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    ROG Guru: Black Belt Array rewben PC Specs
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    Laptop (Model)G55VW-3D
    MotherboardASROCK Z97 EXTREME 6
    ProcessorINTEL 4790K
    Memory (part number)G.SKILL RIPJAWZ 2400MHZ (F3-19200CL10Q-32GBZHD)
    Graphics Card #1ASUS STRIX-GTX980-DC2OC-4GD5
    Graphics Card #2ASUS STRIX-GTX980-DC2OC-4GD5
    MonitorDELL U2713HM
    Storage #1SAMSUNG SM843 480GB X2
    Storage #2WD GREEN 3TB X2
    CPU CoolerSWIFTECH H240-X
    CaseNZXT H440
    Power SupplyTHERMALTAKE TOUGHPOWER XT PLATINUM 1275W
    Keyboard CORSAIR K70 RGB
    Mouse STEELSERIES KINZU V3
    Headset STEELSERIES 9H
    Mouse Pad STEELSERIES QCK+
    Headset/Speakers LOGITECH Z506
    OS WINDOWS 10 PRO AU
    Network RouterASUS RT-AC66U

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    what we are going to do here is a UEFI install, since your stock disk is a GPT disk. it's a bit lengthy in words.

    you can do the prep work on another computer. also, you should be able to find the windows 7 product key at the back of your laptop (some put it behind the battery). additionally, get 7-zip 9.30 from here (this might be needed if the other computer on which you use for prep thing is not a windows 7 64bit).

    here we go:

    1. save all the drivers into an external storage.

    2. create a windows 7 install usb.
    a) format your usb with FAT32.
    b) copy all the contents from windows 7 iso into the formatted usb stick. as an example i assume your usb stick is at x:\
    c) if you have a working windows 7 64bit, find C:\Windows\Boot\EFI\bootmgfw.efi; if not, use 7-zip to open the install.wim in x:\sources\ (select > right click > open archive). then in the 7-zip explorer, browse to folder 1\Windows\Boot\EFI\. extract the file bootmgfw.efi.
    d) now in you usb stick, create a 'boot' folder in the 'efi' folder (i.e. x:\efi\boot). in that efi folder you should see the 'microsoft' folder.
    e) put the bootmgfw.efi inside the newly created 'boot' folder and rename it as bootx64.efi (x:\efi\boot\bootx64.efi)
    f) now you have a uefi bootable usb disk.

    3. set up your bios
    - make sure that AHCI is selected in your Bios > Advanced Boot > SATA Configurations.

    4. fresh windows installation
    - plug in the usb stick. boot your laptop, and spam the esc key when you see the POST screen with ROG logo. a popup menu should be up and choose the option with 'UEFI:<your.usb.stick>' and continue. reorganize your HDD partitions if you want.
    - make sure you take out your installation media upon first reboot. if your windows failed to boot, check and make your HDD the first boot option in bios. normally it will boot straight away, because it's now the only bootable source in your system.

    5. driver installation
    - install the drivers. multiple reboots are required in this stage.

    edit: as mentioned above, this is a uefi install. i used usb because i want to get rid of potential problems we might run into when a windows 7 dvd is used (unlike w8, w7 dvd does not run well for uefi install by default).

    if you need to have a BIOS install, there is a guide *banned website*. you might want to read about the driver section.
    Last edited by xeromist; 02-13-2013 at 11:09 AM.

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    thanks a lot! you are the best. i am going to try now! wish me luck!

  3. #23
    ROG Guru: Black Belt Array rewben PC Specs
    rewben PC Specs
    Laptop (Model)G55VW-3D
    MotherboardASROCK Z97 EXTREME 6
    ProcessorINTEL 4790K
    Memory (part number)G.SKILL RIPJAWZ 2400MHZ (F3-19200CL10Q-32GBZHD)
    Graphics Card #1ASUS STRIX-GTX980-DC2OC-4GD5
    Graphics Card #2ASUS STRIX-GTX980-DC2OC-4GD5
    MonitorDELL U2713HM
    Storage #1SAMSUNG SM843 480GB X2
    Storage #2WD GREEN 3TB X2
    CPU CoolerSWIFTECH H240-X
    CaseNZXT H440
    Power SupplyTHERMALTAKE TOUGHPOWER XT PLATINUM 1275W
    Keyboard CORSAIR K70 RGB
    Mouse STEELSERIES KINZU V3
    Headset STEELSERIES 9H
    Mouse Pad STEELSERIES QCK+
    Headset/Speakers LOGITECH Z506
    OS WINDOWS 10 PRO AU
    Network RouterASUS RT-AC66U

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    no problem; good luck

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