[/COLOR]Turns out the error code was telling me that the BIOS was set for ACHI instead of IDE (evidently XP doesn't like ACHI). That's something you wouldn't normally think about unless you were building a new system. So, to me me, it would be a big pain in the tush to have to go into the BIOS and muck things up just to get to play with XP for a while. My solution is to be content with XP on my PIII tweener.
I suppose if your system comes with XP drivers, you can fix that by making a driver floppy and pressing F6 during installation to load the AHCI drivers.
I had the same thing with RAID systems back in the day.
Not entirely correct.
There are two generations of Pentium D.
The first generation (Smithfield) was a single die (which makes it as 'true' as the Athlon X2s/Opterons, which were no more than the logic of two single-cores copy-pasted on a single die either, and had no advantages over two dies connected on the same socket, or even a dual-socket system in the case of AMD. The first CPU actually designed specifically as a dual-core die is the Core Duo, which exploits the single-die by sharing the L2 cache with both cores, rather than having the two cores communicate via an FSB or Hypertransport link, even if internally).
The second generation (Presler) was the dual-die solution.
See them compared here: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-announces-pentium-ee-955,1946.html
Note that this is why I put it in the "bar bet" category. Also, there's tons of action on trying to accomplish the feat spread all over the web.
Thanks for the heads up. The mobo does support XP 32/64-bit AHCI. I just took a peek inside the ASUS Sabertooth chipset driver package and found the 32/64-bit AHCI drivers. I've had this mobo since late 2011 or early 2012 and it's probably on the backside of XP support, as far as mobo's go. If I decide to build that Intel rig next year with the X170 chipset, it's doubtful that they will support XP on desktops, however there does seem to be some support for laptops. Something that I need to check-up on. If the new AMD Zen CPU catches on, and is comparable performance-wise to the Core I7's or the new Intel Skylake series chips (1st reports I7 Still wins), I'll probably go with that, as I'm a AMD slappy anyway.
Interesting, I always assumed both the 8xx and 9xx Pentium Ds used double dies. The 8xx Pentium Ds were terrible though, they were really expensive for mediocre performance and had ridiculous TDPs. I owned an 830 and 840 once upon a time and I could never keep them under 70C even with a massive Asus V60 tower cooler. I ended up selling them because I got tired of the heat and power issues they caused.
As for what constitutes a true dual core design, I think if you can manage to shoehorn two cores on a single die, that's it. It really doesn't matter how cache management works or if they have to communicate over the FSB instead of an internal ring bus.
If you have an XP machine could you please check an see if you are still getting updates.
Also, has anyone been able to install IE 8 on XP?
If you've installed the 2009 POSReady registry mod in XP, you get both IE8 and regular updates as part of automatic updates (still sent out by MS) to XP. It takes but a few seconds and doesn't affect the installation. It's also worthwhile installing the "Unofficial SP4" CD--it saves a lot of time.
For a lighter-weight XP installation, it's worthwhile installing POSReady--basically the same as XPe.
The POSReady is a nifty workaround, but it's not really a convincing solution for any critical commercial or business platform still running XP. This follow-up to the POSReady article came out nearly a year ago:
For personal computing with low chance of being specifically targeted by cyber mifits, running XP with the ongoing updates trick and a current browser is like going past your recommended oil change interval. But I would certainly hope my bank isn't cutting costs on upgrading their machines to an OS with a stronger security foundation.
Anyone who uses Windows in a mission-critical application has problems, no matter what version it is.
...I suppose I could upgrade to Windows 7, but why?