For various reasons you might want to disable ACPI support in Windows 2000 (probably if you have a Creative sound card and are experiencing crashes and crackling).

For a clean install:

  1. Start Windows 2000 Setup
  2. When you are told to Press F6 to install a third party SCSI/RAID driver... press F5 instead
  3. Select Standard PC from the list that appears

If you don't want to reinstall:

I am told Microsoft say that this method should not be used. However, the worst that can happen is that you have to reinstall Windows, which is what the other method makes you do anyway. :)

  1. Gather together all of your device driver disks
  2. Go to Device Manager ¦ Computer ¦ Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) PC ¦ Properties
  3. Go to Driver ¦ Update Driver...
  4. Click Next
  5. Select Display a list of the known drivers for this device
  6. Click Show all hardware of this device class
  7. Select (Standard Computers) ¦ Standard PC
  8. Click Next a few more times and reboot
  9. Reinstall your drivers
  10. Set up your device IRQs how you want them, not how ACPI wants them

Standard Disclaimer applies. I myself use ACPI because it is much better then using a Creative sound card. :)

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