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Old 04-10-2013, 02:15 PM   #16
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I upgraded to windows 7


I would like to see some Specs of that computer first before I'd recommend buying any parts. Some of the new Sound cards aren't even compatible with older Motherboards.
The Machine, even with the Sound fixed, may not have enough Power to run Windows 7.
SoundBlaster Cards are known to cause problems with Win7.
If the Computer is a Dual CPU and has only a couple of Gigs of memory, I recommend investing in a new computer.
Have at least a Quad-CPU with 4-8 GB's of memory.
Too bad you have obviously already activated the Win 7 License, so there goes another $100.
With a little luck, you can use the same installation key again on the new machine, even if you have to call Microsoft.
Let us know.

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Old 04-11-2013, 02:30 PM   #17
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As a professional Desktop engineer, some of you are making this way too hard for a newbie. I have to deal with new models every month and always worry about compatible drivers and different OS's. While many of us do the hard things easily, it is still very simple.

The correct answer is to look in the device manager. Click on the start button (lower left-hand corner), on the menu, right-click on Computer and choose Properties. In the upper left hand corner of the window that pops up, click on Device Manager. The simple part is, if the operating system sees the devices, the will show under the heading of "Other Devices" with a yellow "caution" triangle. If they do not show there, they are disconnected or malfunctioning. If you locate them under teir device type, there will be a message when you right-click on the device and go to properties telling you the device was unable to start.

While you could spend a lot of time tracking down the drivers (if the devces are physically there), I would suggest going to http://www.driveridentifier.com. Allow it to search your devices and see if it finds drivers for them. If it is successful, you will have to pay $20 to start a 1 year account that will let you search up to 15 computers. Once paid, you will get the report giving you the link to the exact driver you need. I have yet to have this fail and I run into many larger issues (trying to find 32-bit drivers for systems only ever intended to run 64-bit operating systems). You can of set the cost by sharing it with friends doing the same and charging them $5 to use your account.
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Old 04-11-2013, 03:00 PM   #18
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As a professional Desktop engineer, some of you are making this way too hard for a newbie. I have to deal with new models every month and always worry about compatible drivers and different OS's. While many of us do the hard things easily, it is still very simple.

The correct answer is to look in the device manager. Click on the start button (lower left-hand corner), on the menu, right-click on Computer and choose Properties. In the upper left hand corner of the window that pops up, click on Device Manager. The simple part is, if the operating system sees the devices, the will show under the heading of "Other Devices" with a yellow "caution" triangle. If they do not show there, they are disconnected or malfunctioning. If you locate them under teir device type, there will be a message when you right-click on the device and go to properties telling you the device was unable to start.

While you could spend a lot of time tracking down the drivers (if the devces are physically there), I would suggest going to http://www.driveridentifier.com. Allow it to search your devices and see if it finds drivers for them. If it is successful, you will have to pay $20 to start a 1 year account that will let you search up to 15 computers. Once paid, you will get the report giving you the link to the exact driver you need. I have yet to have this fail and I run into many larger issues (trying to find 32-bit drivers for systems only ever intended to run 64-bit operating systems). You can of set the cost by sharing it with friends doing the same and charging them $5 to use your account.
Wow, a first time post pointing us to a pay service? I'm sure that's legit.
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:43 PM   #19
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Wow, a first time post pointing us to a pay service? I'm sure that's legit.
It is. It does cost, but it can save lot more than replacing devices without verifying. So often during upgrades, people assume that a failure is equip, when it rarely is. Trust me when I say it is highly under rated web site.
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I would suggest going to http://www.driveridentifier.com
3DP Chip does pretty much the same thing, for free.
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/...3DP-Chip.shtml

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