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Just built a new computer; having some issues.

by FaintDeftone / August 12, 2010 11:57 AM PDT

Hey guys, I just built a new computer and this happens to be the first time I've ever done it. So let me tell ya guys whats happening.

I built a PC with an ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO motherboard, an AMD Athlon II triple core processor (3ghz), 4gb of DDR3 memory, and a 512mb ATI Radeon HD 4350 video card. I hooked up the system and everything went smooth (as far as I know). The problem is that I don't have a 64bit OS yet and am currently running Vista 32bit (which won't let me use all of my memory unfortunately). So here is where the issues come in:

I installed Vista on the machine and everything seems to run goofy. Sometimes Vista runs fine but other times the mouse cursor gets really laggy and things slow down a bit. I have another computer that is a single core Pentium 4 with 2 gigs of ram and it runs Vista better than this machine does! Something just seems very wrong here and I'm unsure what to do. The more processes running, the worse it seems to get; however, it seems to be the mouse that is affected by it. If I use the keyboard to browse Windows while the mouse cursor is acting up, everything seems okay. I've already ruled out the mouse driver.

Two things come to mind with this issue. First off, could the fact that I'm running a triple core processor and 4gb of memory without a 64bit OS be causing the problem? Maybe Vista 32bit just isn't properly compatible with my hardware?

Second, I'm running a 300watt power supply. This PSU is the only spare one I had so I threw it in there for the time being. The motherboard manual states that I should have a 300watt minimum, yet the video card says I should have at least 350watt. I'm only running one hard drive and one DVD-Rom drive though. Could maybe the lack of wattage in the PSU be causing this?

If none of these ideas are accurate, can anybody suggest what I may be doing wrong? It sucks that I spent all of this money to built this computer and Windows is running all wonky. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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by andybaber2000 / August 14, 2010 11:27 AM PDT

OK you have a 300W PSU and video card wants 350. Sounds like a power problem. Try taking out your video card and using the OB video and see if that works. If it does then you know it is the PSU. I am sure it is not that you have 4gig memory on a 32 bit system, as that is what I have until I get my 64 bit Win 7. Hope this helps. Wink

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by FaintDeftone / August 14, 2010 2:55 PM PDT
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I bought and installed a 430watt PSU and that still didn't help the issue, yet my mouse cursor is still jumpy and things are acting weird. I even had my PS2 port fail and my keyboard not work for a little while too, which is strange. I'm not sure if it is my mouse, my OS, or my motherboard.

I'm going to do some more experiments and research on this. I'm going to try to revert back to XP and see if that helps. Do you guys think that my onboard video could be conflicting with my PCI-E video and causing goofy issues like this? I'm pretty sure I disabled the onboard video but there are a lot of strange options that I don't understand in there.

I appreciate the help guys.

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by SvenStation / August 14, 2010 12:04 PM PDT

windows 32-bit will only use up to 3GB ram; also, I would get a bigger
power supply, they're pretty affordable these days. Then, I would revert back to XP if you still have the XP disk. Most people agree that XP is way better than Vista.

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