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    Win2k SP2

    I recently installed sp2 on my win2k machine. The install went well, but on reboot there was a horrible crackle in my speakers that seemed to be tied to mouse movements, screen redraws, hard drive access, and other system activity. Uninstalling sp2 removes the problem. Any ideas?

    Intel 600 MHz PIII
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    Ps/2 mouse, keyboard
    Yamaha sound card
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    Re: Win2k SP2

    I guess the first question I would ask is: do you have the latest and greatest drivers for your Yamaha card?

    Do they have any know issues posted at the Yamaha site?
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    Re: Win2k SP2

    Why, yes, I do. But that doesn't matter now. I've re-installed the service pack, and without trouble this time. I'm curious to know what happened, but with all that this service pack does I don't think I'll try to track it down.

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    Re: Win2k SP2

    Glad that it worked out. And I've had similar weirdness with service packs, most notably with networking.

    You're right, with all that it does, you may never find a reason. Or you could get old while looking for one.
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    Re: Win2k SP2

    Some time ago I installed Win 2k SP1 then SP2. For reasons I now forget, I then re-installed Win2k, but not the service packs. Lately I installed SP2 again. All seemed to go well, and is now fine, but meanwhile it deposited on to two of my logical drives several thousnad 0Kb files with names like BCD135lxn.bnd34. These I deleted, but I wonder what they were and how they got there. Anyone had anything similar?

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    Re: Win2k SP2 -- Question???

    A question...I am currently running Win 2K+SP1. When I checked the Microsoft site for the SP2 upgrade, it indicated that this was not a "required" upgrade. My question is, if it is not a required upgrade, then why do it? Any insight that anyone would care to provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Win2k SP2 -- Question???

    Although it may not be a required upgrade, i can think of a few compelling reasons to install it.

    1) It includes all bug fixes released since SP1
    2) It keeps your OS current
    3) Security releases are included
    4) Many people have noticed increased system speed
    5) Support for UDMA 66 is enabled by default. If you have a newer system with UDMA 66 hard drives and a motherboard that supports it, there is a *huge* speed difference. Personal opinion of course but it is at the very least noticeable.

    Keeping your software current is always a good idea. If you run into problems somewhere down the line, the first thing many people will ask is "do you have the latest service pack installed" since it eliminates variables. Service releases are a way of keeping the operating system current, and in the case of SP2, Microsoft carefully tested it prior to release - it has been remarkably stable.

    Go for it, if for nothing else than to be up to date. You never know.
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    Re: Win2k SP2 -- Question???

    Thanks Mark <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>...begs the question of why Microsoft would say it is "not a required upgrade". I am glad to hear that it is remarkably stable <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>. MS has, on occasion, issued SPs that were not.

    I will take your advice and "got for it"!!! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/groovin.gif border=0 alt=groovin width=21 height=21>

    Ron M

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    Re: Win2k SP2 -- Question???

    As far as Microsoft's recommendations/status....

    This is the same company that released Office XP even tough it has a ton of issues and was never thoroughly beta tested,

    They regularly underrate the hardware needed to run their operatins systems (every one of them since Windows 95!),

    And released a service pack for Windows NT 4.0 (SP2) that broke more than it fixed.

    If you ignore their marketing machine, you usually come away with the truth!
    -Mark

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