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Hello,

I set up Windows 2000 Professional on an Intel Z77 motherboard (the Biostar TZ77MXE) and an Intel i7-2700K Sandy Bridge processor. The Biostar Z77 board has Windows 2000 drivers, but only for audio and LAN. I’ve been unable to make the Intel HD 3000 integrated graphics work yet, so for now I’m using a video card. The Intel Chipset Device Software (INF Update Utility) dated 11/06/2012 from the Intel Download Center works with Windows 2000. Once installed, Device Manager correctly shows “Intel 7 Series/C216 Chipset Family” under IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers, and from there I was able to de-list the remaining unknown devices, so that Device Manager has no problem devices now, and the system is working well.


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Hello,

I set up Windows 2000 Professional on an Intel Z77 motherboard (the Biostar TZ77MXE) and an Intel i7-2700K Sandy Bridge processor. The Biostar Z77 board has Windows 2000 drivers, but only for audio and LAN. I’ve been unable to make the Intel HD 3000 integrated graphics work yet, so for now I’m using a video card. The Intel Chipset Device Software (INF Update Utility) dated 11/06/2012 from the Intel Download Center works with Windows 2000. Once installed, Device Manager correctly shows “Intel 7 Series/C216 Chipset Family” under IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers, and from there I was able to de-list the remaining unknown devices, so that Device Manager has no problem devices now, and the system is working well.


How did you get the Intel MEI driver to work? Which GPU are you using?

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The Management Engine provided by Biostar did not work for Windows 2000, so I downloaded one of those driver-search services (can’t remember which), entered my board model, and let it scan my system; it provided a list of drivers to try. The first one on the list worked (and I think the only one), an ASUS MEI, however that figures. This cleared the last problem in device manager (PCI Communications Controller).

I’m using an X600 XT graphics card, for which a Windows 2000 driver is available.

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The Management Engine provided by Biostar did not work for Windows 2000, so I downloaded one of those driver-search services (can’t remember which), entered my board model, and let it scan my system; it provided a list of drivers to try. The first one on the list worked (and I think the only one), an ASUS MEI, however that figures. This cleared the last problem in device manager (PCI Communications Controller).

I’m using an X600 XT graphics card, for which a Windows 2000 driver is available.


I modified the .inf of the MEI driver so it runs on Win2K. I copied the XP hardware IDs to Win2k section.

Edited by AnX, 25 March 2013 - 03:28 AM.

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BlackWingCat released a new AHCI SATA driver version 8.9 dated 02/23/2014, purportedly workable with Windows 2000 on the Z77 platform (7 Series / C216 chipset).  I decided to conduct a prelimary test to see if it worked using an Intel Sandy Bridge i7-2700K CPU on a Biostar TZ77A motherboard, and the results look promising.

 

The problem before, when integrating the XP driver, has been the error “iastor.sys is corrupted,” which stops the show early in the installation process, and leaves IDE mode as the only available option.  While I’m still uncertain just how great a performance improvement there is running “true” SATA mode (compared to IDE), this has nonetheless remained a W2K grail of sorts for me.

 

Today I installed Windows 2000 Professional using the USP5.1 HFSLIP package tomasz86 provides, which includes UURollup v11d20130226; this is the best kernel extension option I have for the installation process (after installation I updated to 11d-20140103).

 

I suppose there will still be problems to work through, as this was a cursory test, but the result looks a lot better to me than a blue screen that simply says “The iastor.sys is corrupted.”  Thank you, BlackWingCat.

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BlackWingCat released a new AHCI SATA driver version 8.9 dated 02/23/2014, purportedly workable with Windows 2000 on the Z77 platform (7 Series / C216 chipset).  I decided to conduct a prelimary test to see if it worked using an Intel Sandy Bridge i7-2700K CPU on a Biostar TZ77A motherboard, and the results look promising.

 

The problem before, when integrating the XP driver, has been the error “iastor.sys is corrupted,” which stops the show early in the installation process, and leaves IDE mode as the only available option.  While I’m still uncertain just how great a performance improvement there is running “true” SATA mode (compared to IDE), this has nonetheless remained a W2K grail of sorts for me.

 

Hi.

8.9 Driver requires Extended Core.

If you use normal ntoskrnl.exe then you must use 7.6 iastor.sys.


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I've now installed all my software, which went fine in AHCI mode, no hangups or glitches at all there.  The first thing I tried was to rip a DVD disc to the HDD, and found it took twice as long as IDE mode.

 

My initial thought was that I had neglected to set the controllers to DMA mode for the optical drive, but apparently that concept doesn't apply to AHCI, so there was no option for doing so.  I uninstalled the optical drive and rebooted to let the system reinstall it, but it couldn't; the specific drive model is listed correctly in Device Manager, but there is a yellow exclamation mark over it, although this same drive installed fine during the OS installation in AHCI mode.  I uninstalled the AHCI controller and rebooted, but this produced the same result.



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I previously tested using BWC’s AHCI driver version 8.9b.  Now version 8.9c is available, so I decided to re-test, and the results show a definite improvement on my system.

 

As before, the first thing I tried was to rip a DVD disc to the HDD, and found, once again, that it took twice as long as IDE mode.  I used Device Manager to uninstall the DVD drive, as before; but this time, when I re-booted the DVD drive re-installed properly.  I decided to rip the DVD again, and it ripped twice as fast – in other words, about the same as IDE mode.  So driver version 8.9c seems to have fixed the optical drive problem (at least after a reinstallation).  Good news there.

 

Next I ran the following tests:

 

Attached File  AHCI VS. IDE.JPG   173.44KB   2 downloads

 

These comparisons involve very few variables.  I made two separate OS discs:  one with the AHCI driver (integrated using nLite), the other without the AHCI driver.  The only different installation setting was, of course, to the BIOS SATA mode (AHCI or IDE).  I installed the OS on the exact same hardware, in the same way, deleting the old partition and creating a fresh partition of the same size in each instance.  I used a WD Black 2.5” 7200 RPM HDD to save wear and tear on my SSD, and did not overclock.

 

At some point I would like to try these tests again using an SSD, since the main performance advantage ascribed to AHCI is Native Command Queuing (NCQ), which may be nullified when using a solid-state drive.



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IDE mode has PIO Problem risk.

So I think we had better use AHCI. :)

 

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/817472


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I've now completed an OS re-install on my frontline Z77 machine in order to change it over to AHCI mode.  Fernando was nice enough to make a W2K Pro AHCI driver, which has worked well, so I took the opportunity to use it here, and to post one last CrystalMark result.  I'm running USP5.1 and the most recent UUR (20140103) by tomasz86.  The hardware is listed at the end.

 

Attached File  W2K Pro AHCI Mode.jpg   100.65KB   3 downloads

 

My only firm conclusion is that real-world results, using one's own applications, are probably the best test.

 

Although newer computer processors may be superior clock-for-clock, Sandy Bridge "K" in a Z77 mainboard arguably stands as the ultimate in 4-core desktop performance.  As the manufacturing process continues to shrink, from 32nm (Sandy Bridge) to 22nm (Ivy Bridge and Haswell) to 14nm (Broadwell), a CPU's thermal limit remains too dominant a factor, in terms of overclocking, for the new technology to be put down by the newer.  Unfortunately, each succeeding generation of hardware also poses tougher problems for those of us who run Windows 2000 Professional.

 

For now, unless someone makes a v11.2 AHCI driver for the 7-Series, I think I've taken my favorite platform as far as I will.  To paraphrase the lyric, I got 99 problems and (this) ain't one.

 

So it's on to the neXt 99 problems.

 

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Central Processing Unit:  Intel i7-2700K Sandy Bridge (3.5GHz) CPU @ 5.0GHz
OS Drive:  Intel DC S3700 Taylorsville SATA III 100GB SSD (Intel Controller) [4GB Pagefile]
Secondary Drive:  Intel 330 Series Maple Crest SATA III 180GB SSD [4GB Pagefile]
Motherboard:  Biostar TZ77MXE Z77 Micro-ATX UEFI Motherboard
Memory:  G.SKILL DDR3 1333/10600 4x1GB 8-8-8-21 SDRAM

GPU:  nvidia GeForce 630 2GB 128-bit  DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Video Card






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