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Old May 29th, 2010, 01:50 PM   #1
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Windows 7 doesn't see Areca RAID Controller

Well, now I've done it. I'm the definition of knowing just enough to get myself into trouble, and I really hate people like that.

So I've just done a clean install of Win7 64bit on my editing rig, formatting the C: drive as I went along. Everything went smoothly but now the Areca 1231ML controller is not seen by Windows, even though it POSTs fine. I downloaded what I think are the latest drivers but an unsure what to do next, as the README files are useless and there is no setup or install program. I assume I just copy the .sys files somewhere, possibly into the Windows/system directory, but I've done this and it makes no difference.

Clearly I'm an idiot and am missing the obvious.

Suggestions, anyone?
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Old May 29th, 2010, 02:16 PM   #2
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Figured it out with Harm's help (thanks, Harm, once again!) but I'll leave this so anyone as dopey as I am can look it up.

In Device Manager, look for the famous exclamation point, and when it says it can't find the driver (after you tell it to install/update and it volunteers to look on the web) just tell it to look where you saved the new downloaded driver. It'll find it and install lickety-split, no issues so far.

But the day is still young....
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