Dear Aunt Agony,
Can someone be kind enough to give me a piece of information about hardware?
My wife's machine runs XP SP3.
The computer has an ASUS P5LD2 motherboard (ASUS P5LD2
) with 2 Gig DDR2 memory. This board uses PCI Express X16 for video, and its video card died. The dead card was an Asus GeForce 7300 GS with 256 Meg DDR2 SDRAM. The machine died and then came up with vertical lines on the boot screen, a munged Windows start screen, and then failed… every time.
My extremely limited hardware know-how (more properly don't-know-how) does run to replacing a video card but I live in the middle of nowhere, so there's not much choice locally. Just about any video will do for this machine, however.
All I could get on short notice is a ZOTAC(?!?) GeForce GT 430. This has PCI Express 2.0 support and 1 Gig DDR3 SDRAM. So, that's what I bought.
I removed the old drivers, powered off and inserted the new card: machine came up perfectly well.
Installed the new drivers, rebooted: machine came up perfectly well.
Updated the drivers to the latest version, rebooted: machine came up perfectly well.
The trouble is that, once I start to access some software pffft, down it goes. With the new card installed the machine runs okay in safe mode with network support and, to my surprise, at 1600x1200.
So, before I start digging, can someone tell me if there is something inherently problematic, from a hardware point of view, about replacing this 256 Mb DDR2 card with a 1 Gb DDR3 card that has PCIE 2 and DX 11 support? Or, is it going to be driver conflicts etc… ?
Lost, in Limbo