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  1. Thanks to all of you! Should have Googled the problem myself but never thought that the Oki was the issue. I had tried to add the Oki as a wireless printer as this is the way it is connected in XP; wasn't having any luck configuring the port so just forgot about it. Removed the printer this morning and everything in Office 2000 is fully functional. Then got off my dead end and worked on solving the Oki network/wireless port issue - also solved. Now everything including the printer is fully Windows 7 compatible. Thank you all again - Larry.

  2. Am running into a problem with Office 2000 install into Windows 7 Pro 32 bit; both Word and Excel load and come up for roughly 45 seconds and then I get the message “ Microsoft Word (Excel) for Windows has stopped working” with the option to check online for a solution which yields nothing and program closes. I have downloaded and installed SR1A (O2KSR1aDL) and SP3 (O2kSp3) with no joy; then did a “repair” and still no luck – same message. Problem detail below the message indicates “Fault Module Name: OPLP_UI.DLL”. Any suggestions? I have Enterprise 2007 but refuse to use it.

    As to hardware, I stuck with my old PC as I saw no reason to upgrade and “Windows 7 Performance” bears me out. Have an FX55 OC’d to 2.8 on a DFI Lanparty NF4 SLI Expert w/3GB PC 4200 and a 4850 Radeon graphics card.


  3. I have had limited succes in accomplishing what you are suggesting - sometimes it will work if the machine you are creating the ghost image on is absolutely stripped of ancillary hardware and the motherboards are the same manufacturer. I have not had luck ghosting a DFI mobo install to an MSI mobo machine.

  4. Thanks to you all!

    I was not able to alter the login via "users passwords2" and resorted to "Control Panel>User Accounts" and received a message telling me that this function was disabled by "Client Services for Netware" and that it must be uninstalled. So, I went to "Add/Remove Programs" but Netware wasn't listed. I gave up for the time being and instead went to the UTweak It.

    UTweak It worked like a charm.

    However I would like to remove Netware anyway. I'm sure it loaded as part of my NVidia download. I use Microsoft for my network and Internet so I can't think of any reason to have Netware particularly if it could cause problems like this LogIn thing.

    Where would I find it for Uninstall purposes; a "Search" for files containing "netware" only comes up with netware.drv.?


  5. I recently did a fresh install of XP Pro and now find myself having to "LogIn to Windows"; my old installation did not require this. It slows down my booting into Windows and I'd like to get rid of it even if I have to re-install again. Any suggestions?

    Also attempted to use nLite to create a slipstream install disk; tried three times with all disks created yeilding failure as had a "corrupt usbehci.sys" file. I'm using a Dell OEM XP Pro disk and its fine just won't let me slipstream, any thoughts?

    Thanks. :wacko:

  6. Takeshi and jheiibeck – thanks to you both! Takeshi, when I say I have redundant XP installs on both SATA drives, I meant just that. I create via Ghost, so we share the same thought process but the question goes back to the reinstall or repair destroying or damaging software on the same drive as XP; I wouldn’t want to Ghost an old image back after a reinstall/refresh – granted I’d get the software back but it would also overwrite the repaired XP.

    However, jheibeck, if I’m reading you right; I’m not apt to lose my software with a “repair”. No, I’m definitely not replacing the MoBo, just going to a dual core processor, same 939 socket; so a “repair” should be OK?

    Thanks again all!

  7. bonestonne, as I mentioned, I am already redundant with other drives. My BIOS allows me to select which ever drive I want to boot from (I have XP installed on both SATA drives). My experience has been that when I change and boot from another drive, if I have made hardware changes, this is immediately picked up. So it seems to me that if I do a reinstall on one drive the other drive will not pick up the change, what I’d end up doing is going from drive to drive to access my software, e.g., all programs existing on the original drive would be lost due to the reinstall; they would still exist on the second drive but I would have to go to it to access. Thanks, LarryAllen

  8. bonestonne – will be either x2 4400, x2 4800 or Opteron 165. I’ve been advised that the x2’s will require installation of both the AMD Dual Processor download and the Optimizer followed by a Windows repair. I have received no similar advice as regards the Opteron relative to downloads or “repair”, e.g. it’s PnP – curious given it’s dual core as well.

    As to the “repair”; do I have a risk of loss? I have XP redundant on the second drive but if a repair is req’d to run the new chip, the redundant version won’t be any good, e.g. the backup would be rendered worthless by the chip update. Bottom line is that I’m backed up to the maximum but what good is it if chip renders all unusable? PS – I’m not referring to data, which I know will be OK, and is for the most part located on other drives.

    The frequent “new/fresh” install requirement seems unacceptable. It’s hard to believe that this is a requirement although I would concede that the installation gets glommed up over time due to accumulation of garbage (partial deletion of installed software, Internet garbage. etc.) – however, this is my fault not XP’s. If the purpose of a fresh install is to just eliminate this, I can live without it; prior to beginning to backup and restore frequently I lost my OS hard drive; it took literally weeks to bring XP and my software packages back up to the point of the loss – I would not knowledgably do this again via a “fresh” install.

    Thanks, LarryAllen

  9. I’ve been curious for a while by many references advising XP users to try a “Reinstall” or even suggest a “Repair” when they encounter a problem or have installed new hardware or software which potentially was causing a problem. I’ve even seen Forum users (here and elsewhere) asking each other how often they do a fresh install as if this is a daily exercise for some. Exactly why are these procedures performed?

    In my specific circumstance, I am entertaining going to an XP or Dual Core Opteron and in most cases one of the finishing touches suggested in Forums is to is to run a “Repair” after the installation of the new chip.

    My concern is this. It seems to me that a Repair “Might” and a fresh Reinstall “Would” necessitate the reinstallation of all of my other software resident on the “C” XP boot drive; my further concern is that I have other software installed on additional drives but accessed via XP on the “C” drive ("Programs" directory) and it would seem that this mapping would get destroyed.

    So I guess this is a multi-part question:

    1) Am I going to have to do a Reinstall or Repair associated with the chip upgrade; and

    2) Am I going to have to reinstall all of my software that is referenced through XP (e.g. the “Programs” directory on “C”).

  10. ripken204, taking it from the top – none of the 8 pins on the WD are jumpered; the driver being used for the WD is Microsoft (I am unable to update this to anything else); my board has SATA pins not slots – per manufacturer the 4 orange use the Nvidia SATA II controller, the 4 yellow use the Silicon Image controller. I am using an Nvidia pin for this drive. It has been suggested to me that the problem may lie with my BIOS which would really be ugly as I’m shaky about flashing an update. Thank you for the input though, if you have any more suggestions, I’m all ears (I envy you the DFI board, it was really my first choice when I built this machine but I was in a hurry and ended up with the MSI).

  11. After much hassle, I was finally able to successfully install the Nvidia Sata controller driver version 5.10.2600.666 dtd 4/24/2006 which is now driving both of my SATA drives. My WD2500KS, a SATA II drive, is listed as the drive on the Primary Channel (connected to SATA Pin 1 on my MOBO). Within Device Manager the properties of this Primary Channel list the transfer mode as “Serial ATA Generation 1 - 1.5G; the drop down allows selection of Sata II which I have attempted to select. This selection requires a reboot. I have attempted this many times and every time after reboot I am still left with the transfer mode for this drive as being Sata Generation I.

    I believe the issue may lie with the driver being used for the WD2500 itself which is listed in Device Manager as being Microsoft 5.1.2535.0 dtd. 7/1/2001. I know that when I installed the Nvidia drivers a caution Window opened advising that the IDE SW Driver would be installed; I have attempted to use “Update Driver” to replace the Microsoft driver by directing the driver search to my Nvidia Update 6.86 Folder. I am consistently advised that the installed driver is the most current and directed to accept or search again. Further when I use the Windows “Search” to find the IDE SW driver, it is not found which is perhaps why I am unable to “Update” the driver for this hard drive.

    Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to get the WD2500 into a SATA II transfer mode? By the way, no jumpers are used on the WD drive itself as WD says this is the default jumper setting for SATA II.

  12. I did my build in January with the capability of overclocking in the future in mind. So I selected what at the time were supposed to be pretty good components. Now, six months later, this probably is no longer true. Based on what I’m reading, many things will be changing in the future as well. What you might wish to consider is the argument between Intel’s Duo CPU w/motherboards dedicated to its socket and the potential introduction of a new series of AMD CPU’s conceptually making use of DDR2 RAM (currently, I believe, AMD 64’s do not address DDR2 in their onboard memory controller).

    All that being said; sticking w/your question, I assume you are only considering 939 motherboards. When I made my selection I whittled mobos down to just 2 – DFI and MSI. I opted for the MSI and regret it. I was lucky to have immediate success in my build but no thanks to MSI; all my thanks go to members of the forum (MSI – AMD 64 nVidia based motherboards). If you reference this forum all you have to do is a quick scan to realize that owners experience a plethora of issues – northbridge fan failures, SATA issues (the board requires 2 sets of drivers – 1 for each pair of onboard SATA ports, nVidia and Silicon Image respectively), sound problems (front audio hook-ups disabling rear audio output, etc.). Generally, a lot of build caveats. And do not ignore the PSU requirement in the build – MSI suggests 18amps on a 12V rail and this is just for the Ultra board, SLI is a different ballgame.

    Anyway, if I had to do it all over again, and I probably will, I’d go with DFI.

  13. Thanks to all; you can ref. my power supply in my sig.; don't believe that's the issue. At any rate used CPU-Z last evening off and on; I have core set at 1.35; fluctuations I'm seeing range from 1.33 to 1.37. As I understand the ATX PSU spec's, certification requires +/- .05% which I'm seeing, so can't fault the PSU. Biggest question is to whether or not I'm damaging the CPU A64 3000+ Venice. I believe that I referenced having seen a prior post relative to this issue and the recommendation that if all else failed to try BIOS update. As I said, this is perhaps the last thing I want to do, if I'm OK with the CPU @ these fluctuations, I'll leave well enough alone. Purely as an afterthought, the CPU Temp's range from 35.5 to 40 C, these is OK too, right? Again thanks everybody.

  14. This may not be a problem best addressed on this forum but have a question.

    Let me begin by saying that I “built” this machine using an MSI 7125 K8N Neo4 Platinum motherboard already installed in a case with power supply, “blank” hard drive, and power supply. I pretty much just added the CPU and a second HDD on which I installed XP Pro. Powered up and was successful almost immediately. Through the use of another forum I got some very good advice on Nvidia drivers that I needed to install for proper recognition of all of the hardware, etc. As things progressed, every indicator was that the original drive (SATA 1) was not performing any quicker than the main drive, an older IDE DMA 100. This puzzled me (I still am), but in the course of researching the issue I downloaded several pieces of hardware performance analyzing software and among them was Sandra Lite.

    One of the first issues “warnings” I received from Sandra was that my CPU1 voltage was too high. So I visited the AMD site and found that my setting (per CMOS) of 1.45 exceeded their recommended range. So I went back into CMOS and reset the voltage to 1.35; a subsequent check of Sandra showed my CPU1 still outside of range (2.10v); it also picked up a CPU2 voltage of 3.30v, which I have no clue about.

    At any rate on the MSI forum I noticed someone had referenced using CPU-Z to look at voltages as they were experiencing problems with voltage regulation. So I downloaded CPU-Z and ran it on my machine; the first thing (a good I think) I noticed was that my CPU voltage certainly was no where near the Sandra value; however, the second thing I noticed was that it varied regularly, almost by the second, with values ranging from 1.26 up to 1.39. Again I revisited the forum to review the solutions that had been suggested to eliminate the fluctuation issue; first was, disconnect any fans directly connected to the motherboard and reconnect them directly to the power supply. Did this, no joy! Second suggestion was that the power supply was insufficient, not in my case – my 12v rail puts out 34amps. The final suggestion was to update the BIOS; which finally brings me to my question.

    One of “Sandra’s” suggestions was that my BIOS was not current. I checked this with CPU-Z and find that I am running Phoenix Technology Version 6.00PG dated 6/23/05. So my guess is that my BIOS/CMOS probably does need an update; however, almost everywhere I’ve looked has advised against updating a stable system, which aside from the voltage issue, mine is. So the first part of my question is, should I update? The second part of the question would be, how is this done, i.e., what site do I download from and how is this accomplished. I have read many “horror” stories associated with “flashing BIOS” and using “Live Update”, etc. All in all, updates seem pretty dicey and I really can’t afford the time of having my machine go down; on the other hand, I don’t want to damage my CPU or any of my other components. Suggestions anyone?

  15. Actually I use Ghost v. 2003; specifically at the suggestion of "Radified Forums"; in addition to providing some very good tips, they also have a very specific guide to the use of Ghost; something not readily available on the installation disk. This will also give you the details of why I opted to purchase v. 2003 vs. newer editions which are available.

    I can tell you point blank, it is the only way to go. I had the misfortune of having to do a complete rebuild and I never want to do one again! To this extent I, 1) Ghost my operating/file partition to DVD every other month; 2) I create a Ghost image file on a second hard drive about every two weeks; and 3) on a third hard drive I clone(Ghost gain) that same partition about every 2-3 weeks and then by changing my boot drive sequence, I reboot using this third drive just to insure that I have an absolute tried and true ready to go drive if the primary fails.

    One of the things that I don't do and that I have seen recommended on Radified Forums and in other places is to keep my Windows boot on a separate partition from the partition containing the entire operating system. Supposedly, this is good anti-hacker protection but it can also be a pain. specifically, I had to Ghost the boot partition, a meager 2-300mb to one CD and then Ghost the operating partition to yet another CD. In other words it took two CD's to recapture the drive in the event of failure. It was a pain and a waste of CD's, I didn't do this in my rebuild.

    By the way, when last I visited "Radified", they also had some comments/reviews of programs similar to Ghost, like Acronis. as a further sideline, I bought my Ghost on-line for about $10 bucks, tax, title and delivered - best money I ever spent!

  16. I’ll mention a quick caveat on having a boot partition separate from the partition containing the operating system – if you use “Ghost” as I do; you must “Ghost” both partitions. Back when I was using 98, I wanted to keep a second drive available at all times in case the primary went splat. Cut to the chase is that I wasted a lot of CD’s when “Ghosting” the little C partition. In my new XP set up, I just use the one partition for both; I “Ghost” the primary partition to DVD and to my backup SATA drive. I can get into BIOS and set the SATA as first boot drive just to insure my Ghost image works; hasn’t failed me yet but I hear of a lot of folks having difficulty with SATA XP install boots.

    Back to your question about drive designations; I used to do this in 98 directly. Have not tried in XP as I purchased “Partition Magic” which does this; actually purchased it to resize my boot partition as I had out grown its original format of 4GB. At any rate, Partition Magic is a painless way to go for re-designating.

    Hope it helps. LarryAllen

  17. Many thanks to you both! I really do not want to set the SATA drive up all over again especially if results are apt to be insignificant; however, I used HD Tune to look at the SATA drive and came out with the following results: Transfer rate - Min 32.8 mb/sec, Max 56.4 mb/sec, Average 49.4 mb/sec; access time 13.8 ms; Burst rate 98.3 mb/sec w/6.6% CPU useage. These all seem to be low numbers to me, the larger 120gb IDE posted Transfer rate Min 33.9 mb/sec, Max 58.0 mb/sec; Average 50.1 mb/sec with access of 12.8ms and a burst rate of 81.5mb/sec w/CPU 8.3%. Seems to me that the IDE has the advantage given that its 50% larger in size and is still quicker than the SATA. That's why I believe something's not Kosher.

  18. I have a MSI K8N Neo4 motherboard with 4 SATA connections. I have a WD120 IDE as a boot drive and a WD80 SATA for storage. Both drives are functioning but the SATA drive (SATA pin3 on mobo) is really slow (benchmarked at less than the IDE). I went to System Info and both of these drives are seen as IDE devices; I believe the SATA should be picked up as a SCSI. When I built this system I did not install any drivers for either SATA or RAID. Still don’t want RAID but would like to think that the SATA would benefit from the driver. Have been told that no drivers are req’d but can’t believe this. I have a floppy with the SATA/RAID drivers on it but am unsure how to proceed as system is up and running. Have heard things re: F6 but don’t know what this means as I’ve seen it used in context of a new Windows install prompt. Can anybody help?

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