Hmm I noticed that I have RAID/AHCI with Native Mode enabled in my BIOS and installed Windows 7 this way.
The older WD Raptor hard drives I have, don't support Native Command Queuing. I wonder if that is the issue.
Ya but I am hesitant to install 8.8 given that it wasn't qualified for Windows 7.
I'm trying everything I can first before I do that.
you can also try the 184.108.40.2062 WHQL driver made for Dell, and see if it clears your BSODs.: http://communities.intel.com/message/71042#71042
Elizabeth (intel employee) said on page 16 of that long thread:
Yup, it is WHQL'd. 220.127.116.112 was a release that was done for a customer to fix an issue they reported on their specific configuration. We have occasionally released hot fixes that address specific issues for customers and generally roll all hotfixes into the next major release. We don’t post hotfixes for two reasons: 1) the validation is focused primarily on the specific customer configuration b) the customer will make the release available to their customers as needed – which is why you don’t see it on our support site. But this particular fix was related to a blue screen during a WHQL logo test ..