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Gigabyte GA-F2A58M-HD2 (rev. 3.x) AMD AHCI Preinstall Driver 1.2.1.349 for Windows 7


Overview

Gigabyte GA-F2A58M-HD2 (rev. 3.x) is a micro-ATX motherboard designed for computer enthusiasts and power users who prioritize performance, affordability, and durability. It supports the latest AMD FM2+/FM2 APU processors, DDR3 memory, SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.0, and many other advanced technologies.

The AMD AHCI Preinstall driver is an essential software component that optimizes the performance of hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid-state drives (SSDs) connected to the SATA interfaces of the motherboard. This driver allows the operating system to access the storage devices more efficiently, improving the boot time, file transfer speed, and overall system responsiveness.

Features

  • Socket FM2+ supports AMD FM2+/FM2 A-series APU
  • GIGABYTE Ultra Durable Technology
  • Dual-channel DDR3 support
  • 1 PCI-E 2.0 x16 interface with AMD Dual Graphics support
  • 6 SATA 6Gb/s connectors with RAID support
  • USB 3.0 with superfast transfer rates of up to 5Gbps
  • GbE LAN with high bandwidth and full compatibility with TCP/IP protocols
  • Audio Noise Guard with high-quality audio capacitors and audio shielding
  • Dual-link DVI for high definition multimedia

Specifications

CPU Support AMD FM2+/FM2 A-series APU processors
Chipset AMD A58 FCH (Bolton D2)
Memory 2 x DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 64GB of DDR3 memory
Storage 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors with RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10, and JBOD support
USB 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports on the rear panel, 8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through internal USB headers)
LAN Realtek GbE LAN (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Audio Realtek ALC887 codec, High Definition Audio, 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel support, audio noise guard with high-quality audio capacitors and audio shielding
Graphics 1 x D-Sub port, 1 x DVI-D port, supports dual-link DVI, maximum shared memory of 2GB

Using Technologies

  • AMD A58 FCH (Bolton D2) chipset
  • GIGABYTE Ultra Durable Technology with Humidity Protection, Electrostatic Protection, Power Failure Protection, and High Temperature Protection
  • GIGABYTE 3D BIOS and UEFI DualBIOS technology for easy and stable BIOS updating and management
  • GIGABYTE On/Off Charge technology for quick charging of mobile devices even when the PC is turned off
  • AMD Dual Graphics technology for improved gaming performance by combining the power of APU graphics and select Radeon discrete graphics cards
  • Realtek GbE LAN featuring the cFosSpeed internet accelerator software for optimized internet access
  • GIGABYTE EasyTune and Smart QuickBoost software for comprehensive and user-friendly performance tuning

Known Issues and Troubleshooting

The Gigabyte GA-F2A58M-HD2 (rev. 3.x) AMD AHCI Preinstall driver 1.2.1.349 for Windows 7 may encounter the following issues:

  • The driver may fail to install or cause blue screen errors if the system already has other conflicting storage drivers installed
  • The driver may not work properly with certain SATA controllers or storage devices that do not comply with the SATA specifications or have firmware bugs
  • The driver may not provide significant performance improvement over the default AHCI driver included in Windows 7 and may even cause compatibility issues with some software applications or games

To troubleshoot these issues, users can:

  • Verify that the motherboard BIOS version is up to date and compatible with the installed APU processor and storage devices
  • Uninstall any other storage drivers and perform a clean installation of the AMD AHCI Preinstall driver in compatibility mode if needed
  • Replace the SATA cables or try connecting the storage devices to different SATA ports to isolate any physical defects or conflicts
  • Consult the support resources provided by AMD or Gigabyte for any known issues or suggested solutions

Driver

The AMD AHCI Preinstall driver 1.2.1.349 is a software package that allows the Windows 7 operating system to recognize and utilize the advanced functionality of SATA storage devices connected to the Gigabyte GA-F2A58M-HD2 (rev. 3.x) motherboard. The driver provides improved speed, stability, and compatibility for the SATA interface and supports RAID configurations, hot-plugging, and NCQ.

The driver can be downloaded from the official Gigabyte website or the AMD support site and installed using the automated executable or manual INF methods. Users can check the driver version, status, and settings through the Device Manager or the AMD Catalyst Control Center utility.