Windows 2000 in Intel chipset screw-up

OS slides down Bannister and lands on bum

Intel does not like making disclosures about codenames it has not yet decided to talk about. But at Computex earlier this year, we talked to a very nice chap on the Chicony stand, who was happy to tell us about Bannister, also known as the Intel 440MX chipset, a mobile Celeron platform. Microsoft, like Intel, does not like talking about Windows 2000 except to those people who sign its fearsome non-disclosure agreements. But we are given to understand that there is a big problem installing Windows 2000 RC1 to a new system using Intel's Bannister chip set. The OS hits text mode setup, gets as far as "Starting Windows 2000" then stops with a long and gruesome error message with loads of hex in it and which ends INACESSABLE_BOOT_DEVICE (sic). Apparently, Intel has not provided any drivers for Windows 2000 and Windows 98 SE installs fine to the platform. The question is: "Will Windows 2000 support this chipset in a future release, or does Intel need a good nagging?" We'd nag Intel, but it doesn't acknowledge the existence of the codename for the mobile Celeron chipset which is an unannounced product. ®

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