Install Windows 7 On Asus P4C800 Deluxe

Today I successfully installed Windows 7 Professional on an Asus P4C800 Deluxe computer, 1GB RAM (will likely be upgraded), 2.8 Ghz processor and a ATI Radeon 9200 LE video card. The problems I encountered were the drivers for the SoundMax sound driver and the ATI video card.

My previous post covered installing Windows 7 Professional on an Asus P4C800-E Deluxe motherboard, the P4C800 Deluxe (note lack of -E) is actually slightly different. Notably, the sound and network drivers are different – why they used different chips on very similar boards I do NOT know.

It turns out, both the sound and video drivers I used were the latest Windows XP flavor.

The difference is, if you try to run the setup programs (the ATI setup runs automatically when you fire off the compressed exe file) they will tell you that the operating system (Windows 7) is not supported.

Just go into device manager, right click the device and select upgrade. Then browse your computer to where you have the driver files, make sure the “check subdirectories” box is checked and it will install the driver no problem.

UPDATE: With the ATI driver loaded, I received a BSOD (blue screen of death) on every shutdown. So I ended up just running the Windows 7 standard VGA driver and it took the 19″ 4:3 monitor up to 1280 x 1024 and that was just fine. No gaming done on this PC so it should be fine with that.

The P4C800 will run Windows 7 nicely, but 2GB is the minimum RAM I suggest – really the same as worked well for Windows XP.

Upgrade your RAM here and KNOW that it will be compatible with your computer.

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