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greek_m43
11-01-2012, 09:11 AM
Hey everyone, I'm new to the forum. I have a G74sx and just clean installed Windows 8. What drivers do I need? I'm not super computer savvy. I'm a film guy and kind of know what I'm doing, but not totally. Any help would be great. Thanks!

Vulgar
11-01-2012, 12:09 PM
Sup people, I have the same question as the OP. I have a G74SX-TH71 (NVIDIA 560m), with an extra 4gb RAM, totaling 16gb of RAM and some added storage. I just did a clean install of Win 8 Pro x64 bit edition, so far so good (except for the 'no start button thing' that will take some getting used too). I'm using the NVIDIA 306.97 driver, which is what I used on Win7 and it works great. Since there are no Win8 driver or utility downloads on the G74sx page, I went to the next model up page the G75VW which is essentially the same model and downloaded some of the Win8 x64 compatible drivers. I've only installed the ATIpackage drivers and so far so good, no errors, everything is running smooth, however I'm not sure if I'm getting any of the benefits from it either. Right now I'm weary of installing any more drivers because I don't want to cause anything critical or at the very least I don't want a bunch of bloated drivers and software floating around doing nothing.
I do have my original driver disk which came with my notebook, but it says "This disc supports Windows 7 64-bit only" so there's that. I was hoping I could get Live Update installed and it would help take care of a lot of things, but when I tried to install the program, I got an error message saying "This program is for ASUS Notebooks ONLY!"
So, if anyone can help or has any suggestions please write a reply, I'd greatly appreciate it. Thank You.

HiVizMan
11-01-2012, 12:20 PM
I do not have your laptop model but when I installed Win8 on my laptop I used most of the old Win7 drivers. My reasoning was that since Win8 is basically Win7 with some 'improvements' and a new GUI all is good. And based on the discussions I have had on a Microsoft Dev forum it is all good. Touch wood :)

If your system is doing all that it should be doing without any additional drivers being installed then I can not see any need to install more drivers. Less is sometimes better than more. Hope that helps guys.

PS: For Win8 to really shine I found that a Ultrabook with a touch screen makes such sense of the OS. And now I get it.

zsld0423
11-01-2012, 05:09 PM
Here's my thread I started which goes over the different drivers and such needed/wanted for you :D Should help resolve any questions like that

http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?23359-Finally-took-the-Win8-plunge..&country=&status=

dxboyz6146
11-01-2012, 08:17 PM
my bluetooth is not functioning, already dwnloaded d latest driver from G46 which is compatible for windows 8, i've tried on ma G53SX n till' now i dun hve d luck to make it work :(

greek_m43
11-02-2012, 02:16 AM
I'm not sure what does what. When I tried installing drivers, my laptop got bluescreen and I had to disk recover. Could we use G75 drivers. I wish Asus would just respond to my email and tell me what to do. Sort of clueless.

ConkersGrillforce1337
11-03-2012, 03:04 PM
my bluetooth is not functioning, already dwnloaded d latest driver from G46 which is compatible for windows 8, i've tried on ma G53SX n till' now i dun hve d luck to make it work :(
Did you try the newest version from here? Don't know if you have Intel or Atheros bluetooth.
Bluetooth (http://support.asus.com/Download.aspx?SLanguage=en&m=Bluetooth&p=3&s=111) ("select OS", choose Win8)

I'm not sure what does what. When I tried installing drivers, my laptop got bluescreen and I had to disk recover. Could we use G75 drivers. I wish Asus would just respond to my email and tell me what to do. Sort of clueless.
I installed Win8 on my G73Jw everything works fine, no issues so far on my system.
For your G74Sx I would recommend these drivers: ("Select OS" choose Win8)
(btw ignore the note that's written on the support page)
Chipset (http://support.asus.com/Download.aspx?SLanguage=en&m=Chipset&p=3&s=111) (INF Updater 9.3.1025)
Lan (http://support.asus.com/Download.aspx?SLanguage=en&m=LAN&p=3&s=111) (RealTek Version V8.003.0730.2012)
Wlan (http://support.asus.com/Download.aspx?SLanguage=en&m=WLAN&p=3&s=111) (Atheros 10.0.0.200)
Audio (http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/downloadsView.aspx?Langid=1&PNid=24&PFid=24&Level=4&Conn=3&DownTypeID=3&GetDown=false) (RealTek R2.70)
USB3.0 (http://support.asus.com/Download.aspx?SLanguage=en&m=USB3.0&p=3&s=111) (Fresco 3.5.74.0)
Graphics (http://www.geforce.com/drivers/beta-legacy) (Nvidia Geforce 306.97WHQL or 310.33BETA)
Touchpad (http://www.synaptics.com/resources/drivers) (Synaptics 15.2.20 (uninstall Scribe afterwards it's not needed)
Intel RST (http://www.station-drivers.com/page/intel%20raid.htm) (11.6.2.1002 WHQL)

dxboyz6146
11-04-2012, 03:01 AM
Did you try the newest version from here? Don't know if you have Intel or Atheros bluetooth.
Bluetooth (http://support.asus.com/Download.aspx?SLanguage=en&m=Bluetooth&p=3&s=111) ("select OS", choose Win8)

I installed Win8 on my G73Jw everything works fine, no issues so far on my system.
For your G74Sx I would recommend these drivers: ("Select OS" choose Win8)
(btw ignore the note that's written on the support page)
Chipset (http://support.asus.com/Download.aspx?SLanguage=en&m=Chipset&p=3&s=111) (INF Updater 9.3.1025)
Lan (http://support.asus.com/Download.aspx?SLanguage=en&m=LAN&p=3&s=111) (RealTek Version V8.003.0730.2012)
Wlan (http://support.asus.com/Download.aspx?SLanguage=en&m=WLAN&p=3&s=111) (Atheros 10.0.0.200)
Audio (http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/downloadsView.aspx?Langid=1&PNid=24&PFid=24&Level=4&Conn=3&DownTypeID=3&GetDown=false) (RealTek R2.70)
USB3.0 (http://support.asus.com/Download.aspx?SLanguage=en&m=USB3.0&p=3&s=111) (Fresco 3.5.74.0)
Graphics (http://www.geforce.com/drivers/beta-legacy) (Nvidia Geforce 306.97WHQL or 310.33BETA)
Touchpad (http://www.synaptics.com/resources/drivers) (Synaptics 15.2.20 (uninstall Scribe afterwards it's not needed)
Intel RST (http://www.station-drivers.com/page/intel%20raid.htm) (11.6.2.1002 WHQL)


thnx man, much appreciated! ^^

Pitcher@asus
11-05-2012, 07:39 AM
ASUS is not support G74SX windows 8 driver, i am not guarantee maybe you are able to try G75 winown 8 driver install to G74, or find similar model to install, also can visit chepset vander website and find driver to install it.

greek_m43
11-06-2012, 04:09 AM
I got the drivers working using the G75 drivers! My only problem is that when I try to install the Synaptics Touch Pad drivers, it says that a Synaptics device is not recognized. The driver from the Synaptics website doesn't change how the touch pad funstions. Anyone have a solution?

Also, can I use the BIOS 210 update? I currently upgraded from 202 to 208. I plan on overclocking some more.

zsld0423
11-06-2012, 04:15 AM
I got the drivers working using the G75 drivers! My only problem is that when I try to install the Synaptics Touch Pad drivers, it says that a Synaptics device is not recognized. The driver from the Synaptics website doesn't change how the touch pad funstions. Anyone have a solution?

Also, can I use the BIOS 210 update? I currently upgraded from 202 to 208. I plan on overclocking some more.

Hey Greek, take a look here (http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?23359-Finally-took-the-Win8-plunge), I detailed the instructions for the Sentelic pad, but ROG'er LXPanda verified that my method worked for his Synaptics touchpad

greek_m43
11-06-2012, 08:43 AM
Hey Greek, take a look here (http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?23359-Finally-took-the-Win8-plunge), I detailed the instructions for the Sentelic pad, but ROG'er LXPanda verified that my method worked for his Synaptics touchpad

Thanks dude! That worked perfectly. Do you think I should update my BIOS as well?

zsld0423
11-06-2012, 12:45 PM
Thanks dude! That worked perfectly. Do you think I should update my BIOS as well?

That part is up to you :P If everything is functioning, I don't see the need to risk it to update it, but if a newer BIOS has something beneficial for you, or if you're just bored, feel free to update it :P I think the proper way to do it is to format a USB drive to FAT32 and put the BIOS file on there, and load that into EasyFlash from the BIOS. So don't use the Windows BIOS flasher, since that has a higher chance of bricking the machine