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    NF7-S Drivers/Setup order

    Hi there,

    Just got my XP-M 2500 from CPU-City (Great Service!) but I'm going to have to be patient as I've yet to get mobo, mem, and PSU (Boo!). Anyway, I'm going to get a NF7-S and as half of you seem to be using this board (allegedly), I just wanted to ask what NForce drivers do I use? Do I just dl the latest Forceware package?

    I used to use these when I had an nvidia card, but now ive got a 9800pro. If I use the Forceware package, does it just install the appropriate mobo drivers and not any graphics ones?

    Finally, does anyone have a list of the order I should install in? I'm planning to go:

    WinXP Pro
    SP1 ( and critical updates)
    mobo drivers
    DX9b
    Ati drivers

    is this ok?

    Cheers in advance

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonathan_phang
    Hi there,

    Just got my XP-M 2500 from CPU-City (Great Service!) but I'm going to have to be patient as I've yet to get mobo, mem, and PSU (Boo!). Anyway, I'm going to get a NF7-S and as half of you seem to be using this board (allegedly), I just wanted to ask what NForce drivers do I use? Do I just dl the latest Forceware package?

    I used to use these when I had an nvidia card, but now ive got a 9800pro. If I use the Forceware package, does it just install the appropriate mobo drivers and not any graphics ones?

    Finally, does anyone have a list of the order I should install in? I'm planning to go:

    WinXP Pro
    SP1 ( and critical updates)
    mobo drivers
    DX9b
    Ati drivers

    is this ok?

    Cheers in advance

    JP
    nForce platform drivers

    I'm using v3.13 on an NF7-S v1 with no issues with Win2K SP4. These will just update the motherboard drivers, they won't try to install the graphics drivers instead of ATi ones, if that's what you're worried about (I use an R9700 non-pro, and they don't give me any grief). I don't see a problem with your install order, except I'd do the Windows Update/critical updates thing last, but then I usually have DX9b, MP9 etc already available. And don't let WU try to update your nVidia chipset drivers.

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    Looks fine but I would leave the critical updates for last too.

    If you feel like it you can extract the package from the UDP using Winrar & just delete the graphics driver folder.
    If you felt like it you could also substitute another ethernet driver as that version has a small cpu useage bug.
    You may find that if you use the English only pack that you have to run it in Win2k Compatability mode.

    When you install the package & it asks if you want to use the nVidia SW IDE drivers say no.

    Alternatively,
    http://envynews.com/index.php?ID=626&page=1#A
    http://www.techconnect.ws/modules.ph...ownloads&cid=1

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    I would make sure that before you connect to the internet, make sure you get all the updates for Blaster, Welchia, etc etc.

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    Thanks peeps,

    Will use all this advice when i get round to doing it soon!

    Cheers again

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    Ethernet Driver in v3.13 has a bug that causes high cpu utilization, i'd advise downloading the v3.13 package, extracting, downloading the v2.45, extracting and then replacing the Ethernet folder from v3.13 with the one from v2.45.

    There's also a hotfix that addresses high cpu usage while hard-disk activity is high on nforce platforms, the hotfix number is: Q815411. It doesn't affect all nforce systems but i've added it to my slipstream installation just to be on the safe side.

    There's a new nforce driver pack due out in April that will address the ethernet driver issues of v3.13 hopefully bring a new widely compatible IDE driver with it, a few other fixes and add a bit of additional speed at the same time.

    I've made my own driver pack for nForce, it's basically a remix of the existing drivers available and if you idle in hexus.net sometime i'll be willing to DCC you it. I will also be ok with DCC'ing you hotfix Q815411 as microsoft have removed it from their site recently, it will appear in SP2.

    Here's the readme.txt taken from my set:


    Differences from v3.13 package (international) available on nVidia site
    _______________________________________________________

    1. Ethernet Driver from v2.45
    2. nVidia IDE Drivers Removed
    3. Removed Out-Of-Date Display Drivers
    4. Leaked Audio Driver v3.75 and fully compatible control panel

    Information
    ___________

    1. The Ethernet driver in v3.13 has a known bug that causes high CPU Utilization
    2. The nVidia IDE engineered drivers are in the early stages and not compatible or stable with all systems
    3. The display drivers included in ForceWare are out-of-date and newer ones are available on nVidia's site
    4. They're better than the v3.13 audio drivers


    Important
    _________

    Be sure to extract the entire contents of nForce Refined v1.0.rar before running setup.exe and use DriverCleaner (included)
    to remove existing nForce driver installations, for detailed instructions see the readme.txt in the DriverCleaner
    Folder.

    The contents of the "nForce Refined v1.0" folder are property of nVidia (www.nvidia.com)

    The contents of the "DriverCleaner v2.7" folder are property of DriverHeaven (www.driverheaven.net)

    Please visit #nForce-Central on irc.quakenet.org a channel for nForce enthusiasts


    Credit
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    This package was created by LayZeh (leonck@ntlworld.com)
    Last edited by LayZeh; 18-03-2004 at 09:45 PM.

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    layzeh,

    Cheers for that, i think I'll wait for a bit though til the new set comes out. I still haven't got my mobo yet anyway. Also, I'm only on 56K so i guest it'll take ages! What does DCC stand for anyway? Would be interested in that hotfix tho,

    Cheers

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    I'm unsure exactly what the acronym means, but i'd imagine something along the lines of Direct Connection, it's basically IRC file transfer protocol!

    I've updated my driver pack with the latest v4.31 Audio drivers and compatible Audio control panel. The v4.31 drivers will be included in the next release of ForceWare expected late this month or early April.

    Come into #nForce-Central on quakenet and i'll send you the hotfix and the drivers if you want or anybody else for that matter.

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    You can download hotfix Q815411: here

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