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  1. I installed the software from a CD. The suite of software that came with the printer installation seem to be working, so I won't try again unless I find something that doesn't work. The printer isn't directly connected to the PC - it's via ethernet, not USB or parallel port, so I started the install manually by popping the disk in the DVD drive. There were no errors reported in the event log following the crash.
  2. Last week I was having a problem whereby my PC would crash when I tried to install the original Creative Audigy 2 ZS soundcard drivers from CD. I put this crash down to dodgy drivers. Now I've just had a similar crash installing HP printer drivers (Photosmart 3200 series). The printer is connected via ethernet to my router, not directly to the PC. The installer was half way through the installation when it said it needed to reboot before continuing. Upon restart, the driver/software installation continued, and then the PC just rebooted without any error message. No BSOD, just a black screen and reboot. After the reboot from the crash, I noticed that my firewall (latest version of Kerio Personal Firewall, now owned by Sunbelt) had lost all of its settings. I also find now that Kerio UI takes ages to come up, so I may need to uninstall and reinstall. I thought maybe windows had reverted to a really old System Restore point, but the HP driver installation created a point just before install. Perhaps Kerio stores data in a file that was corrupted when the machine crashed? Perhaps it was Kerio that killed the machine, rather than the HP drivers installer. However, I am pretty sure that I didn't have the firewall installed when I was installing my soundcard. Perhaps my DVD drive (which may be on its way out due to some failed burns) is the problem that may be causing crashes? I find it a bit worrying, in that I've had a few crashes that has completely taken the machine down, but they have tended to be when loading drivers. The installation probably hasn't completed before crashing the PC. My soundcard seems to be working okay. My printer software is working too. I have run Prime for ages. I have run Memtest for several hours. No problems found. My temps look okay. I have no crashes when stressing the PC, such as playing games.
  3. Roughly what idle and max load temperatures should I expect to see reported for CPU and Chipset in my set up? What are the max temps before I should start to worry? I installed Smart Guardian, but I got a bit concerned by the settings. Firstly, I configured it not to auto-start, but it still started when I logged in. I could notice more fan noise, and when I looked at the temps, the chipset temp was 45, which was the temp at which it turned from green to red. I checked the settings, and selected reset to defaults for each temp monitoring section. Doesn't the mobo control fan speeds? Does this ITE prog control the mobo, even when not running? I uninstalled for now, as the extra fan noise was irritating I just want to monitor temperature and fan values.
  4. My hard disk is recognised during WinXP installation, and Partition Magic 8.0 recognises it in windows. However, I have created new floppy recovery disks and when I boot from these, PQMagic doesn't understand the disk (PQMagic error #110). I contacted Powerquest support (now symantec), and they suggested that I may need an updated mobo BIOS. I have the latest, and it does seem to recognise the drive fine, so I think that either the rescue disks don't get the right driver loaded. 1. Does anyone know what I might need to do to get this working? Do I need DFI to fix something in the BIOS, or change some BIOS setting? Some other related questions about partitions: 2. In the past I have used quite a few partitions, as I've had several smaller disks, and also try to keep changing data files away from installed applications, games, etc. Is there any overhead of having several partitions on a disk? Eg. I assume windows allocates buffer memory for each partition. I'm wondering if I should merge some partitions back together. I have: C: - just Windows. P: - I try to install most apps on this disk. D: - documents, etc. G: - games M: - All my ripped CDs This makes organisation a bit easier, as I only need to backup D: regularly. However, if there's an overhead, I might join P: and G: together, as I have no real need to keep these separate any more. 3. Is there any real benefit in creating a separate partition for the page file? Presumably its still a good idea to have the pagefile fixed size on a separate partition (and separate disk from OS). I am thinking of moving C: back to one one of my older disks. 4. I took a copy of my C: to a hidden primary partition shortly after doing a WinXP rebuild and installing drivers, before loading apps. The idea being that I could in the future swap back to the copy to reinstall apps without having to reinstall windows again. However, when I tried swapping back to the copy (making it the active one and hiding the other primary partition), I was surprised to see that some apps were still loaded - eg. Creative soundcard drivers, which I know I installed after copying the partition. There were Creative registry keys in my registry - how can this be?
  5. Don't throw your Win95 install disks away - you never know when an original Win95 install disk may come in handy... I think my Plextor drive is dying. I recently installed WinXP from fresh on my new kit. I then installed Audigy 2 drivers, which caused some trouble to my installation. To cut a long story short, I decided to burn a copy of the Audigy disk that I downloaded from the net, believing my original disk to be corrupt, and then start a complete rebuild of WinXP again to be sure of a nice stable base installation. This was when things started to get worse :-( Half way through reinstalling WinXP (from my slipstreamed SP2 CD-R), I started to get read CRC errors. I cancelled the installation. I believe that my Plextor DVD drive is on its way out :-( Unless this could be a problem with the DFI mobo/drivers? I seem to have random errors reported on my slipstreamed XP CD-R and the Audigy disk. The drive seems to struggle reading other disks. I tried cleaning the drive and the disk, before attempting a reinstall. But this time I had trouble because the installer had partially copied files onto the hard disk. It therefore thought I was trying to do an upgrade rather than a complete install from a blank disk, and wanted to check that I had a valid MS licence. It didn't recognise my original/official WinXP Pro full version CD. I tried to boot from a Partition Magic recovery disk so I could clear the partition. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to recognise my new Seagate 750G HD in DOS mode (fine from Windows). So, I managed to get through the WinXP installer to a console prompt and from this did an FDISK. However, a subsequent attempt to reinstall WinXP to the empty system partition still failed to see it as a new install - it still wanted proof of valid upgrade (prompting me to insert a valid Windows installation CD - doh!). I was really lucky - earlier that morning I was clearing out some really old CDs, and had chucked my original Win95 disk in the bin. In desperation I tried this, and Windows XP installer accepted it! So, what drive would people recommend as a replacement? I've always gone Plextor in the past, as they were regarded as high quality CD readers. However, their DVD drives don't seem to be that dissimilar to other manufacturers nowadays. I'm looking for something that is going to be reliable. I do a lot of music CD ripping, so good DAE is a requirement, but also would like DVD-R DL burning capability for backups. The NEC ND-4550A looks reasonable - any reason why I shouldn't consider this for my system?
  6. In another thread (now closed) I recently asked about the "Safely remove hardware" option for my hard disk. The reason for this was that SATA drives are hot swappable, so it is normal for it to appear as a removeable disk. However, it was also said that this option only appears if the SW IDE device driver has been installed. I believe that I haven't installed this. I selected the first three drivers when I installed the nVidia nForce drivers (all but the audio driver), but then said no to the SW IDE and network driver installation questions. Checking in Add/Remove programs, within NVIDIA drivers, I have the following installed: NVIDIA Display Driver NVIDIA Ethernet Driver NVIDIA nForce PCI System Management Driver I also have loaded the 3114 SATA RAID5 driver installed. Should I still see my SATA hard disk (connected on SATA 1 channel) within "Safely Remove Hardware"? I'm not too bothered by it, just trying to fully understand things.
  7. Thanks - that explains it. However, are there not subtle updates released by Microsoft? I saw some redistributable DirectX 9.0C release recently.
  8. My hard disk is always listed in the "Safely Remove Hardware" dialog (with the icon sitting in the task tray notification area). This is annoying - I'm never going to want to remove it whilst I'm logged in! Is there something configured incorrectly, or is there a way to disable this device from appearing in the "Safely Remove Hardware" dialog? I can see now that my wife will come along, connect her iPod, then go to safely remove it and take my hard disk down too
  9. In my haste to re-install (3rd time in two days), I forgot to install DirectX before the nVidia nForce 6.70 system drivers. I read somewhere on this forum that DirectX should be installed before the nForce drivers. Is there a reason for this? I installed DirectX after the nForce drivers, but it seemed to go through the installer faster than I remember it being before. Dxdiag doesn't say there's any problems though. Just wondering if I will regret it later.
  10. No, I didn't see any reference to particular sys files. I did a search on the internet and found a site that had an iso image of the original Audigy 2 ZS install disk. I burnt a replacement disk and tried to install from it and got the same BSOD half way through the installation. So I figured that as the very first time it crashed was after installing the software, that something was now corrupt on the harddisk. Therefore I thought I'd start from scratch again. I reinstalled windows, etc, and then installed from the replacement disk. The install completed without error. However, after a reboot to complete the installation, I got a crash (no BSOD - just a black screen and reboot). After that though, the next reboot stayed up and the software installation completed. I then noticed a new Windows Update was available to fix STOP 0x0000007E crashes in AES.SYS. There is apparently a timing problem with AMD processors that can cause random crashes when certain drivers are installed that this hotfix addresses, so that might explain the crash I was getting. I haven't noticed anything since. Having installed the original drivers, I then installed the latest drivers, and I understand what wevsspot was talking about - the new driver does seem to have a new "classic" looking dialog containing most of the original functions, so perhaps I don't need the original "extras" after all.
  11. I have now updated my signature with more detailed info. It is true that I haven't explored all of the options in the BIOS. I have simply selected Optimised Defaults. I need to get a bog-standard install up, so I could eg. send support emails I did perform a Memtest, and the first thing I did after installing windows was to run Prime95 and Sandra to check for stability. I haven't done much more than simply install WinXP, hardware drivers and updates. As I've found a few problems along the way, I do intend to reinstall from scratch again, now knowing the correct versions of things to install to get a really clean setup. But this Audigy 2 ZS problem is a right pain. I noticed that the soundcard was sharing an IRQ with the 2nd LAN port, so I moved the soundcard to another PCI slot. I tried copying all of the install files from my dodgy CD, and doing a compare using CDCheck (http://www.elpros.si/CDCheck/). Some files came up with CRC errors, so I copied those specific ones again until there were no errors reported. I reinstalled from this copy, but I still get the BSOD STOP error. I did download the latest drivers from the Creative website and these installed okay. However, you only get the drivers, not any of the support apps, such as the EAX console, etc, so I really want to install from the original installation CD, and then upgrade the device driver. I found an ISO image of the original Audigy 2 ZS installation disk, which I am currently downloading. I will try to burn this to a disk and install from that.
  12. Sounds like I want to install ITE Smart Guardian instead then! Luckily I had only opened nTune to monitor temperatures and fanspeeds to check my new build. I believe nTune is provided on the DFI installation driver disk, and is also on the drivers section of the DFI website for this board. If it's that dangerous, should it be there? Perhaps this warning should be a sticky thread?
  13. I have disabled onboard audio in BIOS. Wevsspot - do you remember what driver you downloaded from the Creative web site? Did you do an activeX auto-detect download, or browse downloadable files? I downloaded a driver installer, but it only seemed to install drivers; no control centre suite.
  14. I had a working installation of nTune (latest version on DFI website: nTune2002305.zip). I saw yesterday that there was a new version of nTune on nVidia's site ( I uninstalled the previous version and rebooted. I then installed this new version successfully, but when I tried to run the monitor, it crashed. Anyone else seeing this problem? What version of nTune do you recommend? Also, I see there's a Smart I/O driver on the DFI website (ITE Smart Guardian) - do I need this? What is it for?
  15. I recently installed my new kit. DFI LAN PARTY NF4 SLI DR Expert, Athlon 64 X2 3800+, 7800GT, Seasonic 500W PSU, OCZ 2GB RAM, Plextor 708A DVD-RW. All went pretty smoothly. After reading some horror stories here, I was worried it was going to be frustrating. However, no cold-boot issues, RAM was detected first time, etc. I ran Memtest 3.2 overnight - no issues. I ran Prime95 for a few hours - everything seemed stable. The only worry was that whilst running Prime95, I tried to open up some other application (Agent email/news client), and whilst windows was trying to display the window the machine hung up. I rebooted and ran it again for an even longer period and it was fine. Not sure if I should be concerned by this one-off system hang or not. So I started to configure my windows settings and add essential applications. I then remembered that I hadn't yet installed my Audigy 2 ZS card. So I put the card in the PCI slot furthest away from the GFX card and rebooted. Cancelled from the windows device driver prompts, and shut down my virus checker and firewall (as a precaution). I inserted my Audigy installation CD and proceeded to install the drivers. I rebooted. During startup, the installation continued but I then experienced a BSOD STOP error I rebooted again. I checked the driver disk for errors - there was one korean localisation file that reported a bad checksum. I polished the disk and tried again, and the error wasn't reported again (but I'm not 100% convinced the disk or my drive is working well). I uninstalled the drivers and tried to install them again. I got the same BSOD STOP error during installation. I have managed to download the latest Audigy 2 ZS drivers and install those, but they are purely the drivers - there's no mixer or other nice goodies that I seem to get from the installation disk, so I really want to install the original set and then upgrade the drivers. Has anyone else had trouble installing Audigy drivers? I flashed to the latest mobo BIOS and selected optimised defaults. I have not tinkered with mobo BIOS settings, other than to disable the on-board audio. Is there anything else I should have done before trying to install the card/drivers? My windows installation already seems to be in a state, as some of the Creative drivers are installed but not listed in Add/Remove program files. I'm now thinking that I might reinstall windows from scratch again and load the Audigy card drivers earlier. Is there any way of quickly getting a new fresh Audigy installation disk, to rule out a damaged disk? I am even considering buying a newer card (X-Fi), if this is any better, before restarting the installation.
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