I have this motherboard with Intel P4 2.8Ghz and 2.4GB ram, (2x1GB DIMM and 1x256MB DIMM), connected to an ATI 9600 AGP video card and DVD drive and hard drive. Everything runs ok since I upgrade the RAM to this. But yesterday, after I change the BIOS setting to Top performance, and reboot, the system half and it did not display anything. The screen was completely black, the signal was sent to the monitor. Usually, there was a beep sound after power on and then the screen appear with memory check ... Now there is nothing. I tried to isolate all cable and plug from drives, also I remove the AGP video card and replace with a PCI video card that I know is working in another system. Nothing change. The CPU fan is still running, power seems to go through the hard drive and CD/DVD drive, I can hear them spin. So I think my motherboard is still alive. But how can I reset it or bring it back to the normal condition? If anybody have a solution for this, please help me. Appreciate that.
You'll probably need to reset the bios to it's defaults. This should be done with the computer off and the power cord unplugged. You can either look in the motherboard manual and find the reset pins to short or easier still...Look on the motherboard and find the bios battery. It will probably be a flat battery that looks like something out of a calculator. Pull the batter out and wait a few minutes and put it back in. After you power up, the computer should boot directly into the setup, if not enter the bios setup on post-up and restore the settings to what you normally used if it wasn't the default settings.
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Power down and disconnect AC power from your PC. Remove the AGP card and DIMM again and use some "canned air" or dusting spray to get any dust off the contacts on your motherboard and your memory and AGP card. Wiping the AGP card contacts with some isopropyl alcohol (also known as IPA or "rubbing alcohol") and a clean, lint-free cloth can also help. When everything is dry, put your card and memory back in and try powering up again.
The processor is too weak - get at least an i5, best would be a quad core i7; the hard drive will be filled faster than you thing - bigger is always better; get some faster memories - at least 1666 MHz, 4 GB is bare minimum, get a 64bit OS and 8 GB for real performance; the power source is at the limit - for best result get one of 600W; as for the video card the best for photoshop is Nvidia Quadro CX, even ATI Fire will be better than any gaming card.
as a rule any Pentium 4 motherboard would not support a CPU let alone a video card that could play Crysis at any level that would be enjoyable. It's likely you either don't have a video card card expansion slot or that the one you have is AGP.
If you don't, sorry nothing you can do. If you have AGP you could in theory add a sufficiant card to meet the minimum spec and load the game but the store would have done you a disservice by selling it to you as your processor and RAM would barely alloww the game to load and even if a 1GB 9800 could be supported by you PC the performance your CPU could offer would leave the game lagging significantly on the physics side which would really mess up the game.
Frankly I work days in a retail computer store and have played crysis on several PCs, In my experience the minimum PC for "good" gameplay is a tri core AMD at least 2.1Ghz per CPU with 4GB of RAM and a 9600 512MB, and I have tried it on several machines.
My personal recommendation would be bare minimum:
Q6600 or AMD 8000 series Quad Core
9800GT 512MB or ATI 4850 512MB
This will get a decent frame rate and support at least 1680 resolution, in gaming though, more is always better, frankly it would be cheaper to scrap that plan and by an Xbox with a copy of it's version of Crysis for under $400 unless you plan to play other PC only games in which case you can build what I recomended for around $1000US less if you already have a decent monitor or plan to hook up to a 120Hz LCD TV
Sorry as far as I know and experienced all 32 bit XP and Vista will only recognize up to 3,4 GB of ram and no more. whether its dual channel or not. You will have to go to a 64 bit O/S to use it. Even then there are limits some 64 bit O/S will only use 4 GB others more
Before removing your current card swap video outputs on the PC. If currently connected to the VGA output switch to the HDMI connector AT the video card. Use the HDMI to VGA adapter that came with the video card. Check & see if the display loads Pc starts. Taking the information directly from your motherboard manual pg. 25, your AGP video can only run at, AGP supporting 1.5 V 4X AGP cards. The 9600pro runs at 8x & it is not backwards compatible. (able to run at either 8x or 4x). You could run the Sappire ATI Radeon 256MB 9550 DDR AGP 4x/8x 1.5volt card.
Here is one site: http://www.colordrives.com/sapphire-ati-radeon-9550-256mb-ddr-agp-4x-8x-video-card---retail-box.html
When you do get the video card be sure to set your bios AGP to the correct size as listed in your manual pg. 109 subsection 4.4.7
I hope this helped.