New xp Pro x64 installation notes
Just wanted to share what I've seen recently on a new computer - new
installation (first time user of xp pro x64). I purchased the computer
parts and the operating system about two years ago and just got around to
building it. I used a used Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe motherboard with a 3800+ AMD
64 bit processor with 4 gig memory and two 500 gig hds set up as a raid 1.
I have a thing for that motherboard even though one did go bad on me.
1. It took awhile for me to find a 64 bit driver for the wireless card I
had chosen two years ago and in the meantime I had purchased a Zonet 1603
wireless card because it said it worked with xp pro x64. I had looked on
the internet and also found there that it worked. When I put the Zonet
install cd in the IDE cdrom drive and hit close on the drive, I got a blue
screen and reboot. I was able to install the software and driver but after
a few blue screens and reboots I decided to skip the CD and downloaded a
driver for the Zonet card and use the Windows configuration tool.
I found the 64 bit driver for the D-link card I had and switched the
wireless cards and it works much better. Interestingly, as I was
uninstalling the Zonet software it went blue again. I'm sure that card
works but I must have a motherboard issue or something.
2. When I first connected to the internet I installed AVG free. This
seemed to work well but then I started to have inadvertent crashes again. I
noticed that there was an informational mention of an AVG program that was
not able to complete its task. It was the one that works with Outlook
Express which I did not have installed. I uninstalled AVG and installed
Avira and haven't had another crash. I have the "abnormal" informational
application events down to two now with only one in the system list so I'm
I have been pleasantly surprised that none of these blue screens have
resulted in my not being able to access the computer although I did have to
use Safe Mode one time to do an uninstall.
I intend to ask in another post about those remaining events.
It has been awhile since I posted to a newsgroup so any etiquette
suggestions will be appreciated.
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