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I was initially in the market for a new laptop to replace my nearly 5-year-old Dell Latitude D830, but I decided that it made more sense to beef up my RAM a bit (2GB -> 4GB) and add an older SSD from my RIG that doesn;t get much use (Kingston v+100 96 GB). I removed the old HDD and put a shiny new installation of windows x64 pro (after switching from ATA to AHCI). Finding drivers has always been nearly impossible with the D830 on windows 7, but this new installation has made the situation even worse (most of the drivers I'm using are made for Vista). I've followed generally protocol laid out here (http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-optimization-guide-for-ssds-hdds) and I think I'm mostly set, but I've run into a few issues and raised a few questions:

-Do I need Intel RST/RST drivers?

- Is there any chance of finding true windows 7 compatabile drivers for my hardware, even though dell only supports Vista and older? I seem to be having USB transfer issues in particular (taking a while to calculate and get to a max transfer speed)

It's late here, so I'll probably add mroe questions tomorrow. Thanks.
Edited by Infinite Jest - 3/11/13 at 10:09pm
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<< Do I need Intel RST/RST drivers? >> No, just use the MSAHCI MS drivers.
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Is there any advantage to using them(the drivers)? I plan on installing the original HDD in the media drive bay as a secondary HDD; would it be useful (drivers or GUI) in that case?
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The RST drivers are a bit hit-n-miss. I'd wait for Intel to finally get them straightened out.
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Originally Posted by OS-Wiz View Post

The RST drivers are a bit hit-n-miss. I'd wait for Intel to finally get them straightened out.

Alright, thanks for the guidance. rep


I found this program called slimdrivers that took a lot of work out of trudging through the web for compatible drivers (current chipset driver from intel helped a lot). It didn't cover all bases, but i think I'll be okay for the life of the laptop.
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So this has nothing to do with what I made this thread about, but I noticed since the fresh installation that some icons on the right side of the task bar are fuzzy/blurry/low res, seen here as the icons in the hidden icon bubble. Any ideas about why this is happening?

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The icons provided by the base installation don't have a decent enough tray icon to compensate for the low res.

In layman's, the program of the tray icon is at fault.
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The icons provided by the base installation don't have a decent enough tray icon to compensate for the low res.

In layman's, the program of the tray icon is at fault.

Well, I had these same programs installed before my clean installation and didn't seem to have this issue (or at least notice it). I guess it's not a big deal anyway.
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