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Old 23rd August 2012, 11:02 AM   #21
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The drivers download is >550MB !!!!
Try searching in partinion c like I explained, maybe they are already there.
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Old 23rd August 2012, 11:06 AM   #22
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The drivers should already be there. But the very sparse users manual, two pages, says I should go and download the up to date drivers.
One very kindly gave me a link and I see > half a Gig of downloads just for the drivers update.
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Old 23rd August 2012, 11:14 AM   #23
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But I would want some form of hot swap between 32bit and 64bit.
Yes its possible to install 32 bit os in one partinion and 64 bit in a different partinion.
Here are the 64 bit drivers: laptop drivers, driver updates: Asus X54C drivers for Windows 7 64-bit
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Old 23rd August 2012, 11:21 AM   #24
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When it comes to drivers "unless it's broke don't try and fix it" comes to mind. Drivers get updated for all sorts of obscure reasons. For example, if an update to the graphics driver solves an issue of "downloading from bluetooth while simultaneously syncing files to a network while using a USB 3 device to transmit to an audiostreamer etc etc" then you just have to say "do I want this" anyway. Drivers bury themselves deeply in the operating system and sometimes the installation packages don't do the best job of removing all the old entries.

So you say it's a new PC. It should all work out of the box with no downloading of drivers needed. Just do the Windows updates only.

Have you tried searching the preinstalled files for a full user manual ? Type Asus etc into the Windows search box at bottom left. Failing that go online and download from the Asus site.

Has it got a lot of "bloatware" installed. In particular is Norton or some other trial security offered. If so it is vital that this is removed correctly (assuming you don't want to continue using it) and that usually involves using the correct removal tool from the vendors site. It's absolutely vital it is done properly as just uninstalling from control panel will not remove all entries. Usually the trial has to be activated and running BEFORE removing.
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Old 23rd August 2012, 12:19 PM   #25
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my only concern with a fresh install is the compatibility of the windows serial from your computer sticker with the cd image you have, as the factory images are OEM and cds are retail, -i had issues before trying to use the code of the sticker(on thinkpads...never on a asus)-

step by step...I would try this:

*it is really useful to have another computer with internet available, to download drivers and consult stuff you may need during the installation.

1st - get ready to spend time and overcome some frustration, installing software is never fun.

- save all -if any- information valuable from your computer on a external drive
- pop in your official intallation dvd (important, do not use internet images...) and make sure bios is set to boot from dvd
- the installer starts on bootup, when asked, delete all partitions (including the recovery...i think it is useless as it contains all the factory crapware...but this is up to you to decide) and let the installer create a new one. (If the drive is very large you may want to create 60gb? system, plus several data partitions...up to you)
- let it install and do the final reboot, and once all the process is complete see what is left to be installed (w7 driver database is very good, so i let the updater to find all my drivers, but for that you first need to be online...usually the lan port is recognized on installation and you can connect to the interwebs rightaway)
- if you can use your lan port, test internet..if ok, close the explorer...go to control panel and run windows update, install the updates (hardware and software) in small groups (20 aprox) to avoid installation errors, once all the software updates,service packs and drivers are updated -i recommend installing every single update available- reboot. Your system should be fully updated and clean, and ready for customization.
- if you have no access, go to the manufacturer page with your backup comp and find the network card or wifi card driver (try installing just the driver for the card, avoid all the "wireless management tools" and similar crap that manufacturers like to include. Once you have internet access...follow the steps i descrived above.


after the system is updated (drivers, security updates, service packs..):

- install windows security essentials (my recommendation, you can use many other options)
- go to ninite or install your apps...and you are done.
- for internet browsing i use firefox with adavare, privacy tools, noscript...

- all the previous steps can take hours so...be patient, also, each person will probably recommend you something different..this is the fun part :-P

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Old 23rd August 2012, 07:24 PM   #26
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Hello Andrew,

I started a clean Installation with the microsoft iso images of win7. They can be installed uing your license sticker on your Laptop. This is the cleanest Installation that you can think of.
Download the edition you have. Maybe you will be prompted for an activation via telephone (even after a week or so...)

Win7 will download the (generic) drivers it needs after Installation and will be updating for about 3 days.

I bought Win7 professional for the virtual XP Mode. This is a virtual machine in which a install all software I don't need every day, just to keep my win7 system clean.

Hope this helps,

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Old 25th August 2012, 03:17 PM   #27
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I bought new +R dvds to try again to create the recovery disks.
I can't find the AI dvd burner in the programs.
The E version of the Manual says it is in the Window Desktop, But it isn't.
I tried search for "burner" in start programs but got a nil result.
Where do I look for the burner software?
If the new disks don't allow a recovery disk set, then I'll presume the laptop is faulty and return for a refund.

Once I have the recovery disk set, I plan to Format the HDD and use my WIN7 disk to do a clean install.
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Old 25th August 2012, 03:21 PM   #28
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Old 25th August 2012, 03:25 PM   #29
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Waiting for it to start up.
Do I need to Format new DVD +R discs?
Do I need to do that when creating recovery disks, or does the burner recognise an unformatted disks and do it for me?
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Old 25th August 2012, 03:30 PM   #30
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