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Windows XP & Ipod: Service Pack 2 required or recommended??

by wwjcd / February 5, 2006 2:54 AM PST

The Apple website lists Windows XP ''WITH SERVICE PACK 2'' as a system requirement for their Ipod Nano. Should I avoid buying an ipod if I don't have service pack 2? I know it can be downloaded for free from windows, but let's pretend that I can't install this update (for whatever reason). Can I still connect an ipod to my computer without this windows update?

Thanks for your help

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What I found.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 5, 2006 4:40 AM PST

The USB 2.0 drives at the office could not run CHKDSK on them until SP2. It appears that Microsoft fixed some USB 2.0 items in SP2 but didn't document it clearly. I haven't found a note about what they fixed, but we could tell.

Bob

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USB 2.0 items in SP2
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 5, 2006 5:44 AM PST
In reply to: What I found.

The changes MS made may have dealt with the inability of XP to map a removable drive if the next available letter after the "hard wired" devices, was taken.
ie. 1 Floppy, 2 internal HD and 2 internal Optical. A, C, D, E & F taken. If you already have "G" mapped to a network drive, then when a removable device like the iPod or a Flash drive was inserted, it would not be assigned a drive letter and would not mount.
Under W2K, a removable drive would be assigned the next available drive letter, in this case "H", no matter where it was located in the alphabet.
MS changed the order, in SP 2, that a removable drive was assigned a drive letter and offered a work around but not a fix.

297694 is the article but I don't know if it would apply in this case


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