Need Drivers

Msi mainboard / N1996
February 21, 2010 at 14:04:42
Specs: Windows XP
Having trouble finding right drivers for multimedia audio controller,P C I Simple Communications Controller ,And Video Controller[VGA Compatible].
I just redone windows X P Home and cant get them through system device manager which i have 3 times in the past.


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#1
February 21, 2010 at 14:15:49
N1996 is NOT the MSI mboard model number !
http://www.softwaredriverdownload.c...

The model, sometimes the make, of a mboard in a generic desktop system is usually printed on the mboard's surface in obvious larger characters, often between the slots.
MSI mboards usually have a Rev or R number beside the model number - if you see that we need that too.

Tell us what that is, and we'll tell you where to get the proper drivers for the mboard.
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Whenever you load Windows from a regular Windows CD (or DVD) from scratch, after Setup is finished you must load the drivers for the mboard, particularly the main chipset drivers, in order for Windows to have the proper drivers for and information about your mboard hardware, including it's AGP or PCI-E, ACPI, USB 2.0 if it has it, and hard drive controller support. If you have a generic system and have the CD that came with the mboard, all the necessary drivers are on it. If you load drivers from the web, brand name system builders and mboard makers often DO NOT have the main chipset drivers listed in the downloads for your model - in that case you must go to the maker of the main chipset's web site, get the drivers, and load them.

Load the main chipset drivers first.


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#2
February 21, 2010 at 21:26:30
Like I said in the Lounge...Tubesandwires provides a full answer and the OP does not bother to respond! See:

http://www.computing.net/answers/th...

Home Page http://ewen.uuuq.com/


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#3
February 21, 2010 at 21:46:53
Thank you Tubesandwires,had to go for a bit I really appreciate the info and the model # is MS-7142 Ver.1and just to be safe these letters are also there between the PCI slots.I hope this does the trick t.y.

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#4
February 21, 2010 at 21:56:42
I forgot to put the other #s here they are K8MMV.These might not mean anything but their there anyway thanks.

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#5
February 22, 2010 at 07:06:38
"MS-7142 Ver.1 "
"K8MMV"

Apparently there is only one possible mboard Version / Revision series of MS-7142 , a.k.a. K8MMV or K8MM-V , 1.x

Search result using: MS-7142
http://www.msi.com/index.php?func=s...

Main support page:
http://www.msi.com/index.php?func=p...

Downloads - including Drivers and Manual
http://www.msi.com/index.php?func=s...

Load the VIA Chipset 4in1 Drivers first - the main chipset drivers

VIA 10/100 LAN Drivers - wired network adapter drivers

VIA PIDE/SATA RAID Drivers & Utility - load those - using RAID is optional

VIA K8M800 VGA Drivers - the software for the onboard video

VIA VT8237(R) SATA RAID Driver (For floppy driver)

The XP (and 2000) CD has very few if any SATA drive controller drivers built into it. If you need to load XP from scratch from the CD, if you have (a) SATA hard drive(s) installed, Setup won't detect it(them) because it doesn't have the SATA drive controller drivers built into it, if the bios Setup settings are set to SATA (a.k.a. AHCI ) mode.

If you do have (a) SATA hard drive(s) installed...
- if you have a floppy drive, if you need to load XP from scratch from the CD, you can use these files on a floppy disk and press F6 early in the loading of the files from the XP CD when you see "Press F6 to....." . Setup will then later ask you to provide the drivers - insert the floppy disk at that point. If there is more than one choice of drivers, choose the one with RAID support - the drivers include support for non-RAID use. Then Setup will be able to detect SATA drives, later.
- or - you can set your bios Setup to IDE compatibilty mode (e.g. ATA, IDE, EIDE, compatibility mode, etc.) and Save bios settings, then you don't need to provide the floppy disk with the drivers on it when you boot from the XP CD, because the SATA controller(s) and the SATA drive(s) will be detected as IDE compatible.
After you have loaded the
VIA PIDE/SATA RAID Drivers & Utility
in Windows, you can set your bios Setup to SATA mode (a.k.a. AHCI mode) to enable SATA drive's 150mbps or 300mbps burst data transfer speeds, rather than the 133mbps max burst speed of IDE drives.
There is probably info about bios Setup settings in the mboard manual.

AMD Cool and Quiet Driver - optional - slows down the cpu when you don't need it to run at it's full speed - the cpu fan then tends to run slower and be quiter - also requires you enable this feature in the bios Setup settings. There is probably info about bios Setup settings in the mboard manual.

VIA USB2.0 Drivers - if you have Automatic Updates set to default settings this will probably be automatically downloaded and installed in XP, after the Via 4 in 1 main chipset drivers have been installed, but you can also go to the Microsoft Updates page on the Microsoft web site and do an Express search to find it, and choose to install it.

VIA Smart5.1CH Sound Drivers for K8MM3-V/K8MM-V/P4MAM2-V
- Audio drivers.
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DO NOT install drivers while booting the computer, before the software for the device has been installed (unless the installation instructions for the device tell you it's OK to do that), when Windows detects a device while booting, you have it search for drivers, it doesn't find any, and it wants you to tell it where the drivers are - CANCEL that, continue on to the main desktop screen, and then load the software for the device by using the proper download, or by using the proper installation program found on the CD that came with the mboard .

If you DID install drivers that way, "Drivers" downloads usually include other associated programs that must be installed along with the drivers, and installing only the drivers usually results in an improper installation of the software for the device.
If you DID do that, go to
Control Panel - Classic View - Add/Remove Programs, and Un-install the software listed for the device that you installed the drivers for while booting into Windows, then install the software for the device the proper way.


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#6
February 22, 2010 at 08:13:18
Ewen

"Like I said in the Lounge...Tubesandwires provides a full answer and the OP does not bother to respond!"

I try to answer such that even someone who knows little about PC computers or Windows (or Dos) operating systems can get the gist of what info they need to provide or know or what to check, etc.
You can get incomplete answers or answers intended for those who already know things just about anywhere on the web, but that's often not enough info for less knowledgable people. That's why I started answering in the first place. When it's indicated that I helped solve a problem, that's quite satisfying to me.

That happens often for many Topics I have participated in on this site, and for other Topics I've looked at but haven't participated in.
I speculate that...
- they may have made another Topic here about the same thing after that, which violates this site's rules, but I don't deliberately look for more posts from the same person, and I answer Topics at random, when I have the time, the same as as most of if not all of us who answer do.
- they may have realized from the info I or someone else provided that they made a mistake and don't want to post again and admit that.
- they may have found a solution to the problem and didn't bother to post again.
- they may have given up and have re-loaded Windows or the original software installation for the brand name computer, and didn't bother to post again. .
- they may have submitted the computer to a knowledgable friend or to a pro to have them solve the problem.
- they may have given up on Windows and have loaded Linux, or they gave up on PCs and have gotten a Mac system instead.
- they're lazy and/or selfish and just didn't bother to post again.

Added later........

- sometimes the person you started the topic does not use English as their primary language, they don'y know English well enough, so they don't "get" at least some of the info in our English answers.
I used to answer at another site where we got frequent Spanish or Portuguese enquiries, usually from Brazil or Argentina, and some in other languages. I frequently told them there are free online language translators on the web that can be used to roughly translate their language to English and our answers to their language, sometimes I even provided the link to one, but only a small percentage of them even attempted to do that, even when I had told them about the translators using words in their own language.


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#7
February 22, 2010 at 08:58:21
Well Ewen im responding now not everyone can sit in front of there P.C. 24/7. And thank you Tubesandwires this post hopefully will solve my problem will let you know either way and thanks again.

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#8
February 22, 2010 at 12:08:42
"Well Ewen im responding now not everyone can sit in front of there P.C. 24/7. "

It's okay if you don't post again in a short time - we do fully realize that sometimes whoever has started a Topic doesn't have the time or situation where they can respond right away. It's the ones that never respond after the first post, or that post more than once but never let us know what went on after that, that are a frequent waste of our time.


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#9
February 22, 2010 at 13:57:18
If your XP CD does not have SP3 updates included......

See Response 6:
http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...
starting at
"If your XP CD does not have SP3 updates included, the best time to load them is right after you have installed Windows from scratch...."

Similar applies to 2000.
.........

How to make multiple partitions on a drive when you install XP by using XP itself.
See Response 3:
http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...
The same or similar applies to 2000.


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#10
February 22, 2010 at 14:10:43
Thank you for your response Tubesandwires although I am not sure why you provided such detailed reasons (see #6) for the length and content of your replies. I for one appreciate the trouble you go to and I always read your replies in full. I also appreciate the fact that people are not always able to repair their problem and reply immediately but a simple statement like " thanks for your reply I'll check and report back" pays dividends. This can be done immediately on reading the reply. At least then the respondent knows his efforts have been acknowledged.

Home Page http://ewen.uuuq.com/


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#11
February 22, 2010 at 14:30:11
"....I am not sure why you provided such detailed reasons (see #6) for the length and content of your replies...."

I do admit I get carried away sometimes.

"....a simple statement like " thanks for your reply I'll check and report back" pays dividends. This can be done immediately on reading the reply. "

Yes, it would be much better if more people would do that.


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