ATi (AMD) GPU Problem Answered

I recently recieved an XFX Radeon HD 6850 card after reluctantly switching from nVidia. My previous card was an MSI N8400GS 512MB DDR2, and wasn't up to spec with the latest games. I installed teh card using standard procedures (grounding myself, carefully removing and inserting cards etc. I have determined it isn't a problem with my setup or power supply, as my system specs exceed all of those required by the card. The only one it didn't meet was PCI-E x16 2.1, mine is on;y 2.0, but I'm told it is backwards compatible, and it wasn't listed as a requirement (only pci-e x16). I have installed the drivers from the ATi website, and uninstalled my old ones. The crd does not run hot at any time, so overheating isn't a problem. The problem is I sometimes heat interference on the headphones, even though I'm using a separate sound card. I also get digital interference on the screen (I'm using DVI). When I try to put any kind of stress on the card (run-in tests, benchmarking, or gaming), the display driver stops responding multiple times, the interference increases, and sometimes the system halts and I have to reset. I can't think of any good reason for this problem other than a faulty card, but I bought it brand new @ factory sealed, with no modifications or over clocking. Any idea what the problem might be?

Question by andy70707 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


New card

I have this new Ati all in wonder card right? And it has two tuners built into it, one is supposed to be for TV which is what I have it hooked up to right now, and the other for FM radio which I haven't tried yet. But is there a good chance that they are both regular tuners and I could use them for dual recording?

Topic by Punkguyta 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


nvidia vs ati gaming pc which best ! !? Answered

Question by Avadhut.Deshmukh 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


I has an onboard ATI onboard video card Answered

Can i buy an nvidia card and somehow disable my onboard one?

Question by hellstudios 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Ati Radeon 2400 Pro series

I got a ati radeon 2400 hd pro and i put in my PCI express slot and it boots up fine but when it loads it reads as radeon 2400 Xt for some reason anyone got any suggestions as to why this is happening?. if you need more info let me know cant be drivers its the original disk for drivers and its not virus cause i reformatted twice and it still happening

Topic by IIwootII 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


I need help with my downgraded Acer Extensa 4420, downgraded to XP. Can;t get graphics to be recognized with ATI.

I finally got XP to install on my Acer Extensa 4420, that comes with Vista on it, but I've run into a problem. I have been going through the drivers, and some don't install, here is one of them. I can't update my graphics card, it wont even install Catalyst control!My card is an ATI Radeon Xpress 1250, integrated and whatnot. Please help!?

Question by 6fallen6shadow6 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


How to determine which component will cause a bottleneck?

I have a system with a Pentium 4 at 2.4 Ghz, and I'm assuming that the P4 would be the component to cause a bottleneck.  I've maxed out the RAM at 2 GiB (it's DDR 533 Mhz I believe). Anyways, I'm trying to get it to do some (moderate) 3D gaming.  So I'm wondering, if I were to buy an AGP ATI graphics card, would a card with only 120 stream processors result in a bottleneck with the GPU instead of the CPU?  Or is the difference between 120 and 320 stream processors negligible (assuming clock speeds and VRAM are equal)?  I'm not expecting to run Crysis on this rig, but I'd like it to be able to handle most modern games on low settings at least.  Any input is appreciated.

Question by RelaxedSoup 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Need help with an ati firegl graphics card

Hello all I am in need of the collective experience of the instructables community you see I have a ati firegl graphics card but no 6 pin power cable so therefore I am unable to use it in my pc if anyone knows how to bypass or rig a power cable I would greatly appreciate it Thank you  fidgety2

Topic by fidgety2 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Which of these video cards is better? Answered

I was looking online to see about getting a new video card to replace the 256mb one in my system. My budget is less than $75 and i found these at OTV's site I live in Saskatoon, so there is no problem with shipping costs. which one has more bang for the buck? ATI 5450 1GB PCI-E ATI 5450 1GB PCIE (More Expensive) Nvidia GeForce 210 512MB PCI-E Which one of these three is the best for their price? Preferably between the two 1GB ones.

Question by zack247 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Where can I get a tablet with a powerful GPU? Answered

Ok, so recently I've been looking for a new computer.  I want a tablet because I'm goning to use it as a notebook next year.  The problem is every tablet I find has an Intel GMA, which SUCKS!  I simply cant find a tablet that has anythng that I want, I'm looking for an NVIDIA or an ATI with 1GB of RAM. Does anybody know of one?  My budget is 1,000$-1,200$ 

Question by junits15 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How do I have DirectX 11? Answered

So, somehow my computer running Vista & a 8500 GT thinks it has DirectX 11, and I'm trying to figure out how that works.  It's even an nVidia card, they don't even have cards or drivers for Dx11 out.  I just ordered a Radeon HD 5770 for the Dx11 support and I'm feeling a bit cheated (not a big ATI fan). It'd sure be peachy if I could somehow run Dx11 games on my nVidia card (not that a 8500 GT could handle it, but perhaps a GTX 260).  It's probably just some sort of wacky glitch with the frontend and I don't ''really'' have Dx11, but you never know...  Anywho, anyone have an inkling what's up with this?

Question by RelaxedSoup 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


What video card to buy? Answered

My old graphics cards died (two 8600 GT's in SLI), so now I need a replacement.  I've narrowed it down to either a GTX 260 or a Radeon 5000 series card, basically I can't decide whether Direct X 11 is worth it or not.  I've always been a fan of nVidia and I'd prefer to stick to their cards, but if I can get the same performance for the same amount of money with an ATI card w/ DX11 then I'd probably go with ATI.  My (original) price limit was $150, but since there isn't jack for that much, I've bumped it to $200.  I'd prefer not to go over that.  So how does the Radeon 5000 series compare to the GTX 200 series (within my price range)? Also, is DX11 worth it? My PC's specs: OCZ 550 Watt PSU (50 amps total on the 12v rails, 2 X 25A) Core 2 Duo E6850 Asus P5N-E SLI mobo 2 GiB DDR2 800 Mhz RAM 3 7200 RPM SATA drives The usual DVD drive A fairly crappy 16" CRT (1280x1024) Vielen Dank!

Question by RelaxedSoup 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Adobe ..... unable to load module - How to fix the start problem in regards to the video driver

I had to install Adobe Premier for a friend with no real clues. Anyway, all was good and registered but the first start was aborted with an error stating that a module for the graphics card could not be loaded. The misleading suggestion underneath, stating to updated the graphics driver was of little use as the latest Nvidia driver was already installed. A support request with Adobe gave the suggestion to fully uninstall all Adobe products, using their clean up tool. After that a reboot and fresh install of all. You guessed it, Premier CC would still refuse to start with the same error. Google was of no use this time but a system check revealed the fix: Premier was trying to load quite a few things but some have been blocked by the virus scanner for no good reason. After setting exceptions for the problematic files I also checked the firewall and gave full access to all Adobe Premier related tasks. And sure enough there was no error message anymore! So if your Adobe product fails to start with an error in regards to being unable to load a module you might want to disable your virus scanner and firewall to check if they are to blame. I hope this might help all those lost with no useful support.

Topic by Downunder35m 3 years ago


How does one set up dual graphics cards? Answered

Hello instructables community, I plan on building a computer in the near future, and I know how to do assemble and setup everything, however one newer concept has caught my eye, that is dual graphics cards.  I like the idea because I could buy 2 lower end gaming cards and have the preformence of an expensive higher end one for a lesser cost. I plan on using ATI cards, so I know I need ATI crossfire.  However I just want to know the basics of doing this from somebody that has actually done it.                                                                                                                      Thanks,                                                                                                                             junits15

Question by junits15 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


ATI Radeon Diablotek 9000 graphics card? - JUST EDITED

I recently recived my AIT Radeon Daiblotek 9000 graphics card. I fallowed the instructions for installation. It fit in great. When i boot my pc, i see black. I have connected the card to my monitor. So, i removed the card and tried to install the drivers. I think they installed correctly, but im not sure. I still see black wen i use the card. I have a dell dimension 2400 with windows xp and service pack 3. PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANKZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ---------------------------------------------------------------EDIT!--------------------------------------------------------------- I just switched to a Dell Dimension 4700. PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Question by sci4me 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Windows 8 - Windows 7 drivers for ATI mobility radeon 4200 hd for use in windows 8?

Hi, I've recently installed Windows 8 on my laptop after windows 7 died on me and my DVD drive failed. I had to put my hdd in another laptop to install then transfer it back into my laptop, the problem I'm having though is that Windows 8 has installed some random drivers for my video card (ATI mobility radeon 4200 hd) whereas I need the Windows 7 driver which I cannot access. Has anybody found a DIRECT DOWNLOAD to the driver? All I can find is the catalyst control centre and such which completely ignores the card and allows Windows to install it's own stuff :LAny help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance, Will

Question by freerunnin1 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Some confusion about Elitebook 8540w

Hello,Everyone. Recently I buy a HP Elitebook 8540w with ATI M5800 graphics, which is not in the HCL. I tried to install v2.1 and it will only boot into safe mode. When in safe mode XenClients correctly reports a ATI M5000 series graphics card. I have looking some solution  in replacing the amdplugin.so in /usr/lib/surfman with the version in the techpreview 2.0. Now it seems to be working fine, but why isn't the 'normal' v2.1 not working? It is kind of strange to remove M5800 graphics support from the released version.

Question by bestakkus 7 years ago


Can my computer run Cod4 and other popular games with Maxed Out Settings? Answered

Computer specs: Video card: XFX ATI Radeon 5850 Processor: AMD Phenom II x 4 925 processor. ~2.8 Ghz. (Can be overclocked. same with videocard.) Memory: 8190MB  RAM Motherboard: Unknown, but I bought my computer as a gaming PC not to long ago and updated the videocard. Everything else should be able to run fairly well. Please answer and thank you.

Question by bubbaman22 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


upgrading my PC need power advice? Answered

Hey all, i'm going to be upgrading my PC soon and need to know if i'll need a new PSU to go with it. CPU: AMD FX 8150 Motherboard: Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z GPU: Sapphire ATI Radeon 7970HD  current PSU: Hytec 950w   (can't get any better info than that) Side question: will an Asus Commando, intel q6600 & ati 5450 run on a 380w psu? it will only be acting as a "server" of sorts no heavy lifting

Question by furby 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


WHAT HAPPENED TO MY HOMEPAGE!? Answered

When I installed IE8, this happened ( Look at the Picture). i was using IE5 before and everything was fine. These are my Computer Specs: Intel Pentium Dual @ 2.2GHz 2.0 GB of RAM ATI Radeon HD 2400 Series XP SP3 HELP PLOX!

Question by Soopah Steve 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Better Graphics?

Ok, is the ATI Radeon 9000 Diablotek graphics card better than the Intel G33/G31 Express Chipset Family onboard graphics? Specs: Pentium 4 2.5 GB DDR2 Ram Asus P5KPL-AM EPU Motherboard 80 GB Seagate Baracuda HDD YEAH!

Question by sci4me 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Video card questions Answered

I've recently gotten a free PC (a HP Evo D510) which I intend to do some moderate networked gaming on.  My plan was to buy a cheap AGP or PCI graphics card, but I'm unsure what to go with (ATI/nVidia, AGP/PCI). I've only had experience with PCI-E cards so far. From what I've read, AGP is faster than PCI.  I assume this is correct?  Looking at NewEgg, it would seem that AGP ATI cards are ludicrously better than AGP nVidia cards.  Is this the case?  The computer to be upgraded has 2 Gib of RAM and a 2.4 Ghz P4.  I'm anticipating the porcessor to be a bottleneck, along with slow bus speeds.  I suppose my main question here is what GPU should I roll with?  I'd like to spend less that $75, but that's flexible to a certain extent.  Anyways, thanks in advance.

Question by RelaxedSoup 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


can my mac play portal 2? Answered

Processor name: intel core 2 duo Processor speed :2GHz Number Of Processors: 1 Total Number Of Cores: 2 Memory: 1 GB Chip-set Model: ATI,RadeonHD2400 can i play portal 2 with it?

Question by ahmad2117 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Is a NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GSO Video Card compatible with a ATI Radeon X1200 graphic adaptor?

I purchased the NVIDIA card and installed it and the setup wizard is telling me that my graphic adaptor is incompatible and will not install the software. I tried downloading the NVIDIA Driver 182.08 from www.NVIDIA.com but that will not get past the setup either. It says that it cant locate any drivers that are compatible with my hardware. What can i do to make it work? Or did i just waste $130 on a Video Card that wont work with my PC?

Question by Blazer40 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


What should I add to my gaming pc? Answered

Well these are the specs of my gaming pc so far: Ram: 2GB ddr2 Graphics card: ATI display adapter (0x954F) Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GH Hard drive: 80 GB Powersupply: 300W Is this type of pc really considered a  gaming pc? Please tell me! Thanks!

Question by solarblade90 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


can i use s1g4 processor on socket s1g3 ? Answered

I want to upgrade my laptop to champlain processor  my laptop is ACER Aspire 4540 : AMD Turion II x2 M520 ATI Radeon HD 4200 RAM DDR2 3gb

Question by Rendydevara 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


I can't see images on this site?

OK, well, I just got a new computer, and most of the images on this site come up as question marks in a blue box. Any ideas? I'm running- Safari 5.0.5 iMac 21.5in  i5 3.6 GHz 4GB DDR3 RAM 512MB VRAM ATI HD 5670 Also, it works on my other favorite sites(IGN, Armorgames, minecraftforum.net)  

Question by builder968 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Will Iatkos/IPC/Kalaway/IDeneb (aka Mac OS X hack for PCs) work on the laptop listed below?

HP Pavilion dv7-4173us with beats audio, 500GB hdd, 4GB ram, AMD Phenom II X4 950 (2.1 GHz), ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 Graphics, and 17.3" screen Here is the link to view the product page: http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/303423/HP-Pavilion-dv7-4173us-Laptop-Computer/

Question by epicnoobpwn 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


What graphics card should i get? Answered

I have a compaq SR1620NX . Right now it has a integrated graphics card (ATI Radeon XPress 200) which sucks. What new card should i get. I'll spend up to 150ish US dollar. Specs: 3 PCI slots 1 PCI Express x16 slot 2ghz processor 1.5 Gb RAM

Question by The Red Button 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


what is the best graphic card for my PC?

My PC specs are : motherboard : BIOSTAR PURO HI-FI A85W processor      : AMD A8 APU 5600K Quad core 3.60 Ghz RAM                 : 8 GB OS                   : windows 7 ultimate 64-bit VGA                 : ATI RADEON HD 5570 HDD                : 1 TB If i wan't to change my graphic card for best gaming result what is the best VGA card should i buy? 

Question by eydie kevin 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


windows 7 is worth it, right? Answered

Hi, i am building myself a new pc and was planning on installing windows 7 the specs are: -3.2GHz pentium D -No sata hdd yet... -ATI radeon 256mb PCI-E Graphics card -2 Gigs of ram -and a dvd burner too i was wondering, should i install windows 7, or just install good old windows xp? PS: i plan on playing lots of games on this computer. (like trackmania, rainbow six lockdown, etc...)

Question by zack247 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Home theater Pc

I'm making a home theater pc for out in my living room. I had some problems with getting colour through tv out for some ungodly reason, but installing the catalyst drivers for my ati card seemed to solve the problem. Anywho, the specs are:Pentium 2 450mhz192mb of ram (I have more that was origionally in it, but I was having problems with it just flashing off and corrupting the hard drive, bad ram = corrupt data so I have yet to sort out what's bad)A really old 6 gig hd, I plan to buy a 80 gig hd for it in about 2 weeks.Ati Radeon 7000 w/ dual vga out and tv out obviouslyI think it's fine for playing movies and the such, and it's a generally fast computer, (I have xp pro installed) but the hd slows it down unbearably so hopefully I get that fixed soon with the new hard drive. I've had a 80 gig in it before and I know how fast it gets. Anywho, I need suggestions for a media front, like windows media center type of thing, because on a tv, it's rather hard to see the print on the screen and navigate through files and music. I appreciate anyone that can suggest and software.

Topic by Punkguyta 12 years ago  |  last reply 12 years ago


how to repair my laptop without buy a new motherboard?

I have made a pcie mini card to pcie x1, i plugged PCI (NOT PCIe) an my laptop could turned on but no display. and i was try to connect to external monitor, it doesn't show anything. my laptop is acer aspire 4540 amd turion II x2 m520,  Motherboard LA-5521P.

Question by Rendydevara 8 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


How well will battlefield 3 and Batman: arkham city run on my pc? Answered

My pc specs are: Processor= 1.8 GHz triple-core AMD RAM= 8GB (we upgraded it :D) GFX card= ATI mobility radeon hd 5470 512mb my abundance of RAM gives the graphics card about 3G of video ram, just to let you know. if you have a computer that runs these games, better or worse than mine, tell me the spec, and what framerate it runs at. if you know the rough framerate i will get, then great! :D

Question by Fred the evil puppet 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


why does my computer (a gateway NV52) keep shutting down at random times? Answered

It seems to only shutdown when i play games that require a lot of power like borderlands or SC2. It seems like it is from either an overworked GPU or it using too much memory. its got an AMD athelon x2 64 bit processor, an ATI radeon intigrated graphics card, and is running Windows Vista... and please no linux users telling me its because im running windows... i would rather be running ubuntu but i need more hard drive space. this is really annoying and any help that could be given would be appreciated. Thanks!  

Question by Thor007 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


I built a Super (ly fast) Computer, we named it HAL.

I am glad to announce, we have built a super computer. I'm serious, 8gb DDR2 ram, AMD Phenom 9600 Quad Core,500gb SATA hard drive, Dual ATI Radeon 4670 DDR3 512mb Graphics cards, Asus M3N78-VM AM2+ Motherboard. It's so fast, if i was chatting on yahoo, i can see what you are typing before you type it. If ANYONE takes this picture, i will know because the chances of someone with this same set up is pretty slim. Or at least give me credit and let me know.http://www.computersonics.com/Pictures, Well, now!

Topic by Yerboogieman 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


What can I do with and old laptop which the bga doesnt work?

Sup. Well, if you read the title you have an idea about my "problem". So, my laptop doesnt work anymore and I don't want to fix it because it is to expensive for only work a few times before fn it up again. Could you guys help me find something to do with my old laptop? I wanted to do something with gaming or music. Can I use for playing games without the bga, like using the hardware on something else? There is 4 GB of ram (ddr3) 1 TB of HD ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650  Blu-ray reader Please give me some ideas :)

Topic by viniawey 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Cannot install files over 100~ MB???

So a couple of months ago i downloaded saints row 3 *crack* from blackbox, i install but at 25% of installation it says "Decompression failed. Error -7". I thought is was a problem with the installer. Then i downloaded Grand Theft Auto IV (wonderful game i mite say), and it comes up with non stop "CRC Error. Needs orijinal CD" or something.  ---this is where i got suspicious. Then Battlefield 3. That is the moment i started to hate computers. Dying light, that was my limit. İ am dying to play a game with good graphics. Help me please!!! Comp. specs: Processor Information:     Vendor:  GenuineIntel     CPU Family:  0xf     CPU Model:  0x6     CPU Stepping:  0x2     CPU Type:  0x0     Speed:  3024 Mhz     2 logical processors     2 physical processors     HyperThreading:  Unsupported     FCMOV:  Supported     SSE2:  Supported     SSE3:  Supported     SSSE3:  Unsupported     SSE4a:  Unsupported     SSE41:  Unsupported     SSE42:  Unsupported     Network Information:     Network Speed:      Operating System Version:     Windows 7 (32 bit)     NTFS:  Supported     Crypto Provider Codes:  Supported 311 0x0 0x0 0x0     Video Card:     Driver:  ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series      DirectX Driver Name:  aticfx32.dll     Driver Version:  8.771.0.0     DirectX Driver Version:  8.17.10.1043     Driver Date: 25 Aug 2010     OpenGL Version: 3.3     Desktop Color Depth: 32 bits per pixel     Monitor Refresh Rate: 60 Hz     DirectX Card: ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series      VendorID:  0x1002     DeviceID:  0x9498     Number of Monitors:  1     Number of Logical Video Cards:  1     No SLI or Crossfire Detected     Primary Display Resolution:  1600 x 900     Desktop Resolution: 1600 x 900     Primary Display Size: 22.20" x 12.52"  (25.47" diag)                                             56.4cm x 31.8cm  (64.7cm diag)     Primary Bus Type Not Detected     Primary VRAM: 1024 MB     Supported MSAA Modes:  2x 4x 8x     Sound card:     Audio device: Hoparl?r (High Definition Audio     Memory:     RAM:  2047 Mb     Miscellaneous:     UI Language:  English     Microphone:  Not set     Media Type:  DVD     Total Hard Disk Space Available:  476929 Mb     Largest Free Hard Disk Block:  81429 Mb     OS Install Date: Tem 21 2014     Game Controller: None detected    İnstalled software:  Non'ya Damn Buisness

Topic by Doc Penguin 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


What is a good way to make a 3d game? Answered

I have the skill to be able to make 3d models  and scenes, create a storyline and do texturing, but what is a easy / free / cheap method to make a decent game? i was thinking about a first person shooter type game, but all of the FPS game makers out there that i have tried didn't give me enough freedom to make it the way i wanted to. i have listed the ones i have tried and the reasons i didn't like them: -Sauerbraten-Too hardware reliant, runs very slow on a good pc-cant import my own models -Silent Walk-bad method of level creation, can only make 'rough' looking levels -Retribution Engine-Wont run on newer pcs (maybe just needs a nvidia card not ati?) -3drad- need to pay to use it, doesn't exactly run nicely, and importing new enviroments is a pain -Fps creator free-very buggy, doesn't run on many computers so what is a good way to make a 3d game? I am looking at microsoft XNA, but what else? (just not flash or macromedia) Thanks in advance, z247

Question by zack247 8 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Blank screen for dual monitor support, bad PSU or Bad Video card

2 computers (X,Y) X is intel 478 1GBram 80 GBHDD (celeron 2.6) 200W PSU ATIradeon 9200(PCI), can get multy monitor on this system. Y is same litlle newer 2GBram 80&40GB HDDs (p4 3.0GhzHT prescott)  300W ATIraeon 9550(AGP) cant get dual monitor. onboard wont work if card plugged in.  2nd monitor plugge in with DVI-VGA Adapter.  it gets power but screen is blank.  ATI cat and windows recognizes both monitors but can't get video to display on 2nd.  I really ont want to buy a psu if I don't need one.... will  try plugging in 9200 PCI into Y tonight if it works then don't think its power supply (cuz it will be powering to vieo cards) anyone know what may be my prob...Also noticed when enabling in windows, screen resolution says it is 1024,0 (should be 1024,768)  lights are green on both monitors. when 1st monitor goes to standby second monitor follows.... Please before I lose all my hair... anyhelp?....

Question by liggy 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Ouch, bad week for me.

This week pretty much sucks so far. To fill everybody in, I bought myself a nice little gift for my birthday, a 100 inch projector TV. I'm still working on the setup, even though my birthday was in July. Things take time, unfortunately. I was planning on hooking up my desktop PC to the projector, to show pictures and whatnot, it'll be my DVD player too. I have an ATI remote wonder that'll work perfect for it. I already have it integrated into the surround sound, so all I had to do is get a 25 foot VGA cable to run from the PC to the projector. Or so I thought, until it came across my mind that I wouldn't be able to use my desktops monitor. I thought I would just make a solid state switch, but unfortunately, a VGA cable has 15 pins - I don't think they make a dual throw 15 pole switch. So the backup plan was to get a second video card, to use in conjunction with the onboard graphics to do dual monitors. I can make a simple app, and use one of the programmable buttons on the remote to switch which is the primary display. So I went shopping, and I asked a friend what he thought of this one I wanted to buy. How convenient, that he just happened to get a new one, and he would sell me his old one, which just happened to be PCIE x16, for $50.. which is less than what I was looking at, and triple the quality. I buy it, and wait 2 days from it to go from San Fransisco to my house, in central MA. I install it, it works! Yay! I install the drivers, go out for a little bit, come back... dead computer. The thing was a goner, the PS blew, and took the motherboard with it. So I called up compaq... 20 days out of warantee. Great! At that point, I thought it was just the PS. It's 300 watts, running 2 hard drives, 2 CD drives, a 3.3ghz Celeron, and an ATI x1600 graphics card. So I go shopping, pick up a 500 watt one. Come home and install it... same shit. So I knew the motherboard was blown. I look it up, a new motherboard is $200. That's how much I paid for the damn computer! So it's ebay time, I find and win the same model for $250. So yeah, so far, the cost of this week is $350. $100 from the PS. So I put the computer back together, put it on the desk. I wake up the next morning to guess what? Look at the first picture. That's right, the glass desk shattered. The desktop was on the other side, thank god, but guess what got screwed up in that nice, conveniently timed breakage? - The new PS (I exchanged it, but I had to drive an hour to Circuit City) - One hard drive, 2 weeks old. - $90 - Old school soldering iron - costed me $80 back in the day. - A whole stack of DVD-RWs - $30 - A stock of CD-Rs - $15 - A pressure gauge from my Pneumatic cannon instructable - $10 - A bunch of misc electronic parts - $20 - My damn desk! - $120 So far, $715 total. Murphy's law in action right there.

Topic by cvxdes 11 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Upgrading my PC and need advice? AMD FX -8150 or INTEL i7 3820? Answered

Hi all, im in the planning stages of a PC upgrade for my new "5 Year PC" my current system: intel Q6600 Asus Commando Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 7970 3gb (will be reused in new system) Hytec 950w PSU (will be reused in new system) 2 x 2GB DDR2 Ram 1TB, 2TB, 320gb & 500gb Sata HDDs (will be reused in new system) system 1 AMD: (approx price. AUD$700) AMD fx -8150 Asus Crosshair V Formula z G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-1866C10Q-32GXL (4x8GB) 32GB DDR3 system 2 INTEL: (approx price. AUD$1000) Intel Core i7 3820 ASUS Rampage IV Extreme Motherboard G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-1866C10Q-32GXL (4x8GB) 32GB DDR3 Case: Lanboy Air which system would last me the "Long term" with minimal upgrades. the system would be on 24/7. i use it mostly for gaming (WoW, AC, Diablo, Mass effect 3) but will be doing some photo/video editing in the future. i WON'T be overclocking. TL:DR AMD FX -8150 or INTEL i7 3820? Windows Score 5.9 Processor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz 7.1 Memory (RAM) 4.00 GB 7.1 Graphics AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series 7.9 Gaming graphics 4863 MB Total available graphics memory 7.9 Primary hard disk 451GB Free (932GB Total) 5.9

Question by furby 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


One bug, one inconvenience

Hey all, Instructables is an amazing website, spend a lot of time in the electronics section! Haven't had time to make my first instructable yet, but getting ready too shortly! I found two bugs, one that doesn't hinder usability but it has a huge annoyance factor, and the other is an inconvenience more or less. The first one: Ironically I found this while looking at pictures of bugs people had previously submitted in the comments of the featured bugs article. When you click on the image to view it in the light-box some of the objects on the page ALWAYS show up in front of the light-box. This makes me believe that the Z-Index is possibly set too high on those objects, haven't had a chance to play around in FireBug and propose a solution as of yet though. I have attached the screenies of this problem below. I only took screen-shots of the problem on this specific page, but rest assured it does it on every single page I have checked. I figured this pair of images is enough. Second "bug" (not so much a bug as a recommendation here): When posting in the forums I ALWAYS have to do the "Select a category group and category" step in my post. I understand that if I wasn't already inside a specific forum (category) when I clicked the new topic button it wouldn't already know where I wanted to post to, but seeing as you don't have this button until you are inside a category it should be able to fill this in for you. For example I was inside the "bugs" category in the "help" category group when I clicked the "New Topic" button, it wouldn't be too difficult to have that button pass a parameter to allow those boxes to automatically have the right selection, but keep them selectable just in case someone would want to change where it was posted. Computer 1 specs: OS: Both Ubuntu 11.10 (x86 and x64) and Windows 7 (x64) Browsers: Firefox 8.0, Chromium 15.0.874.106 (Developer Build 107270 Linux) CPU: Core 2 Duo e5700 RAM: 8 Gb GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 7300 (Driver Version 2.1.2) Computer 2 Specs (My web development machine): OS: Windows 7 SP1 (x64) and XP Pro SP3 (x86) Browsers: Firefox 9.0.1, IE 9.0.8812.16421, Chrome 16.0.912.63, Safari 5.1.2, Opera 11.60 CPU: Core i5 m520 RAM: 8Gb GPU: ATI Radeon HD 5470 I was able to replicate this issue across 3 operating systems with various levels of installed updates, and across every single common browser, updated to their latest versions for the specific operating systems. In supporting browsers using compatibility mode this problem wasn't present, but as previous posts stated paddings, menus and some other items move around the site or collapse on themselves, specifically on the front page using internet explorer. These bugs were replicated using both 32 bit and 64 bit versions of operating systems, and on 64 bit operating systems it was tested on both the 32 and 64 bit browsers.

Topic by b3ta-mann 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Acer laptop, what mother board does it use?

 I have a acer aspire 5542, And would like to know the mother broad it uses Thanks for your help Brand Acer Model Aspire 5542 Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit Processor / Graphics AMD Athlon II Dual-Core M300 2.00 GHz ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4200 Series Memory 4 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 SDRAM 667 MHz Hard drive SATA 500 GB HDD 5400 rpm Display / Resolution 15.6-inch HD 1366×76 resolution high brightness Acer CineCrystal TFT LCD, 16:9 aspect ratio, 8 ms response time, 60% color gamut Removable Storage 8X DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive Wireless Support Atheros AR5B93 Wireless Network Adapter 802.11 n, b, g Communications Broadcom NetLink Gigabit Ethernet, HDAUDIO Soft Fax Modem with SmartCP, Acer Video Conferencing with Integrated Acer Crystal Eye Webcamer featuring 640×480 resolution, Bluetooth 2.1 Input Devices Full-size keyboard including number pad, Synaptics touchpad with Multi-Gesture support Power 6-cell Li-ion with up to 3 hours of battery life Accessories Extra battery, external USB floppy, extra AC adapter Security software/features Acer Backup Manager1, Acer Bio-Protection1, Acer eRecovery Management, McAfee® Internet Security Suite 2009 Trial, MyWinLocker®, Nortonâ„¢ Online Backup Other Software Acer Arcadeâ„¢ Deluxe featuring Acer CinemaVisionâ„¢ and Acer ClearVisionâ„¢ technologies, Acer Crystal Eye, Acer GridVistaâ„¢, Acer Launch Manager, Adobe® Flash® Player, Adobe® Reader®, EarthLink®1, eSobiâ„¢, Google Toolbarâ„¢, Microsoft® Works with Office Home and Student 2007 Trial, NetZero®, NTI Media Makerâ„¢, Oberon GameZone, WildTangent® Memory card reader Media Card Reader supporting SD, MMC, RS-MMC, MS, MS Pro, xD Accessible memory slots 2 slots Maximum Memory Expansion Up to 4 GB Ports Headphone/speaker/line-out jack with S/PDIF support, Microphone-in jack, Line-In jack, Ethernet (RJ-45) port, Modem (RJ-11) port, DC-in jack for AC adapter Additional Ports None Audio Dolby®-optimized surround sound system with two built-in stereo speakers, Optimized 3rd Generation Dolby Home Theater® audio enhancement, featuring Dolby® Digital Live, Dolby® Pro Logic® IIx, Dolby® Headphone, Dolby® Natural Bass, Dolby® Sound Space Expander, Dolby® Audio Optimization, Dolby® High Frequency Enhancer technologies10, True 5.1-channel surround sound output High-definition audio support S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface)11 support for digital speakers, MS-Sound compatible Built-in microphone ENERGY STAR Qualified Energy Star 5.0 Weight 6.16 lbs (2.8 kg) with battery Dimension 15.1 x 9.9 x 1.03 to 1.5 inches, 383 x 250 x 26 to 37 mm Thinness 1.03 to 15 inches, 26 to 37 mm Network Card Broadcom NetLink Gigabit Ethernet, HDAUDIO Soft Fax Modem with SmartCP PC Card Slot None Webcam Acer Crystal Eye Webcamera featuring 640×480 resolution Multimedia and Entertainment Acer Arcadeâ„¢ Deluxe featuring Acer CinemaVisionâ„¢ and Acer ClearVisionâ„¢ technologies, Acer Crystal Eye, Adobe® Flash® Player, NTI Media Makerâ„¢, Oberon GameZone, WildTangent® Warranty Limited 1-year and 90 day warranty options available depending on country, 1-year limited warranty on primary battery. Optional HP Care Pack Services extended warranty

Question by andreblue 7 years ago


Tracking down the speed problems on a laptop.

I've copied the conversation here so we could remove the information from the original instructable's comments.  I figure this would also be of some interest to other forum viewers who may have similar problems, or may be able to chip in. The long and short of it is, 92033 (Ed) has a refurbished laptop that takes literal hours to run a YouTube video on.  I suspect that it's due to a bottleneck with his internet connection.  Here's the conversation thus far: ---------------------------------------------------------------- 92033 (Ed): Thank you kindly for your prompt reply...appreciate it very much. I came across this site by accident in searching for something else and now I'm 'hooked' on it. :) So far I've read over 400 archived posts (whew)...as well as looking at the videos. The videos are somewhat of a problem because this new laptop only has 512 mg memory...LOOOOOng time to load. For example...to watch a SLOW 5-minute You Tube video takes 5-1/2 HOURS to load...keeps showing a couple words at a time...need to get two new memory chips to upgrade to 2gb. Thanks again...Take care. ---------------------------------------------------------------- eddems: I think you're basic download speed is killing ya, not the laptop. check you're speed at Internetfrog.com, if you see the link near the bottom for the old test, run it, I like it's graph of upload and download speed much better. ---------------------------------------------------------------- 92033: Thanks much. I'll check it out. I ordered a 1gb SDRAM Memory chip which just arrived yesterday. Hope this speeds things up a bit. ---------------------------------------------------------------- harley_rly: i hear u man, my computer is hopped up, but i live out in the sticks and have dialup...i only get 24kbps at most :( ---------------------------------------------------------------- 92033: Maybe there's hope for 'us' yet. :-) I phoned Tiger Direct to see cost of an upgrading memory chip to go from 512mg to 1-1/2gb. The guy I talked to suggested I get "PC TUNEUP 2.0" which bypasses the Windows Operating System (I'm using Windows XP Pro) and speeds up the system. I gave it a try and ordered the CD (cost $39.98 - $44.77 postpaid). It hasn't arrived yet but will let you know if it helps as he claims it will. He said that if I just ordered a 1gb memory chip my system wouldn't notice much improvement as it is, but this CD should do the trick. THEN...when I DO order the Memory chip(s) to get total of 2gb my system should zip through like a rocket with the CD just ordered. I'll let you know when I get the CD and about the results. Just hope I haven't thrown forty-five bucks to the wind. Thanks for the contact...appreciate hearing from you. TAKE CARE. ~ ED ---------------------------------------------------------------- Javin007: PC Tune-Up "bypasses the Windows Operating System?" This guy fed you a load of crap. (I work on computers for a living.) PC Tune-Up does nothing more than clean up registries, defragment harddrives (if your OS even needs it, some don't) and keeps drivers up to date (which you could do manually.) That guy's an idiot, or just a liar. Could be both. Unless you were buying PC Tuneup 2.0 from Tiger Direct, in which case we can add "sleazy salesman" to that. What are the specs of the laptop? Go to Start/Run and type in DXDIAG. This will give you a quick snapshot of the specs. Specifically, I'm curious as to the processor speed/type. For a 5 1/2 hour "load" you're more likely looking at network slowdown issues (although 512 megs for XP is WAYYYY too little. I HATE when they put PCs together like that). The RAM upgrade will show significant speed increases, but no improvement with YouTube videos or other downloads. I'm glad to see you are returning the CD. ---------------------------------------------------------------- 92033: Thanks much for your input...appreciate it very much. I checked the DXDIAG as you recommended. Here's the info on it: IBM ThinPad Laptop PC. Model # 23738TU. Intel Premium M 1.70GHZ. 512mb SDRAM Memory chip.Page File- 351mb used,513 mb available. Direct Version-Directx 9.00 (4.09.0000.0904). 512 mb SDRAM-Actual 212 Ram. AVAST Anti-Virus. MS Windows XP-PRO.. Dialup Speed-40kbps. PC2700 SDRAM 512mb Memory Chip installed. I ordered 1bb memory chip which arrived yesterday. Now I have to figure out HOW to remove the bottom of this laptop to install it...lotta small screws on it. :-) Oh, total memory shows 32mb. I don't know if this means much to you. I note your comment that the added RAM memory WONT (?) speed up loading YouTube videos? Is that correct? If so, why not? Thanks again. Take care. ~ ED ---------------------------------------------------------------- Javin007: :) At the risk of boring too many people, here's how memory in a PC works: You have two kinds of memory: RAM, and Hard Drive (technically there's three, as there's also onboard video RAM on video cards, but this is primarily used for 3D video game textures, so can be mostly ignored.) Your harddrive's read/write speed is determined by the type of harddrive it is (most are SATA now) and the rotation speed (most are 7200 RPM, though the specs for your system say yours is only 5400 RPM, but there are 10, 15, and even 20K rpm models out there that are exponentially more expensive.) No matter what, harddrive memory will always be degrees slower than RAM. RAM on the other hand is a small chunk of memory that is "temporary" memory, but very fast. Its speed is determined by the type of RAM (DDR2 being the current common one for notebooks, though DDR3 is available with some motherboards (you can ignore this, though, as you can only handle 2 gigs max of DDR with your system). The motherboard will determine the limits for the RAM that can be installed.) When running *ANYTHING* on your computer, and I mean ANYTHING, it must first be loaded into RAM to be accessed by the CPU. The computer doesn't directly access the harddrive. So this means when your operating system is loaded (Windows XP) the entirety of all running processes for the OS have to be loaded into RAM. Now, Microsoft claims that Windows XP only requires a minimum of 64 megs of RAM, but recommends 128 megs. I challenge you to find me a Windows XP system that only uses 128 megs out of the box. It's not atypical for an XP system to chew through all 512 megs of your RAM, leaving no RAM available for other applications. (Interestingly, the default setup for your laptop is only 256 megs of RAM, yet yours is reporting 512.) What happens when there's no RAM left? The system has to then start trading things into what is called "Virtual Memory." VM is nothing more than a file on the harddrive that will temporarily hold information that SHOULD be in RAM, so the RAM can load more info. For instance, say you have a process that's using RAM, but you want to watch your YouTube video. As the video is ready to play, the system will take the other process's data that's in RAM, write it to the harddrive, load your video into RAM in its place, play a portion of it, write the video to the harddrive, load the data for the process to RAM, let it run for a split second (so it doesn't lock up), write it back to the harddrive, load your video into RAM and play a short clip, etc. etc. etc. The result of low RAM on your system is that applications will open slowly (seconds or minutes, instead of instantly or a few seconds) and they will seem slow to respond, will stutter, etc. With enough RAM, your system can freely open as much as it needs into RAM, and ignore the virtual memory and all the slowdowns that it causes. Now, all of this being said, NO lack of RAM will cause a streaming video to take 5 1/2 hours to play. This is 100% going to be related to your downspeed. (Go to www.speedtest.net and post your results.) RAM slowdowns tend to be most noticeable when shutting down, or starting up your computer, apps will open a little more slowly, they will be slower to respond to button clicks, and video will be very choppy. Anything that is causing a YouTube video to take HOURS will be due to the system simply waiting to get the video in the first place. RAM wouldn't slow down the receiving of the video, but it would cause the video to play weird once it's downloaded. So, all this being said, here's the summary: Your system has a 1.7 Ghz processor, and your RAM is most likely 333 Mhz DDR. If you bump your memory up to a gig, you should see a pretty significant improvement in that your computer will, overall, just "feel" faster. It'll be more responsive, and working with large documents will be many, many times faster. This won't, however, affect your YouTube experience (unless you were getting jittery video often, not the same as "buffering" video.) If you see "buffering" for a long time, your internet connection is your bottleneck. A test on www.SpeedTest.net will likely confirm this. However, if you get decent numbers on SpeedTest, then we could have something more sinister going on, though I suspect you'll find your numbers well below the 1 mbps rate. This brings us to actually changing the RAM. I've been out of the PC hardware realm (professional programmer now) for a few years, and was unable to find a manual for your particular model. However, if memory serves, this image should be a fairly accurate representation of the underside of your system: http://www.javin-inc.com/temp/thinkpad.JPG Don't quote me, but I BELIEVE the red circle will indicate the only screw you will need to remove to access the RAM. There should also be a small clip holding the RAM in place that you'll want to pinch to get the RAM out, and make sure that the new RAM snaps into place. (Sometimes you'll have additional empty RAM beds, and you can just put your RAM in there and end up with 1.5 gigs, but I suspect you'll have two 256 gig chips in there.) ---------------------------------------------------------------- 92033: Phew. Thanks again for your most indepth educational lesson. I appreciate all your help more than you realize. I attempted to answer this last night, typing in more than twice the amount of text as your to me, then suddenly realized there was a glitch and I was on another page...lost it all into the ionisphere. :-( Rather than try to retype all I wrote, I shut 'r down and went to sleep. Now I'm trying to recall all I wrote last night but failed to get mailed. I'm not a traditional typist, rather a one-finger bloke so you can understand the frustration there. I do, however, type at a reasonably good speed. With that said, let's continue. I went to search for Configuration of this IBM Laptop ThinkPad 23738TU and am copy and pasting it here. It's relevant to what I have to say...here it is: ********************************************************************************** Overview Specs Features Includes Warranty Supplies IBM ThinkPad T42 2373 Specifications Part # 23738TU Key Specifications IBM ThinkPAD T42 2373 Manufacturer IBM Manufacturer Part # 23738TU Processor Type Intel Pentium M 735 1.7 GHz Data Bus Speed 400 MHz Cache Memory Type L2 cache Installed Size 2 MB RAM Installed Size 256 MB Technology DDR SDRAM Memory Speed 333 MHz System Type Notebook Storage Hard Drive 40 GB, 5400 rpm Storage Controller Type IDE Optical Storage Type DVD ROM Read Speed 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD) Display Type 14.1" TFT active matrix Graphics Processor / Vendor ATI MOBILITY RADEON 7500 Video Memory 32 MB Max. Resolution 1024 x 768 Audio Output Type Sound card Audio Codec AD1981B Compliant Standards DirectSound, AC '97, SoundMAX Telecom Modem Fax / modem Max. Transfer Rate 56 Kbps Protocols & Specifications ITU V.90 Networking Networking Network adapter Data Link Protocol Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet Expansion Expansion Slots Total 1 x front accessible Expansion Slots Total 2 ( 1 ) x memory 1 ( 1 ) x CardBus - type II Interfaces 1 x docking / port replicator, 240 pin docking 2 x Hi Speed USB, 4 pin USB Type A 1 x parallel, IEEE 1284 (EPP/ECP), 25 pin D Sub (DB25) 1 x display / video, VGA, 15 pin HD D Sub (HD 15) 1 x infrared, IrDA 1 x modem, phone line, RJ11 1 x network, Ethernet 10BaseT/100BaseTX, RJ45 1 x display / video, S video output, 4 pin mini DIN 1 x microphone, input, mini phone mono 3.5 mm 1 x headphones, output, mini phone stereo 3.5 mm Miscellaneous Features Locking device keyhole (cable lock), administrator password, hard drive password, power-on password, asset ID, IBM Embedded Security Subsystem 2.0 Compliant Standards ACPI 2.0, ACPI 1.0b, FCC Class B certified, CE, MPR II, UL, BSMI, cUL, NOM, VCCI-II Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional Software Included Adobe Acrobat Reader, PC Doctor, IBM Rapid Restore Ultra, IBM Update Connector, InterVideo WinDVD, IBM Access Connections, IBM Access Support, Access IBM,(OEM) Battery Technology lithium ion Capacity 4400 mAh Average Run Time 5 hour(s) Installed Qty 1 Ambient Temperature Min Operating Temperature 50 °F Max Operating Temperature 90 °F Humidity Range Operating 8 - 80% Dimensions (W x D x H) Unit 12.2 in x 10 in x 1.1 in Weight Unit 4.9 lbs Warranty 3 Years Limited Warranty on parts and labor. IBM 23738TU Summary ********************************************************************************* NOTE...I DON'T BELIEVE THIS...I JUST TYPED FORTY MINUTES REPLY HERE and it instantly scrolled up like speed of lightning and disappeared like last night. I'll ATTEMP to try again later. So please don't reply yet as you need to read my discoveries in changing the RAM chip. Meanwhile, thanks again...take care. ~ ED ******************************************************************************* TRY #3...I'm Back :-) Your diagram showing where the RAM chip is located was right on. Thanks. Here's my DISCOVERY :-( The RAM chip installed was NOT a 512mg...but only a 256mg chip. The ads ans specs say it's a 512mg...NOT SO. I was lied to by either the manufacturer or refurbishing company who removed the original 512 chip and reinstalled a 256 chip. I was lied to by the Tiger Direct guy on the phone. There are NOT two chip slots...only one. So I now have a useless removed 256mb RAM chip. Replaced with the 1gb RAM chip I just installed. So instead of having 1-1/2 gb RAM, I only have 1gb. Here's the crux. To. go to 2gb RAM I'd need to buy a full 2gb RAM CHIP and discard the 1gb for which I just paid $39.99 ($45.00 with s/h). This means another output of almost a hundred dollars plus the $45.00 just wasted because they wont accept return once the sealed chip plastic was opened...even though I had no idea there was only ONE SLOT in this PC instead of TWO like the Tiger Guy said. Now...crux #2...this new 1gb RAM does nothing more to increase speed. I just watched a 2.01 MINUTE YouTube video which took a HALF HOUR to load, so I threw the money away for nothing, eh? There is no noticeable change except the 'speed' shows it now as 41.2 kbps instead of 40 kbps. Okay...now HOW do I get to speed this thing up to normal viewing in real time? I also saw an ad for 4bg RAM Gateway laptop with 120gb hard drive for $404.99 which is all suped-up with everything. I had to upgrade a LOT since I got this only four months ago...taking over a hundred hours to load it, like Internet Explorer 5 to 6 and then to 8 and now to 9. I'm using AVAST Anti-Virus, after trying for 23 hours to get ADVAR, then find out it didn't load because of problem on the servor's end. Added Firefox and upgraded twice. Loaded MS Protection but it created more problems so I deleted it...now with AVAST which I like. Soooo...I've literally spent over 200 hours to get this thng where it's at now, plus the wasted money for the upgraded RAM chip.and I still don't have increased speed. HOW do I get it? IF the processor has to be changed does this mean I have to gut the thing and install a new motherboard? If so, what kind of money cost are we talking here? I bought this four months ago as a refurbished unit only because I was able to get it on payments of only $25.00 a month. If I had to wait to get $400.00 cash I'd never have it. :-) Okay...that's it for the moment. Thanks much again for your help offering and detailed instructions...appreciate it more than you realize. Best Wishes And God's Blessings To You And Yours In Everything Always. Most Respectfully... ~ ED  ---------------------------------------------------------------- Javin007: Well, let's start with the RAM. If you're running windows XP, you can assume all the extra processes (virus scanners, and whatnot) will be eating up about 512 megs of the RAM. First thing to do is check DXDIAG again (start/run) and verify that it's now reporting the correct amount of RAM. (Don't be surprised if it's like 9 hundred something megs or slightly more. It won't report 1024 or 1 gig.) This being said, that will leave you with the other 512 for your applications. This box won't be running the latest and greatest 3D games, but I suspect it was never intended to. If the heaviest hitter you'll have running is along the lines of photoshop, the 1 gig of RAM you have now should be plenty sufficient. I wouldn't worry about getting 2 gigs. Not for this rig, anyway. Also, Avast is a great (and free) virus protection, every bit as good as Symantec's Norton, so good choice there. If your youtube videos are choking out, we need to start by verifying that it's an actual speed throttling problem. Go to www.SpeedTest.net and run the speed test. Come back with the results.

Topic by Javin007 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago