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    Intel Platform Operating System / Software Installation Guide

    OPERATING SYSTEM / SOFTWARE INSTALLATION GUIDE
    - by www.amdforums.com forum member, Mr Steveo

    Updated 2-4-2004
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    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 be able to run a total of four IDE SATA devices natively.


    Acknowledgements:

    Thanks to Bigtoe, Gorgonzola, Bofinn, Yozza, and all who have contributed to this Guide.

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    * 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.)

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    WINDOWS XP INSTALLATION GUIDE
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    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 drivers 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:

    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. For 875 / 865 chipsets only: Install pre-SP2 IDE drivers Q812415 LINK
    7. Install Intel INF drivers (latest version here Link .) Choose the non zipped download.
    8. Install DirectX 9.0b - download LINK
    9. Install your LAN drivers if not provided by Windows. Intel NIC drivers here
    10. Go online and get all (non driver) Windows Updates.
    11. Get the latest security patched Windows Messenger Link
    12. Install drivers for any PCI cards other than sound card, video card, and TV Tuner card.
    13. Install drivers for video card ATI nVidia
    14. Install sound card drivers
    15. Install TV Tuner card drivers.
    16. Install any LAN Utility software for your NIC. Intel NIC utility combo here
    17. If using Intel ICH5R RAID 1 (mirrored array) install the latest full version of IAA RAID Edition Link
    18. Perform a registry clean.


    NOTE: Because of when you want to install LAN driver, it might be advisable to download items from steps 1-9 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.


    2. If one of your unformatted drives if 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 its probably best to use a PS/2 keyboard and mouse until everything is properly installed and set up. If this is not possible, be sure to set “USB Legacy Support” to Enabled in the BIOS.


    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.


    6. If you plan to use the power management state called “S3” or “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.”


    12. For Windows NT/2000/XP be sure “Plug and Play OS” is set to “Disabled/No” in 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 owners manual indicates you need to press to enter the RAID BIOS.

    C. Locate your RAID driver disk (floppy disk) and have it ready.
    (If you have onboard RAID and your motherboard maker did not provide you RAID drivers on a floppy disk, then you can either get them from the motherboards CDROM or the motherboards website. Once you locate the drivers, copy them to the root A:\ directory of a blank formatted floppy disk.)

    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 Delete key to enter the BIOS.
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    16. In the BIOS set your boot order as Floppy - CD/DVD – 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.


    18. Get 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, PS2 mouse, and PS2 keyboard plugged in. Nothing else.

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    Let’s Proceed:


    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, its important that you partition your drives here and not earlier with any DOS based utilities.


    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. At any point in this process feel free to Activate Windows XP from the icon in the System tray.


    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

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    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 your 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. Again using “My Computer” navigate to the saved files you coped from CDR. Find the Intel Chipset Configuration Utility (also known as your INF drivers). 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

    If, 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 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. If you chose to download DirectX 9.0b redist version and burn it to CDR, go ahead and install DirectX now.


    28. Now is the time you want to install your LAN drivers. Depending on your motherboard and whether you are using a PCI NIC or onboard NIC, Windows may or may not have drivers installed already. If you are using onboard LAN, go get the CDROM that came with your motherboard. Put it in and install the LAN drivers ONLY. Do not install any LAN Utility software if possible. Follow all instructions rebooting if required.


    29. Now 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.


    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 why I do not recommend updating drivers from Windows Update.)


    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.amdforums.com Once at AMDforums, come into the Intel forum and find this Guide and scroll down to step 31. Also be sure to bookmark AMDforums 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 Link to install the latest security patched version of Windows XP Messenger. Even if you have no plans on using this application, it is wise to at least be sure it’s patched. Click the above link. And on the web page, click the “Download” button. Then just 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.


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    Video Driver Subsection:
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    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.)

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    For ATI AIW cards:
    A. For ATI card owners: When you go to the 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 components separately: First install the TV-Capture-WDM codecs. DO NOT REBOOT. Install the ATI driver. 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.”

    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 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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    35. 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.


    36. Now install any TV Tuner card drivers if you have such a device. Also install any drivers for any other PCI cards you may have.


    37. Click Start, Run and type DXDIAG and click ok. Run the various tests to make sure everything is working order.


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

    Please note that this IAA RAID Edition Software simply add 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.



    39. 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 AMDforums Software Forum.


    40. You’re done. CONGRATULATIONS! Enjoy your new system



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    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 examples of popular stress tests.

    Its 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 rock solid stable; then begin installing any other software you have.

    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 that pop up are BIOS or hardware related.




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    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 AMDforums who would be glad to give you a hand.

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    Updates Section
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    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:


    (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 unpluggng 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 drive over 137GB in size. If you do, you may want to skip these steps.

    ** (IAA) is Intel Application Accelerator Standard Edition 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 soley to help those people who already have it installed.



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    UPDATE 2-02-04

    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 Client version 1.4.2_02 is available here:
    http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.4.2/download.html







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    LMAO

    Thanks for the kind owrds Jim. But Im not sure this needs to be a stickey here. This forum is only one page long and youve already bumped this thread

    *bump again LOL*

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    ANNOUNCEMENT


    In working on a streamlined and standardized method for uninstalling and updating Intel INF software, Ive run into an oddity. Ive found a way arounf the INF-driver bug for USB2.0 on Springdale Canterwood.

    My updating method works on a number of different machiens Ive tried it on. However there is a handful of reports of people with identical chipsets to me (but different mobos) having problems with the update procedure.

    Until I can discover this anomoly or Intel can release a better INF release, I dont feel it wise to yet post a set of instructions.

    As soon as I have a verificable method working with the most popular platforms, I will post the steps here ASAP. In the meantime Id say jsut keep your current INFs if all is well.

    Thanks.

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    Major updates to The Guide now completed.

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    Re: Intel Platform Operating System / Software Installation Guide

    I have an Intel board D865PERLX with a 865PE chip set. To ppl not privy to the project names for chipsets would you mind just giving the chipset number instead of 'springdale and canterwood'? Intel's website makes no reference to these names when looking at each 'model number' chipset, so i have no idea which one is canterwood or springdale.

    Also, if for example '865' is mentioned, does this refer to the other denominations like 865P, 865PE, 865G etc?

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    Re: Intel Platform Operating System / Software Installation Guide

    why do u advise to:

    Set your “PCI Latency Timer” to 64 ??

    If im not mistaken, most drivers will override this once windows loads them and force their own setting.

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    Re: Intel Platform Operating System / Software Installation Guide

    how about updating the links and the guide?
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