Message Edited by simpswr on 02-02-2005 08:34 AM
You may not need a floppy drive. I just did a fresh install of Windows xp on a XPS Gen 4 using the Dell supplied cd and the sata drivers were on the cd. I did the F6 to add the drivers but the install informed me that I did not need them so I chose to use the drivers from the Win xp cd. The install went great on the Raptor hard drive I was adding to the system. Dell can be smart every once in a while. Give it a go and see what happens.
Alienware Area 51, BIOS A11, Win 7 Ultimate x64 upgraded to Windows 8 Pro, I7 980x @ 4.0 GHz, 6 GB DDR3 1333 MHz RAM, 2 GTX 480's SLI, 1.2K PSU
XPS Gen4, Win 7 HP x86, P4 @ 3.4, 4 GB DDR2 RAM, Radeon X850XT
Dimension 8100, Win xp SP3, Powerleap 2.8 GHz, 768 MB PC800 RDRAM, Radeon X800
XPS T500, Win xp Home SP3, Celron 1.4 GHz, 640 MB RAM, Radeon 8500
You are doing exactly what I'm thinking of doing with my Gen3. I would like to get a raptor 74 GB and replace my current SATA hard drive with it. But the thing is, I would like to use my fresh, non-dell copy of windows XP to do it, because I'm afraid of all the non-essential stuff that dell puts on their copies of windows.
Are you noticing a lot of speed increases after installing the new raptor?
I'm mainly concerned with my RAM bandwidth right now. I have a friend with an AMD 64 3500, DDR400 - Dual Channel, and a raptor, and he is getting higher Memory Bandwidth scores with sandra than I am with a 3.4 GHz P4, DDR2-533 Dual-channel, and a 7200 SATA HDD. I know the hard drive wouldn't really be the problem here, but I think a fresh install of windows would really clean things up - memory usage-wise. And why do a fresh install of windows on the old HDD when I can get a spiffy new raptor (its just money after all : / )
So I guess I'm asking, do you think I would get any benefit from using a fresh, non-dell copy of windows to do my re-install? as opposed to using the copy that dell sent me? Also, is the raptor worth it? And any thoughts you might have on the memory bandwidth issue would be nice.
I saw on one of the Boards, that a slipstreamed SP2 disc includes the SATA drivers . . anyone know if that is true?
I don`t think there is much difference between a retail version fo Windodws xp and a oem copy that comes with a Dell computer. Maybe some drivers but that is about it.
The Raptor is fast. I really notice the speed during the install process and when launching apps. When I installed windows it said it would take approximately 39 min but finished in 11 min. Am I pleased with it? You bet I am.
simpswr wrote: I saw on one of the Boards, that a slipstreamed SP2 disc includes the SATA drivers . . anyone know if that is true?wrs
Message Edited by TTetpos on 02-02-2005 04:19 PM
criz8426 wrote :
"however, the Dimension 8400's do NOT have a standard floppy driver controller (there is nowhere to even plug a floppy cable into the motherboard). Therefore I cannot use a conventional floppy drive without a usb conversion. I am looking for any method other than using a usb floppy drive."
That is incorrect, the D8400 has both a floppy drive connector on the motherboard and the controller.
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