Tips for Solving Problems with Windows XP SP2 and AMD 64 Processors
If you are having problems with Windows XP SP2 and your AMD Athlon 64 Processor, try using these tips to correct the issues.
Many people have been experiencing major problems with XP SP2 and their AMD Athlon 64 processors. Most are getting the ever famous Windows Blue Screen of Death.
Here are a few steps you can take to solve these problems:
-Slipstream SP2 into your XP installation. Then do a clean install of XP with SP2. I did this after I had a few problems with my XP that I had upgraded to SP1 and then to SP2. It seems to have worked.
-Here is another key component to consider. Check to see if your motherboard’s manufacturer has a BIOS update that solves the problems you are having. Even if it does not list your problem, try it out. BIOS updates can be helpful at times.
-Check your other hardware to see if perhaps that is the cause of the blue screen/lockups/freezes. You can also check your system logs and error logs in XP to see if there are any clues to what is causing the crashes.
-Make sure your motherboard drivers/chipset drivers are up-to-date, and check to see if your device drivers are, too (or at least on a stable version).
-Power: Make sure you have a lot of it. You need enough to support all the other devices you are running. I would estimate about 450 watts for your average system (including 2 hds, 1 dvd/cd, agp video card, pci soundcard). When buying a ps, some cheaper, generic ps makers will overrate their power supplies. Try to stick to more proven names (i.e., antec)
If worse comes to worse, just install XP with SP1 only. I have heard sometimes that is the only true fix.
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