New NF7-S on the way. Any setup advice?

Discussion in 'Abit' started by Joe, Apr 3, 2004.

  1. Joe

    Joe Guest

    About an hour ago I went up to the Newegg site and ordered an Abit NF7-S and
    one gig of Mushkin 3500 Level One (512x2). In this will go my present Athlon
    Pal 2100+, Radeon 9500Pro and two WD 40gig HD's.

    I would like the best advice from those who presently use the NF7-S. I am
    new to NForce 2 and am not certain what drivers and such are needed.

    I have so far:
    New BIOS Version: 23 from Abit (March 29, 04)
    Nvidia Platform Drivers Ver 3.13 for WinXP/2000 From NVida site.

    I understand that the NVida driver is "complete" and has every driver needed
    for the sound, the sata, the ide, and everything else. True?

    Any help, hints, do's, don't, or "make sure"s would be VASTLY appreciated.
    Joe, Apr 3, 2004
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  2. Joe

    Mark H Guest

    Joe wrote:

    > About an hour ago I went up to the Newegg site and ordered an Abit NF7-S and
    > one gig of Mushkin 3500 Level One (512x2). In this will go my present Athlon
    > Pal 2100+, Radeon 9500Pro and two WD 40gig HD's.
    >
    > I would like the best advice from those who presently use the NF7-S. I am
    > new to NForce 2 and am not certain what drivers and such are needed.
    >
    > I have so far:
    > New BIOS Version: 23 from Abit (March 29, 04)
    > Nvidia Platform Drivers Ver 3.13 for WinXP/2000 From NVida site.


    Good

    > I understand that the NVida driver is "complete" and has every driver needed
    > for the sound, the sata, the ide, and everything else. True?


    There's 2 new drivers from Nvidia - audio 4.31 for 98/Me and Xp, and
    ide4.12 for xp.

    > Any help, hints, do's, don't, or "make sure"s would be VASTLY appreciated.


    check out the abit forums at forum.abit-usa.com


    --
    Mark H --- Frag on !
    bios 23 sata 4.2.47
    NF7-S v2.0 Win2k-sp4
    WinXp-sp1a
    radeon 9500np soft mod
    Mark H, Apr 3, 2004
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  3. Joe

    Per Nielsen Guest

    Mark H wrote:
    > There's 2 new drivers from Nvidia - audio 4.31 for 98/Me and Xp, and
    > ide4.12 for xp.


    Are they recommended, or should I just stay with unified driver 3.13?
    Per Nielsen, Apr 3, 2004
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  4. Joe

    Mark H Guest

    They are recommended - they fix compatibility issues.

    Per Nielsen wrote:
    > Mark H wrote:
    >
    >>There's 2 new drivers from Nvidia - audio 4.31 for 98/Me and Xp, and
    >>ide4.12 for xp.

    >
    >
    > Are they recommended, or should I just stay with unified driver 3.13?
    >
    >



    --
    Mark H --- Frag on !
    NF7-S v2.0 Win2k-sp4
    WinXp-sp1a
    Mark H, Apr 3, 2004
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  5. Joe

    Per Nielsen Guest

    Mark H wrote:
    > They are recommended - they fix compatibility issues.


    Thx, on the way to install ;-)
    Per Nielsen, Apr 3, 2004
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  6. Joe

    BUFF Guest

    "Joe" <> wrote in message
    news:wgobc.9215$pM1.4493@lakeread06...
    > About an hour ago I went up to the Newegg site and ordered an Abit NF7-S

    and
    > one gig of Mushkin 3500 Level One (512x2). In this will go my present

    Athlon
    > Pal 2100+, Radeon 9500Pro and two WD 40gig HD's.
    >
    > I would like the best advice from those who presently use the NF7-S. I

    am
    > new to NForce 2 and am not certain what drivers and such are needed.
    >
    > I have so far:
    > New BIOS Version: 23 from Abit (March 29, 04)
    > Nvidia Platform Drivers Ver 3.13 for WinXP/2000 From NVida site.
    >
    > I understand that the NVida driver is "complete" and has every driver

    needed
    > for the sound, the sata, the ide, and everything else. True?
    >
    > Any help, hints, do's, don't, or "make sure"s would be VASTLY appreciated.
    >
    >


    Btw, the nVidia UDP doesn't include SATA drivers but does include everything
    else.
    Install XP incl SP1, install chipset drivers, install Windows Updates &
    finally install ATI drivers for your 9500 (as you will need DirectX 9 before
    you can do that).
    I recommend not to install the SW IDE drivers but just to stick with the MS
    ones.

    You may find that you need to up the Vcore slightly as the NF7 series seem
    to undervolt it slightly.
    BIOSd23 breaks the ABITEQ h/w monitoring app so use something like mbm5,
    speedfan or 8rdavcore instead


    ---

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    BUFF, Apr 4, 2004
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  7. Joe

    Joe Guest

    Thanks for the replies.

    Buff said"

    "I recommend not to install the SW IDE drivers but just to stick with the MS
    ones."

    But Mark H reports:

    "There's 2 new drivers from Nvidia - audio 4.31 for 98/Me and Xp, and
    ide4.12 for xp."

    There drivers were released 31 March. Whatever was wrong with the IDE driver
    in the Unified does anyone know if this new "ide4.12" fixes it?

    Also,

    I note that the Unified has a "display driver". I assume it is for the
    on-board video some NForce 2 boards have. Since the NF7-S does NOT have the
    on-board video is the Unified installer smart enough to know I dont need it
    or will it try to install it anyway?

    If for no other reason than to just play with it I plan to install one of
    the HD's on the SATA via "Serillel". Any problem accessing that drive with
    DOS for formatting and such or does it need a driver installed first before
    I can get to it?
    Joe, Apr 4, 2004
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  8. Joe

    F.N Guest

    Note, some people have issues with the nvidia IDE drivers. Also make
    *SURE* you flash the correct version for the revision of your mobo!
    They have a rev 2 that is a different bios that the rev 1.x!

    Also, as was pointed out, check out abit's forums (the nvidia nforce
    section). Great place for tips!


    On Fri, 2 Apr 2004 20:18:22 -0500, "Joe" <>
    wrote:

    >About an hour ago I went up to the Newegg site and ordered an Abit NF7-S and
    >one gig of Mushkin 3500 Level One (512x2). In this will go my present Athlon
    >Pal 2100+, Radeon 9500Pro and two WD 40gig HD's.
    >
    > I would like the best advice from those who presently use the NF7-S. I am
    >new to NForce 2 and am not certain what drivers and such are needed.
    >
    >I have so far:
    >New BIOS Version: 23 from Abit (March 29, 04)
    >Nvidia Platform Drivers Ver 3.13 for WinXP/2000 From NVida site.
    >
    >I understand that the NVida driver is "complete" and has every driver needed
    >for the sound, the sata, the ide, and everything else. True?
    >
    >Any help, hints, do's, don't, or "make sure"s would be VASTLY appreciated.
    >
    F.N, Apr 4, 2004
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  9. Joe

    blah Guest

    "Joe" <> wrote in message
    news:SUNbc.9599$pM1.8362@lakeread06...
    > Thanks for the replies.
    >
    > Buff said"
    >
    > "I recommend not to install the SW IDE drivers but just to stick with the

    MS
    > ones."
    >
    > But Mark H reports:
    >
    > "There's 2 new drivers from Nvidia - audio 4.31 for 98/Me and Xp, and
    > ide4.12 for xp."
    >
    > There drivers were released 31 March. Whatever was wrong with the IDE

    driver
    > in the Unified does anyone know if this new "ide4.12" fixes it?
    >
    > Also,
    >
    > I note that the Unified has a "display driver". I assume it is for the
    > on-board video some NForce 2 boards have. Since the NF7-S does NOT have

    the
    > on-board video is the Unified installer smart enough to know I dont need

    it
    > or will it try to install it anyway?


    IIRC NF7-M has onboard GF4 video.
    blah, Apr 5, 2004
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  10. Joe

    blah Guest

    "F.N" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Note, some people have issues with the nvidia IDE drivers. Also make
    > *SURE* you flash the correct version for the revision of your mobo!
    > They have a rev 2 that is a different bios that the rev 1.x!
    >


    If you take a bit of care and read the site you shouldn't have this problem.


    > On Fri, 2 Apr 2004 20:18:22 -0500, "Joe" <>
    > wrote:
    >
    > >About an hour ago I went up to the Newegg site and ordered an Abit NF7-S

    and
    > >one gig of Mushkin 3500 Level One (512x2). In this will go my present

    Athlon
    > >Pal 2100+, Radeon 9500Pro and two WD 40gig HD's.
    > >
    > > I would like the best advice from those who presently use the NF7-S. I

    am
    > >new to NForce 2 and am not certain what drivers and such are needed.
    > >
    > >I have so far:
    > >New BIOS Version: 23 from Abit (March 29, 04)
    > >Nvidia Platform Drivers Ver 3.13 for WinXP/2000 From NVida site.
    > >
    > >I understand that the NVida driver is "complete" and has every driver

    needed
    > >for the sound, the sata, the ide, and everything else. True?


    Nvidia do the Nforce, audio and alternate IDE controllers (can use MS ones)
    I think there is some issue with IDE and some CD drives - I haven't had any,
    but some have. Still it's easy enough to rollback drivers in WinXP anyway.
    Silicon Image do the onboard SATA controllers
    Follow the link at bottom of this page to get latest SATA drivers.
    http://www.siimage.com/products/sataraid.asp

    > >Any help, hints, do's, don't, or "make sure"s would be VASTLY

    appreciated.
    > >


    Personally I wouldn't install any drivers from the Windows Update site.
    These caused my Nvidia control panel to crash when I tried to start it
    (others had this problem). Unless you are having a problem or the notes that
    come with the driver fix an issue with your hardware, then there is probably
    no need to update.

    My $0.02 ;-)
    blah, Apr 5, 2004
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  11. Joe

    Lankshire Guest

    Does anybody use the nVidia IDE drivers? If so what benefits does it have
    over using the MS IDE drivers?

    I'm currently switching from a VIA system and I find that the VIA IDE
    drivers don't provide and speed benefits over the MS ones and in fact, use
    more CPU percentage (according to HDTach) than the built-in MS drivers? Is
    it the same with the Nvidia drivers?

    "blah" <> wrote in message
    news:4070c6dd$0$16584$...
    >
    > "F.N" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > > Note, some people have issues with the nvidia IDE drivers. Also make
    > > *SURE* you flash the correct version for the revision of your mobo!
    > > They have a rev 2 that is a different bios that the rev 1.x!
    > >

    >
    > If you take a bit of care and read the site you shouldn't have this

    problem.
    >
    >
    > > On Fri, 2 Apr 2004 20:18:22 -0500, "Joe" <>
    > > wrote:
    > >
    > > >About an hour ago I went up to the Newegg site and ordered an Abit

    NF7-S
    > and
    > > >one gig of Mushkin 3500 Level One (512x2). In this will go my present

    > Athlon
    > > >Pal 2100+, Radeon 9500Pro and two WD 40gig HD's.
    > > >
    > > > I would like the best advice from those who presently use the NF7-S.

    I
    > am
    > > >new to NForce 2 and am not certain what drivers and such are needed.
    > > >
    > > >I have so far:
    > > >New BIOS Version: 23 from Abit (March 29, 04)
    > > >Nvidia Platform Drivers Ver 3.13 for WinXP/2000 From NVida site.
    > > >
    > > >I understand that the NVida driver is "complete" and has every driver

    > needed
    > > >for the sound, the sata, the ide, and everything else. True?

    >
    > Nvidia do the Nforce, audio and alternate IDE controllers (can use MS

    ones)
    > I think there is some issue with IDE and some CD drives - I haven't had

    any,
    > but some have. Still it's easy enough to rollback drivers in WinXP anyway.
    > Silicon Image do the onboard SATA controllers
    > Follow the link at bottom of this page to get latest SATA drivers.
    > http://www.siimage.com/products/sataraid.asp
    >
    > > >Any help, hints, do's, don't, or "make sure"s would be VASTLY

    > appreciated.
    > > >

    >
    > Personally I wouldn't install any drivers from the Windows Update site.
    > These caused my Nvidia control panel to crash when I tried to start it
    > (others had this problem). Unless you are having a problem or the notes

    that
    > come with the driver fix an issue with your hardware, then there is

    probably
    > no need to update.
    >
    > My $0.02 ;-)
    >
    >
    >
    Lankshire, Apr 5, 2004
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