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Will it work? ATI RADEON HD6570 1GB HDMI VGA in a Compaq Presario SR1910NX

I've got two older Compaq Presario SR1910NX and both are really slow at screen redraw (email in browser + surfing + POS terminal). Will adding the ATI RADEON HD6570 1GB HDMI VGA video card fix this?

Any help appreciated - very low budget.

Cheers!
Jan
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  1. I think you'd be better served by adding more RAM to the system. The original system only came with 512MB. I'd definitely upgrade to at least 2GB and if possible, 4GB (perhaps not cost effective). Beyond that, I'd look at finding a cheap processor upgrade. The Sempron processor is the light version of the single core Athlon processor. That motherboard does accept S939 Athlon X2 processors. Even my old Athlon 3500+ would be an upgrade. Only after that would I consider a graphics card upgrade.

    To be perfectly honest, your current system *should* be able to handle all that you're trying to accomplish without any upgrades. Assuming you're still running Windows XP, it's become, over it's lifetime, far more bloated that when it first came out and 512MB RAM just isn't enough for it anymore. Add to that, all the programs you've added since (and how bloated they've become) and it makes sense that your system is running slow.

    -Wolf sends
  2. Doubtfull.
    The problem is likley that that needs more ram and is in severe need of some pc maintence (clearing out cache/temp files, cleaning unneeded regeistry issues, removing unneeded programs from startup, disk defrag).

    If the hard drive is almost full that could also cause it to be slow as hell, and obviously virus/malware will cause it to be extra slow.
  3. Should make a big difference -- that sounds like an old GeForce 6150 IGP.

    You could try bumping up the shared video memory but it likely will not make a difference as the 6150 has little if any video acceleration. There may be an early version of nVidia 'Purevideo' software/codecs for sumthin' but it's at best mpg2 ...
  4. The video card will help a bit.. but adding more RAM may be the real solution.. according to the HP Specs page, the PC came with 512MB of installed RAM and that is not enough for regular browsing these days... the least you can have for reasonable speed is 2GB, and your motherboard can use up to 4GB equally distributed in the 4 RAM sockets... try removing the RAM from one of the PCs and add it to the other one to increase it's RAM to 1GB, so you can evaluate the difference. The Graphics Card will also improve general display and video play online.

    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en&docname=c00647121

    Memory
    Dual-channel memory architecture
    4 DDR1 DIMM (184-pin) sockets
    PC3200/PC2700 DDR1 DIMMs
    Non-ECC memory only
    Maximum memory: 4 x 1 GB DDR1 DIMMs, 4.0 GB total
  5. Thanks, everyone!

    I looked at the machines --- they each have 2GB of RAM though the available RAM only says about 1.5 gb. I figure that's the RAM for the on-motherboard video?

    They are running windows XP Home. I'm told they got "cleaned up" about 4 months ago. Don't know what that really means & the person who did the "cleaning" isn't around anymore.

    I'm thinking the 1gb video card will make them run the flat-panel (15") monitors better than the onboard video and free up that extra 500mgs of RAM.

    Does that make sense and will these video cards run in these machines?


    Thanks!
    Jan
  6. Best answer
    1. You are correct in the 500MB going to the onboard video. The ATI RADEON HD6570 PCIe Graphics Card will take care of this.

    2. No the monitor wouldn't have an influence... the PCIe card will make it release the 500MB. but you may still have to upgrade the CPU. I believe the one you have is a Sempron with 1.8Mhz and that is a bit slow for today's system requirements.

    3.The cleanup may mean they scanned for virus and malware and removed system temp files, etc. If that's all it got done, a disk defragment may also improve performance a bit, as well as a diskcheck, and running a registry cleaner*... and disabling startup programs may also help depending on how many are in automatic startup mode. (check at: Start/Run/type: MSCONFIG/hit Enter/Startup tab/uncheck all but the Antivirus checkbox). You can find the Disk Defragmenter and Disk Checker (check 2 boxes**) in the C:\Properties\Tools tab.

    *CCleaner, Glary Utilities both have good and dependable and safe registry cleaners.
    **Either check both boxes in the disk checker or run it through the Command Prompt as follows: Start\Run\type: CMD and hit Enter\type: CHKDSK C: /R and Hit Enter, confirm with Y and wait... It may ask for confirmation to run at the next computer Startup choose Y.
  7. Yeah, in that case, adding the discrete graphics card should help your systems out.

    "Cleaned Up" is a fairly wide open statement. It could mean anywhere from the mopped up the split cola on the outside of the case to they completely dusted the components and did a fresh install of Windows XP. Without them saying so, there's really no telling, but if they "cleaned" the systems properly and if they have 2GB of RAM installed, then you should not be experiencing the issues you are having.

    The systems you have configured should not be having the issues you're experiencing. I suspect there are extraneous programs running in the background that are hogging up resources. With 2GB of RAM installed, I would suspect your processor just is not capable of handling the load. Either go into your Windows Startup Folder and remove all but what you need to kick off when you boot windows, or get a better processor.

    With 2GB of RAM installed, I still think your better option would be to install a better processor. Your specific needs do not require a better graphics card. It would help, but not as much as a better processor.

    -Wolf sends
  8. Chicano said:
    1. You are correct in the 500MB going to the onboard video. The ATI RADEON HD6570 PCIe Graphics Card will take care of this.

    2. No the monitor wouldn't have an influence... the PCIe card will make it release the 500MB. but you may still have to upgrade the CPU. I believe the one you have is a Sempron with 1.8Mhz and that is a bit slow for today's system requirements.

    3.The cleanup may mean they scanned for virus and malware and removed system temp files, etc. If that's all it got done, a disk defragment may also improve performance a bit, as well as a diskcheck, and running a registry cleaner*... and disabling startup programs may also help depending on how many are in automatic startup mode. (check at: Start/Run/type: MSCONFIG/hit Enter/Startup tab/uncheck all but the Antivirus checkbox). You can find the Disk Defragmenter and Disk Checker (check 2 boxes**) in the C:\Properties\Tools tab.

    *CCleaner, Glary Utilities both have good and dependable and safe registry cleaners.
    **Either check both boxes in the disk checker or run it through the Command Prompt as follows: Start\Run\type: CMD and hit Enter\type: CHKDSK C: /R and Hit Enter, confirm with Y and wait... It may ask for confirmation to run at the next computer Startup choose Y.



    Thank you so much Chicano! Your instructions are wonderful. :)

    Cheers ~
    Jan
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