P4P800-E Deluxe & SP2 -- any isssue to be worried about?

Discussion in 'Asus' started by John Blaustein, Aug 22, 2004.

  1. Anyone here have a P4P800-E Deluxe, Windows XP Home and SP2 installed? Any
    issues to know about? My system has a P4/3.0C, WD SATA HD and second IDE
    HD, 2GB RAM, Matrox G450, and a couple of other peripherals.

    I've installed SP2 on an ASUS CUV4X-E and a Dell laptop (both XP Home) with
    no problems. Before installing SP2 on my "mission critical" desktop, I
    thought I'd ask.


    John Blaustein, Aug 22, 2004
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    Alex Guest

    Ive got the similar p4c800-E Del , a SATA drive etc... Works Fine for me.
    Alex, Aug 22, 2004
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    Primet Guest

    I've got a P4P800-E Deluxe, Windows XP pro, SP2 installed with 2
    120gig sata's off of ICH5R. Was set up in raid but found no real
    reason to gamble with corruption as the speeds were not much better
    than separate drives.
    Water cooled Koolance [email protected] just a perfect system.

    Primet, Aug 22, 2004
  4. Nearly the same hear. P4P800-E Deluxe, 2.8 (NW) S-ATA Samsung 1614c,
    Samsung 1614n (ide), 1GB Ram, Matrox 550, additional PCi LAN and TV Card
    1002 Bios. Upgrade to XP SP2 went smooth, no problems at all with high
    io and cpu load.


    Niclaas Grehling, Aug 23, 2004
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    Voyager2k2 Guest

    No problems here 2.8Ghz Same as Niclaas above but XP Pro, air-cooled
    NVidia GF2 440MX acouple of WD PATA, 2 DVD burners.
    The pop-up blocker in IE is catching a few that NIS lets by.

    How are those Samsungs Niclaas?
    I am thinking about getting a pair for raid0.
    Voyager2k2, Aug 23, 2004
  6. Thanks for all the replies to my original post. I'll go ahead with SP2

    John Blaustein, Aug 23, 2004
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    John G. Shaw Guest

    Using similar hardware (P4C800-Deluxe -- not E version), SATA+PATA drives,
    FX5900 graphics; the SP2 install went smoothly BUT two minor issues came up.

    1) My DVD writer (IO Magic 1008 - some generic TW brand) would not hold its
    DMA setting after SP2. I solved the problem by upgrading and re-flashing its
    firmware. Check your system event logs for atapi timeouts and the IDE/ATAPI
    properties in the Device Manager. IO Magic's tech support was way off in
    trying to help (they suggested reverting my SCSI drivers -- but this is an
    ATAPI device).

    2) Mathematica wanted a new license key. Reinstalling the program fix the
    problem, and I was able to use the original license key with out problem.
    (that's and issue with license management, not SP2).

    John G. Shaw (from home)

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    John G. Shaw, Aug 23, 2004
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    Cari Guest

    There could be a problem with the Prescott. If you succeed in the upgrade,
    please let us know (my email address is at the website in my sig). I have
    not yet been in contact with ANYONE who has suceeded an upgrade or clean
    install of SP2 with a Prescott or Extreme Edition P4.

    Cari, Aug 24, 2004
  9. Cari,

    I just installed SP2 from the file I downloaded here:

    The install went without any problems -- took about 15 minutes or so.
    After completing the install and rebooting, I opened all the applications I
    commonly use. In fact, I opened them all at the same time. (OE, IE, Word,
    Excel, Quicken, Photoshop, Roxio CD Creator and a couple of others.) All
    opened without problems, though I did not do much with any one of them.

    My system:
    ASUS P4P800-E Deluxe
    Pentium 4, 3.0C
    2GB Mushkin RAM
    Plextor DVD/CD/RW

    It's my understanding that the P4/3.0C is not a Prescott or Extreme Edition
    P4, so maybe that's why my SP2 update worked without problems.

    John Blaustein, Aug 24, 2004
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    Cari Guest

    Damn, and I thought I'd found the first successful Prescott with SP2!

    Still I'm glad it all went successfully, 3 out of my 4 PCs LOVE SP2, the
    other one isn't so happy!
    Cari, Aug 24, 2004
  11. Cari,

    I'm three for three -- all of my XP systems took the SP2 update without
    problems. In addition to the P4P800-E Deluxe system, one of the others has
    an ASUS CUV4X-E board w/P3 processor, and the last is a Dell laptop, 3-4
    years old.

    I have to confess I crossed my fingers when I started the update going on
    all three machines.

    John Blaustein, Aug 24, 2004
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    Bob Rafuse Guest

    I have a P4P800 Del w P4/2.6GHz 1GB PC3200 RAM, Win XP Pro in P-ATA
    mode w 2 WD IDE HDs on the Primary and an ATAPI NEC DVD/-RW and IDE
    ZIP on the Seconday. No SATA installed yet. ATI Radeon 9600 and SB
    Audigy II.

    I ~have~ encountered an issue after installing SP2, though I don't
    know if its endemic to this mobo since I've seen people with similar
    problems in other NGs.

    The problem is, after installing SP2, I cannot get XP to use DMA data
    xfer mode on the Seconday IDE channel. All devices use PIO mode
    regardless of the setting in Device Manager. I attribute this to SP2
    since if I uninstall SP2 and change the settings to 'DMA if available'
    XP resumes using DMA mode on the devices. For now I am sticking with
    pre-SP2 until I see if I can find a work around.
    Bob Rafuse, Aug 24, 2004
  13. Bob,

    How do I check if XP is using DMA mode? Thanks.

    John Blaustein, Aug 24, 2004
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    Bob Rafuse Guest

    Caveat: I've only used XP Pro, not Home, so I don't know for sure if
    doing this in Home is the same. Also, I've only used P-ATA drives,
    not S-ATA.

    Anyway, on XP Pro to check P-ATA drive Transfer Mode:

    * Open 'Device Manager' (right click on 'My Computer' icon, select
    'Manage,' scroll to 'Device Manager' in MMC that pops up).
    * Expand the item 'IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers' (or similarly named).
    * Right click on 'Primary Channel'. Select 'Properties'.
    * On the resulting Properties popup, select the 'Advanced' tab.
    * Configured and Current Transfer mode for each IDE device on this
    channel is listed.
    * Repeat for Secondary channel.

    I don't know about S-ATA drives, sorry.
    Bob Rafuse, Aug 24, 2004
  15. Bob,

    Thank you for the quick reply.

    I found it and it reports that my WD IDE HD is Ultra DMA mode 5 and my DVD
    burner is Ultra DMA mode 2. My C: drive is SATA, so DMA doesn't apply.

    My system:
    ASUS P4P800-E Deluxe
    Pentium 4, 3.0C
    2GB Mushkin RAM
    Plextor DVD/CD/RW
    Windows XP Home SP2

    Again, thanks!

    John Blaustein, Aug 24, 2004
  16. I like them very much fast, but very quiet drives (for real I had 40 and
    80 Gb drives from Samsung, the 80 GB was fast, too. The new with big
    cache, 8MB I think are worthy, get them)

    Niclaas Grehling, Aug 24, 2004
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    Larry Guest

    I had this problem with updating XP Pro SP1a to SP2.

    I have a PC with a ASUS P4P800-E Deluxe motherboard P4 2.8 cpu, and a
    single Seagate 120Gb SATA disk, G550 Matrox DVI AGP video card. I let
    windows update download and install SP2 last night. After the
    installation it rebooted the system and on restarting it froze at the
    XP splash screen. No activity; after 5 minutes I turned it off.

    Googling found my answer. My motherboard AMIbios was rev 1001.004. I
    downloaded on another PC the 1002.002 rev and put it on a floppy and
    proceeded to flash the bios. After this I restarted and was able to
    logon to SP2 just fine and all is well so far. The idea that it was a
    bios problem came from a message I found on the web in a technical

    My lingering question is why SP1a worked just fine with the old bios
    and SP2 froze solid? What was different?
    Larry, Aug 28, 2004
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