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G73/74/53 Series Driver and Application Reference

Level 10
[This thread is a work in progress]

Installation Discs

Asus Driver and Application Disc for G73JH MD5: 8C6C99D11B1CD3BDBDFFE9411A209D23
Asus Driver and Application Disc for G73JW MD5: 055193A34E8F9D6A8541EF3342891C01
Asus Driver and Application Disc for G73SW MD5: EC5579E8DFE28218F58D13AF6A331C9B
Asus Driver and Application Disc for G53JW MD5: 62D3B69FB64F9E91F63E5D3E04C47322
Asus Driver and Application Disc for G74SX MD5: BDFA22EC2E263F3DC9324277166573EA

Windows 7 Universal Installation DVD - Download MD5: B0320171563A7782B5DA2CC250878095
(use license number on laptop sticker to activate Home Premium)


Driver Sweeper 3.2.0 (10/10/11)
ATI Crap Cleaner
Windows 7 SP1 for x64
D3DOverrider from RivaTuner (for those who want Triple Buffering support w/o having to install all of RivaTuner
GPU-Z Asus Edition 0.5.4 (06/29/11)
CPU-Z Asus Edition 1.57.2
ThrottleStop 3.00.1


G73 Series Keyboard / Trackpad Fix NEW!

Seagate ST9500420AS 500GB HDD v5 Firmware NEW!
Copy files to bootable Flash drive and run included .bat
MD5 Checksum: 6D81752AD6284E80FAB2D0CC7090012B
SHA-1 Checksum: AB7B90FA6F387AC8CA9F5295D61C3AE7015F0D86

Seagate Momentus XT Firmware SD25 Windows Installer MD5: BACB6813036B3568D1B053F524AAC8BB

Momentus XT SD26 Update pack for Bootable USB users MD5: 46314CA89F84B49E432FA524768662DA

SD28 Firmware Updater for Windows

C++ and Silverlight Redistributables (07/26/11)

DirectX Updates "An update is available for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2 which provides new functionality and performance improvements for the graphics platform" "The DirectX Diagnostics Tool incorrectly reports DirectX 11 devices as DirectX 10.1 devices on a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2"

Latest DirectX Redist Package (June 2010)


Latest Official : 213 - mirror [JH]
MD5 Checksum: 0EA6AB2FA570F45767776D46E9FA4FB6
SHA-1 Checksum: C11AB28D52B601D557320CFB90211F079379C384

203 [G73JW]
205 [G73JW]

211 for G53JW

G74SX BIOS 202 mirror
MD5: 1D7A47510E1ABA9A0BC3A94BBCAE1A63

G74SX BIOS 203

To flash: Easiest method is to place ROM file on a formatted USB flashdrive (FAT/FAT32) and use EZ-Flash BIOS utility, accessed by hitting F2 during laptop POST / Startup


v93 VBIOS for HD5870M [JH] to fix GSOD issue need bootable usb flashdrive see instructions in sticky of this forum

Modded v93 vBIOS with lower timings for battery life (updated)
MD5 Checksum: 49e9cafccd83f36a71641c8194b68c07

Core Drivers:
Intel Chipset INF for Series 5 v9.2.0.1025 (this version was compiled as a self-installer that does a full install. Just use default settings and let her run.)
Intel RST SATA Drivers WHQL (06/30/11)
Intel RST SATA ----- Intel RAID and AHCI with GUI
Added older SATA driver packs to give options for possible stability issues and/or wake on sleep/hibernate

Intel Management Engine Components (I prefer to use the Microsoft Drivers, since I do not use this for anything)
Intel TurboBoost Technology Monitor (2.0) & Driver : Use the version on the Driver Disc through the Asus Installer Application. Only known way of installing the driver portion. Web download versions reports error on installation.

Video System:

[JH] AMD Catalyst WHQL : 11.09 (08/17/11)
AMD Media Codec Mobility 11.09 Win 7
AMD Hydravision Mobility 11.09 Win 7

Beta : Updated beta: 11.10 Preview 3 (10/24/11)

See AMD’s site for complete add-on list for Catalyst Mobility.

[JW/SW/SX] Nvidia Notebook Drivers 285.62 WHQL (10/24/11)

Modded INF version for those who need it: Verde 285.62 WHQL ModINF when available (10/24/11)

[JW/SW/SX] Modified 285.38 Beta Updated INF Driver Pack (for those who cannot use the Verde notebook pack from NVIDIA)

[JH/JW] Color Profile for Hannstar 1080p Panel

Audio System:

Realtek Audio driver v2.63 (07/20/11)
Realtek HDMI Driver v2.61 (06/03/11)

[JH] Creative Audigy HD MB package 1.0 (easiest to install if you use version on Driver CD)
[JH] Creative Audigy HD MB Windows 7 Compatibility Update (install this after main suite is already installed) On Win 7 x64 system, run included FixAMD64.exe in /Driver directory after update is installed.
[JW] Creative THX 1.00 package (as above + THX and EAX 5.0 support) License imbedded for JW hardware.
[SW] Creative THX MUI 1.02 Package

[JH] Creative X-Fi MB 1.1 package (30-day trial) Updated for Win 7, and supports Crystalizer and updated Alchemy. Requires licensing of $19.95 to continue to use.
[JH] Creative X-Fi MB 1.2 package (05/07/11)

Workaround for broken headphone detector
[SIGPIC]Kicking Ass Since Today[/SIGPIC]
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CapnKirk wrote:

"New Intel Chipset INF Update Utility (core drivers) - Run in command line with -overall parameter"
thats from the first post in this thread. not sure what to click on from this file from the asus site.

just setup.exe?

Ignore those instructions......that command line stuff is unnecessary. Just download the latest Intel chipset update, which is an executable file. (I.e., there's no separate "setup", per se....rather, the downloaded file itself, infinst_auto, is an executable self-installer package.)

Level 7
tnx!. asus phone support said to order the 60 buc driver disk. i was like please fix your drivers! oh and no remote support! wtf asus???
tnx again

Level 7
do you know what drivers i need fot this stuff?9135


Ethernet Controller.............................................Realtek Ethernet Driver
Intel Centrino Wireless-N + WIMAX 6150...........Intel WLAN driver (disable the WIMAX device if you don't use that service)
Network Controller..............................................This is probably one of the previous devices, so those drivers should remove this listing
PCI SImple Communications Device...................Intel MEI driver
USB Controller......................................................Ensure that you've installed the Intel chipset drivers first, as this covers the USB2.0 controllers[INDENT=3]............then install the Fresco USB 3.0 driver

USB 2.0 CRW..........................................................Realtek Card Reader driver

For future reference when doing a clean install, it's a good idea to examine your devices first and assemble all the required software before you start. That way, you can establish an optimal workflow and install everything in the the best order, rather than piecemeal. It also makes the whole install go a lot faster. 🙂

On a G74, the ideal installation starts with Windows and the Intel chipset, then goes to the essential hardware drivers, and finishes up with the ATK Package. After that, do the Windows Updates and install your security software. That's a clean, complete installation.....a stable foundation for the optional software you want to install and use.

Level 7
great! tnx so much! :cool:

Level 7
not sure about the wimax and card reader. think the others are ok.

Level 7
well come to my world. this laptop has awesom power. but zero support! and............ a ton of crapware. that being said... Asus will not even do a remote install. bring it to best buy or.... ship it to Asus... Um ...I am at a loss. Great laptop. Crap support. Crap software. Errr.. and what?
Bring it to best buys geek squad?
Been there 7 times....... Asus support is .....well there isnt any. If there was you and I would not be on this forum.

Level 7
guest. sign up. we can talk.

Level 7
Been making PCs like this. And Win XP 64 was the best.. Why am I on a beatup HP lapper while my G74sx-BBK8 is down and has no support?

Hi guys i am writing from italy so i am sorry for my terrible eng but i gotta ask you the solution of my problem. My g73jh freezes randomly and this is very annoying but this doesn t happen because of overheating, in fact the temperature is normal. Pc freezes only on some web sites (like when i click on my profile on youtube or when i click on play in this link in the down side, for example) or after render a video with camtasia, pinnacle and others just when preview starts. Thanx for your time.