About 2 weeks ago, my computer crapped itself and I can't figure out exactly what the problem is but I'm fairly confident it's a problem with the hard drive, either it simply stopped working, the SATA cable is faulty or it does not get power properly. Anyway my family decided to just get a new computer as the one that crapped out was a bit outdated anyway The computer will not come with an OS installed and I'm basically worried that I will have trouble installing Windows XP Professional on it. First thing's first, I'll be getting the computer tomorrow night so I'm just trying to make sure I can successfully install XP, rather then failing and having to wait over the weekend (On account of I won't have access to internet at home) to get a solution. The computer is being built at a local shop so I can only assume I wont get the driver/software discs for the individual hardware, along with accessories (like adapter for dual monitors etc) so I probably won't have drivers on a floppy for installing XP (I'm pretty sure it won't have a floppy drive anyway). So I'll list the information (not all that informative really...) that the shops website has detailed, and Hopefully someone can tell me if i need to slipstream drivers into my Windows XP Professional SP2 disc (I already know how, I just don't know if it's necessary or what drivers I'll need).
AMD 5000+ Dual Core processor
(2.6GHz+2.6GHz) FSB2000 (hypertransport)
ASUS, Gigabyte or MSI brand, supports fast DDR-2 RAM
supports 2000FSB with hypertransport, PCI-Express 16x,
hi-definition sound, Lan Port, 8 fast USB 2.0 ports
2048MB (2GB) of fast DDR-2 PC6400 RAM
500GB 7200rpm, SATA-2, NCQ, Western Digital
Fast 1024MB NVIDIA GeForce 9500GT graphics card,
PCI-Express 16x, triple outputs (VGA, DVI and TV-Out)
high definition surround sound outputs at the back
headphones and microphone sockets at the front
10/100 LAN, broadband ready
Because I don't know what motherboard it is, I didn't know how to research for myself and find an accurate answer...I asked the guy at the shop "Because it's using SATA-2, will I need any drivers to install XP?" and he replied "If you are using a Service Pack 2 installation disc, it should work fine, but if you use a Service Pack 1 installation you will corrupt the hard drive and it will fail after a couple of days". I know that my XP disc is SP2 so I was assuming at first that it would work fine, because he said so, but then I started to worry more and more when I was thinking about my old computer and how I had SO MUCH trouble installing XP onto it via SATA drives...
So if I need any drivers to be slipstreamed, I hope someone here can tell me and hopefully tell me which drivers I need and where to get them.
Also, after googling "amd 5000+ 2.6" I got results of AMD Athlon 64, so does that mean I will need to install Windows XP Professional x64 Edition? Because if so, I'm royally screwed...
Edited by Larfin_Man, 26 February 2009 - 12:26 AM.