Another one for the geek log.
Thinking about upgrading PC components or doing a bit of DIY repair with your drivers and devices ? I’ve just been through two weeks of PC hell. If like me your bigger on can do than know how consider how much value you put in your PC being a bit quicker and whether your kids really need to play games with 3d graphics. If it seems worthwhile here are a few things to consider.
- ATI graphics cards and their associated drivers coupled with AGP slots on a four year old motherboard can be very troublesome.
- Adding an extra stick of RAM is not in all cases a risk free process.
- Adding RAM can mess with your video drivers
- A memory sharing conflict between an AGP device and VGAsave is a nightmare.
- No matter how logical it may at some point seem DO NOT uninstall VGAsave.
- Windows recovery does not always recover Windows.
- RAM slotted in the wrong way may stop your PC from starting. It is quite easy to push RAM in the wrong way.
- RAM slotted in the wrong way round can heat up very hot very quickly. If it begins to smell like toast chances are it is.
- Very hot RAM can fry the DDR slots in your motherboard.
- PC tech forums are a source of questions, free floating empathy and ideas.
- Whatever error you are getting someone will have experienced the same thing as you. There will be stuff about it on the net.
- Just because someone has fixed the problem you are having the same fix is in no way certain to work for you.
- The frequency of problems and solutions posted to tech forums do not follow a a pattern of normal distribution.
- There are over 100 security updates and two service packs to download and install to bring a basic copy of XP home up to date. You may well have to go through this process more than once.
- DDR2 + SATA + dual processors = fast.
- A clean install of windows, fitting a power supply, new motherboard, RAM, hard drive and optical drive is not the same as fixing a memory sharing conflict. That is building a new computer.
Finally if you stick with it it’s possible to end up with a new hi spec dual core PC that’s stable and fast. Be happy that you have built it yourself and probably saved at least £2.00 if you bought a similar spec machine of the shelf.
You can forget about the device conflict for the time being.