I don't think the order is that important as long as the updates aren't installing their own versions of the drivers. You can install all of the drivers first, just be sure you check their versions to see if anything was reinstalled by the updates. If you don't want to bother looking at each one, install all of the drivers first, then install them all again after the windows updates.
Badge has the right order. At least that order works best for me, because if I install my antivirus/spyware (McAfee Security Center) before all updates including office, McAfee blocks some of the updates.
If it is a newer board or hardware always install the chipset drivers first than the hardware drivers. I put all my updates on a flash drive than install before I put it online. Avast is the best anti virus I have seen in a long time. If you are installing sata drive on xp you will need the f6 floppy sata drivers at install
True, but why would any one connect it to the RAID controller instead of the southbridge? I know, people do it all the time and then they wonder why they are having problems. That's why they should RTFM.
The reason I ask is to avoid possible drivers issues I've been having - probably due to my Radeon HD 4850, but it sounds like its not too big a deal.
So I am right in thinking it wouldn't make any difference if I installed my chipset drivers with XP SP2 installed, then upgrading to SP3?... Or updating XP to SP3 first, then installing chipset drivers? The mobo is pretty new (Asus P5Q).