Gigabyte Z170XP-SLI – Ethernet drivers

That gigabyte mainboard made a lot of trouble during installation. After the initial issue during Windows 7 Installation i upgraded to windows 10 just to find out that the Ethernet drivers (previously working under windows 7) for intel Ethernet Connection (2) i219  are not working anymore. unsuccessful attempts i made: de-activated and re-activated the adapter (device manager) manually triggered search for drivers online downloaded the drivers from gigabyte.com – of course they are not working manually tried to install the downloaded drivers file then i spent some time googling – seems that some people have that issue but no solution so far. what finally resolved the issue was to manually install the intel (2) i218 drivers. it seems to work stable for now – hope that helps.        

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Gigabyte Z170XP-SLI: Windows7 installation fails

Gigabyte dropped ehci support for its latest intel z170 based mainboards on socket 1151. while loading windows7 installer on Gigabyte Z170XP-SLI the “load driver” error pops up. Solution: Download the Gigabyte USB-Windows Tool Add the drivers to your existing bootable Win7 USB-stick load windows7 setup again   Explanation by Gigabyte: <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/ufsczv8cIeM” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>

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Xbox One USB 3.0 SSD

 The original Xbox Ones disk space is very limited with 500 Gigabytes. I bought less then 10 games and the disk was already full. Since the Xbox One does support an external USB Drive (minimum of 256 Gigabytes), it isn’t a real issue though. To speed up loading times i bought an SSD. i was not sure if it is worth it, but i gave it a try. look at the results with stock HDD and external SolidState Drive connected via USB3.0. The Speed gain is impressive and more than i expected! External enclosure: Inateck 2,5-Zoll USB 3.0 Case SSD: Transcend SSD370S 512GB

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Windows 7 N – iphone not showing as disk drive

Microsofts Windows 7 Professional N version (windows version without mediaplayer) is not able to mount the iphone, ipod or ipad as removable storage device to access your pictures. when connecting an iOS device it is possible to sync with itunes but no direct access to the flash storage is possible. the windows control panel shows the iphone or ipad with an (!) which indicates that the driver installation was not successfull. Solution: In order to use an apple iOS device with Windows 7 N you have to install microsofts mediaplayer. otherwise you can not access the pictures without itunes. To install the mediaplayer on windows 7 N you have to download microsofts media feature pack.

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