Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Windows XP Professional
Full Version 2002 with
Windows XP Service Pack 1.
XP Service Pack 2 was installed in December 2004.
Installation Utilities CD
This installation guide recommends to create a CD-R with
the following contents needed for Windows XP installation prior
to enabling an Internet connection:
Bootable Installation CD
with Integrated XP Service Pack 2
without service pack only recognizes 137 GB of the hard disk
and a larger disk cannot be formatted completely. Therefore, a
slipstreamed, bootable CD of Windows XP including the latest
service pack was created using the Autostreamer method.
and CD types cannot be mixed & matched. For example, you
cannot use an OEM product key with a full version Windows XP
CD, and vice versa.
Create slipstreamed CD with Autostreamer and then burn ISO
image to CD‑R using Stomp RecordNow Max software (or any
other CD-R writing software.)
Instead of the automated method, a
bootable Windows XP CD with integrated Service Pack 2 can be
created using these
slipstreaming instructions. The CD creation process is a
little easier when using a Windows XP Service Pack 2 CD
(available free from Microsoft) instead of the downloaded SP2
RecordNow Max you cannot specify the correct options for a
bootable Data disc (disc type “no emulation”, load
segment 0x7c0, sector count 4), and therefore the created disc
is not bootable (error code 4.) Some other CD-R writing
software, e.g. Nero Burning
ROM must be used.
Because USB devices may
not always be recognized during the installation, a PS/2
keyboard and mouse were temporarily connected during OS
The installation guide for Windows XP and drivers was
Caution regarding extra hard disks, ZIP drives:
“When you install Windows, make sure that all hard
drives and ZIP drives are disconnected apart from the one
you're trying to install to. This is because the installation
program automatically assigns drive letters to all the
partitions that it finds, but at that stage you can't choose
which letter it gives to which partition. If it happens to
call the one you're trying to install "D" then you're stuck
with it and that partition will always think that it's "D".
Trying to change it to "C" after the installation is asking
Boot from the Windows XP with SP2 CD. In
the “Welcome to Setup” menu press
Enter to continue with a new
installation. I created a single partition for the hard disk
and formatted it for NTFS – Quick Format was not used.
Formatting of the 180 GB drive took 70 minutes.
In the Device Manager, verify and change if necessary the I/O
modes for the primary and secondary IDE channel to “DMA
the installation guide regarding other configuration
- Adjusted start menu, task bar, and folder view options.
- Customize the information that is displayed in “System
Properties”. Use a text editor for file
- Use your favorite bitmap file to be displayed in “System
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Oemlogo.bmp (118 x 118 pixels).
The standby and hibernate features in the control panel
power options are only available after the video driver has been installed.
After the installation of Windows XP the
following steps were performed using the installation utilities CD.
- Ran the Intel Chipset
- Installed the Intel Chipset software. After reboot, Device
Manager now lists the E7205 chipset under System Devices.
(6/24/05 – Update) installed Intel Chipset Software version
- (Optional) Install the Intel Application Accelerator (IAA).
You can use the Application Accelerator to enable
the hard disk’s acoustic management.
uninstalling IAA open the Device Manager and check that all
devices connected to the two IDE channels are set to “DMA
The USB2.0 driver update steps
recommended by ASUS were not performed. The latest Intel
chipset software configures the USB2.0 controllers to use the
correct Intel USB drivers.
Install DirectX from the
installation utilities CD. This is optional, if the installed Windows
XP Service Pack already contains the latest DirectX version.
Windows XP SP2 includes DirectX9.0c.
Test the DirectX installation: Run
Installed the Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit
Ethernet Software for the BCM5702 NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet
Adapter from the installation utilities CD:
- In Device Manager select Other Devices: Ethernet Controller.
- Use Have Disk to select INF file
b57xp32.inf from the
utilities CD in the 5702 root folder.
If there is no network router, create a
DSL broadband connection using built-in XP PPPoE drivers. With
a network router in place, PPPoE can run in the router and there is no need to define a "broadband
connection" in XP. The default local area connection will suffice to connect to
the network router.
Tweak and test your DSL connection at
– for “routerpppoe” it recommended to
increase RWIN and MTU. Downloaded DrTCP to set RWIN to
20000 and MTU to 1454.
– use the closest test server to your location –
for me this is the test server at Megapath Networks in San
Prior to XP SP2, critical updates needed
to be downloaded from the
Windows Update site.
With XP SP2, just enable Automatic
Updates and wait for the necessary updates to be offered for
downloading and installation.
(12/26/05 - Update)
ATi video drivers Catalyst 5.13.
Various sources recommend turning off the Fast Writes
option of the ATi SmartGard tab in the advanced display adapter
settings. Turning Fast Writes on may cause a driver crash.
There is no adverse effect to performance if Fast Writes are
The standby and hibernate features are
now displayed in the control panel power options.
In my opinion the only useful components
ATI Multimedia Center are the DVD decoder and the TV
application. The Windows
Media Player is superior to the other components of the ATI
(Optional) The drivers for the on-board
sound chip were installed from the Installation Utilities CD.
First install the WDM audio driver and then install the Media
Configure the speakers. Afterwards,
there are no more problem devices in the Device Manager.
sound chip was disabled before the Audigy 2 sound card was
installed. The drivers for the on-board sound chip were
The drivers from the product CD need to
be installed first. I chose to skip the installation of
MiniDisc Center, Audio Stream Recorder, Getting Started Demo,
Enabled Auto Update at the Creative website
and installed all recommended updates for the WDM drivers.
The Speaker Settings software was
- Installed Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse drivers.
- Installed GigaBit LAN Adapter Control Suite from the
Installation Utilities CD.
- Installed HP Deskjet 990cxi printer driver software.
driver for the 990c from HP does not work with the LPR print
server of my SMC network router.
The earlier 990c printer
driver version that comes with Windows XP functions adequately. However, that
driver version does not reliably support double-sided
be delayed up to 30 days. Later activation is recommended if
system devices are still changing. Reactivation is not
problematic as long as major hardware components have not
Wake On LAN
(a.k.a. Remote Wake Up) is a standard that allows you to turn on a computer
from another location over a network connection. The power supply, main
board, and integrated network adapter used for this PC are able to support
Wake On LAN.
The following configuration steps were performed to enable Wake On LAN
from all power states:
- BIOS "Power" section
- Set "Power Up On PCI Device" to <Enabled>
- In the Windows XP Device Manager open the Properties of network
adapter "Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet"
- "Advanced" tab
- Set property "Wake Up Capabilities" to "Both"
- Set property "WOL Speed" to "Auto"
- "Power Management" tab
- Check all three boxes
- The last option turns on the computer only if a WOL magic packet
is received. Without this option checked, any traffic sent to the
network adapter will turn on the PC.
- The BIOS user password needs to be disabled to allow the computer to
boot into Windows XP.
- If the BIOS Hardware Monitor detects a problem during POST (e.g. due
to slow-spinning fans) set "Halt On" to [No Error] in the BIOS section
 There are various benefits and
disadvantages of single and multiple partitions on the same physical disk
drive. In my opinion the advantages do not justify the extra work to
establish and maintain several partitions, at least for NTFS.
 It is unclear what the
benefits of IAA really are. Without it, hibernating the system
takes only ½ to ⅓ the time. IAA is no longer
installed after the upgrade to Windows XP SP2.
Point-to-Point Protocol Over Ethernet (RFC 2516). The Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP)
provides a standard method for transporting multi-protocol datagrams over
PPPoE describes how to build PPP sessions and
encapsulate PPP packets over Ethernet.
 With Windows 2000 and
XP, there are two varieties of "LPR" ports:
1. "Standard TCP/IP" port type configured for LPR
2. the LPR Port type that is installed with the Print Services for UNIX
The default for the "Standard TCP/IP" port type is "RAW" which is actually
the "Port 9100" protocol that HP first built into its Jet Direct devices.
LPR/LPD gives additional flexibility in that not all printers (or print
servers) will necessarily support the "Port 9100" protocol. Thus, remote
printer configuration options are:
1. Standard TCP/IP Port configured for "RAW"
2. Standard TCP/IP Port configured for LPR
3. (Print Services for UNIX) LPR Port