I have a Dell Dimension 3000 with Celeron. I installed a tuner (TV Wonder 100) a few years back. Recently I loaded some Microsoft upgrades and now I get an error msg when I open the tuner. It tells me to go to ATI to download updated drivers, when I do this it says the same error. When I do a system restore back to a time before the changes it works again, although it's always had some bugs.
Is there a way to upgrade software and/or drivers and not have this issue? Can I upgrade the tuner, or is my system to old?
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Re: Dimension 3000, ATI TV Wonder 100 issues
Since you already tried to go to ATI to download the latest drivers, do this: Go to control panel, and administrative tools. Click on the event viewer and check out the system logs (click on system) and look for entries on the right side with a red X. These will probably give you a clue just what part of the sytem is having a problem with the card. If the problems occur when you use an application and not in Windows generically, click on the application logs and see if there is a problem there. Be aware that this may take some sleuthing--the error messages are not always clear, but many times you can click on the link that takes you to Microsoft and they suggest what you can do.
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To connect a pc to a tv the tv must be able to understand the signal coming from the pc. With most modern tv's you usually have a choice of inputs; composite, s-video, DVI, HDMI to name a few. Most pc's on the other hand only have a vga output which is not compatible with tv. If this is the case you will need to install a video card that supplies a signal your tv will accept. In the past I've used an ATI all-in-wonder-pro (which not only supplies various video signals but allows your pc to capture video as well as watch and capture tv with a built in tv tuner). ATI has been around a long time but nowdays there are these kinds of cards coming out almost everyday.
I have an older ATI turner as well and the older cards do not work too well with Windows Xp or Vista. You may be able to find a driver that works by performing a Google search for it, otherwise the cards are very inexpensive right now and you can pick up a new one, probably with HD, for less than $100.
You may have bad or incompatible Ram . Verify that the memory you have is compatible. .
Machine name: Dell Dimension 3000 CPU options: Intel Pentium 4 or Intel Celeron Chipset: Intel 865GV Chipset HD Bus: Ultra ATA/100 Front Side Bus options: 800MHz FSB Memory Speed options: PC3200 DDR400 184pin SDRAM DIMM Special notes: The Dimension 3000 has two different bus speeds each of which takes different memory. You cannot mix the speeds.
Take the memory out and install one at a time. This way you can verify that the memory is indeed working. If you find a bad one, replace it.
If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it. Thanks, Joe