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I had to re-install XP Home and while it went ok (no errors), my sys doesn't seem to have the speed it had before.

My sys is a Gateway 700x, P4, 3.0gh with HT and a SATA 160Gig HD and 1 gig
of mem.
I have exhausted myself talking to GW tech support and finally gave up.

Gateway does not use or provide a real windowsXP CD, they make their own (as
in 3 cd's with an OS, Drivers and Appl cd). Guess this lets them put in all the
advertising they want.

As an example of differences noted: Before the re-install, i had folders called
Windows and Winnt in the root of C:. After the install, i have a Windows folder
but no Winnt folder that i (or a search) can find. Before, Windows had a
minimal of files and Winnt had many files. Now everything is in Windows (no
Winnt).

Normally, this is a fast system but since re-installing, it seems to operate at
60/70 % of normal.

I'm thinking that after a normal (factory) install, there are somethings that are
done (tweaks??) which does not appear on the CD's. GW, of course, won't
admit to anything of this nature. So i'm stuck.

I'm not a novice on PC's, i know some areas better than others and dont
really feel uncomfortable about making changes or installing new devices

Hoping someone here can shead a light on possible causes.

thanks, savagcl
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Welcome savagcl <_<

There are no performance tweaks installed by Gateway that aren't normally found on the XP CD.

When you performed the reinstallation did you notice any errors?

Have you changed any BIOS settings?
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Hi Admin,

The re-install went well, just 1 problem (after winXP) with the GW "Extra" stuff.
Adobe Reader didn't install (error) but that should not have hurt XP. I installed it
after and it worked fine. No changes to BIOS at all.

Is there something else needed for a SATA HD to operate at the max?

Thanks for the reply,
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Hey,
did you format before reinstalling windows?
Also did you update any drivers before the re-installation?

Edited by Ntd, 08 May 2004 - 06:39 AM.

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Yes, a run of "FDisk" and a Format C: was done before installing.

Looking on the gateway page, no driver updates were found.

Is there anything needed for a SATA HD that is possibly not on the systems
CD's i have?

thanks,
savagcl
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Try this:
http://downloadfinde...p?ProductID=663
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SiSoft 2004 benchmarking tool may also be very useful to identify any components that aren't operating to their potential.

Download here:
http://www.geekstogo...ction=show&id=6
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I have SANDRA already (kinda dated tho) will check for updates.

According to the intel site i have :
Detected Chipset = Intel® 875 chipset family
Memory Controller = 82875P
I/O Controller = 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R), SATA and PATA enabled
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A little review here: I have a Gateway P4, w/Hyper Threading, 800FSB and 2
CPUs, 1HD, 1 CD-RW, 1 DVD-R-RW, 1 ZIP drive, a floppy and a 19" flat screen
monitor (digital/analog).

Looking in my Control Panel\System\Hardware\Device Manager under
System Devices i seem to be missing some drivers (or a msg pops up
saying no driver is needed). The message i get is "no driver files are required
or have been load for this device".

Details here taken from my devices properties.

HID-compliant game controller (no driver)
IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers, i have:
Intel® 82801EB Ultra ATA Storage Controllers
Intel® 82801EB Ultra ATA Storage Controllers
2 Primary IDE Channels
2 Secondary IDE Channels
Processors:
Intel® Pentium® 4 CPU 3.00GHz
Intel® Pentium® 4 CPU 3.00GHz
SCSI and RAID controllers:
Adaptec AIC-7850 PCI SCSI Controller
IEEE 1394 Bus host controllers:
OHIC Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller
ACPI Fixed Feature Button (no driver)
Direct Memory Access Controller (no driver)
Intel® 82802EB SMBuss Controller (no driver)
Intel® 82802 Firmware Hub Device (no driver)
Intel® 82875P Memory Controller Hub (no driver)
ISAPNP Read Data Port (no driver)
Motherboard resources (no driver)
Motherboard resources (no driver)
Numeric data processor (no driver)
Programmable interrupt controller (no driver)
System board (no driver)
I left out the more obvious ones but they show as OK.
I dont know if drivers are needed for the above devices or not.

I'm way out of my league with this stuff. I can see what it says but if its
right (or wrong) is beyond me.
Which of the above is the I/O Controller or is it somewhere else?

Appreciate your help,
clif
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