Building an Editing Suite



a go. The following was built in January 2002, so it is already out of date but should give you some good ideas and guide you onto the right road. The build uses the following items of hardware:

Build version 1.4

Building a Computer editing suite is never easy and can be very frustrating, none more so than when starting from scratch. I hope the following guidelines will help the first time builders
and encourage them to have








Manufacturer Chaintech
Model 9BJA
Chipset intel i845
Driver Version 7.00.2076
Processor Intel P4 1.7GHz
CPU Bus speed 400MHz
Memory size 3 x 256Mb (768Mb)
Dimms SD RAM



Controller Card  
Manufacturer Promise Technology
Model Ultra ATA/100 TX2
PCI Slot 2



Graphics Card  
Manufacturer ATI
Model Radeon 7500 (Dual Head)
Version 6.002
Date 18.10.2001
AGP Slot  



Capture Card  
Manufacturer Pinnacle
Model Pro-ONE (DV800)
PCI Slot 4



DVD-Rom Drive  
Manufacturer Pioneer
Model DVR-106D



HDD System  
Manufacturer Maxtor
Model 6E040L0 (40Gb System)



HDD Storage  
Manufacturer Seagate
Model ST380020A
  (80Gb Capture)
  (80Gb Backup)



HDD Mobile Racks  
Manufacturer Lian Li
Model RH-40



Network Card  
Manufacturer 3 Com Officeconnect
Model 3CSOHO100-TX
PCI Slot 5



Manufacturer contour DESIGN
Model SP-JNS (ShuttlePRO)



Windows 2000
Build 5.00.2195 (SP2)



Download the latest drivers (Adobe, Pinnacle, ATI, Intel, Logitech, Contour ShuttlePRO, IE v6, Service Pack 2) and place them onto the system drive when it has been configured. Power up with a Windows 98 bootable floppy disc.


card (Radeon) HDD System (40Gb), FDD (1.44Mb) and DVD-RW. Wire the items up, being especially careful about jumper settings on the motherboard and drives. In this build all of the Drives were set to Master and had there own IDE cable.


This build uses Windows 2000 Professional upgrade kit for Windows 98, Adobe Premiere v6.5, Ulead DVD MovieFactory 3, so here is the order and procedure. Start with an empty Case, fit Motherboard (Chaintech), Processor (Intel), Memory (768Mb), Graphics



Check list

  • CHECK (BIOS settings)
  • FDISK (Bootable floppy disc windows 98)
  • FORMAT (After rebooting without CD-ROM support)
  • REBOOT (With CD-ROM support)
  • SETUP (Win 98) CD (Login as Administrator)
  • RUN (Intel) CD menu (Intel IDE bus mastering drivers)(It will reboot several times)
  • RUN (Intel) CD menu (Ultra ATA storage driver)
  • RUN (Intel) CD menu (Audio drivers - 4CH - Device driver)
  • CHECK (Device Manager - settings)
  • RUN (W2K Upgrade) CD
  • Upgrade to NTFS
  • RUN (Intel) CD (Intel - inf - Infinst_AutoL)(It will reboot several times)
  • RUN (Intel) CD (Intel - atadrv - iata_cd)
  • RUN (Intel) CD (Audio - Cmeda - 4CH - W2KSetup - Full)
  • INSTALL Network card (PCI Slot - 5) PCI

    • (Client for MS-Networks)
    • (File & Print Sharing)
    • (IP
    • (Mask
    • (Network Group)
  • INSTALL External Modem (Com 1)
  • RUN (ATI) HDD (Latest Drivers) w2k-ref-7-67-020208x-003199c.exe
  • RUN (Service Pack 2)
  • RUN (Internet Explorer v6)
  • RUN (Intel Accelerator New Drivers) iaa112_enu
  • RUN (Intel Chipset Utility - Software - Disk1 - Setup)
  • RUN (Hansol Monitor) HDD (Latest Drivers) - Install

    • (Backgrounds) make (NONE)
    • (Screen Saver) make (NONE)
    • (Web) untick (Show Web Content on My Active Desktop)
    • (Effects) untick (Transition Effects, Show Window Content)
  • EXPLORER (Tools - Folder Options - General) select (Windows Classic) on both options
  • CONTROL PANEL (Power Options) select (Always On)
  • INSTALL (Logitech Mouse drivers) mw9421enu
  • CHANGE (Virtual Memory (2304 - 2304)
  • INSTALL (Promise Ultra ATA/100 TX2 Card) into (Slot - 2) PCI
  • FOUND (New Hardware) insert Floppy Disk
  • RUN (Adobe Premiere v6.5) CD
  • INSTALL (Adobe Premiere v6.5)
  • INSTALL (Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0.5)
  • RUN (Defragment on drive C:)
  • INSTALL (Pro-ONE Card) into (Slot - 4) PCI
  • FOUND (New Hardware) HDD
  • RUN (Pinnacle Pro-ONE v2.01) HDD autorun.exe
  • INSTALL (Ulead DVD MovieFactory 3) but not the extras
  • INSTALL (contour DESIGN) HDD
  • EDIT (The Registry) Remove ShuttlePRO Helper from Task bar
  • CHECK (Device Manager - settings)






and processor resources, when there not really required. I would suggest four, Admin should be left Enabled throughout.

Hardware Profiles

The next stage is to setup some Hardware Profiles. These are necessary to stop some of the background processes running, which do taking up valuable memory





Mouse   Operation
Right Click My Computer
Select   (Properties - Hardware - Hardware Profiles)
Select   (Copy) & (Give it a name)
Right Click My Computer
Select   (Manage - Services & Applications - Services)
Right Click Adapter
Select   (Properties - Log On)
Select   (Hardware Profile) & (Enable or Disable)





computer and have a rest from it. Take a different approach, start by read through your reference books, read me files and don't forget the Internet, the answer is out there somewhere.


Good Luck

I do hope this information has been helpful and will not stop you from building your own Systems. I find that when everything is going pear shape the best solution is always to switch of the