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Installed a Foxconn A74mx-k Mobo with new Amd X2 4850e and 4 GB of Corsair DDR2 (800) running a 7200 RPM IDE HDD and Ide DVD player. Problems: My 3-d Fireplace screen saver is choppy, DVD movies play for 5 minutes then freeze, speaker sound output is way low (unamplified spkrs) and microphone input is very negligible when using skype. I did a fresh XP pro install including the long NTFS formatting, reloaded all the drivers and my programs and although performance did seem to improve, my computer isn't running as well as when I had my Sempron 2600 and 1GB DDR installed (especially video related applications). I have the on board video in the Bios set on automatic as opposed to a set 64, 128 or 256 MB. Unbelievable that an upgrade is turning out to be a down grade. any suggestions? Thank you.

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    Hello Smithbrother,

    Thank you for trying to reply. Look at the bottom part of page 29 of the manual
    and there will be: “Internal graphics configuration”. My settings are:

    UMA Buffer size: is now 64, screensaver running more

    GFX engine clock is: 400

    I take this to be the shared memory for the onboard graphics

    Here is specs link from Foxconn website: (note “VGA on chip”)

    Here is link to Newegg specs: Note ATI Radeon HD 2100
    graphics “Onboard”:

    You may have to cut and paste these.
    Anyway, by designating the memory to 64 instead of "auto" the screen saver is running how it should. I think the auto mode was trying to minimize memory usage (continually adjusting) choking off the screen saver operation somewhat.

    Now I am battling getting my Media Player 11 to play DVD's. I've installed klmcodec442 (lite package) and it seems to be working fine now.

    Still not happy with the Realtek HD sound volume being so low that amplified speakers are necessary and I haven't tested the Microphone since complete re-install but there is a lot of chatter on the internet about this problem.

    Anyway, any insight into anything would be greatly appreciated. I've built several computers (simple ones) but don't claim to be an expert.


  • Thomas F. Schneider May 11, 2010

    I am guessing that you have installed the HD codec from the MB disk.
    Since that isn't working maybe try doenloading the one from Realtek

    Also the reason others nmay not be answering is because your problem is listed under "Projection TV"

  • Thomas F. Schneider May 11, 2010

    I am running a dual core AMD Foxconn  mother board myself,though a different model. I downloaded your MB manual and it shows no "on board video" It shows a PCIe slot. Her si the website, maybe I errored?


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There is a utility that comes with your motherboard on the CD that will allow you to control all aspects of your's HD 5.1 and works great on the same mobo I have.
You have installed XP, so you're open to doing a little "tinkering".
I would begin by resetting your bios, as you may have inadvertantly changed some settings there that are causing problems.  You can find instructions on how to do this in the manual.  It's simple though, unplug the power cord, remove the battery from mobo and move the little blue jumper over to the left two prongs and leave it there for about 10 seconds, then move the jumper back, put the battery back in, plug the power in and boot.  It will tell you at boot that the cmos time is bad etc., just hit F2 to load default settings and see how that runs.... then you can begin making minor tweaks in the BIOS if needed, but you probably won't have to.
After resetting the bios, boot into windows and then insert the disk that came with your motherboard and re-install all of the drivers and utilities(if desired).
Of course your mobo has integrated graphics, I don't know what the other fellow is talking about. That board has the 740g (which is basically the 790g) chipset, DVI and VGA out, and is a killer integrated graphics card for the money.
Also, are you running XP 32 or 64 bit?  32 bit will have problems recognizing your 4GB of RAM, and I'm not sure but may even cause problems accessing the's possible that your RAM is not running at full speed...and there are many other factors and variables that could be causing your problem.
For now, try the BIOS reset and re-install drivers (for mobo on CD), and see if that fixes the problem.  If not, I will help you figure it out, as that is a very good mobo, even for the price.

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