Also, feel free to move this thread back to the FAQ section if you wish.

Great, thanks for the feedback!

Ok, I've edited the first post to reflect the new changes. Please check the video and if everyone agrees its good, go ahead and move it back to the FAQ section if you like.


My thoughts were if you set it to check the box automatically, then the novice has no thinking to do or documentation to read. An advanced user would know to uncheck the box for these other custom scenarios you mention. I agree with you, give the users choice, but the novice doesn't know what choice to make where the advanced user will.


With regards to 'text mode' I have a suggestion. If text mode is ONLY required for use with the MassStorage drivers, and the mass storage drivers won't work if text mode is not selected, why not automate this. In other words, when the user is selecting which driver packs they want to integrate, on the option for Mass Storage Drivers perhaps it should be listed as a choice like this "Mass Storage Drivers (text mode enabled)"

And take away the text mode option from the user. Have the software automatically enable it any time Mass Storage drivers are selected for integration. Seems like a simple tweak that would make it more 'idiot-proof'.


Thanks for joining me! I look forward to having you back on the show soon!!!

Keep up the great work!

Is anyone involved with DriverPacks interested in joining me on the Computer America Show tonight? The interview is done live, via telephone. Please contact me directly. I have 8p-9p (Pacific time) available tonight for a guest...


Since you moved my post into the FAQ section, I can no longer respond or reply or edit the post. The reason I mention this is 'Jeff' posted "I am curious why you tell people to NOT select the text mode mass storage drivers? If you do not select text mode mass storage then the created Disc will not be able to find any SATA or other non MS supported HDDs and I thought that was one of the things you wanted people to be able to do... I believe this is an error / mistake in your tutorial? Jeff"

I didn't realize Text Mode had to be selected. I thought it was for an actual text mode for advanced users to select the drive manually, as they would by pressing F6. My bad. Thanks for pointing it out. I will re-shoot and re-edit and then re-render and re-upload the video to YouTube and then delete the old one. In fact, to keep all the videos in order on my YouTube page, I'll have to delete the series and re-post it so that it stays in the right order. As a result, as of the links I sent previously won't work after I do this and, when I'm done, I'll have new permanant links for you.

Also, would any representative of be interested in joining me on nationwide radio to talk a bit about what DriverPacks are and who should use them and why? All interviews are done over the telephone and the show airs LIVE from 7p-9p Pacific Time, 10p-12a Eastern.

Let me know!

Carey Holzman

Ok, I've re-shot the whole thing and its only 5 parts now instead of 6!

I just created a click-by-click video tutorial that shows users of ANY experience level (yes, even my mom can do it) how to slipstream SP1, SP2 and SP3 along with updated Mass Storage drivers, LAN drivers, WLAN drivers, CPU drivers and Chipset drivers and then create a new, bootable (and now updated) Windows XP installation CD using DriverPacks and Nlite.

These videos are viewable in YouTube's standard 360p and 480p resolution and they are also all viewable in 720p HD resolution for the best viewing experience.

How To SlipStream SP1, SP2 and SP3 and Drivers into Your XP Installation CD. Part 1 of 5:

How To SlipStream SP1, SP2 and SP3 and Drivers into Your XP Installation CD. Part 2 of 5:

How To SlipStream SP1, SP2 and SP3 and Drivers into Your XP Installation CD. Part 3 of 5:

How To SlipStream SP1, SP2 and SP3 and Drivers into Your XP Installation CD. Part 4 of 5:

How To SlipStream SP1, SP2 and SP3 and Drivers into Your XP Installation CD. Part 5 of 5:

Enjoy! (if you notice any inaccuracies in the video or have suggestions for improvement, please let me know!)

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(11 replies, posted in DriverPack Mass Storage)

A little off topic here, but yes, I do a nationally syndicated radio talk show on computers, now in its 18th year, that airs nation-wide and through the web, Monday through Friday, 7p-9p Pacific, 10p-12a Eastern at

You can find older shows here:


(11 replies, posted in DriverPack Mass Storage)

Yes, we've had author Scott Mueller on our radio show to discuss this. Scott says:

On the Windows front, lately I've been playing with SLP (System Locked Preinstallation) installs of XP <> as used by larger Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) such as HP/Compaq, Dell, IBM/Lenovo, Gateway, Toshiba, etc. In systems using SLP, as the OS loads it scans the motherboard ROM looking for a specific text string unique to the particular OEM. If found, *no* activation is required and the system passes all WGA (Windows Genuine Advantage) checks.

In Windows XP, SLP works via the OEMBIOS.* files in the %SystemRoot%\system32 folder as well as a fixed SLP product key, which is different than the system unique keys found on the COA (Certificate of Authenticity) stickers. For example, my ThinkPad R40 has the string "IBM CORPORATION" located at address F4240h in the ROM, and was installed using the same product key as on all ThinkPads with XP Pro, instead of the unique key found on the COA sticker.

Using this GetSystem tool
< … d.php?t=51> you can find out which of the known SLP strings is present in a given system, where it is located in the ROM, and which set of OEMBIOS.* files should be used for that system. If you don't already have them, you can download the OEMBIOS files from the OEMBIOS Repository here <>.

By placing the proper OEMBIOS files along with a WINNT.SIF file with the fixed key in the \i386 folder on the installation CD you can create an install CD that will never need activation for a given OEM.

Because the OEMBIOS files are system (motherboard ROM) specific, you would need to create a different OEM SLP install disc for every different brand OEM system you needed to reload. If you only work on one or two different brands of OEM systems (i.e. you work in a company that only buys Dell or Gateway), then that isn't much of a problem, but if you work on a variety of systems (i.e. a typical repair or user support shop) then there is a great solution which allows the creation of a single disc that will properly install on multiple OEM systems.

Using this OEMScan tool <>
one can create "Multi-OEM" XP install CDs that will allow system reloading with the proper SLP setup without having to resort to the "product recovery"
discs or partitions. That is a major help as often the product recovery discs or partition are missing, and can be a major timesaver even if you do have them.

Combining these and other tools you can create automated/unattended Multi-OEM XP install discs (one each for Home, Pro, and MCE) that have SP2 and *all* updates since fully integrated <>, plus drivers for virtually all devices fully integrated as well <>.

Then when you have to reload a Dell, HP/Compaq, IBM/Lenovo, Gateway, Toshiba, etc. that originally came with XP, you pop in the approprate disc (Home, Pro, MCE), reboot and walk away. When you return some 30 to 45 minutes later, XP is fully installed (including all WindowsUpdates), permanently activated via SLP, and all of the latest drivers are automatically loaded for all devices.

This beats using an illegal VLK (Volume License Key) CD - which can get both the installer and user in trouble, and it certainly beats using a retail, upgrade or standard OEM CD to install, after which you'll have to go through the dreaded waste-of-time telephone activation using the COA key.

And even if you *have* the product recovery CD or partition, this method is better since after using the product recovery you would still have to possibly install SP2, then all of the windowsupdates since (up to more than 60 now), then all of the updated drivers, and then finally delete all the bogus Symantec, AOL and other trial/junk/garbageware the "product recovery" process puts on the system. <g>

Going though all of this would probably go right over the listener's heads, but we could perhaps describe the SLP mechanism, and explain why their HP/Compaq/Dell/IBM/Lenovo/Gateway/etc. systems will never require activation, unfortunately unlike any systems they custom build. Then there is the issue of what happens when you *replace* the motherboard in your HP/Compaq/Dell/IBM/Lenovo/Gateway/etc., which breaks SLP and turns activation back on.


(11 replies, posted in DriverPack Mass Storage)

PCI Devices
PCI\VEN_1180&DEV_0592&SUBSYS_022F1028&REV_12\4&28D6DE3B&0&4BF0: Base System Device
PCI\VEN_1180&DEV_0822&SUBSYS_022F1028&REV_22\4&28D6DE3B&0&49F0: SDA Standard Compliant SD Host Controller
PCI\VEN_1180&DEV_0832&SUBSYS_022F1028&REV_05\4&28D6DE3B&0&48F0: OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller
PCI\VEN_1180&DEV_0843&SUBSYS_022F1028&REV_12\4&28D6DE3B&0&4AF0: Base System Device
PCI\VEN_1180&DEV_0852&SUBSYS_022F1028&REV_12\4&28D6DE3B&0&4CF0: Base System Device
PCI\VEN_11AB&DEV_4354&SUBSYS_022F1028&REV_12\4&541B6E0&0&00E0: Marvell Yukon 88E8040 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller
PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2448&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_F2\3&61AAA01&0&F0 : Intel(R) 82801 PCI Bridge - 2448
PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2815&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_02\3&61AAA01&0&F8 : Intel(R) ICH8M LPC Interface Controller - 2815
PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2829&SUBSYS_022F1028&REV_02\3&61AAA01&0&FA : Intel(R) ICH8M-E/M SATA AHCI Controller
PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2830&SUBSYS_022F1028&REV_02\3&61AAA01&0&E8 : Intel(R) ICH8 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2830
PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2831&SUBSYS_022F1028&REV_02\3&61AAA01&0&E9 : Intel(R) ICH8 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2831
PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2832&SUBSYS_022F1028&REV_02\3&61AAA01&0&EA : Intel(R) ICH8 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2832
PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2834&SUBSYS_022F1028&REV_02\3&61AAA01&0&D0 : Intel(R) ICH8 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2834
PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2835&SUBSYS_022F1028&REV_02\3&61AAA01&0&D1 : Intel(R) ICH8 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2835
PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2836&SUBSYS_022F1028&REV_02\3&61AAA01&0&EF : Intel(R) ICH8 Family USB2 Enhanced Host Controller - 2836
PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_283A&SUBSYS_022F1028&REV_02\3&61AAA01&0&D7 : Intel(R) ICH8 Family USB2 Enhanced Host Controller - 283A
PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_283E&SUBSYS_022F1028&REV_02\3&61AAA01&0&FB : Intel(R) ICH8 Family SMBus Controller - 283E
PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_283F&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_02\3&61AAA01&0&E0 : Intel(R) ICH8 Family PCI Express Root Port 1 - 283F
PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2841&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_02\3&61AAA01&0&E1 : Intel(R) ICH8 Family PCI Express Root Port 2 - 2841
PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2847&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_02\3&61AAA01&0&E4 : Intel(R) ICH8 Family PCI Express Root Port 5 - 2847
PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_284B&SUBSYS_022F1028&REV_02\3&61AAA01&0&D8 : Microsoft UAA Bus Driver for High Definition Audio
PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2850&SUBSYS_022F1028&REV_02\3&61AAA01&0&F9 : Intel(R) ICH8M Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 2850
PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2A00&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_0C\3&61AAA01&0&00 : Mobile Intel(R) PM965/GM965/GL960 Express Processor to DRAM Controller - 2A00
PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2A02&SUBSYS_022F1028&REV_0C\3&61AAA01&0&10 : Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset Family
PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2A03&SUBSYS_022F1028&REV_0C\3&61AAA01&0&11 : Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset Family
PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_4229&SUBSYS_11208086&REV_61\4&AB208E&0&00E1: Intel(R) Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN
26 matching device(s) found.

USB Devices
USB\ROOT_HUB\4&1AC45A8&0                                    : USB Root Hub
USB\ROOT_HUB\4&2FF58AFB&0                                   : USB Root Hub
USB\ROOT_HUB\4&38AFEF30&0                                   : USB Root Hub
USB\ROOT_HUB\4&60EB717&0                                    : USB Root Hub
USB\ROOT_HUB\4&CC4B5FC&0                                    : USB Root Hub
USB\ROOT_HUB20\4&1FC6B18A&0                                 : USB Root Hub
USB\ROOT_HUB20\4&6A19B8E&0                                  : USB Root Hub
USB\VID_05A9&PID_2640\5&2B4DA97F&0&1                        : USB Composite Device
USB\VID_05A9&PID_2640&MI_00\6&32787768&0&0000               : Laptop Integrated Webcam
9 matching device(s) found.

Input Devices
No matching devices found.

ACPI Devices
ACPI\ACPI0003\2&DABA3FF&0                                   : Microsoft AC Adapter
ACPI\GENUINEINTEL_-_X86_FAMILY_6_MODEL_15\_0                : Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU     T5800  @ 2.00GHz
ACPI\GENUINEINTEL_-_X86_FAMILY_6_MODEL_15\_1                : Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU     T5800  @ 2.00GHz
ACPI\PNP0000\4&2F94427B&0                                   : Programmable interrupt controller
ACPI\PNP0100\4&2F94427B&0                                   : System timer
ACPI\PNP0103\4&2F94427B&0                                   : High Precision Event Timer
ACPI\PNP0200\4&2F94427B&0                                   : Direct memory access controller
ACPI\PNP0303\4&2F94427B&0                                   : Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
ACPI\PNP0800\4&2F94427B&0                                   : System speaker
ACPI\PNP0A03\2&DABA3FF&0                                    : PCI bus
ACPI\PNP0B00\4&2F94427B&0                                   : System CMOS/real time clock
ACPI\PNP0C01\1                                              : System board
ACPI\PNP0C01\2                                              : System board
ACPI\PNP0C01\3                                              : System board
ACPI\PNP0C01\4                                              : System board
ACPI\PNP0C02\4&2F94427B&0                                   : Motherboard resources
ACPI\PNP0C04\4&2F94427B&0                                   : Numeric data processor
ACPI\PNP0C0A\1                                              : Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery
ACPI\PNP0C0C\2&DABA3FF&0                                    : ACPI Power Button
ACPI\PNP0C0D\2&DABA3FF&0                                    : ACPI Lid
ACPI\PNP0C0E\2&DABA3FF&0                                    : ACPI Sleep Button
ACPI\PNP0C14\0                                              : Microsoft Windows Management Interface for ACPI
ACPI\PNP0F13\4&2F94427B&0                                   : Dell Touchpad
ACPI\THERMALZONE\THM_                                       : ACPI Thermal Zone
ACPI_HAL\PNP0C08\0                                          : Microsoft ACPI-Compliant System
ROOT\ACPI_HAL\0000                                          : ACPI Multiprocessor PC
26 matching device(s) found.

HDA Audio
HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_1095&DEV_1392&SUBSYS_10280242&REV_1000\4&21C1B09&0&0101: Audio Device on High Definition Audio Bus
HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_8384&DEV_7616&SUBSYS_10280242&REV_1004\4&21C1B09&0&0201: SigmaTel High Definition Audio CODEC
HDAUDIO\FUNC_02&VEN_14F1&DEV_2C06&SUBSYS_14F1000F&REV_1000\4&21C1B09&0&0002: Modem Device on High Definition Audio Bus
3 matching device(s) found.

RAID Devices
    Name: Intel(R) ICH8M-E/M SATA AHCI Controller
    Hardware ID's:
    Compatible ID's:
    Name: Intel(R) ICH8M Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 2850
    Hardware ID's:
    Compatible ID's:
2 matching device(s) found.


(11 replies, posted in DriverPack Mass Storage)

I recently purchased a Dell Inspiron 1525 which came pre-loaded with Vista, of course. I wanted to put XP on it so I used the mass storage drivers and slipstreamed them on a dell XP CD, but it still does not recognize the hard drive. I may have been able to change the HDD from AHCI to ATA, but I wanted to keep it in AHCI mode, so I went to Dell's support page and downloaded the Intel SATA drivers and slipstreamed them with Nlite back on the Dell XP install CD and it worked. So are these drivers missing from the mass storage driverpack or am I doing something wrong?

The drivers downloaded from Dell are:

The Intel(R) Matrix Storage Manager is designed to provide
functionality for the following Storage Controllers:
    - Intel(R) 82801IR/IO SATA RAID Controller
    - Intel(R) 82801IR/IO SATA AHCI Controller
    - Intel(R) 82801HEM SATA RAID I/O Controller
    - Intel(R) 82801HBM SATA AHCI I/O Controller
    - Intel(R) 82801HR/HH/HO SATA RAID Controller
    - Intel(R) 82801HR/HH/HO SATA AHCI Controller
    - Intel(R) 631xESB/632xESB SATA RAID Controller
    - Intel(R) 631xESB/632xESB SATA AHCI Controller
    - Intel(R) 82801GHM SATA RAID Controller
    - Intel(R) 82801GBM SATA AHCI Controller
    - Intel(R) 82801GR SATA RAID Controller
    - Intel(R) 82801GR SATA AHCI Controller
    - Intel(R) 82801GH SATA RAID Controller
    - Intel(R) 82801GH SATA AHCI Controller

This product is available for use on systems using the
Intel(R) Pentium(R) Processor or Intel(R) Xeon(R) Processor
with the following I/O Controller Hubs:

    - Intel(R) 82801IR/IO I/O Controller Hub (ICH9R)
    - Intel(R) 82801HEM I/O Controller Hub (ICH8ME)
    - Intel(R) 82801HBM I/O Controller Hub (ICH8M)
    - Intel(R) 82801HR/HH/HO I/O Controller Hub (ICH8R)
    - Intel(R) 631xESB/632xESB I/O Controller Hub (631xESB/632xESB)
    - Intel(R) 82801GHM I/O Controller Hub (ICH7MR)
    - Intel(R) 82801GBM I/O Controller Hub (ICH7M)
    - Intel(R) 82801GR I/O Controller Hub (ICH7R)
    - Intel(R) 82801GH I/O Controller Hub (ICH7DH)

(dell filename is R166200)



(34 replies, posted in Other)

You must not be in Arizona. It appears that anyone in the state of Arizona can not download them. I've just tried again and its VERY consistant.


(34 replies, posted in Other)

After several hours of wasted time, every day for the last week, a simple single click and I have finally acquired these DriverPacks!

A simple, immediate and free solution! Thank you!!!!!!


(34 replies, posted in Other)

I disagree with this theory. I have several customers located throughout the state that I can access remotely. Each customer has a unique ISP, and my ISP is unique to them. I have used IE and Firefox, through Qwest DSL, Cox Cable and even a NetZero account, utilitizing more than 12 PCs, some XP, some Vista, and still Graphics B and C are consistantly unavailable and have been so every day since I started trying to download them (last Wednesday). I've tried downloading in the morning, in the afternoon and even in the evening. It makes no difference.

This is a much bigger issue than 1% or a faulty DNS or ISP. This is 100% down for 100% of the people from my perspective.

I love DriverPacks, its just a shame I can't get them.

Been trying since last week to download the new Graphics Pack B and C and I keep getting this message:

Service Temporarily Unavailable
The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems. Please try again later.