My video and audio gets extremely slow and skips. The pc is around 5yrs old but this has started within the last 6 months. I have COMPLETELY cleaned and restored this pc with the hardware that came with it.It is a Compaq 6000. I'm at my wits end!
Somewone PLEASE help!
Thanks , Chuck
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Re: video and audio
if the problem you are having, only includes the video and audio
reproduction, you should check the following:
- Make sure you got the latest Codecs for audio and video reproduction( MPEG, etc, there are many codecs packs to choose, and not all work properly.)
- Check for the version of DirectX you have, try to get the latest
version( i think it is DirectX 9.0 C)
to check the above, click on - START - click on - RUN - type dxdiag and click ok, there you can get info about many devices on your pc.
Less likely but check anyway:
- You have properly installed the latest Sound and Graphics adapter drivers.( you can visit the motherboard manufacturer's website to get the newest version of Drivers for your hardware).
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if your computer came with a motherboard disc the sound drivers could be on it click start control panel administrive tools computer management device manager scroll to sound,video and game controllers you might see a yellow question mark? Right click to reinstall drivers or uninstall click start control panel sounds and audio,volume,advanced,speakers make sure you have selected the (((appropriate speakers))) also audio you will find 3 drop down lists make sure you have the correct settingsthere also click start control panel sounds and audio devices select advanced there might be a tick in the mute box untick it click start control panel sounds and audio devices you can adjust the volume there also select speaker volume you can change your settings there you can also tick in the box place icon in taskbar if his does not fix the problem
click start control panel sounds and audio,volume,advanced,speakers select the appropriate speakers from the drop down list or navigate to the device manager scroll to system devices + to expand,system speaker right click properties then select use this device (enable) also you might check the speakers plug/outlet is usually at the back of the computer you will have to open up the computer to check the lead attached to the rear of the input plug make sure the connection is good try cleaning your computer of dust using a fine air blower from a compressor making VERY sure that there is no MOISTURE in the air line specifically around the sound card and the CPU central processing unit dust causes static to build up in a computer hope this helps
Try connecting a different power supply to it. If the same situation repeats, then it's an internal (motherboard) problem. If the problems go away, then the power supply needs to be replaced.
6 years... I'm surprised the PSU even lasted that long! The power supply is the cheapest part of the PC and usually one of the first parts to fail. Don't worry, a replacement power supply is not too expensive. Good luck!
It is possible that the motherboard or one of your other devices (Drives, fans, video card) pulled down too much power and killed the supply, but it's far more likely that the supply was bad all by itself.
There's no way to remotely diagnose which part failed first, but if it were my system the first thing I'd do is buy a new power supply.
I haven't seen a 250W power supply in a long time -- is this an old computer or a modern system? Unless it's a specialized system that requires the smaller supply, I'd get a 400W supply or larger.
If it's an older system, make sure that the new power supply has the correct motherboard connections to work with your motherboard.
this is because the game is changing the resolution and frequency of the video card to make it compatible with the software the game uses to run. The easiest way around this is to attach a different monitor long enough to change the settings within the game after it loads up. Find a configuration that works when u switch to the other monitor and you will be good to go. Dont worry, ive had this problem before too and there is nothing wrong with your monitor. an easy way is to go to the display options in windows and view the current resolution and frequency and try to match those with the game, but i can be sure from the nature of this question that you have your resolution set too high for the card to automatically render the video, your gonna have to cut way back to your lowest resolution and it should at least start up long enough to make adjustments and these adjustments will be permanent until you personally revert the setting.
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You're on the right track... failing capacitors were a real issue for these Dell PCs (and others), in fact I would be surprised if there wasn't at least one failing capacitor on the motherboard as well.
Not an extremely difficult task though it requires some electronics skill, suitable equipment & appropriate replacement components, try brands like (but not limited to) Rubycon, Panasonic, Sanyo & SamXon you're looking for Low ESR rated capacitors of equal voltage rating & capacitance.
Additionally 10v capacitors can be replaced by 6.3v items as you're only looking at 12v, 3.3v & 5v being produced within the PSU.
You'll need to check the PSU first, you might want to buy a PSU Tester for 24pin PSUs.
Then you might want to do a in depth examination of your motherbard circuit components by doing the following...
Look for burned/broken microresistors. You might need a magnifying
glass and good lighting. Any resistor showing a little blob or browning
is burned. Microresistors are those minuscule black,gray,brown or white
rectangles lying all over the motherboard's traces. Check first the
ones near the power supply connector and near the chips, specially one
that says winbond on it, this last ones may get burned from USB
overloading, from using non-self powered hubs also called passive hubs.
may check for blown capacitors, capacitors are those standing cylinders
with a plastic cover around them with numbers and letters printed in
those covers. On top they are left without a cover and they are
aluminum color, they may be flat or have one or more grooves runing
across the top. A blown capacitor, looks different from the others
because it looks a little bloated on the top, or may have spilled some
sort of transparent varnish from its bottom to the motherboard or its
top to other components around.
Finally you may suspect of the CPU, athlons get very warm and
they can get burned too. Never start your pc without a cpu.