ASRock Z77 Pro4-M micro ATX MB - which drivers to install?

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ASRock Z77 Pro4-M micro ATX MB - which drivers to install?

Postby highcountryrider » Sat Oct 13, 2012 11:59 am

I just got a ASRock Z77 Pro4-M micro ATX MB. I will be starting my build today or tomorrow. I have downloaded all the drivers, utilities and BIOS zipped files from the ASRock website. I would appreciate any advice on which drivers and utilities to install and in what order. I know the INF (chipset) should be first but not sure about the rest of the sequence.

System is non-gaming. No discrete GPU yet -- will be using the i5 3570K's built in HD 4000 graphics. I especially would not like to install any more of the ASRock utilities than are necessary or would be useful. TIA for replies.

DRIVERS
Audio -- Realtek high definition audio driver ver:R2.66

CIR -- CIR receiver driver ver:20110219 - I don't have a remote

INF -- INF (chipset) driver ver:9.3.0.1019 - my bracket

Intel -- Intel Management Engine driver ver:8.0.3.1427

Intel -- Intel Rapid Start driver ver:1.0.0.1021

Intel -- Intel Smart Connect driver ver:2.0.1083.0

Lan -- Realtek Lan driver ver:7048

Other -- AppCharger ver:1.0.5

Other -- Lucid Virtu MVP ver:2.1.114
Modify Battlefield3 can not play issue. (I don't play games)

HDD -- SATA RAID Driver - (Don't think I need as I don't plan to run a RAID setup)
(For system to read from floppy diskette during Windows installation)

HDD -- ASMedia SATA3 Driver ver:1.3.1

HDD -- Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver ver:11.2.0.1006

USB -- Intel USB 3.0 driver ver:1.0.4.220

VGA -- VGA driver ver:15.26.12.64.2761

UTILITIES
Other -- ASRock 3TB+ Unlocker Utility ver:1.0

AXTU -- ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility ver:0.1.251

Instant Boot -- Instant Boot ver:1.29

Intel -- Intel Rapid Start Utility ver:1.0.5
Please MUST install Intel Rapid Start Utility and create the hidden partition
first, then install the Intel Rapid Start driver. - (This is from website)

Intel -- Intel Smart Connect Utility ver:1.0.6

Other -- THX TruStudio ver:1.00.01

XFastLAN -- ASRock XFast LAN Utility ver:6.61.1880_WHQL

XFastUSB -- ASRock XFast USB Utility ver:3.02.30

System build:
Silverstone Temjin TJ08B-E micro ATX case
ASRock Z77 Pro4-M micro ATX MB
Intel i5 3570K CPU
Samsung 830 256GB SATA 3 SSD
WD Caviar Black 7200 RPM 64MB cache 500GB SATA 3 HDD
8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 lSDRAM
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU cooler
Corsair VX550W PSU
Windows 7 HP 64-bit
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Postby Mr T » Sat Oct 13, 2012 10:58 pm

Do it in this order...

Chipset INF drivers
Video card drivers
Audio drivers
LAN drivers
SATA drivers
USB3 drivers

Antivirus

All the rest is spurious and unnecessary.

Windows 7 will pick most up anyway and put drivers in.

Makes sure you set the BIOS to ACHI mode when you install and not IDE mode. Most boards default to IDE mode. And as you are using an SSD make sure TRIM is enabled (google this), it usually is by default on windows7...
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Postby Karlsweldt » Sun Oct 14, 2012 5:21 am

A caution when first activating ANY computer or laptop.. ensure you don't go online before having a firewall program active! The current OS versions should include a basic firewall program, which is effective enough. But a purchased program is best, along with anti-virus and anti-phishing features. In other words, don't have an active Internet connection until after the security measures are in place.
Only after the security programs are active, then go online to register the OS and get required security/program updates.
The hackers and virus purveyors are out there..hunting for victims!
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