Windows XP home
512 shared ram
200 gb hdd connected via Sata
Onboard graphics is Sis 760
Onto the problem...
After opening the computer to install a new graphics card in hopes to speed up this horrible slow pc, I noticed something. The heatsink over the onboard graphics chip had fallen off inside the computer. After reinstalling it with new thermal paste, I rebooted, but the computer was still very slow. (I should let you know, I got rid of all unneeded programs, spyware, etc. all the usual things).
So I go to install the new graphics card; a geforce MX 4000. Nothing spectacular, but it was laying around the house and should take a little stress off the PCs other processing components.
I installed the Geforce video card, booted up and got this message: "Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk Press Enter".
I frantically shut down the computer and checked all the cables and connections, thinking I somehow bricked my friend's HDD!
The BIOS shows NO hard drive...it's just not there.
After taking the video card out of the computer, the hard drive boots right back up, like nothing ever happened!
Things I've tried:
1. changing bios setting from onboard/agp graphics to PCI
2. inserting Windows XP disk to see if windows detected a Hard Drive, it did not.
3. Uninstalling the onboard graphics drivers and software.
4. Switching hard drives sata inputs on motherboard.
Is it running slow ALL the time or just during certain things? Anything is possible with the onboard video.
Sis is NOT a good chip for any heavy 3d work. 512 MB ram is what I would say is bare minimum for xp. The CPU should run XP just fine.
I would talk with them and see what they think about just getting a newer computer being that it's 5 years old now.
The bios was probably set to use 128 meg of ram for video: 512 - 128 = 384.
I am actually running an Athlon 64 +3200 at home with 2 gig memory and a x1950 pro video card. I still use it as my main game computer all though I am finding some of the new games are quite rough on it- Shift being unplayable on it.