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Re: Post your 'current' PC

After using a Core i7 860 in my main PC for 11 years, I upgraded to Ryzen, along with other goodies like m.2, SATA3, USB 3.1, DDR4, etc. *Ryzen 3600 *MSI X470 *GTX 1070 *Asus Xonar X2 *Corsair Carbide 200R case, with functional 5.25 expansion bays and no glass. Still using Windows 7 as my main OS. …

Garbage characters on faulty video card

On several occasions I dealt with faulty graphics cards that shows garbage characters instead of English letters, like shown in the attached photo. Any ideas what's causing the problem? Faulty video memory, corrupted video bios, dying graphics chip? Edit: The other thing I noticed is that there is a …

Re: So I bought a CPU for my 98 machine without realizing that my mobo only supports up to 1.3ghz

I wouldn't run any system I paid good money for on an old 5V-heavy power supply from 2002, no matter how good the PSU supposedly was back in the day. Not unless you plan on replacing the capacitors inside such a PSU. (... Says the guy running his main rig on a 2006 Corsair HX PSU... but at least I …

Re: What modern activity did you get up to today?

I transferred a cloned SATA disk of my Windows 7 install from my Intel Core i7 860 machine to a AMD Ryzen 3600 + X470 I'm upgrading to. After hunting down the required drivers, it works without problems. But then I decided to upgrade to an M.2 drive, so might do a fresh install anyways.

Re: What display do you use for gaming ?

I still use the 27inch 1920 x 1200 Samsung 275t that I bought for about $1000 back in 2007, and it's by far the most enjoyable piece of computer equipment I've bought to date. The black levels on that thing made me forget about CRT. A few years back I picked up a cheap 24inch IPS 1080p LG monitor, …

Re: Most compatible early 00's AGP cards for a Windows 98 build with a picky motherboard

Early Via AGP compatibility was definitely flaky. My Via 133a and 133t socket370 boards are guaranteed to crash with some early AGP cards like Trident 9850 or Number 9 Revolution 3D. The same cards work ok on Intel chipsets. For the OP, definitely try installing the Via 4 in 1 driver. And maybe …

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