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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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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