What do you think about XP SP2?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by therecordingart, Jul 11, 2005.

  1. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Are there any issues with service pack 2?
  2. Randyman...

    Randyman... Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2003
    Houston, TX
    Nuendo 2 and RME drivers seem to be just fine with SP 2 on 2 different PC's. No issues, but this was done with a "Slipstreamed" copy of XP-Pro w/SP2 integrated (no "upgrade" - but a fresh install w/SP2 included on the OS Install Disc).

    You can use a program called "nLite" to slipstream service packs, and to build HotFixes and Drivers into your OS Install CD!!! You can even disable services, etc before you ever install the OS. It is a free program, too! You simply copy your XP CD files to a folder, and the program goes through a guided GUI of what you want to add (SP2, Hotfixes, Drivers), and what you want to omit (Services, etc). Then it creates a new ISO image. You burn this new ISO with Nero, and re-install your OS "pre-tweaked, and pre-updated"! I have one for my DAW install (No nothing but SP2 and basic drivers), and one for my Everything install (with SP2 and some hotfixes).

    I think Slipstreaming (or buying a XP CD w/SP-2 already on it) is an important step to a trouble free install. Others have done SP2 "upgrades" with mixed results.

    IIRC, PT LE also works fine with SP2, but I have no experience with PT-LE/SP2.

    Either way, I'd strongly recommend re-installing all of the programs after SP2 is installed for peace of mind and peace of DAW :p . The occasional "Fresh Install" is never a bad thing IMO.

    The improved firewall and Pop-Up blocker are cool if you use them IMO. The Windows Firewall is all I need as I am behind a NAT router w/Firewall. Its already built into the OS, so why install a 3rd party firewall?

    Next :cool:
  3. Big_D

    Big_D Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2004
    Quakertown PA
    Nice write up Randy.

    I've avoided SP2 so far on my DAWs but I haven't had any major issues on my other machines.
  4. Randyman...

    Randyman... Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2003
    Houston, TX
    Thanks D! My Shuttle has been on SP2 since its "birth". Still not one crash... (Fingers crossed).

    PS - I just picked up a used 1GHz Dell Laptop (for $270 :eek: a steal IMO), and it also has SP-2, and Nuendo appears to run fine on it, too! I'm now discovering the world of WiFi (and being able to edit my tom tracks at work is pretty cool :) ) ...

  5. DJ FADE

    DJ FADE Guest

    i had automatic updates on so i got service pack 2 and installed it. i figured, why not? then i went to open pro tools. every time i double clicked it, my machine would restart itself. i uninstalled sp2 and the problem went away.

    for reference, im on pro tools le 6.1
  6. Randyman...

    Randyman... Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2003
    Houston, TX
    Looks like you need to upgrade to PT-LE 6.9 and some special Interlok drivers to be 100% SP2 compatible. I'm still recommending fresh installs w/SP2 for serious users - but that's just little ol' me...

  7. DJ FADE

    DJ FADE Guest

    definitely. how much is the upgrade to version 6.9 anyway?
  8. Randyman...

    Randyman... Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2003
    Houston, TX
    I don't know, I don't use Pro-Tools... That is just the info I got off of their site. I'd certainly hope going from 6.1 > 6.9 would be free.

  9. BladeSG

    BladeSG Guest

    I personally won't install XP SP2 unless it's a everyday i-net PC. On the point of upgrades versus clean installs I agree with Randyman that a clean install with a slipstreamed CD seems to be less troublesome than adding the upgrade after.
  10. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Feb 10, 2001
    only problem we have seem with SP2 (only statered using it the last few months)

    is with Tsacam products. the 1800 series are a no go with SP2.

    RME, M-audio, Lynx, Presonus. Cubase, Nuendo, Samp, Sequoia, Sonar all seem fine.

  11. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    Yeah, but they're useless products anyway :lol:

    I did the fresh install with SP2 (OEM that way) and have had not one crash. Now, Sequoia V8 has caused some problems, but from what I can tell, it has absolutely nothing to do with SP2.

    FWIW, I don't have any NIC or modem installed on this PC, so all internet updates must be manually done. I find this to be far more accurate b/c I go to microsoft.com and download what I want to. I don't take their add-on crap.
  12. SONICA-X

    SONICA-X Guest


    every computer we ship goes out with SVP2 and the MS Firewire patch.

    No problems reported by any customer yet.

    Protools 6.4 must be updated to work with SVP2.

    My best,

    Guy Cefalu
    Sonica Audio Labs
  13. ghellquist

    ghellquist Member

    May 25, 2004
    I have no problems with sp2 on my computer, anymore. On first try though all kinds of strange things happened. What I did was a fresh install from CD and then the latest upgrades from MS. Somehow if your computer has gone through several updates it will accrue a lot of extra stuff that is good to get rid off.

  14. crunk

    crunk Guest

    So what can be recommended if i don't use an internet/network connection with my audio-pc?

    just installing xp without sp1 & sp2?
  15. Adversity

    Adversity Active Member

    Jun 15, 2005
    Queens, NY
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    well i have broadband and the firewall blocks me from connecting me to the internet. and i dont know how to remove the firewall.lol. so i juss deleted the SP2
  16. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    To disable the firewall you can right click on My Network and choose Properties and then right click on your Local Area Connection and choose properties. There you will see an Advanced tab then select the Settings tab and from there you can disable it.

    OR in the control panel you can open Firewall and disable it in there.

    Having it on shouldn't stop you from connecting to the internet unless you have Proxy setup on your browser for some reason.

    In terms of SP2 some versions of Pro Tools LE as mentioned above have some issues as well as some versions of Waves plugins having issues as well.

    Opus :D
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