I bought a big-box-store computer with the intent to upgrade the video card as funds allowed. But, funds didn’t allow, so I cheaped out and bought a lemon. :rolleyes: The computer specs are as follows:
Computer: HP a420n Pavilion
Motherboard: ASUS A7V8X-LA (AGP 8x, 3 PCI)
CPU: AMD Athlon XP 3000+ 2.16GHz
RAM: 512 MB
Power Supply: Bestec ATX-250-12ZD “Zinfandel 250W (I think…)
Video Card, Added: BMG (NVidia) GeForce4 MX 4000, driver updated 6/15/05
Monitor: HP mx703
OS: XP Home Edition, 2002, SP-2 added 7/15/05
The video card has been nothing but trouble. (My computer has been kind enough to tell me every time the video card has been responsible for a “serious error) The machine first freezes up, the fan runs as my machine’s CPU goes to 100%, and then it simply restarts, giving me the aforementioned error message upon start-up. OR, also irritating, the monitor occasionally looses its signal when I hit the “log off command (we have three user profiles), though the computer stays on. This second behavior only happed after I updated XP with SP-2.
FWIW: My first monitor “burned out, basically just faded to black permanently, and I got a replacement from HP under warranty; though that might not be related to the card, thought I’d mention it. The new monitor hasn’t showed a problem like this.
-First: will updating the BIOS, as has been suggested on this forum in another post, likely to solve this problem?
-Second: regardless of the answer to the above, I’m looking to upgrade to a better card eventually, but the good ones seem to demand a better power source. If I were to upgrade and dump the MX 4000, what would be a good card to go with, and will I be forced to upgrade the power supply as well? How high? 300W? 350W? More? How would I know which PS would work in my machine? I’m willing to spend US $200 or so on the package, and I mainly plan to use the computer for 3D graphics programs, but not for heavy-hitting games.
Thanks in advance for any advice, referrals, URL’s, and general discussion! :)