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Old April 11th 06, 02:32 AM posted to alt.comp.periphs.mainboard.asus
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Hello All ---

I am doing a clean install of Windows XP on ASUS P4C800 Deluxe on a
new Seagate 300gb SATA HD. I am loading the SATA drivers by pressing
F6 and using a floppy with the drivers. All of the files are copied
and Windows reboots to start the install. Once rebooted, Windows
hangs at the screen with the WinXP logo / blue animated bar. I have
left it on the screen for several hours and it never progresses. I
have disabled all onboard devices all to no avail and I have even
swapped out memory sticks with no luck. I have also updated to the
the latest bios.

One additional note. I have unplugged everything from the mobo except
the video card and HD and still the same issue persists.

I am out of ideas and desperate to get it sorted out, so any ideas or
suggestion would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

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Old April 11th 06, 02:58 AM posted to alt.comp.periphs.mainboard.asus
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lid (bubbadawg) wrote:

Hello All ---

I am doing a clean install of Windows XP on ASUS P4C800 Deluxe on a
new Seagate 300gb SATA HD. I am loading the SATA drivers by pressing
F6 and using a floppy with the drivers. All of the files are copied
and Windows reboots to start the install. Once rebooted, Windows
hangs at the screen with the WinXP logo / blue animated bar. I have
left it on the screen for several hours and it never progresses. I
have disabled all onboard devices all to no avail and I have even
swapped out memory sticks with no luck. I have also updated to the
the latest bios.

One additional note. I have unplugged everything from the mobo except
the video card and HD and still the same issue persists.

I am out of ideas and desperate to get it sorted out, so any ideas or
suggestion would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.


There are two sets of SATA ports. One set connected to ICH5 and
another set connected to PDC 20378. Which set are you using ?
Are you using drivers for the right piece of hardware ? If
PDC20378, the driver would be something like 378ATA...

There are some BIOS settings.

Section 4.3.6 in manual (for ICH5):

Onboard IDE Operate Mode [Enhanced]
Enhanced Mode Support on [S-ATA]

Section 4.4.4 in manual (for PDC20378)

Onboard Promise Controller [Enabled]
Operating Mode [IDE]

That should prepare the respective SATA ports for use.

I believe for the ICH5 SATA ports, the Microsoft driver
will work. You would need a WinXP SP1 or SP2 install disk.
So if you are connected to the ICH5 SATA ports ("SATA1",
"SATA2"), you don't need to F6 install drivers when using
SP1 or SP2.

For the Promise SATA ports ("SATA_RAID1", "SATA_RAID2") you
need the driver disk.

HTH,
Paul
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Old April 12th 06, 02:39 AM posted to alt.comp.periphs.mainboard.asus
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Windows Install Guide by Mr Steveo from ABX Zone Website. Hope it helps.
Bubba

Table of Contents:


Windows XP Guide - Page 1 Posts 2,3,4,5,6

Windows 2000 Guide - Follow the Windows XP Guide and skip over steps
referring to Remote Assistance, Messenger, and Universal Plug and Play.
Additionally, whenever you see mention of Windows XP SP1; conduct that step
using Windows 2000 SP4.

Windows 2003 Guide - N/A*

Linux Guide - N/A*


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Note Regarding The Choosing Of An Operating System

According to Intel's website, in order to fully utilize the Hyperthreading
(HT) optimizations of new Pentium 4 CPUs, only certain operating systems are
recommended. Windows XP, Windows 2003 Server, or the latest Linux kernel
will make use of the Pentium 4 HT optimizations. While other versions of
Windows may support SMP, only the afore mentioned operating systems fully
support Pentium class Hyperthreading.

Additionally, if you have a Springdale or Canterwood chipset motherboard,
only Windows 2000, 2003, XP will allow you to run six native IDE SATA
devices (IDE Enhanced Mode). With Windows ME, 98, etc, you will only b3e
able to run a total of four IDE SATA devices natively.

Acknowledgements:

Thanks to Bigtoe, Gorgonzola, Tweakhound, Bofinn, Yozza, sumrtym, David
Rolfe, zapionicsalt, AHLnut, djt, and all who have contributed to this
Guide.


* Due to lack of free time I have no current plans to expand this setup
Guide any further. If any of you have setup Guides for other OS's feel free
to post them yourself in this thread.

If you do choose to post a Guide, please try to make it simple for new
system builders to follow and basic enough in nature to apply to as many
platforms as possible (meaning that as great as tweaks can be, remember the
tweaks you like might not work well for everyone.)



WINDOWS XP INSTALLATION GUIDE

Preface:

Please note that this Windows XP Installation Guide is tailored for Intel
chipset systems only. If you have another chipset of motherboard please ask
for help in the forum.

Also please keep in mind, when installing Windows there are many paths to
the one destination of a stable system. The method I indicate below is by no
means the only correct method for installing Windows. It is simply a tried
and true method I have repeated over and over with full success on these
motherboards. If some of you have another method that works for you, then
by all means stick with what you prefer. Just be sure to at least observe
the following:

1. Install Service Pack 1a soon after OS.

2. Install USB drivers Q822603.

3. Install chipset INFs before any video or sound drivers.

4. Install LAN drivers.
5. Install DirectX9.0b before video drivers.
6. Install video drivers.
7. Install sound drivers.

8. Install LAN utility software if needed.





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Quick Steps:


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1. Install the Operating System.
2. Install Universal Plug and Play Service.
3. Install any other desired Windows Services (IIS, FAX, etc.)
4. Install Windows XP Service Pack 1a Full Network Install Link.

5. Install pre-SP2 USB drivers Q822603 Link.

6. Install Intel INF drivers (latest version here Link .) Choose the non
zipped download.

7. For 875 / 865 chipsets only: Install pre-SP2 IDE drivers Q812415 LINK.

8. Install DirectX 9.0b - download LINK.
9. Install your LAN / NIC drivers if not provided by Windows. Intel LAN /
NIC drivers here.

10. Install Windows XP Update Rollup Q826939 LINK
11. Go online and get all (non driver) Windows Updates.
12. Get the latest security patched Windows Messenger Link.
13. Install drivers for any PCI cards other than sound card, video card, and
TV Tuner card.

14. Install drivers for video card ATI nVidia.

15. Go to the website of your monitor manufacturer. Download and install
the latest XP monitor INFs.
16. Install sound card drivers.

17. Install TV Tuner card drivers.
18. Install any LAN / NIC Utility software. Intel LAN / NIC utility combo
here.

19. If using Intel ICH5R RAID 1 (mirrored array) install the latest full
version of IAA RAID Edition Link.
20. Perform a registry clean.



NOTE: Because of when you want to install LAN driver, it might be advisable
to download items from the above steps ahead of time. Burn them to CDR so
you have them on hand as you begin the installation.






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Step-By-Step Procedure



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Preparation NOTES:





1. Make sure the drive(s) you are going to use are data free and have NO
PARTITIONS on them. If you are performing a re-installation of Windows XP,
just continue on with the Guide. Steps 1 through 4 in the "Lets Proceed"
section of the Guide will walk you through how to delete and recreate your
partitions.





2. If one of your unformatted drives is larger than 137GB: If you plan to
use an Operating System partition larger than 137GB on a native motherboard
IDE channel or Intel ICH5 SATA non RAID channel, and if your Windows XP
CDROM does not include SP1/SP1a; you will need to choose a smaller partition
size for the OS, or make an SP1a slipstreamed Windows XP CDROM, or purchase
a Windows XP CDROM that has SP1a already included.




3. For a variety of reasons it's probably best to use a PS/2 keyboard and
mouse until everything is properly installed and set up.



4. Power up the computer and immediately start pressing the DEL key to
enter the BIOS.





5. If you do not plan to use USB keyboards and mice, set "USB Legacy
Support" to Disabled. Please note that leaving this setting enabled with
certain USB devices attached may cause boot hangs or extended boot up time.
Therefore its important to disable this setting unless you absolutely need
DOS / BIOS based mouse and keyboard support.



6. If you plan to use the power management state called "S3 - Suspend To
RAM" it's advisable to enable this feature in the BIOS before you install
Windows. Changing this setting in the BIOS after Windows is installed will
cause your system to function in "S1 - Standby" mode.



7. Set the primary video adapter to match your system in BIOS. If all you
have is an AGP card, for example, set as AGP.





8. Disable onboard audio if you plan to use a sound card.



9. Set your "PCI Latency Timer" to 64.



10. Set "Boot Virus Protection" to Disabled. You can enable it later if you
like, but this setting can cause problems with some installations and Virus
Scanning software. (Because of modern recovery BIOS options, this setting
may not be present on newer motherboards.)





11. Go into the power section of your BIOS and if any fan RPM is in red,
set to "ignore."

(This setting is not available on all motherboards.)



12. For Windows NT/2000/XP be sure "Plug and Play OS" is set to
"Disabled/No" in the BIOS. If you have problems with any analog dial up PCI
modems after the OS is installed, you may need to change this setting to
"Enabled / Yes."



13. Set "Speech POST Reporter" to Disabled. It's known for giving
erroneous information.

(This setting is not available on all motherboards.)



14. For Canterwood or Springdale chipset motherboards, set IDE Mode to
Enhanced.





15. Verify the CPUs FSB ("external CPU frequency") is set properly for your
CPU.






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RAID Preparation Subsection:

A. If you plan to use a RAID 0 or RAID 1 array, and if your RAID
controller is built into the motherboard (non PCI), be sure to enable RAID
in the BIOS. Then please save your current BIOS settings and shut down the
computer now.





B. Refer to your RAID owner's manual and follow the instructions for
hooking up two identical hard drives to your system. Also make note of what
keys your owner's manual indicates you need to press to enter the RAID BIOS.





C. Create a RAID driver floppy disk. To do this please visit the
manufacturer of your RAID chip's website. Once you locate the drivers copy
them to the root A:\ directory of a blank formatted floppy disk.

If you plan to use an Intel ICH5R RAID array, click the following link IAA
RAID Ed., choose your XP OS, and then on the resulting page, scroll down to
the section called Utilities. Then choose the latest version of the download
called Floppy Configuration Utility. Once the file is downloaded click on
the file and follow the onscreen instructions.



D. Now power your computer back up and immediately begin pressing the
key combination required to enter your RAID BIOS. Once in the RAID BIOS
follow the instructions to set up your RAID array. Then save the settings
and exit the RAID BIOS.





E. As the computer restarts, begin pressing the DEL key to enter the
BIOS.




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16. In the BIOS set your boot order as:



1. Floppy

2. CD/DVD

3. Hard drive or controller (SCSI, SATA, RAID) where OS will be located.



If you plan to use a combination of RAID and non RAID disks, ask for help in
the forum in setting up your boot order. Note that some motherboards do not
play friendly with SATA boot devices. If you plan to boot to a SATA drive
or RAID array and the device is not specifically listed in the boot order
choices, please stop at this step and ask for help in the forum.





17. From your current computer or another computer log onto this website.
Go up to the Quick Steps Section of the Guide above. Download the software
from the links in the steps. Find a blank CDR and burn these files to the
disk so that you are prepared for the installation.

If you plan to use hard drives in a non RAID configuration where the drives
are attached to a PCI hard drive controller card, or attached to an onboard
non Intel hard disk controller chip; follow the directions below.

Go to the PCI card manufacturer's website (PCI) or motherboard manufacturer's
website (onboard chip.) Download the latest non RAID hard drive controller
drivers and follow any associated instructions for extracting the drivers to
the root directory of a floppy disk.




18. Locate your copy of Windows, the sticker with its product key, and a
blank floppy disk and have them available.




19. Finally, make sure you do not have any network cables or peripherals
(USB, Serial, Parallel devices) plugged in. These can interfere with the
proper installation of Windows as outlined below. For now just have the
monitor, PS/2 mouse, and PS/2 keyboard plugged in - Nothing else.



Let's Proceed:


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1. Put a blank floppy in your computer and power up. Booting will stop when
it reaches the blank floppy. Now place the Windows XP CD ROM in the CD/DVD
drive. Now remove the blank floppy then press Control/Alt/Delete to reboot
the system.




2. Upon reboot the system will find and boot the Windows XP CDROM. You
should soon see a blue Windows setup screen.

(If you are using RAID, an onboard disk controller chip, or PCI disk
controller card; IMMEDIATELY begin pressing F6. If you are only using hard
drives attached to the native Primary and Secondary IDE channels, or if you
are using non RAID SATA drives attached to the Intel ICH5/ICH5R chip; do NOT
start pressing F6)




3. If using RAID, an onboard disk controller chip, or PCI disk controller
card; you will be prompted to insert the Floppy disk containing your XP
Compatible RAID / disk controller drivers. Follow the onscreen instructions.




4. You will be brought to a License Agreement screen. A few steps later you
will be brought to a Screen that shows your hard drives and their sizes. It
is from HERE that you may set up (or delete) partitions. With Windows XP,
this is the proper place to partition your drives. If you plan on using NTFS
for the OS partition, it's important that you partition your drives here and
not earlier with any DOS based utilities.



If doing an OS reinstallation: This is the screen where you will want to
first delete, then re-create either all your hard drive partitions or at a
minimum your Operating System partition. Simply follow the onscreen
instructions for creating and deleting partitions.




5. Once the drives are partitioned, highlight the partition to which you
wish to install Windows, then press Enter and follow the onscreen
instructions




6. From there, go grab a sandwich or soda while Windows formats the OS
partition and installs Windows. Follow any onscreen prompts as best you can.




7. (For RAID users: You may get one or two warnings in a tan colored box
indicating you have a device or driver that is not approved for Windows XP.
The choices should be Yes/Continue or No/Cancel/Don't Continue. Please
choose Yes/Continue for all tan colored box prompts.)




8. Once the automated procedures are complete, you will be at the Windows
Desktop. Click Start Button, then Control Panel, then choose "Switch to
Classic View."



9. Click Start Button, then Control Panel, then Folder Options. Click the
View tab.



Set the following to your own preferences:

Check the box: Display the Contents of System Folders (advanced users only)
Check the box: Display the full path in the address bar
Check the box: Show hidden files and folders
Uncheck the box: Hide protected operating system files (advanced users only)
Uncheck the box: Hide extensions for known file types





10. Click Start Button. Then right click on My Computer and choose
"Properties". Then click the "Hardware Tab" and then the "Device Manager"
button. Double click on "IDE ATA/ATAPI Devices" to expand the tree. Click on
"Secondary IDE Channel" and then click the "Advanced Settings" tab. From the
available drop down boxes choose "DMA if Available" for both devices. Then
click OK to save and exit. Repeat these steps for "Primary IDE Channel" Once
done, save and return to the desktop.




11. Right click My Computer and click on Properties. Then click the
Advanced tab. In the section called "Startup and Recovery" click the
"Settings" button. Then uncheck the box for "Automatically Restart."




12. Click on Start Button, then Control Panel, and then click Internet
Options. Click the "Connections" tab, then click the "LAN Settings" tab.
Make sure that none of the boxes have check marks in them. If they do,
remove them. Save and exit back to the desktop.

The only exception to this is if you connect directly to a broadband modem,
and are instructed by your ISP to leave proxy settings enabled. If you use a
router or other gateway, and for most ISP, you want the check boxes
mentioned above to be empty.




13. Click on Start Button, then Control Panel, and then click Internet
Options. On the "general" tab page, set your home page tp whatever you
prefer. Click "Apply", then click "OK."




14. Click on the Windows Messenger Icon in the System Tray to open
Messenger. When prompted to start entering Passport information, cancel out
of that screen. With the remaining Messenger Window, click on the word
"Tools". Then click on "Options" and then click the "Preferences" tab. On
that page remove the check box from the setting called "Run this Program
When Windows Starts." Save and exit back to the desktop. You can now close
the Windows Messenger Program.





15. (NOTE: If one of your unformatted partitions are larger than 137GB, and
your copy of Windows XP does not include SP1/SP1a; skip this step and return
to it after you have installed SP1/SP1a.)


Now go to Start Button, Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Computer
Management. From the windowed area on the left of the screen click on "Disk
Management." On the right you will see a graphic of your hard drives and
your partitions. During Windows Installation, only the OS partition was
formatted. So from the graphic, put your mouse on any unformatted
partitions. Then right click on that partition and choose "Format."


From the Dialog box you can choose drive letter, partition name, and
allocation unit size. Set them as you wish. One word of caution. DO NOT
change the partition letter or name for the partition that contains the
Operating System. This can have unintended consequences.





16. Now go to Start Button, Control Panel, Add or Remove Programs. Click on
the button called "Add / Remove Windows Components." Uncheck the MSN
Explorer unless you use it as your ISP connection. Double click on
"Networking Services" and when the next window pops up, place a check mark
in the option called "Universal Plug and Play." Click OK. Then click the
"Next" button and follow any onscreen instructions. While you are still in
the Windows Components section of Add/Remove programs, feel free to add any
other services you choose.

Some services may require you to put your Windows CD back in the drive. If
so, just follow the onscreen instructions. Once you are finished, save all
settings and return to the desktop.

NOTE: Universal Plug and Play is actually more of a "networking Plug and
Play." It is a function that is used by Windows XP Messenger, Microsoft .NET
Framework, Direct X, and MS Direct Play Gaming. This service is not
imperative, but may be useful to many people. This is the proper time to
install it so that Service Pack 1 will later adjust the configuration
properly. If you decide you do not want it, you can uninstall it after
Service Pack 1 for XP is installed.




17. Now, find the CDR you made that has the files you downloaded earlier.
Put that disk in one of your drives and copy the files to a new folder you
create on your C:\ drive.



18. Once the files are copied, remove the disk. We are now ready to install
Windows XP Service pack 1a. Ensure there are no disks remaining in your
CD/DVD drive





19. Go to where you put the downloaded files on the C:\ drive. Find the
file for Windows XP SP1a. Click on it to begin setup. At some point it will
ask you if you want a backup copy of your files made. SP1a is pretty much
bug free, and a backup copy of your original files takes up a lot of
unneeded hard drive space. So my recommendation would be to choose "No" to
making a backup. Follow all onscreen instructions including when you are
told to reboot.





20. When you get back to the desktop, click Start Button. Right click on My
Computer and choose "Properties." Click the "Remote" tab and then clear all
check boxes you see on that page. The remote call services have a way of
acting up and its best to disable them before installing software and
drivers. If you ever want to use Remote Assistance later, you can enable it
on a per use bases. Once you have cleared the check boxes, click the "Apply"
button




21. Now while still in System Properties, click the tab called "Automatic
Updates." Service pack 1 installs some new features for this tab. Review
what you see on the screen and set things up to your liking. Again click the
"Apply" button. Close everything out and return to the desktop.





22. Again using "My Computer" navigate to the saved files you coped from
CDR. Find the Microsoft patch Q822603 that you previously downloaded,
burned to CDR, and copied to your C:\ drive. These are the Pre-SP2 USB
drivers for your system. Double click on the EXE file to install the
drivers. Reboot when prompted.




23. (NOTE: For all Intel 810 through 875P chipset motherboards)

Again using "My Computer" navigate to the saved files you downloaded, burned
to CDR, and copied to your C:\ drive. Find the Intel Chipset Configuration
Utility (INFs.) Click the application's ".EXE" file and let the drivers
install themselves. Once complete, reboot as instructed.



24. Click Start Button, then right click My Computer, and then choose
Properties. Click the "Hardware" tab, then click the "Device Manager"
button. On the tree in the Device Manager you should see a device section
called "Universal Serial Bus controllers." Double click that category to
expand the USB tree.


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Make no changes if:

i875P / i865PE / i865P / i865G / i865GV / i848P chipsets:

You see one USB2 Enhanced Host Controller

You see four USB Universal Host Controllers

You see five USB Root Hubs



e7205 / i845PE / i845GE / i845GV / i845GL / i845E / i845G chipsets:

You see one USB2 Enhanced Host Controller

You see three USB Universal Host Controllers

You see four USB Root Hubs.



i850E / i845 chipsets:

You see two Universal Host Controllers

You see two USB Root Hubs



However, what you see in your device manager is different from above; you
may need to make some changes. If so, please stop now and post in the forum
and ask for help.


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25. (Please note this step is for Canterwood and Springdale systems only.)
From the files you previously downloaded, burned to CDR, and then copied to
your C:\ drive; find the Microsoft patch Q812415. This patch will update the
drivers for your IDE channels and is recommended for Canterwood and
Springdale boards by Intel. Double click the EXE file / patch and install it
now. Reboot when prompted.





26. (Please note this step refers to the standard variety of IAA used on
NON-Canterwood, NON-Springdale motherboards. The Canterwood and Springdale
ICH5R IAA RAID Edition is a different software package that serves a
different function from the original IAA v2.3 software.)


Intel Application Accelerator v2.3 is not a necessary piece of software to
install. For every person who reports good luck with IAA, there's another
person reporting bad luck. So installing IAA is a personal choice. If you do
decide to install IAA and you have a Western Digital hard drive larger than
137GB, or if you have a Hyperthreading CPU; Intel requires you use the
latest version of IAA. You can download it from here LINK.





27. Locate DirectX 9.0b redist. you previously downloaded, burned to CDR,
and coped to your C:\ drive. Install DirectX now following all onscreen
prompts.



28. Now is the time you want to install your LAN / NIC drivers. Depending
on your motherboard and whether you are using a PCI NIC or onboard LAN,
Windows may or may not have drivers installed already.



If you are using Intel onboard LAN: Locate the drivers you downloaded,
burned to CDR, and copied to the C:\ per Quick Step 9. Click on the .EXE
file to install them now. Do not install any LAN Utility software if
possible. Follow all instructions rebooting if required.



If you are using non-Intel onboard LAN: Go get the CDROM that came with
your motherboard. Locate and copy the LAN drivers from the CDROM to your
hard drive. Once on the hard drive, remove the CDROM and install the LAN
drivers ONLY. Do not install any LAN Utility software if possible. Follow
all instructions rebooting if required.



If you are using a PCI NIC/LAN, locate the drivers you previously downloaded
from the manufacturer's website, burned to CDR, and copied to your C:\
drive. Install the drivers now following the instructions provided by the
manufacturer of your NIC/LAN. If possible, install the LAN drivers only.
Do not install any LAN Utility software if possible. Follow all instructions
rebooting if required.



Once back at the desktop, plug in your network cable and open Internet
explorer to see if you can get online. If you have any troubles getting
online ask for help in the forum.



29. Click Start Button, then click "My Computer" and navigate to the saved
files you coped from CDR. Find the Microsoft Windows XP Update Rollup
Q826939 that you previously downloaded, burned to CDR, and copied to your
C:\ drive. Double click on the EXE file to install the Rollup. Reboot when
prompted.





30. Go to Windows Update and install all available "non driver" updates. If
some updates need to be installed by themselves, the site will prompt you.
If this happens you will want to return to Windows Update after rebooting to
get the remainder of any "non driver" updates.



(Please note that updating drivers from Windows Update can sometimes result
is serious problems with the stability of your system. This is the reason
updating drivers from Windows Update is not recommended in this Guide.)




31. Once all "non driver" Windows Updates are installed, continue to the
next step.




32. Once back at the desktop, open Internet Explorer and come here to
www.abxzone.com Once at ABXZone, come into the forum and find this Guide and
scroll down to step 33. Also be sure to bookmark ABXZone so you can find
your way back easily. The reason for doing this is, in the steps ahead you
may be asked to click on some links here in the Guide. This will save you
time from hunting links down yourself.





33. Click on the following link to install the latest security patched
version of Windows XP Messenger. : Link Even if you have no plans on using
this application, it is wise to at least be sure it's patched.



Once you have clicked on the above link, click the "Download" button. Then
follow the onscreen instructions. Once Messenger is updated, again enter
Messenger and verify that it is NOT set to run when Windows starts up. Once
that's all done, FIRST close all Internet Explorer windows, then close and
disable Messenger. Due to an MS bug if you don't do it in this order you
might get an error message.




34. Now is when you want to update the drivers for any PCI cards you have
OTHER THAN your video card, sound card, and TV Tuner card. Video, sound, and
any device that relies on video and sound should have their drivers
installed last. Try whenever possible to use WHQL certified drivers for best
compatibility and system stability.





35. Now go online and navigate to the website of the company that makes
your monitor. Locate and download the latest version of INF software for
your model of monitor. You do not want to install the monitor INFs just
yet, so be certain to remember where you are saving the downloaded file.






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Video Driver Subsection:



Now you want to install your video card drivers. Here are the links to get
the latest drivers for your video card - ATI nVidia. Once downloaded install
the drivers following all onscreen directions.


Note to OS tweakers with ATI cards:

By default Windows will optimize system memory usage for programs (not
system cache). If you have an ATI video card you want to make sure you do
not enable the optimized for "system cache" setting and that you do not use
any tweak called "large system cache tweak." Using this tweak or making this
selection in Windows while using an ATI video card / drivers can cause
irreparable damage to your operating system.

If you do not know where this setting is in Windows or you have never used
the tweak, then disregard this message. The default setting installed with
Windows is the appropriate setting for an ATI video card / drivers.


For non AIW ATI cards:

A. For ATI card owners: When you go to the link above, be sure to either
download both the latest Display Driver and the Control Panel, or download
the "High Speed Cable/DSL" full driver package. Then use the following
method for installing the drivers.

B. If you downloaded the "High Speed Cable/DSL" Full Driver Set, then simply
click on the downloaded file and let it do its thing. When you get back to
the desktop do the following: - - Open the advanced properties for your
display and click on the SMARTGART tab. Move the slider around and then
return it to its original position. Click apply. Reboot when prompted. (This
step seems to solve problem for people with slow 2d performance.)



C. If you downloaded the driver and the control panel separately, install as
follows: Install the ATI driver. Do NOT reboot when prompted. Install the
ATI Control Panel. DO NOT REBOOT. Go into the Administrative tools of the
Windows Control Panel and then go into "Services." Make sure the ATI Smart
Service is set to run "automatically." NOW reboot.

D. When you get back to the desktop do the following: - - Open the advanced
properties for your display and click on the SMARTGART tab. Move the slider
around and then return it to its original position. Click apply. Reboot when
prompted. (This step seems to solve problem for people with slow 2d
performance.)



For ATI AIW cards:

A. For ATI card owners: When you go to the download link above, be sure to
either download the latest Display Driver and the Control Panel, and the MMC
WDM software. Or you can download the "High Speed Cable/DSL" full driver
package. Then use the following method for installing the drivers.

B. If you downloaded the "High Speed Cable/DSL" Full Driver Set, then simply
click on the downloaded file and let it do its thing. When you get back to
the desktop do the following: - - Open the advanced properties for your
display and click on the SMARTGART tab. Move the slider around and then
return it to its original position. Click apply. Reboot when prompted. (This
step seems to solve problem for people with slow 2d performance.)


C. If you downloaded the drivers, Control Panel and WDMs separately; please
click on the following link AIW instructions, scroll to post #1097, and
follow sumrtym's instructions for installing the WDMs last (after drivers
and Control Panel.)




For nVidia cards:

nVidia drivers install pretty much straightforwardly. But if offered, you
may want to do a custom install to avoid installing an older version of
Direct X.




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36. Locate where you downloaded your monitor INF software. Follow the
directions from your monitor manufacturer to install your monitor INF
software now.



37. Once the video drivers and software are installed and you are back at
the desktop, go ahead and install your Sound Card drivers. If you have more
than 2 speakers you will need to change the setup either in the Control
Panel, Sound icon or other audio control for your sound card.





38. Now install any TV Tuner card drivers if you have such a device.





39. Click Start, Run and type DXDIAG and click ok. Run the various tests
to make sure everything is working order. If you run into any problems ask
for help in the forums.





40. Find the LAN utility software you previously downloaded, burned to CDR,
and copied to your C:\ drive. Installing LAN utility software is not
usually necessary for a basic system. However, if your system needs the
utilities or you would just like to have them available, install the
software now.



41. If you are running an Intel ICH5R mirrored array (RAID 1), install the
full IAA RAID Edition Software from the files you downloaded, burned to CDR,
and copied to your C:\ drive.



Please note that this IAA RAID Edition Software simply adds a Windows Based
Utility. The utility is designed to give information on the RIAD array, warn
if there are problems with the array, and rebuild a mirrored array.

Because these functions are available from the RAID BIOS and since array
rebuilding applies to RAID 1, if you are someone running a striped array
(RAID 0), you do not need to install this Windows based IAA utility.




42. Unless your original Windows disk included SP1, then you currently have
SP1a installed. Windows XP Service Pack 1a does not include the MS Virtual
Machine for executing java code from web pages. If you visit websites that
utilize java, you will want to install the Sun Java JRE at this time. (If
you plan to do java programming you might want to consider the Sun Java SDK
or enterprise grade Sun products.)



To download and install the basic Sun Java JRE, go to the following link.
http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.4.2/download.html Then scroll down to the area
called Download J2SE v 1.4.2_03 and then choose the Windows version under
the JRE heading.





43. Once everything is complete, you may want to consider cleaning up your
registry. There are retail, shareware, and freeware applications for
cleaning the registry. For recommendations on a good registry cleaner,
please see the ABXZone Applications Forum.





44. You're done. CONGRATULATIONS! Enjoy your new system! Below are
instructions on registry cleaning and stress testing. After you have
completed both, if your system is stable, feel free to go ahead and activate
Windows XP from the icon in your system tray.








Note:



NOTE: If this is a new motherboard, CPU, RAM, or video card you have just
installed; now would be a good time to run stress tests on your system.
Prime95, 3DMark, Memtest, SANDRA Burn In etc. are some examples of popular
stress tests.



It's usually best to run stress tests for the first day or so before you
begin installing your other software. After a day or so of stress testing,
if everything is error free and stable; then begin installing any desired
additional mouse, keyboard, and DVD software you choose. Once complete,
proceed with installing the remainder of your software applications and
setting up any additional Windows user accounts.



Many times problems with computers can be attributed to third party
software. By running stress tests for a day or so with only the OS
installed, you make potential troubleshooting a great deal easier. With
just the OS installed, you can be relatively confident that any instability
problems are BIOS or hardware related.




If this has been your first computer build, then you have accomplished a
great feat. Again congrats! Be sure to keep your operating system and Office
applications up to date with the latest patches, service packs, and critical
updates. If you have any questions, be sure to speak up and ask for help in
the forum. There are lots of smart and friendly people at ABXZone who would
be glad to give you a hand.


- Mr Steveo







Updates Section





UPDATE 2-21-04

If you have a USB mouse or keyboard, and you are having problems waking your
computer up from standby or sleep states (S1,S3,S4); please read the
following update information:

You may be having the problem waking your computer because of an improperly
set BIOS setting, motherboard jumper, or due to a problem with the current
Windows XP USB drivers.

To resolve the issue, first check your motherboard owner's manual and see if
you need to set a jumper or BIOS setting for USB and keyboard wake up. If
you do need a special setting, change the BIOS or jumper setting as
indicated. Be sure to fully power off your computer and remove the power
cord to your PSU before making any jumper changes.

If making the proper jumper or BIOS settings does not solve your problem,
then please read the following Microsoft KB article. KB826959 Link Included
in the KB article is a link to contact Microsoft so they can email you a
patch to fix this specified problem.



UPDATE 2-21-04

If you own at ATI video card and want to use Sun's Java Client; be sure to
get the new version of Sun Java. Please note that using the original 1.4.1
Java client with recent ATI drivers can lead to random reboot or BSOD
issues.

The new Sun Java JRE/SDK version 1.4.2_03 is available he
http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.4.2/download.html

Scroll down to the area called Download J2SE v 1.4.2_03 and then choose the
Windows version under the JRE heading. This will give you basic java JVM
functionality.



UPDATE 12-18-03

How to Update Your ATI Drivers to the Latest Version:

One of the quickest ways to encounter problems with your computer is to
improperly install new drivers. Even if you try uninstalling old drivers
first, some driver residue can be left behind that can cause system
problems.

One way to deal with this issue is to do a clean reinstall of your OS. But
this can be rather time consuming and inconvenient if all you want to do is
upgrade a driver. Below is a step by step method for uninstalling ATI
software, cleaning out driver and registry residue, and upgrading to the new
drivers:




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(assumes no installation of MMC)
1. Download Driver Cleaner from www.driverheaven.net

2. Uninstall your monitor INF / drivers
3. Uninstall Hydravision from Add / Remove Programs. Do not reboot
4. Uninstall ATI Drivers, from Add / Remove Programs. Do not reboot
5. Uninstall ATI Control Panel from Add / Remove Programs,
6. Reboot but reboot directly into safe mode
7. When prompted that new hardware is found by Windows, click the cancel
button, this may happen twice
8. Go into device manager and uninstall the display adapters with yellow
exclamation points.
9. Run Driver Cleaner
10. Go to Start Run and type regedit in the box. Click OK
11. Go to HKEY_LOCAL MACHINE\Software and delete the ATI technologies key
folder
12. Go to C:\ and to C:\Program Files and delete any remaining ATI folders.
13. Disconnect your internet connection by unplugging your network cable.
14. Reboot into normal mode.
15. When prompted that Windows found new hardware, click "cancel" (you may
need to do this twice, so be patient)
16. Install the new Catalyst drivers, do NOT reboot
17. Install the new Control panel
18. Now reboot into normal mode, when at desktop, follow onscreen
instructions
19. Reboot one more time when all done so as to properly engage SMARTGART.
20. Once back at the desktop, open the advanced properties for your display
and click on the SMARTGART tab. Move the slider around and then return it to
its original position. Click apply. Reboot when prompted. (This step seems
to solve problem for people with slow 2d performance.)
21. Install Hydravision if you wish

22. Reconnect your internet connection
23. Reinstall your monitor INFs /drivers.



(Below is for people with ICH2, ICH4 - NOT Canterwood or Springdale
ICH5/ICH5R)
24. Go into control panel and uninstall Intel Application Accelerator (IAA)
if you had it installed* ** ***
25. Upon reboot, reinstall IAA if you still want or need to use it* **
- All done




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* I cannot verify these steps are wise if you have a hard driver over 137GB
in size. If you do, you may want to skip these steps.

** (IAA) is Intel Application Accelerator v2.3; an IDE driver optimization
package for certain Intel chipset. Some people have good luck with IAA and
some do not. If your system is working fine without IAA, do not feel you
need to add IAA just because I mention it in the ATI driver steps above.
Reference to IAA is made solely to help those people who already have it
installed.






Feel free to contribute to the thread. If you have any questions,
corrections, or suggestions, let me know.






 




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