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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Computer Problems

So my computer has been having a lot of problems lately which is why I haven't posted anything for a while. I swear, if it's not my video card that's not good enough for games it's my processor. If it's neither of those, it's that I don't have enough RAM, or I don't have the right drivers for anything to work. I seriously need a new PC. I've been getting all kinds of blue screens and error messages lately, so sometimes my PC won't even turn on.

That's where all of the blogging and working money is going to go as soon as I have enough. I think I'll just buy a really nice one from newegg or ibuypower. Does anyone have any experience(good or bad) from these two companies? I'd like to hear what your comments on them would be. Do they have payment plans because I am quite broke, but I could afford to pay in payments.

Here's my current specs:

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System Information
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Time of this report: 10/9/2010, 11:28:42
Machine name: PC
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: NVIDIA
System Model: NF66
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E4500 @ 2.20GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.2GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 4094MB RAM
Page File: 1949MB used, 6237MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7600.16385 64bit Unicode

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DxDiag Notes
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Display Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 2: No problems found.
Input Tab: No problems found.

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DirectX Debug Levels
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Direct3D: 0/4 (retail)
DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)
DirectInput: 0/5 (retail)
DirectMusic: 0/5 (retail)
DirectPlay: 0/9 (retail)
DirectSound: 0/5 (retail)
DirectShow: 0/6 (retail)

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Display Devices
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Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GT 240
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce GT 240
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Display Memory: 2777 MB
Dedicated Memory: 986 MB
Shared Memory: 1791 MB
Current Mode: 1440 x 900 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor
Monitor Model: LCM-19w4
Native Mode: 1440 x 900(p) (59.887Hz)
Output Type: DVI
Driver File Version: 8.17.0012.5896 (English)
Driver Version: 8.17.12.5896
DDI Version: 10.1
Driver Model: WDDM 1.1
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 7/9/2010 18:38:00, 12471400 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
WHQL Date Stamp:
D3D9 Overlay: Supported
DXVA-HD: Supported
DDraw Status: Enabled
D3D Status: Enabled
AGP Status: Enabled

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Sound Devices
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Description: Speakers (Realtek High Definition Audio)
Default Sound Playback: Yes
Default Voice Playback: Yes
Hardware ID: HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_10EC&DEV_0885&SUBSYS_10DE0162&REV_1001
Manufacturer ID: 1
Product ID: 100
Type: WDM
Driver Name: RTKVHD64.sys
Driver Version: 6.00.0001.6029 (English)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
Date and Size: 1/19/2010 18:42:22, 2242720 bytes
Other Files:
Driver Provider: Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
HW Accel Level: Basic
Cap Flags: 0xF1F
Min/Max Sample Rate: 100, 200000
Static/Strm HW Mix Bufs: 1, 0
Static/Strm HW 3D Bufs: 0, 0
HW Memory: 0
Voice Management: No
EAX(tm) 2.0 Listen/Src: No, No
I3DL2(tm) Listen/Src: No, No
Sensaura(tm) ZoomFX(tm): No

Description: Realtek Digital Output (Realtek High Definition Audio)
Default Sound Playback: No
Default Voice Playback: No
Hardware ID: HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_10EC&DEV_0885&SUBSYS_10DE0162&REV_1001
Manufacturer ID: 1
Product ID: 100
Type: WDM
Driver Name: RTKVHD64.sys
Driver Version: 6.00.0001.6029 (English)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
Date and Size: 1/19/2010 18:42:22, 2242720 bytes
Other Files:
Driver Provider: Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
HW Accel Level: Basic
Cap Flags: 0xF1F
Min/Max Sample Rate: 100, 200000
Static/Strm HW Mix Bufs: 1, 0
Static/Strm HW 3D Bufs: 0, 0
HW Memory: 0
Voice Management: No
EAX(tm) 2.0 Listen/Src: No, No
I3DL2(tm) Listen/Src: No, No
Sensaura(tm) ZoomFX(tm): No

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Sound Capture Devices
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Description: Microphone (Realtek High Definition Audio)
Default Sound Capture: Yes
Default Voice Capture: Yes
Driver Name: RTKVHD64.sys
Driver Version: 6.00.0001.6029 (English)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Date and Size: 1/19/2010 18:42:22, 2242720 bytes
Cap Flags: 0x1
Format Flags: 0xFFFFF

Description: Realtek Digital Input (Realtek High Definition Audio)
Default Sound Capture: No
Default Voice Capture: No
Driver Name: RTKVHD64.sys
Driver Version: 6.00.0001.6029 (English)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Date and Size: 1/19/2010 18:42:22, 2242720 bytes
Cap Flags: 0x1
Format Flags: 0xFFFFF

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Disk & DVD/CD-ROM Drives
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Drive: C:
Free Space: 21.5 GB
Total Space: 152.6 GB


Don't get me wrong. It's a decent computer. I can run Starcraft 2 with medium-high settings without much of a problem. It's really that my CPU and motherboard are both complete crap. And I'd also like a new sound card and hard drive since 160GB isn't very big... : / I can't overclock it at all either. I tried in the BIOS, but it just doesn't support it. I also tried the Nvidia Nforce overclocking software, but that doesn't seem to work either. I'm looking to spend about $1,000-$1,500. Any advice, comments, tips?

27 comments:

  1. lmao i agree with shaun, your pc just sounds like its bricking it.. BSOD's?.. overheating much or possibly some hardware on its way out.

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  2. Is your version of W7 an upgrade? or was it a full install? If a full install I would say something got corrupted. Always buy from newegg! ibuypower will screw you over.

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  3. My windows 7 install was a full install. I have a student disc that I got from my school. They were so nice to not ask for it back :D Also, I know it's not overheating since I have monitors going all the time. I wonder if I can sell it for say $300-$400. That would be a pretty nice start to getting a better machine.

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  4. Yeah, my laptop was having problems, then I installed gentoo (a form of GNU/Linux) and it works now.

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  5. If it's problems with viruses etc please contact me, I'm pretty computer savvy and I can give you some honest help.

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  6. Blue screens can often relate to hardware failures like ram or HD half-broken.
    Alternatively a corrupted OS.

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  7. Sounds like a pretty good computer.

    Hope you get the parts you need

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  8. I know a lot of people crap on Dell, but they have some 'Fall Savings' deals going on. I got a nice price on an i3 processor + all sorts of deals for under a grand.
    Just an FYI. (They do get you in the shipping though.)

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  9. that looks a nice average computer. good luck on parts.

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  10. Good luck improving that. Research on some computer forums, and you'll be sure to find some good deals.

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  11. Looks like a great line-up, good luck finding deals out there!

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  12. That's quite the extensive set up you got there, beats mine.

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  13. I just got done with my GTL session this morning, and I was amused by your post

    keep up the solid work!

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  14. Eh i just have a comp that do crysis on med i guess. nothing speciaiaiaiaal.

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  15. good job here!

    you just inspired more bubbles on "Enhanced by MS Paint"... check it out!

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  16. this post made me open my eyes and stop squinting!

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