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Drivers for Asus Rampage Formula Motherboard

I purchased an open box Asus Rampage Formula motherboard from Newegg. When I got the box in it only have the motherboard and nothing else. I was going to send it back but I decided to make it work. What files do I need to download from the Asus site to install this board?
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You need the main Chipset, lan, sound, and video, for sure.
If you play on running a raid, you will need those also.
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rbrown860Author Commented:
There are six lan drivers:
Realtek RTL8102EL LAN Driver V5.702.0806.2008
Marvell Yukon Gigabit Ethernet Driver V10.64.10.3
Marvell Yukon VCT Application V2.16.3.3
Marvell RIS Driver V8.56.6.3
Marvell Yukon CPA Application V5.64.2.3
Marvell Yukon Gigabit Ethernet Driver V10.15.X.3

Which one do I need?


There are two Chipset drivers:

Intel(R) Chipset Software Installation Utility
Intel(R) Matrix Storage Manager Driver V7.5.0.1017

Which one do I need?

There is also a SATA driver. Do I need it also?
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For the lan, see if you can see which chip on the mobo. It's probably a small one with one of those names on it
Then most likely one of these two:
- Realtek RTL8102EL LAN Driver V5.702.0806.2008
- Marvell Yukon Gigabit Ethernet Driver V10.64.10.3

For the chipset
Intel(R) Chipset Software Installation Utility (though you might need both)

Which OS are you going to use?
Then I can go there and read through the descriptions and see what each one is for.

You can also install Windows and write down what drivers it says it doesn't have.
I usually just download everything and burn them to a cd. That way I have whatever I need, handy.
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nobusCommented:
normally, i f you try to install the wrong driver, it will tell you it does not find  the hardware needed.
 i suppose he will use XP (Vista has only 3 drivers, win 7  has 1 for lan)
i suppose the matrix driver is for Raid

if you install XP first, you can find the info on the hardware like this  :
Start-Programs-Accessories-System Tools-System Information.
Click on "components" and highlight "problem devices".
All hardware devices with a driver problem will be listed here.
Make a note of the first line of the PNP Device ID line of the entry. It will show a Vendor number and a Device number (VENxxxxDEVxxxx) both four digits long.
Look up those numbers here:   http://www.pcidatabase.com/index.php

This will tell you the manufacturer and the chip number.  Check the manufacturer's website first or google them
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rbrown860Author Commented:
I am currently running Windows XP  but I am thinking of changing to Windows 7 at a latter time.
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rbrown860Author Commented:
To load my drivers should I make a bootable Floppy, bootable SATA DVD, since the drivers are loaded on my hard drive boot from there?
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nobusCommented:
maybe you can use a fllash disk for it - be sure it is formatted in FAT
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Unless you are installing to a raid, you shouldn't need to boot anything but the hard drive, after the install. XP should have enough generic driver to run.
Once XP is installed, just run the new drivers from where ever you decided to put them.
Usually you need to do:
chipset
video
lan
sound

install one at a time, and reboot between them. This will cut down on possible issues that sometimes crop up doing them in bunches

And I agree with nobus, the Matrix drivers are most likely just for raid and raid management.
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rbrown860Author Commented:
I am upgrading to a new motherboard, so I already have XP installed on my hard drive. My hard drive is a SATA will the motherboard be able to recognize it without installing SATA drivers for the board?
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The mobo should, but Windows probably will not, unless it uses the same chipset.

There are several way to fix this.
- You can uninstall any drivers/programs that are specifically for the old mobo, using Add/Remove Programs and Device Manager. The install the new drivers when you put in the new mobo.
or
- Just boot XP to Safe Mode after you put in the new mobo and install the new drivers. This can somethimes be messy, because XP will get confuse because it doesn't know what drivers to use.

There are other methods, if you are interested. The most popular being backup anything you need, and doing a clean install.
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nobusCommented:
here is how :
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/moving_xp.html                  Moving XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/249694                          "         "  

You can use  the paragon drive backup - adjust OS option : http://www.paragon-software.com/home/db-personal/
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rbrown860Author Commented:
Everything worked out fine
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_Commented:
Thank you much.   : )
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