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Id try No 2 otherwise no 1 if that gives you problems. As your board is more modern and doesn't have North and South bridge 'chipsets' anymore none of the ICH options will apply for you. Clearly things aren't as simple as they should be because questions like this have been asked here several times before - hopefully one day Intel will think to include in the readme with these drivers, which option to choose for which motherboard!
There was a bit of confusion as to which was the correct driver, the AHCI download from intel site gave 13 options in the same driver file. The reason I am reconsidering my decision is because I have been getting random BSOD's, sometimes after 1hr, sometimes after 4hrs. For YOUR board 12 is NOT the correct choice - as mentioned that relates to the 'Express Chipset ' found in my experience on my 4 Series board and yours is much newer - yours doesn't even have an Express Chipset of any type anymore.
If it turns out the fact that you have the wrong driver installed is not responsible, what messages are in the BSODs not that this is always helpful and when do they occur - ie is there any pattern such as only when hot, only under lots of hard drive activity such as a running a defrag , only when opening a particular program or performing a certain function in the software or os - these are all things to consider.
You may also find the Windows event log to be some help but often BSOD causes can't be traced that way.
What order did you install all the drivers and are ALL the latest Intel provided drivers for this board and your OS installed or are you relying on some of the native Windows drivers if there are any in XP? The correct way to do it is explained on the driver installation order page for Intels website here although I don't know why that's not linked to at the top of Intels motherboard related download pages.
Let us know if you are able to update from the wrong AHCI driver to the correct one as described above - I've never tried this but as long as you already have the BIOS in AHCI mode and have used 'an' AHCI driver in this case the wrong one , I can't see why that shouldn't work - although really you should have originally used the F6 method on OS install or slipstreamed in the drivers. Kiwi - I believe 12 is the correct driver.
Some months ago I was directed to this driver by this reference http: In response to whale - well you'd think so but I suspect either is acceptable - as mentioned running the exe file on my DG45ID 4 Series ICH10R equipped board installs the former and they work perfectly fine albeit under Win 7 and not XP in my case. I've had a read of post 19 by parsec - a very knowledgeable chap here btw but I'm not sure of your point - I agree with parsecs post but that particular post doesn't seem to state which option to choose and I don't see specific relevance.
Looking at your post no 15 , you mentioned that the readme file includes all these details but if you check the latest RST driver readme and at least a few before that they don't. The closest you get is guidance to look at what is displayed under device manager but of course if this is for a fresh AHCI F6 Floppy install on XP, you won't know those details already. You could look up what chipset is on your Intel board in the product information page or manual but as in my example and the ICH10R example given, that's not always definitive.
Having seen previous RST driver packages with slightly different controller names as time goes by, I suspect some of these details have changed with time and may continue to do so - I suspect that has a lot to do with things but as your board doesn't have an 'Express Chipset ' of any type, the version you have installed I suspect isn't ideal for your setup and although you're having no issues, I suspect installing the correct most optimised for your hardware option would yield performance improvements or other added benefits.
How did you perform your installation - was it running the exe file under Win 7 the same as me perhaps that has something to do with things?
I've contacted Intel over this and asked them to make this matter clearer with ideally a list of 'choose this option for these boards under RAID' and 'this other option for these boards under AHCI' type lists - it would be very long though!
Either that or maybe they can make a simple tool on the website to help decide - as evidenced by my case, the obvious choice isn't always the correct one and things are certainly far from clear currently! I also still think option 12 is the wrong one for your Board Peter if you have option 2 and 1 available.
Kiwi - I certainly agree with your aside re Parsec. His posts are always very informative. I hope he is still with us, he has been quiet lately. The link provided in post 19 took me to the recommended download; however, that link is no longer active.
I did the install using the exe. Re your comment on "express chipset" - The tech spec for my board states the chipset is an H67 express chipset consisting of an H67 express PCH. I have spent the last hour looking at various posts on this subject and download descriptions and find myself more confused than ever.
I think I'll give this a little more thought before I try option 1 or 2. Glad to read that doing it one of the two approved ways autoinstalled the driver without having to choose. This means that it's only cases of driver replacement when people need to know which one to choose.
As for possible causes for your BSODs, I already covered that topic in my earlier post I had a hunch it was something else responsible. Only original intel drivers have been installed, no overclocking. I am also including the results of a software called WhoCrashed.
System Information local computer name: Windows XP Service Pack 3, 5. On Fri 5: I got some of that earlier and thanks for acknowledging you've used all the Intel provided drivers for Win XP. Did you install the OS with default settings throughout including a single NTFS partition using the full drive capacity? Was the installation order performed as on the Intel page I linked to earlier this is important?
I note that the crashes you've shown relate to something called fastfat. Given this motherboard doesn't have a floppy port, how did you get the F6 Floppy drivers installed and if it was a USB Floppy drive, was it one that's compatible for this purpose not all are? Before you install any additional software, it'd be worth ironing out these BSODs in case you have to reinstall again.
Is your memory compatible with this board as described on Intels page here or the CMTL link from that page? I note that you've not given the brand or model no for the modules - do you have this info maybe it'll be on your receipt?
I simply do not remember whether I followed the "INF drivers first" rule or not. In any case I am currently reinstalling the OS as per intel driver loading steps and would have a fuller answer for you within a couple of hours. The RAM is G. Last night I performed a comprehensive check on the RAM using memtest. I was not using any USB devices during installation. The BSOD's started appearing after all this was installed, with no apparent cause.
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I am facing a rather peculiar problem. This content has been marked as final. While researching for the same, I came across your blog posts at this URL " http: In case any of you guys have any insight over this, please do share it with me. The F6 Floppy Drivers were also slipstreamed into the installation. I will post again, after I have reinstalled the OS. Surface scan of HDD also went fine. No problems during installation or setting up at my home. These two URL's also corroborate the issue faced by me.
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