Happy Friday and happy 2010! It's great to virtually see you all again and I hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday. During my break, I had a lot of quality time with family and friends and even managed to take the kids up to the Sierras for some fun in the snow. And for those of you who e-mailed me with well wishes for my dad, I'd like to thank you all sincerely. He's doing very well and I'm sure your thoughts and prayers have drastically come into play with his recovery. Much appreciated, folks!
Before I get started on the topic of Robert's video card's deteriorating performance, if you haven't visited the CNET CES 2010 coverage, you definitely should check it out. CNET editors are busting their behinds to give you up-to-date coverage of the new and exciting electronic gadgets coming this year. Enjoy it, and try not to drool too much!
Now let's tackle Robert's issue with his video card performance, which has deteriorated in a short period of time. First off, Robert, since your question didn't have all the details, our members have poured in with great advice and suggestions to help you solve your video card's deteriorating performance. Some suggested hardware beginning to fail due to overheating; some say it could be a video driver issue being outdated or even being too new to work with your older card. Many members also suggested that the possible culprit may not have anything to do with your video card, but system resources being taken away by programs running in the background when you're gaming that is causing poor video performance. Nevertheless, the list goes on. All-in-all, a lot of well-thought-out solutions by our members that I think will help you narrow down your issue. I have selected a handful of suggestions in the Q&A section, but please read them all because many of our members have questions that may just trigger a thought to quickly narrow down your issue. Best of luck to you! Thanks to all who contributed. Have an awesome weekend!
Several months ago I installed an ATI Radeon Sapphire HD3850
AGP graphics card in my aging Windows XP machine to give it
more gaming oomph. The card features 512MB of DDR3. The
performance improved immediately. I was able to play Bioshock
and Call of Duty 4 at 1,440x900 pixel resolution without a
hiccup. The graphics were smooth with no lag or jerkiness.
Suddenly, now the games don't run well at all. The motion is
choppy and the response to mouse or keyboard commands lags.
I tried adjusting the game settings to lower resolution and
shutting off some of the shadowing etc., but the problem
persists. I am running an Intel P4 3.0 Ghz processor with 3
gigs of ram. The video driver is up to date. Any suggestions
would be greatly appreciated. I'm tired of pulling out my
hair on this. (I have very little left anyway :). Thank you
in advance for your attention and consideration.
-- Submitted by:
Featured member solutions for last week's question:
This question comes from three CNET members who coincidentally e-mailed me all within the same week, so let's find a solution for them. I'm sure many others who have a bunch of personal VHS tapes are also looking to move them to a digital format.
I need to know how to convert my VHS tapes and my VHS-C tapes
to a DVD. I have quite a few tapes that I made of the CHRRs
and others that I'm afraid will become unplayable. Can you
help me? Thanks.
-- Submitted by:
Is there a method to make DVDs out of my invaluable VCR
tapes? Thanks so much.
-- Submitted by:
What is the best and least expensive way to convert my home
video on VHS tapes to DVD without having to record to a
digital camcorder first?
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