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Integration Guide: System Setup by Operating System - Microsoft Windows XP*

Windows XP* Professional and Home Edition
After installing the operating system and the latest Service Packs, it is highly recommended you install the drivers in the order they are presented here.

Setting up a RAID system
A list of Intel® Desktop Boards that support RAID can be found on the Troubleshooting RAID issues page.

Intel® RAID Technology for Serial ATA is supported with Microsoft Windows XP*. The RAID driver MUST be installed before the operating system is installed. The following steps outline how to build a RAID system with Microsoft Windows XP installed on a RAID Volume using two SATA hard drives.

  1. Assemble the system using a motherboard that supports Intel RAID Technology and attach at least two SATA hard drives.
  2. Enter System BIOS Setup; ensure that Intel RAID Technology is enabled. When done, exit Setup.
  3. Upon reboot you will see the Intel RAID BIOS status message on the screen - press CTRL-I to enter the Intel® RAID Option ROM user interface.
    1. Within this UI select option #1 Create RAID Volume.
    2. Enter a volume name and press Enter.
    3. Select the strip size (128KB is the default), press Enter, press Enter again, and then press Y to confirm.
    4. Once this is done, exit the Option ROM user interface.
  4. Begin Windows XP Setup by booting from the installation CD.
  5. At the beginning of Windows XP Setup, press F6 to install a third-party SCSI or RAID driver.
  6. When prompted, insert the floppy disk containing the Intel RAID driver.
  7. After reading the floppy disk, the 'Intel® 82801FR SATA RAID Controller' will be presented - select this driver to install.
  8. Finish the Windows XP installation and install all necessary drivers.
  9. Install the Intel® Matrix Storage Manager software via the CD-ROM included with your motherboard or after downloading it from the Internet. This will add the RAID utility that can be used to manage the RAID configuration.

For additional RAID information, refer to Troubleshooting RAID issues.

Loading un-signed drivers
Windows XP looks for a driver "signature" before loading any third party drivers. A digital signature verifies that Microsoft has validated the driver for use with Microsoft Windows XP. Device drivers that have not yet been certified by Microsoft* will pop up a message stating so. If the 'Digital Signature Not Found' dialog appears, click 'Yes' to continue installing the driver.

Intel® Chipset Software Installation Utility (INF Update Utility)
There are resources in Intel® Chipsets that are not automatically recognized by Windows XP. It is critical that the INF utility is installed in order to enable chipset features and optimize performance with Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor-based systems.

Note It is also critical that the INF utility is installed first before any other drivers. The INF can be installed from the Intel® Express Installer CD or you may download the latest Intel® INF utility from Download Center.

Integrated LAN
The drivers for the on-board LAN adapter can be installed from the driver CD or you may download the latest LAN adapter driver from Download Center.

Integrated audio
The drivers for the on-board audio can be installed from the driver CD or you may download the latest audio driver from Download Center.

Integrated graphics
The drivers for the on-board graphics can be installed from the driver CD or you may download the latest audio driver from Download Center.

Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (RAID)
Intel® Desktop Boards that support RAID use Intel Rapid Storage Technology. If you are using Parallel ATA (IDE) hard drive(s), you should be able to use the Microsoft native storage driver built into Windows. The Microsoft native storage driver supports both Serial ATA and Parallel ATA hard drives.

Additional information:
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology home

Enabling Hi-Speed USB 2.0
The latest Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack must be installed to support Hi-Speed USB 2.0. Microsoft Windows XP Service Packs are available from Microsoft's support website. Hi-speed USB 2.0 must be manually enabled on Windows XP systems.

To manually enable Hi-Speed USB 2.0 once the latest Service Pack has been installed, complete the following steps:

  1. Open the Device Manager for Windows XP.
  2. In the Other devices list, double-click the Universal Serial Bus (USB) Controller.
  3. Select the Driver tab at the top of the Universal Serial Bus (USB) Controller Properties window.
  4. Click on the button labeled Update Driver.
  5. Click on the Next button.
  6. Click on the Finish button.
  7. Click on the Close button.

Hi-Speed USB 2.0 should now be enabled. Close the Device Manager and continue to install the necessary drivers using the Intel® Express Installer CD.

Microsoft DirectX 9*
Installation of Microsoft DirectX version 9 or later is strongly recommended in order to take advantage of the additional SSE2 instructions of the Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor. However, Microsoft Windows XP Professional* and Home Edition include DirectX v8.1 by default so a software update is required to take advantage of these new instructions. For the latest version of DirectX, go to the Microsoft DirectX website.

To view the current version of DirectX loaded on any given platform, use the Find option under the Start menu and locate DXdiag.exe. The DirectX Diagnostic tool can help you troubleshoot your DirectX installation as well as display the version of DirectX that is installed on your system.

Power management settings
The Power Options applet in the Control Panel dictates sleep operation. Here are some common settings:

Power Schemes tab:

  • Power Scheme: "Home/Office Desk"
  • Turn off monitor: This setting can be any desired time. If this setting is a time greater than the "System Standby" option, Standby will occur first, making this setting unused.
  • Turn off hard disks: This setting can be any desired time. If this setting is a time greater than the "System Standby" option, Standby will occur first, making this setting unused.
  • System Standby: The amount of idle time before the system enters the sleep (S1 or S3) state.

Advanced tab:

  • "Power Buttons" option: Change the "When I press the power button on my computer" option to "Standby". This will enable the system to go to standby (S3) state instead of shutdown when the power button is pressed.

IEEE 1394 (Optional)
A Microsoft patch for 1394a is required for Microsoft Windows XP. The patch has been included in the latest Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack and is available from Microsoft's support website.

Third party drivers
You'll need to load the drivers for any third party hardware components you plan to install in your PC. Refer to the documentation that comes with such hardware for complete instructions on installation.

See Troubleshooting operating system issues for more information.

This applies to:

Intel® Desktop Board D2500CC
Intel® Desktop Board D2500HN
Intel® Desktop Board D2550DC2
Intel® Desktop Board D2550MUD2
Intel® Desktop Board D2700DC
Intel® Desktop Board D2700MUD
Intel® Desktop Board D410PT
Intel® Desktop Board D425KT
Intel® Desktop Board D510MO
Intel® Desktop Board D525MW
Intel® Desktop Board D5400XS
Intel® Desktop Board D945GSEJT
Intel® Desktop Board DB65AL
Intel® Desktop Board DB75EN
Intel® Desktop Board DB85FL
Intel® Desktop Board DH55HC
Intel® Desktop Board DH55PJ
Intel® Desktop Board DH55TC
Intel® Desktop Board DH57DD
Intel® Desktop Board DH57JG
Intel® Desktop Board DH61AG
Intel® Desktop Board DH61BE
Intel® Desktop Board DH61BF
Intel® Desktop Board DH61CR
Intel® Desktop Board DH61DL
Intel® Desktop Board DH61HO
Intel® Desktop Board DH61KVCH
Intel® Desktop Board DH61SA
Intel® Desktop Board DH61SKCH
Intel® Desktop Board DH61WW
Intel® Desktop Board DH61ZE
Intel® Desktop Board DH67BL
Intel® Desktop Board DH67CF
Intel® Desktop Board DH67CL
Intel® Desktop Board DH67GD
Intel® Desktop Board DH67VR
Intel® Desktop Board DH77DF
Intel® Desktop Board DH77EB
Intel® Desktop Board DH77KC
Intel® Desktop Board DH87MC
Intel® Desktop Board DH87RL
Intel® Desktop Board DN2800MT
Intel® Desktop Board DP55KG
Intel® Desktop Board DP55SB
Intel® Desktop Board DP55WB
Intel® Desktop Board DP55WG
Intel® Desktop Board DP67BA
Intel® Desktop Board DP67BG
Intel® Desktop Board DP67DE
Intel® Desktop Board DQ57TM
Intel® Desktop Board DQ57TML
Intel® Desktop Board DQ67EP
Intel® Desktop Board DQ67OW
Intel® Desktop Board DQ67SW
Intel® Desktop Board DQ77CP
Intel® Desktop Board DQ77KB
Intel® Desktop Board DQ77MK
Intel® Desktop Board DQ87PG
Intel® Desktop Board DX58OG
Intel® Desktop Board DX58SO
Intel® Desktop Board DX58SO2
Intel® Desktop Board DX79SI
Intel® Desktop Board DX79SR
Intel® Desktop Board DX79TO
Intel® Desktop Board DZ68BC
Intel® Desktop Board DZ68DB
Intel® Desktop Board DZ68ZV
Intel® Desktop Board DZ77BH-55K
Intel® Desktop Board DZ77GA-70K
Intel® Desktop Board DZ77RE-75K
Intel® Desktop Board DZ77SL-50K
Intel® Desktop Board DZ87KLT-75K

Solution ID: CS-020838
Last Modified: 02-Oct-2015
Date Created: 01-May-2005
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