Windows XP AMD 64 Bit


[Editors note – these instructions and drivers only applies to RC1; RC2, build 1433 or the final release require decorated drivers]

Cutting edge just ain’t what it used to be.

I remember when you used to buy a just released version of something and support staff from the company would fall all over you with support because they knew you paid way too much. I went out and bought my dream system almost two months ago. I have just been able to figure out how to run it the way it was intended. In the last two months I’ve yet to receive a response from a major manufacturer, let alone an update directly from them. It’s only after weeks of waiting and hours and hours on the internet that I have a running, functional AMD 64 Bit computer.

I bet others are having the same problems I did. To help them out I’ve decided to post all of the specs and the drivers I used to get it all running.

Specifications

  • AMD Athlon 64 Bit 3200 Mhz
  • Asus K8V Deluxe
  • VIA K8T800 integrated SATA RAID
  • VIA K8T800 / VIA VT8237 Chipset
  • 3Com 3C940 10/100/1000 onboard Lan
  • SoundMax ADI AD1980 Sound Card
  • Asus V9950 Ultra 256 Mb (Nvidia 5900 Ultra)
  • NEC DVD RW ND-2500A
  • Kingston HyperX PC3200 (400Mhz) 2x512Mb matched pair
  • 2x Seagate SATA 160Gb (ST3160023AS) Hard Drives

To be able to continue you’ll need a copy of Windows XP 64 Bit first. There is no officially released version of Windows XP 64 for the new AMD Athlon 64 Bit. Windows XP Pro original works fine, thats what I’ve been running for the last couple of months. Drivers are available from the appropriate manufacturers if you’re going to opt. out and just run a standard 32 Bit Operating System. The drivers provided below are for the Windows XP AMD 64 Bit system only.

The good news is that a free 360 Day trial version is available for download from Microsoft. Officially it is called Windows XP 64-Bit Edition for 64-Bit Extended Systems, I’m just going to refer to it as Windows XP AMD 64 Bit.

The bad news is that when I first got this version running I thought I had broken something. The “Luna” theme is not installed. If you’re making the move, remember this free release is “Beta” and some things might not work. I failed to see that warning on Microsoft’s download page (because it isn’t there, they use the word “preview” instead).

Desktop - Windows XP AMD 64 Bit

Asus K8V Deluxe

Next, the Motherboard. I’ll tell this story until I’m an old man, because I’ve been laughing over the irony of it for the last two months. You would assume that if you paid enough money for a 64 Bit enabled Motherboard to run a uniquely pinned 64 Bit processor chip. That the manufacturer would have 64 Bit drivers available for you, for the options built on to the board. They don’t. There is not one driver or program available from Asus for the Windows XP AMD 64 Bit operating System. The official line is that this operating system is not yet supported.

With all of these drivers you should be set to install all of the onboard functions of the Mother Board on Windows XP AMD 64 Bit.

To follow my exact setup. Install both SATA drives to the VIA SATA controllers on the motherboard. Turn the VIA RAID controller on in the BIOS and the Promise controller off. When Windows XP AMD 64 Bit boots, press F6 to specify additional drivers and use the RAID driver I’ve provided on a floppy. Use the 3Com driver to get to the network card running, then install the VIA Hyperion drivers. Finally add the Sound Card drivers to get sound.

Asus V9950 Ultra 256 Mb (Nvidia 5900 Ultra)

Nvidia has been at the forefront of 64 Bit development. This is the only driver I didn’t have to wait for.

NEC DVD RW ND-2500A

I didn’t require a driver for the DVD but I thought I would mention the DVD separately because there has been some discussion on the support bulletin boards about DVDs. I’ve had no difficulty with this model under the Windows XP AMD 64 Bit operating system. I did how ever update it’s BIOS from within Windows XP AMD 64 Bit.

Kingston HyperX PC3200 (400Mhz) 2x512Mb

This stuff benchmarks amazingly fast. But I’ve got one question for everyone else. Does everyone show just 1023Mb? There is no driver for this, but it shows the same under both versions of windows. I’m going to go with the old adage “If it ain’t broke…” . Any information would be helpful.

Seagate SATA 160Gb (ST3160023AS) Hard Drives

Again no drivers required. I will mention though that there was a lot of talk about Windows XP AMD 64 Bit not supporting the operating system being installed on RAIDed SATA drives. I just want everyone to know, it is possible and is working.

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