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Installing Windows 7 Promise driver for MSI K9A2 Platinum

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As i ve alredy posted it on some other forum , i think i can post it here as well.
It worked for me in a JBOD configuration under W7 32 bit ,so i dont know what a RAID configuration can bring or if the W7 64 bit driver is ok.
I had like 140 megs/per second as burst speed in HD Tune ,close to what this cheap Promise do.

First of all i assume no responsability for any loss of data ,everything described here is done on your own risk.BACK-UP data before doing this.

Any K9A2 Platinum v1 user was disapointed when looking on the product page seeing no W7 driver.As a MSI tech recommended a driver from Promise i said to myself to try it and of course , it did not installed the normal way.You could force it tru Have Disk from within Windows 7 only when running from the SB 600 .Also Windows updates installs an update for the cip.

The procedure is simple ,practically you only need to edit one or 2 INF files depending on the W7 version.

FTTX 4650/2650 controllers are both compatible with Windows 7 as the Microsoft website shows.

Download driver from Promise website the driver for FTTX4650-2650 Win7 Win2008R2 WHQL V 1.3.0.4 -> file name FTTX4650-2650_Win7_Win2008R2_WHQL_V_1.3.0.4

Unzip the archive and navigate to the i386 or/and amd64 folders locate file/s ,open with Notepad.For the .inf extension to be visible go to File & Folder Options and enable extensions to be visible.

Under the [Promise] section add the folowing lines ,this ID s were harvested from within Windows 7 Promise properties ,when no driver was installed

%FastTrak PDC42819_Desc%=Napa_Inst,PCI\VEN_105A&DEV_3F20&SUBSYS_37161462&REV_00
%FastTrak PDC42819_Desc%=Napa_Inst,PCI\VEN_105A&DEV_3F20&SUBSYS_37161462
%FastTrak PDC42819_Desc%=Napa_Inst,PCI\VEN_105A&DEV_3F20&CC_010400
%FastTrak PDC42819_Desc%=Napa_Inst,PCI\VEN_105A&DEV_3F20&CC_0104

After the copy/paste that [Promise] section will look like this

[Promise]
%SATA_TX2650_Desc%=Napa_Inst,PCI\VEN_105A&DEV_3F19&SUBSYS_3F29105A
%SATA_TX4650_Desc%=Napa_Inst,PCI\VEN_105A&DEV_3F19&SUBSYS_3F2A105A
%SATA_TX4652_Desc%=Napa_Inst,PCI\VEN_105A&DEV_3F19&SUBSYS_3F2B105A
%FastTrak TX2650_Desc%=Napa_Inst,PCI\VEN_105A&DEV_3F20&SUBSYS_3F21105A
%FastTrak TX4650_Desc%=Napa_Inst,PCI\VEN_105A&DEV_3F20&SUBSYS_3F22105A
%FastTrak PDC42819_Desc%=Napa_Inst,PCI\VEN_105A&DEV_3F20&SUBSYS_3716105A
%FastTrak TX4652_Desc%=Napa_Inst,PCI\VEN_105A&DEV_3F20&SUBSYS_3F24105A
%FastTrak T2_Desc%=Napa_Inst,PCI\VEN_105A&DEV_377d&SUBSYS_3772105A
%FastTrak PDC42819_Desc%=Napa_Inst,PCI\VEN_105A&DEV_3F20&SUBSYS_37161462&REV_00
%FastTrak PDC42819_Desc%=Napa_Inst,PCI\VEN_105A&DEV_3F20&SUBSYS_37161462
%FastTrak PDC42819_Desc%=Napa_Inst,PCI\VEN_105A&DEV_3F20&CC_010400
%FastTrak PDC42819_Desc%=Napa_Inst,PCI\VEN_105A&DEV_3F20&CC_0104
%Promise_Raid_ControllerDesc%=NODRV,SCSI\ProcessorPromise_

If it looks like this save the file.
This is the HW ID is loaded the driver for practically
%FastTrak PDC42819_Desc%=Napa_Inst,PCI\VEN_105A&DEV_3F20&SUB SYS_37161462&REV_00

For X64 the section name is [Promise.ntamd64]

Go and Install it as you wish.
A warning message for the driver will appear as with any beta or unsigned driver ,ignore it.
When in W7 update the Promise as offered by Windows update.

I will not be held resposable for any damage or data loss.You are doing this on your own risk.

BACK-UP YOUR DATA and test the driver for yourselves before long term usage.

If it works for you post feedback.
Edited by Dromihetes - 3/8/11 at 8:36am
   
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I know other people are going to come here like I did so let me add this. You will be installing the driver from "device manager", not during the install process. Click on the the RAID icon, then "update driver". See above for the rest.
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