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  1. It seems I've come across a stumbling block, something I had carelessly overlooked earlier on. Both LEGACY and drivers share one common denominator: RAID Controller. As I mentioned in an earlier post, two driver integration is made possible by editing the relevant INF/OEM files. This is all fine and dandy, but when it comes to RAID Controller id's, *_NVRAIDBUS and *NVRAIDBUS, omitting them from either package will result in mismatched drivers being installed: nvgts.sys + nvraid.sys, or nvatabus.sys + nvrd32.sys Whereas keeping them won't eliminate the mismatched driver issue (on the L
  2. Thanks for your input! Quite some time ago, I created a BartPE live CD which included both your LEGACY and 9.99.09 driver sets: Intel_textmode_drivers_v8.7.0.1007_mod_by_Fernando nForce IDE 99909 for XP 32bit mod by Fernando nForce LEGACY 699 for XP 32bit built by Fernando Although it was a half-baked effort and purely experimental, I've had no problems using this CD on legacy or newer systems (so far). Unfortunately, I didn't go on to create a similar XP installation disc at the time. Over the past 2-3 years, I have created several XP discs with integrated drivers, none of which was an All-I
  3. Hi Fernando, I want to build an XPSP3 installation disc which can support a wide variety of nForce-based systems. Ideally, I would like to integrate both LEGACY and the drivers onto a single disc. Apart from me having to edit the INF/OEM files accordingly (to eliminate dupe entries), are there any drawbacks? I would like your thoughts/opinion on this. Thanks.
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  5. I wasn't running CHKDSK on the system partition; it would require a reboot (like you mentioned). I was doing a routine disk check on my data partitions. I have three hard drives; one used for OSes, the other two for storage. Maybe there's something wrong with my Vista configuration, perhaps a conflict somewhere. I've been using Vista on this machine for a year, never had any issues until yesterday. Everything else is working normally. No luck so far in isolating the problem though...
  6. Windows Explorer hangs after running CHKDSK with the "Automatically fix file system errors" option in Vista SP1. This occurs only on NTFS volumes. The disk check completes normally (without errors), but after I close the message box, Explorer stops responding for 15-20 seconds and then resumes. I don't experience this with FAT32 partitions. I ran into this problem while doing a routine disk check. As far as I can remember, this has never occurred before. I've checked the event viewer logs, but have come up empty handed. I'm hoping someone can shed some light on this. Any ideas?
  7. I don't see how overclocking RAM is going to do you any good. If your goal is to improve performance, won't you be better off leaving the RAM as it is and overclock the CPU instead? Just a thought... The limitation you're seeing can be caused by a number of things - type of RAM, CPU, motherboard, FSB, etc. Limitations in overclocking varies from system to system. Just because you can achieve a certain speed, doesn't necessarily mean someone else can (with the same motherboard). Another thing, run Prime95 and/or Memtest for at least 8 hours to ensure (overclock) stability.
  8. Thanks for the links! I found the "TabshutdownDelay" to be very useful. Yet another tweak to add to my long list of tweaks...
  9. Here are two potential solutions to the slow file copy problem... 1. Disable Receive Window Auto Tuning in Vista; 2. Uninstall the "Remote Differential Compression" feature in Vista (Control Panel > Programs and Features) This worked for me, so it might do the same for you as well.
  10. Hi folks, It all began one evening... While viewing videos on YouTube, I experienced a loss of ADSL sync. After a several subsequent connection dropouts, sync-up could not be established. So I switched off the ADSL modem and unplugged the power adapter. After letting the device 'rest' for half an hour, I was back in business. However, connectivity issues persisted and got worse as time went by. I also tried plugging the modem directly into the wall socket, but to no avail. This 2-Mbit ADSL connection has served me well since day one. Good ADSL service is hard to come by in South East Asia. I'v
  11. I've completed another round of memory tests over the weekend. Memtest86 had been running for almost 16 hours without a single error. Therefore, it's safe to assume the RAM modules aren't faulty. These tests were carried out using the default Front Side Bus (FSB) of 166Mhz (no overclocking). Note: I did not run any tests with dual channel enabled, as I felt it was unnecessary. DRAM Frequency : By SPD << Bios default setting Memory timings : RAM 200Mhz (DDR400) / CAS : 2.5-3-3-8 / Single Channel (64-bits) With all the problems I've encountered with this machine including the minidump
  12. I've been wondering about this too... Anybody?
  13. @cluberti, Thanks for your analysis, I really appreciate it The analysis seems to have confirmed my initial suspicions... I did test the memory, albeit for a couple of hours. Due to recurring system crashes, I figured if the memory was at fault, memtest86 would have detected errors in a short amount of time... I'll test the RAM again later today -- just to be sure. Only this time, I'll let it run for 12 hours. Other interesting developments... As I was using the machine today, it froze up again (no surprise there). After a forced shutdown and restart, I was greeted with: NTLDR is missing
  14. After my initial post, the computer seems to have behaved somewhat... I actually managed to shutdown the computer through the Start menu for a change. I've worked with the GA-7N400 series boards before -- both PRO and entry level boards like this one. Never ran into any problems, up until now. With this particular machine, it certainly doesn't take a lot of effort to initiate a system crash... Playing a game of spider solitaire (with no other programs running) causes a hard freeze. Something I forgot to mention earlier... While checking system temps, I noticed the CPU was running rather cool
  15. I've been given the wonderful task of troubleshooting an older machine. Without further ado, here goes... System Specs: Athlon XP 2600+ (Barton) Gigabyte GA-7N400S 2x256mb DDR PC3200 RAM ATI Radeon 9550 (RV360) AGP C-Media CMI8738 6CH-PCI 80GB Seagate ATA-100 400W PSU Windows XP Service Pack 3 Initial observations: Upon turning on the computer, during bios POST, I noticed the following: TRAP 00000006 ================== EXCEPTION ================================= tr=0028 cr0=00000011 cr2=00F0836B cr3=00000000 gdt limit=03FF base=00017000 idt limit=07FF cs:eip=0008:00060EC4 ss:eip=001
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