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"I'm back in the saddle again..."
Now, which version went through your head? C'mon, tell the truth....
But that's not why I've invited y'all here tonight. The real reason of this post is to gather some PC info from those in the know 'round these parts. Here's the deal- the new motherboard seems to be working just fine except for two things:
1. My CPU cooling fan is noisier than Hell. They were able to salvage my CPU and fan assy and re-mount them onto this board, and while the fan was a little noisy before (clicks and such), this thing is positively screaming! It's spinning faster than I've seen it spin before (it takes much more finger-pressure to stop it), and it's really noisy so what I'm wondering is: Do fans come in different voltages, and perhaps this one is getting too much from the new motherboard?
2. The video/monitor is all fuzzy (and no, it's not my eyesight). The old motherboard had an on-board video card where I could plug my new ViewSonic LCD monitor right into it, but this one does a maximum resolution of 1280 x 768- and everything is fuzzy. No matter what I do. There is a message from ViewSonic that pops-up every so often telling me, "For best resolution change to 1440 x 900", but I can't. Question: Time for an add-on video card?
I don't dare leave this thing run too long with this fan spinning madly like this so I'll catch y'all tomorrow morning from work.
And "Thanks" in advance!
Ergo grex, ergo sum.
Just get a new fan for the CPU heatsink. They come in different speeds, which affect the noise output. Or you might need to get a whole new heatsink/fan combo as some heatsinks use fans that aren't easily replaced by a stock one. If you get a new heatsink & fan assembly you can choose one known to be quiet, but they can be a bit pricey. Post your CPU model and speed and maybe someone can recommend one.
As for the monitor, if it's an LCD you absolutely want to run it at its "native" resolution and no other. If the onboard video of your motherboard can't handle that resolution then you should definitely add in a new video card. Post the monitor and motherboard models so we can figure out what the native resolution is and what type of slots are on the motherboard.
You may need a bigger power supply.... If you have smaller, 200 watt, or even 300 watt power supply and there's a lot of stuff plugged into the IO Bus, - you're going to need to upgrade.
Right click anywhere on your desktop and go to properties and that will open your video card properties. Check to see that you have the exact, correct, monitor listed. Click on SETTINGS, ADVANCED, then click on ADAPTER at the top. Then click on the LIST ALL MODES BUTTON and check it at 1024 X 768 at 70hz. If it's still fuzzy at that low resolution, - there are other issues afoot....
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Printed-out here and forwarded to myself at home. I'll most likely change the fan given the recommendations in the link (another "Thanks" for that!), and I'll dig a little further into the video issue. I did hit the Advanced screen but I don't remember seeing the List All Modes option.
Cool. More ways to get myself in over my head!
Ergo grex, ergo sum.
One of the greatest music groups this world will ever see.......
Yes, your fan seems to be getting too much juice. There are different voltages on different boards and parts of boards. There is no reason why your fan should be running faster. They might not have the proper settings on the boards, although that is usually automatic these days. The era of hand-setting motherboard jumpers has pretty well passed.
What are the specs on your unit, i.e. CPU brand, model, and speed; motherboard brand; RAM, etc. It sounds like things aren't set up right or that the new motherboard is defective. More likely defective computer techs.
If the new motherboard has on-board video, it should have settings that go beyond 1280 X 768. Is your LCD of the wide-screen variety? If so, that could account for the fuzziness. It should be set to 1280 X 800 or something similar.
How well do you know the people who worked on the computer and how long did it take them to replace the motherboard? Sounds like you've gotten some bad service to me.
But what I failed to mention in the original post was that, with the old m'board, the fan used to ramp-up to speed at start-up and then ramp down almost to a first gear-ish kinda mode after Windoze started. I'm wondering if there isn't some sort of heat sensor on the board (the old board) that is missing on this one....
I'm at work now so obviously I can't answer some of your system specific questions other than to say I'm running XP on a Pentium 4 @ 2.6 Ghz (?), 1 Mb RAM, and dual 80 Mb HDD's, and I'm wondering if I can't simply remove the CPU mounted fan and replace it with a box mounted fan- something along the lines of a "The Ultra Quiet Turbo Blow 6000".
And yes, the new monitor is a widescreen LCD, but the set-up in the Control Panel doesn't seem to see it. Or more accurately, the new board has a video program, or at least one that I didn't have previously, and the only icon that appears is "CRT" even though it "sees" and recognizes the ViewSonic (it "sees" the model number). I re-installed the ViewSonic software last night- nothing. I would bet that if I hooked-up the old CRT it would "look" fine, but I really like that new LCD.
Other than these issues everything else seems to be ok.
Thanks Gary. You are a true gentleman.
(Oh, and I'm thinking of adding aftermarket cruise to my Honda after your positive experiences with them.)
Ergo grex, ergo sum.
That button that turns it on and off? To use it, press it so the computer turns on.
If, in the course of using said computer, it fails in some way...take it to a shooting range, blow it to shit with a few well-placed shots from a 12 gauge, levae from there and go to Sam's Club and buy a new computer.
The only hard part is figuring out how the two pronged plugs attach to the female receptacles with what looks to be about 50 or so pins inside. The two flat prongs do not fit properly.
Crank up your talking machine, grab a jar of your favorite "kick-back", sit down, relax, and let the good times roll.
you'd make mistakes like that! Of course, there is spell check! I wish I remembered to use it every time!
If I had more money I'd soon be broke...but I'd have more LPs!
Just testing to see how many metal-heads we have here.
Ergo grex, ergo sum.
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