ASUS Drivers for Windows Server 2008

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Stewart Berman, Jun 24, 2009.

  1. I have Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V 64 bit installed on a machine with an M3A78-EM ASUS
    motherboard. The CD that came with the system includes drivers for Vista 64 bit which should work
    with Windows Server 2008 64 bit. Unfortunately, the installation package says it does support

    Is there anyway to make it think it is installing in Vista 64 bit?
    Stewart Berman, Jun 24, 2009
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  2. Not that I am aware of personally. However, since it is already installed
    and running, it's already using the built-in Windows 2008 drivers. Curious,
    what drivers are you trying to install? Are there any red X's in Device
    Manager for any motherboard components?

    I went to ASUS' site to see if there are any drivers for this board for
    2008. They do not list any for Windows 2003 x86 or x64, nor for any Windows
    2008 version. Check for yourself:

    In the drop down selection boxes, choose Motherboard, then for the Series,
    select Socket AM2/AM2+/AM3, then select M3A78-EM. They do not offer drivers
    for 2008.

    Looking at your motherboard model at their website, apparently it appears to
    be an overclockable gamer's board and not meant for the server operating


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  3. Stewart Berman

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    Extract the drivers (or find them on the CD) and install them for every
    device manually.

    Grant. . . .
    Grant Taylor, Jun 24, 2009
  4. ASUS technical support says:

    "Unfortunately as this is not a server board it does not support server OS directly. we do not have
    any resources for that OS here . I would go to the chip manufacturers page and see if they have any
    drivers for that OS itself. or search for boards that are server boards that have the same chipset.
    Unfortunately vista like OS of the 64 bit nature use extreme driver signing practices that are not
    easy to defeat as microsoft is trying to get the hardware to stricter standards so that the 32- 64
    change over has less problems, the worst part is that this practice causes it to be harder to get
    them running in situations like these. "

    Notice the "the worst part is that this practice causes it to be harder to get them running in
    situations like these".
    I am using it as a test machine. It supports Hyper-V.

    I will switch to Windows 7 Ultimate when it is released and user VPC instead of Hyper-V. This
    assumes that ASUS will supply Windows 7 drivers.
    Stewart Berman, Jun 24, 2009
  5. I think the 'worst' part is where they say that they are trying to defeat
    Microsoft's software signing implementations. All they have to do is follow
    the rules and create a driver that works under Windows 2008 and Windows
    2003. Many other manufacturers do, so I really don't see why they don't.
    Does that make sense? So there's probably a reason why possibly Microsoft
    hasn't certified that specific board. It could possibly be a performance
    criteria, or something else, who knows.

    If I may suggest, you can use an Intel based board, for most of them are
    supported for Windows server operating systems. I know they cost more, and
    I'm sure that you're working within a budget, as many of us are. Otherwise,
    wait a few more months for Windows 7, or use Vista or XP and run VPC to run
    Windows 2008 on this machine.

    Ace Fekay [Microsoft Certified Trainer], Jun 25, 2009
  6. The fact of the matter is that their drivers do work under Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V. It is
    the installation process that doesn't. What is really funny is that the board's BIOS has support
    for Hyper-V as an option. Hyper-V is only available via Server 2008. So the BIOS of the
    motherboard is designed to support Server 2008 but the drivers' installation process isn't.

    The probably reason is that they don't see a market for the board in a server system. It is not
    something that would be used in a production environment. (I am using it for testing/development.)
    So why spend the effort and manpower to update the installation and have them certified for Server?

    It wouldn't be so bad if the process would simply say the driver is not logoed for the OS and let
    you decide whether or not to install it (as drivers and applications that don't have Microsoft
    certification do). Their install refuses to do anything. When I have time I will see if changing
    all of the setup.ini files on the CD to include the Server OS ID will solve the problem. I think
    there are around a hundred of them.
    Stewart Berman, Jun 27, 2009
  7. That would be ironic if it supports Hyper-V but can't install. I think it's
    the driver signing part that is holding them up, and IIRC, it has to be
    certified under 2008 to be able to use a cert to sign the software, that is
    if I have that part right.

    Curious if you get it working. Let me know, please.

    Ace Fekay [Microsoft Certified Trainer], Jun 27, 2009
  8. I would be surprised if a hardware driver would work in Vista x64 and not in Windows Server 2008
    x64. The HAL interface should be the same. Of course it is possible that the server code is more
    restrictive as to what a hardware driver can get away with.

    Anyway, I think I will wait for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM ISOs to ba available before
    I try this again.
    Stewart Berman, Jun 27, 2009
  9. Sounds good. Good luck!

    Ace Fekay [Microsoft Certified Trainer], Jun 28, 2009
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