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Hi guys, I lost my patience and ended up switching it out with another rig. It's a very similar computer, but for a while I suspected it was broken, and it wasn't. Apparently one of the devices was stalling at boot and it wouldn't display anything.

This rig is a P4 3.06, 1GB RAM and a 6200LE. It works perfect. No lag, no nothing.

That older rig used a different P4 and different RAM sockets, not sure which but I suspect they were the cause of the lag. The P4 was also pre-HTT I believe.

Thanks for all the help guys. +reps

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Originally Posted by LuckySe7ens View Post
Is the HDD healthy? Have you tried another gfx card?
The HDD is perfectly healthy, been in use since 2004 but still shows no signs of wearing. I swapped out the HDD to the newer rig and it's perfect.

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Originally Posted by Ruckol1 View Post
Ram makes a big difference in older computers. It can be hard to find nowadays though
At first I suppose I thought the RAM was the problem, but the fact that I didn't have video card drivers installed was also a major issue. It'll have been a mix between the both.

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Originally Posted by Stealth2o View Post
It could be "laggy" because you don't have video drivers installed. But you can't install video drivers because you don't have video card information. You need to use a program that finds the drivers that you need. Does the pc have an onboard graphics card that you can use instead? That way you can download the video drivers from the motherboards manufacturers website. Yes, RAM always helps with older computers as well. Check eBay, I always see old ram for cheap on eBay, even the OCN marketplace has older ram sticks.
I tried onboard graphics and had the same problem. I didn't see what the onboard was, though. When I was testing with the PCI GPU, at one point Speedfan said it noticed a GeForce card.. so I suspect it was something from back in the 90's. No wonder, eh.

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Originally Posted by gammite View Post
its thw gfx drivers. u need to find the right ones.
I couldn't identify what the card was, nothing would tell me. I gave up eventually, swapping programs using a flash drive was getting annoying.

Once again, thanks guys.
Edited by GoTMaXPoWeR - 4/5/11 at 4:48pm
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Hmm... if it has an AGP port, I have a few spare cards I don't need Seriously, I have too many old AGP cards @_@ PM me if you want, but the newest one I think is only an ATI Rage 128.
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