Performance of 1394 devices may decrease after you install Windows XP Service Pack 2


After you update your computer to Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), the performance of your 1394a or 1394b FireWire devices may be greatly decreased. A digital camera that uses S400 speed is an example of such a device.


This problem occurs if you connect a 1394a or 1394b FireWire device to a 1394b port. This problem occurs because Windows XP SP2 changes 1394b ports to S100 speed when you upgrade.


Update information

The following file is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:

Download Download the Update for Windows XP (KB885222) package now.

Release Date: December 17, 2004

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To install this update, you must have Windows XP SP2 installed.

Restart information

You must restart your computer after you install this update.

Update replacement information

This update is not replaced by any later hotfix or update.

Registry information

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After you install this update, if you add a host controller for a new 1394 device to your computer, you must add or modify the SidSpeed entry in the Windows registry for the new 1394 host controller. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
  2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\PCI\1394_hc_hw_id\1394_instance_id\Device Parameters
  3. If the SidSpeed value does not exist in the right pane after you click the Device Parameters subkey in step 2, create it. To do this, point to New on the Edit menu, click DWORD Value, type SidSpeed, and then press ENTER.
  4. Right-click SidSpeed, and then click Modify.
  5. In the Value data box, type one of the values that are shown in the following table, and then click OK.
    0S100 speed
    1S200 speed
    2S400 speed (default value)
    3S400/S800 speed (Windows XP Service Pack 1 [SP1] value)
    Note If you try to use a value that is larger than 3, SidSpeed will use a value of 0 (S100 speed).
  6. Quit Registry Editor.
To locate the FireWire controller information, follow these steps:
  1. Open Device Manager. To do this, right-click My Computer on the Start menu, click Manage, and then click Device Manager under System Tools. You can also click Properties under My Computer, and then click Device Manager on the Hardware tab.
  2. Locate your FireWire controller in the IEEE 1934 Bus host controllers section.
  3. Right-click the FireWire controller entry, click Properties, and then click the Details tab.
  4. Click Device Instance Id. You see a string of letters and numbers that is similar to the following:
    The information between the two slash marks (\) is the “1394_hc_hw_id". “VEN_104C&DEV_8020&SUBSYS_00D81028&REV_00” is the hardware ID in this example. The information that follows the second slash mark (\) is the “1394_instance_id”. “4&19FD8D60&0&60F0” is the instance ID in this example.

File information

The English version of this update has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.

Date Time Version Size File name
04-Nov-2004 20:59 5.1.2600.2549 6,656 Cstupd1394sidspeed.dll
04-Nov-2004 19:33 5.1.2600.2549 61,184 Ohci1394.sys


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

More Information

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