11 Replies Latest reply on Jan 31, 2017 1:43 AM by vignesjoseph

    Windows 7 installation issues


      I've tried installing Windows 7 from an SD card, but theres a menu during the installation where it asks to specify location of drivers. What am I supposed to do there? Gizmosphere does not provide drivers for Windows.

        • Re: Windows 7 installation issues

          Hi Mark,


          Is this Windows Embedded version or usual Windows 7?

          It may be worth contacting Gizmosphere or Microsoft to find out what to do.. you are trailblazing pretty much as far as I can tell,

          i.e. you may be the first to do this outside of Gizmosphere.

            • Re: Windows 7 installation issues

              The difference is just how much more Embedded can be customized.


              Sad fact is Gizmosphere doesn't seem to care enough to respond and their forum is almost nonexistent too. I've tried both before coming here. I'd expect them to at least have one guy checking the emails and one guy checking the forums but for a <1 year old product there is almost no support, which is why I'm here/

                • Re: Windows 7 installation issues

                  Gizmosphere were quite responsive to direct contact in the past, but I didn't need to contact them subsequently so I don't know if things have changed.

                  Their forum as you say is not working - they should just monitor this site instead, like you said, it takes just one of their tech guys to periodically check it.

                  Is this a work project - in which case hopefully Microsoft could help, or try to directly contact Gizmosphere - don't know if they have a phone number, or

                  maybe AMD could be a good lead.

                    • Re: Windows 7 installation issues

                      I've sent them a message via their contact form as well with no response. For some reason their contact form doesn't ask for an email, so I just wrote the message while logged in hoping that would register as my email and also mentioned my email in the contact form. They also don't have a contact email address on the site...

                • Re: Windows 7 installation issues



                  This is the error message. Happens when trying to install from USB stick too.

                  • Re: Windows 7 installation issues

                    I just installed Win 7 Home Premium 32-bit on my Gizmo - 2 . I installed with DVD in a  LG Slim Portable DVD Writer plugged in USB - 2. I also had to

                    have my mouse and keyboard in a USB - 2 also. Could not get anything installed threw USB - 3 . I installed it on a ADATA  mSATA 64 GB . I also got a

                    no drive error message the first time. I rebooted and tried again and got the same error but this time i got  the back button somehow and when it went back, it went to

                    the installing screen. It loads up to Win 7 now.


                      • Re: Windows 7 installation issues

                        Thanks for posting your results.

                        Did the graphics driver install fine? How much memory does it use stock?


                        I guess WIndows 7 absolutely wants to install from a DVD drive. Few Windows7 users suggested to try an unofficial USB image creator as the official one doesn't work apparently for USB, maybe that will also work. But I can say with 100% certainty that the official burner doesn't work for USB.

                      • Re: Windows 7 installation issues

                        To check Windows Update for drivers

                        1. Open Windows Update by clicking the Start button . In the search box, type Update, and then, in the list of results, clickWindows Update.

                        2. In the left pane, click Check for updates, and then wait while Windows looks for the latest updates for your computer.

                        3. If there are any available updates, click the link in the box under Windows Update to see more information about each update. Each type of update might include drivers.

                        4. On the Select the updates you want to install page, look for updates for your hardware devices, select the check box for each driver that you want to install, and then click OK. There might not be any driver updates available.

                        5. On the Windows Update page, click Install updates  If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation..



                        1.Test the hard drive using maker's HD Diagnostics diagnostics/repair extended CD scan. Burn ISO to CD using Windows Image Burner then boot the disk to run extended Scan. Then run a full Disk Check on all partitions, if necessary from System Recovery Options Command Line.

                        2. Test your RAM - Test with Memtest86+ CD for 7 or more passes, or overnight.. The tutorial will show you how to test individual RAM sticks and slots. Check the slots for debris.

                        3. Check all cabling is securely connected and in good condition, try reinstalling suspect hardware, swap RAM sticks, unplug extra HD's, peripherals, CD/DVD drive to see if problems disappear. Unplug or remove any floppy drive.

                        4. Check temps for overheating by installing Core Temp which will allow monitoring temps from System Tray. If running hot blow dust out of the case using canned air or clean out laptop dust, check all connections carefully avoiding static discharge to components by touching case first, upgrade or reseat RAM checking for debris in slot.

                        5. Check for infection by downloading, installing (declining trial), update, run a Full Scan with the free scanners rom Malwarebytes and SUPERAntiSpyware, in Safe Mode with Networking if necessary.

                        6. Many issues can be solved by running a free lightweight AV like Microsoft Security Essentials with the Windows 7 Firewall for best performance. You can uninstall your AV to run this as a test to be sure. Yours may also need an Uninstaller (removal tools) for common antivirus software - ESET Knowledgebase A more aggressive free AV that similarly allows best Win7 performance is Panda Cloud.

                        7. Establish a Clean Boot by un-checking everything in msconfig>Startup except AV: Startup Programs - Change. After reboot enter msconfig>Services, check the box to "Hide All MS Services," repeat above steps. Check back periodically that nothing has written itself into either list, if so turn it off in its Program Preferences or Uninstall it. A program can wait to start until you click on it. Freeloaders slow startup, can be a drag on CPU/RAM, cause issues and spy on you. If you have a question about an item Google its name to find out what it does.

                        8. Run SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker to repair any damaged or corrupt OS files. If it won't run in Win7 then try from DVD or System Repair Disk Command Line using SFC /SCANNOW Run in Command Prompt at Boot .

                        9. You can try System Restore to a point before the problem occurred, if necessary running it fromSystem Recovery Options. This step offers a chance to restore to a previous configuration, but System Restore limitations should be noted as in the first four boxes of System Restore Point - Create. Always make sure you have as much space apportioned for restore points as you can afford at System Protection - Change Disk Space Usage

                        10. Enable hardware auto-updating to make sure you're getting the latest drivers via Windows Updates - which should also be set to Automatic - then Check for Updates. Install all Important and Optional Updates, after reboot Check for Updates again until there are no more.

                        Any missing drivers can be found on the Support Downloads webpage for your computer or device model. Driver Install - Device Manager

                        11. Check for newer display driver, or roll back to the previous version or try another Windows 7 or Vista driver. Turn off or uninstall the accompanying software package. Driver Install - Device Manager

                        12. Use Process Monitor for Application Failures, File System issues, Registry issues, Boot logging, Memory Stack issues, and misleading Error messages which is demonstrated in this Process Monitor Demo - YouTube. Type Resource Monitor in Start Search box to narrow down resource hogs.

                        13. Type "Solutions" in Start  Search box to see if any have been queued for Problems reported or not. Look at the Troubleshooters available on that page to see if one might help. Always report problems when asked as Windows 7 is interactive this way.

                        14. Some of these steps suggested to Clean Up Factory Bloatware might help. On weaker hardware you can improve performance by editing Visual Effects of Sliding, Fading, Animation, Dragging Intact and Selection Rectangle as shown in Optimize Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums

                        15. Study the Event Viewer>Custom>Admin view for repeat errors to google verbatim text and ID# to find out how others have resolved them. Event Viewer - Open and Use in Windows 7

                        16. Check also the Performance log on Advanced Tools page accessed by clicking your WEI score link at Computer>Properties. Check for queued issues at top of Tools page, Generate A System Health Report.

                        17. Look for issues cued in Action Center in bottom-right System Tray.

                        18. Type "Troubleshoot" in Start  Search box, then View All on left hand menu. Run any Troubleshooters for your suspected problems which can repair or clue you to issues.

                        19. As a last resort before reinstall try a Repair Install which can fix most problems, as it re-installs the OS while keeping all programs, files and settings in place.

                        20. Consider a Clean Reinstall which is actually better than getting a new computer with today's bloated factory pre-install's. The tutorial compiles everything that works best in tens of thousands of installs we've directly helped with here, and has been used by over a million consumers without a single complaint or return with problems if they stick with the tools and methods given.

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                        • Re: Windows 7 installation issues

                          Suspecting Windows 7 Installer is not including USB3.0 driver and if so, then the installer would not know what to do with the USB 3.0 port once the BIOS hands over the control to it. So, it appears to be an Installer issue and not related to our driver.


                          There are two ways to proceed with installation

                          • Use of USB 2.0 port for installation
                          • In case of only USB 3.0 ports supported on the platform then use BIOS option to turn off the same, effectively configuring it as USB2.0 for installation only and enable it once complete.

                            BIOS Option


                          XHCI Controller 0     [Disabled]

                          • Re: Windows 7 installation issues
                            • You connect a Secure Digital (SD) card that is larger than 32 GB to a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.
                            • You try to format the SD card, or try to check its properties.

                            Most open-source boards, including the MinnowBoard, run Linux, which will also run on Gizmo. The Gizmo board supports Ubuntu Linux and the Android 4.1 OS code-named Jelly Bean.

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