I’ve been having big problems with my PC from the very moment I built it (around Xmas). Nobody (approx. 5-6 PC wizzies whom I called for help) was able to fix the problem. They all gave up in screams and some even suggested the machine was ill starred and possessed (just like ‘‘lil bastard’’ :a ). Now I suspect my LG GSA-4163B has its fingers in the pie.
So what’s it all about:
MB ABITÂ® IC7-G i875/ICH5-R chipset, Socket 478, 800MHz BUS, ATX format, IntelÂ® P4, audio, Gigbit LAN on board
Intel P4 - 2.4 GHz
DDRAM 512MB PC400 APACERÂ® CL2.5
MAXTORÂ® DiaMaxPLUSÂ® 160GB 8MB CACHE SERIAL ATA
VGA ManLi GeForce FX 5200 128MB TV OUT 8xAGP LITE
Midi MSÂ® 350W
Pretty average setup for my occasional gaming and even more occasional audio editing.
So, 1st I tried to install XP PRO (in fact I tried 2 different prints and even that funny HOME version). The XP and MAXTOR drivers installation all went OK, but at startups the machine was freezing (quite early on XP start-up blue running line gif thing). I tried Safe Mode and it worked, so I figured out there was something wrong with drivers. To hell with it, I said, I like Win2K more anyways - so I tried Win2K and it worked just fine (barring HD which now pretended to be of 33 GB). I used MAXTOR bootable CD to setup the HD (OK). I had this bad feeling though, and it didn’t take long to manifest other problems:
When copying a data file from CD to HD it is impossible to play MP3s from the HD - they’re slowing down and distorted (kinda wild roarring). However this is not a problem in the case when I’m copying data from another PC.
When playing an audio CD (and now I fear even MP3 CD, but I just may be getting paranoid) I can hear strangle clipping through my speakers. As if the CD is a bit corrupted or something. However this is not the case. I’m a true melody maniac so I keep my collection in the most perfect condition possible.
Burning a 700 MB CD at x40 speed takes 10 minutes…
And I’m having problems with my STEINBERG soft (insufficient RAM ) which worked fine on my last PC (the one that only had 256 RAM), but 2004 games like HL2 all work just fine. That is why I suspect there’s something wrong with audio part of it (and not graphic as I initially thought). I just wonder to what extent is my LG ‘‘involved’’ in this…