Final configuration - drivers
After rewiring my desk to allow the 8890 to have pride of place (my desk employs a LRU (do a google if you don't know what this means) algorithm. I had an old PII acting as a fax server - it happened to be the one that lost) I completed the driver updates.
As I mentioned my original idea was to do a reload from the supplied disks to check I could rebuild the system from scratch. That worked. My next move was to restore the original disk that Sager had loaded XPP on and update it.
Some people prefer to load from scratch before they will use their system, I prefer to use what is supplied then patch it from there.
The drivers on Sagers web site (posted 18/9/2003) are not all new (this of course will change over time for anyone trolling this article later on).
The versions on the web site as at 18/9/2003 are:
AP-Key 220.127.116.110 - newer than supplied CD. Installed. Now you get a useful bar across the screen showing you volume adjustments.
ATI 7.93 WHQL - now qualified. Newer than supplied CD. I uninstalled the 7.93 original drivers before installing these. Does provide a slight speed up with benchmarking.
Edit: new ATI 7.95 WHQL drivers are now up. There appears to be some issues with them on some games. Slight speed up.
Audio A3.43 - newer than supplied CD. My old Toshiba 2710 with Harmon Kardon speakers still sounds better
Bluetooth 18.104.22.168 - newer than supplied CD (sort of). The drivers appear to still be 22.214.171.124 which is what is on the CD but the frontend program is now 126.96.36.199. Installed. Still trying to understand how to use this feature with my Nokia 6310 phone.
Edit: 1.42 are now available. Again there seems to be some issues with BT cards not being recognised. Not yet tested.
Chipset 5.00.1012 - same as on CD. No change.
LAN 5.602.619.2003 - same as on CD. No change.
Modem 3.20.05M - same as on CD. No change.
RAID/ATA 2.00.1480.42 - same as on CD and supplied floppies. No change. For those of you still not sure what these are for they control access to your harddisks via the built in Promise RAID chip. You need one of them (RAID or ATA) depending upon your disk config. Note: the Promise RAID controller chip is in use irrespective of the configuration. It just does not do any RAID operations if it is configured for ATA mode.
Touchpad 7.5.5 - I had to reinstall these after I installed the drivers for my Logitech wheel mouse. The Logitech install program overwrote everything else.
TV Studio 4.24 - newer than on CD. The CD version is 4.22 which crashes when trying to record. V4.24 fixes this but you must, must, must install the drivers seperately - see my other posts on this thread regarding this.