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New Intel Chipset Driver - Do NOT Install

| CPU, APU & Chipsets News | Posted: Sep 17, 2002 7:59 pm

There's a newish Intel Chipset INF Driver file being reported about on several news sites today, that is being mirrored at some French website I had never heard of before now. Anyway, I installed the driver (dated 9/3/02) on my PC and as a result experienced nothing but problems - It installed without a problem, but after rebooting the system was very sluggish and programs were not responding. For example, Internet Explorer was taking a minute to load - what fun. I have a feeling it wasn't detecting the IDE controller properly and was operating at ATA33, even though it felt as if it was running much slower.

 

Dreading the worst (a format), I checked out the Intel website and downloaded the latest OFFICIAL Intel Chipset INF Driver more info (dated 6/7/02) hoping to install over the top of the newer unofficial driver which is floating around today. After downloading, I went ahead and tried to install the older driver, but it wouldn't pass 30% through installation. Thinking I was in for a format, in a last ditched effort, I rebooted and started up in Safe Mode and tried to install the older official drivers, again - It worked, and fixed all the problems aforementioned.

 

If you were unlucky enough to install this new Intel Chipset Driver floating around, I hope this information has proved useful for you. I just wish news reporters would bother to test new drivers first before they post about them and give many users, like myself, an unneeded headache!

 

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