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  1. Windows XP: new Z68/Z77 rig in 2017

    I just noticed something. The specifications for both MSI X99 boards I mentioned a few posts up speak of the Asmedia USB 3.x CHIPSET, whereas the other boards have an Asmedia/Renesas USB 3.x HUB. Also, checking the support section on the manufacturers' websites, there are Asmedia USB 3.x drivers for the two MSI X99 boards, but none for the others (they only provide Intel USB 3.0 drivers). Could that mean that the ones designated as "hubs" still get their juice from the Intel USB 3.0 controller? If that's the case, I should count on getting a USB 3.0 PCIe card anyway.
  2. Windows XP: new Z68/Z77 rig in 2017

    Would the controllers on Z87/Z97/X99/Z170 systems be that much different from the ones on Z68/Z77/X79 systems? Originally, I was planning on using the Velociraptor I have lying around as the system drive, but I'm now leaning toward an SSD. One of my mechanical data drives will also need to run at its highest speed. The other drives can be a little slower (especially the archive drives). The two Z97 and the two Z170 boards I listed a few posts up have an additional ASMedia ASM1061 chip with two SATA3 connectors (four on the Z97 Extreme9). My current XP PC is working very unreliably so I can't keep using it. The plan is to go with two new builds, one running XP Pro x64 and the other 7 Pro x64.
  3. Windows XP: new Z68/Z77 rig in 2017

    I figured the Intel SATA controller's operation would be covered by Fernando's Intel AHCI/RAID drivers. Do you think I'm assuming wrong? I prefer to have a working onboard USB 3.0 solution. I'd like two ports in the back (if possible) and two front headers (one for an internal USB 3.0 card reader with extra USB 3.0 port, and another for the two USB 3.0 ports at the front of the case), which amounts to 6 ports. Such cards probably exist, but this amount of bandwidth can't be handled by one PCIe card alone.
  4. Windows XP: new Z68/Z77 rig in 2017

    There do appear to be drivers for the ASMedia ASM1074, ASM1142 and ASM1042AE controllers. That certainly helps...
  5. Windows XP: new Z68/Z77 rig in 2017

    Still searching. For me, the biggest problem when extending my search to Z87, Z97, Z170 and X99 chipsets seems to be figuring out if there are compatible drivers for LAN and additional onboard USB 3.0 chips, and if all Intel USB 3.0 ports can be made to work (albeit at 2.0 speeds). Most common chips on the Z87+ boards I selected so far: (LAN) Intel I218-V (not supported) Intel I211-AT (not supported) Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2200 (as Qualcomm Atheros AR8161 - supported) Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2400 (??? as Qualcomm Atheros AR8171 - supported) Qualcomm Atheros AR8171 (supported) (USB3) ASMedia ASM1074 (support unknown) ASMedia ASM1142 (support unknown) ASMedia ASM1042AE (support unknown) VIA VL805 (supported) Renesas (unknown) Motherboards: (X99) Asrock X99 OC Formula (Intel I218-V + Atheros AR8171 + ASMedia ASM1074) MSI X99A GODLIKE GAMING CARBON (Killer E2400 + ASMedia ASM1142 + ASMedia ASM1042AE) MSI X99A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM (Intel I218-V + ASMedia ASM1142 + VIA VL805) (Z97) Asrock Fatal1ty Z97 Professional (Intel I218-V + Atheros Killer E2200 + ASMedia ASM1074) Asrock Z97 Extreme9 (Intel I218-V + Intel I211-AT + ASMedia ASM1074) (Z170) Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming GT (Intel? + Killer E2400 + Renesas?) Gigabyte GA-Z170X-SOC FORCE (Intel? + Renesas?) Fernando's drivers don't seem to include Windows XP for the ASMedia and Renesas USB3 chips, or am I missing something? Just for the record, these are my revised requirements: 1) One PS/2 port (keyboard) 2) Two USB 3.0/3.1 onboard headers that are faster than USB 2.0 (I could settle for one header) 3) Two USB 3.0/3.1 back panel ports that are faster than USB 2.0 4) One USB 2.0 onboard header 5) One working Gigabit NIC 6) Minimum of 6 SATA ports in total of which a minimum of 4 SATAIII 6Gbps (preferably 8 ports in total) 7) Two usable PCIe x1 slots and one usable PCIe x4 slot (or three PCIe x1 slots) that can be used in conjunction with a dual-slot graphics card, without the graphics card slot going in x8 mode. I do not care for onboard sound, SATA Express, M.2, U.2, or two or more graphics cards. Onboard video and firewire can be useful but are not required. As far as Z68, Z77 and X79 boards go, it's pretty easy to find something that I can use: X79 Asus Rampage IV Formula Asrock Fatal1ty X79 Champion Asrock Fatal1ty X79 Professional MSI X79A-GD45 Plus Z68 Asrock Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3 Z77 Asrock Z77 Extreme9 (graphics @ x8 with 3rd PCIe x1 card) Asrock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional (requires USB3 card) Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (requires USB3 card; graphics @ x8 with 3rd PCIe x1 card) Availability is another issue with these older boards. I can only get a Rampage IV Formula seperately, but it's a bit expensive given its age so I'm willing to paddle into slightly deeper waters (up and through Z170 Skylake).
  6. Funny... I uninstalled all hotfixes for the Compatibility Pack, SP3, and the Compatibility Pack itself, then reinstalled the Compatibility Pack and SP3. To my surprise, Microsoft Update is working fine, showing all available updates for the Compatibility Pack. Did one or more of the updates for Windows I installed a week ago fix the MU problem? Weird.
  7. Good to know. On one of the POSReady 2009 machines here, MU wouldn't proceed until I installed the hotfixes for OGL and MSO. This was a couple of days ago. The update for Powerpoint is only on the list because it supersedes an older update that was required on both POSReady machines here; I assumed the new update would consequently be required too (at least, looking from the perspective of a bare Compatibility Pack + SP3 install). I'll do some more extensive testing over the next couple of days. Thanks for the info on KB4011607. I updated the list. I don't have a "standard" XP SP3 machine anymore, so I'm only adding the latest cumulative IE8 update for safety's sake. I don't know if it's really required either.
  8. The purpose of this thread is to compile a list of updates that need to be downloaded and installed manually in order to prevent Microsoft Update from being unable to finish its search for updates. I don't have all features installed, so it's possible this list is still incomplete. (last revised: February 28, 2018) IE8 on POSReady 2009 * KB4074736 Cumulative security update (2018-02) IE8 on XP SP3 * KB4018271 Cumulative security update (2017-06) Office Compatibility Pack SP3 * KB3213641 Security update for OGL (2017-09) * KB3213644 Security update for Powerpoint (2017-09) * KB4011605 Security update for Excel (2018-01) * KB4011607 Security update for Word (2018-01) * KB4011715 Security update for MSO (2018-02) Let me know how it works out and if the list needs to be revised.
  9. The PSU and video card were replaced: no problems thus far. It looks like it was a PSU problem.
  10. WinXP Drivers for GTX 10xx video cards

    The Palit GT 1030 KalmX has been on my radar, but I settled for an Asus GT710-SL-2GD5 instead just last week because of a lack of XP drivers. It's an upgrade from the Zotac GT 610 Zone Edition I had before, but it's not as big as I had hoped for. Hopefully the support range will be increased for the above driver package.
  11. Thanks for the input. I'm going to be placing a new PSU in my own PC and offload my current PSU to the AMD computer. If that doesn't help, I'll try changing the power state to S3. The AMD chipset driver is already installed, though I need to check which version. I thought it was the latest.
  12. Don't know if this will help, but the Soundblaster Audigy FX (not RX) PCIe card uses a Realtek chip.
  13. Installing SP4.

    QFE stands for quick-fix engineering. More info: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/instan/2009/03/04/qfe-vs-gdrldr-hotfixes/
  14. Windows XP: new Z68/Z77 rig in 2017

    It's a quad-channel board, and 32GB is definitely overkill for what I will be using the computer for (not to say expensive).
  15. Windows XP: new Z68/Z77 rig in 2017

    Looks like availability is a bigger problem than I imagined. I will go with the X79 chipset---more specifically, the Asus Rampage IV Formula coupled with a Core i7-3820 (SB) and a kit of 4x 4GB DDR3-1600 RAM. There are no PCI ports, but at least I won't need to worry about the number of available PCIe lanes. I hope I will still get bass/treble controls with the Audigy RX. The only dilemma for me is whether I should go with 8GB or 16GB of RAM. I find that Firefox is struggling hard with the <4GB available to Windows XP 32-bit; it easily uses up to 100% of one CPU core and more than 1GB of RAM, sometimes reaching 2GB, making it very sluggish after some time. But I intend to switch to XP 64-bit. Will Firefox ever use more than 8GB of RAM? I can't test it myself.