB of non-removable onboard memory, is that correct? Some memory sites say the max is 6GB (2GB + 4GB), other sites such as Crucial say it's 10GB (2GB + 8GB).

http://www.crucial.com/usa/en/compa...


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#9
April 21, 2015 at 22:33:47
When I wanted to download drivers from Asus site, against this laptop, there were three choices i)Win-7, ii) Win8 iii) Win8.1, all for 64-bit installation. There was no mention of WinXP even 64 bit. Yesterday I talked with Asus service centre at Kolkata when they informed that XP can definitely be installed, but no drivers are available for this OS, incl. networking. Installation of this kind won't serve my purpose. Regarding memory addition, I don't want to take risk due to my extreme lack of knowledge in hardware due to which I destroyed one Asus AMD motherboard while increasing memory from 256 MB to 768mb. In this model, online site mentioned under 'Specification' that there is one unused slot.

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#10
April 22, 2015 at 03:51:06
How much did the WIN 7 ultimate cost?
And how much will the RAM extension cost?

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#11
April 22, 2015 at 16:05:36
You can visit any computer store, Best Buy, Micro Center, Staples, etc. and have them install the memory for you. I will cost slightly more but if it eases your mind that an experienced tech installed it, then it probably is worth it.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#12
April 24, 2015 at 13:42:24
Today I have discovered that it has only one memory slot & not 2, which I thought earlier. Riider was correct. There were some conflicting answers - Crucial says 10gb max., another site, comparing various laptops, says 6gb max. Now I understand why I got this one at such an unbelievably low price with fabulous discounts+credit card cashbacks from Snapdeal. A 4gb upgrade(safe) in the lone slot costing about $35 would definitely be worth, but existing 2gb ram would be useless. As on date, laptop is running exceedingly fine with office 2010( gift from friend incl. OS) & I am not feeling any pinch for low memory. Its strength can be judged only after installing image/video editing softwares. For upgradation, Fingers advise is definitely appropriate considering safety of the laptop. A big computer shop, dealer of Asus should be best choice.

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#13
April 24, 2015 at 21:17:55
Also consider getting a matched pair of memory sticks, if they are not too much more expensive because they will work better together in dual channel mode for better performance. If not then look for memory with the same speed and latency as the one already installed for better compatibility since some motherboards handle different memory sticks better than others do. If possible, try it out with your programs a little before leaving the store.

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#14
April 25, 2015 at 11:47:34
Dear Fingers,
In this X550CA, only ONE memory slot is available & so matched pair is out of question. Reg. max. RAM possibility Asus service center said that they can comment only after physical examination of laptop. Hence I shall have to use it as an emergency support tool.

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#15
April 25, 2015 at 16:11:37
Non-removable RAM is pretty unusual but certainly possible. Go into BIOS set up and write down all of the numbers for the memory that way you can try to select the closest RAM to the Voltage, Speed, and Latency so compatibility will be less likely an issue. There is no problem with it being higher capacity though so if there is a 2GB onboard and the maximum is 8GB per 'slot' then you can either use a 2Gb, 4GB, or 8GB stick without worry depending only on your needs. For graphics intensive programs, look to at least the 4GB add on giving you 6GB or 10GB.
See here for some examples of the numbers you are looking for:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

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