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Do I need to find new drivers?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by mstieler, Apr 25, 2010.

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  1. mstieler

    mstieler Thread Starter

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    Well, now that I've got my network issues fixed, not it's on to 2 more issues. One I posted already, which is more of an aggravation than a worry. When I'm running World of Warcraft, my CPU usage goes to 100%. I have no clue why, other than the possibility that since my initial HD crashed, and I installed Vista t a previously-external HD, could there be driver issues between my HD and the video/soundcards or motherboard?

    If more info is needed, I can supply it. Thanks ahead of time.
     
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    Update: well, it appears its not just World of Warcraft that's doing it. I was browsing the web on Firefox, and when I watched a video or played a web-based game, I got the 100% usage again.
     
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    Could you give us some specifications on your computer model, CPU, RAM, video card, etc, please, that would help in solving the issue.
     
  4. mstieler

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    Compaq Presario SR1950NX
    Running Vista Home Premium (6.0, build 6002)
    AMD Athlon 64 3800+ 2.4GHz
    2 GB RAM
    NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS
    Sound card is integrated into motherboard (if I'm not mistaken)

    If I'm not mistaken, this is the HD I swapped to, from the HD that was initially installed.

    If you need more info, just ask and I'll give it to the best of my abilities.
     
  5. mstieler

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    My apologies. It appears the DirectX Diagnostic Tool didn't realize the model number may be different from what it thinks it is. The model has been updated to the proper one: Presario SR1950NX.
     
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    Make sure you have Service Packs 1 and 2 installed for Vista and all other updates. Keep visiting the Microsoft Update site until there are no more available updates. Verify SP2 is installed by going to the Control Panel and checking the System Properties. These updates and service packs need to be done first.

    Once you do that then install the updated versions of the drivers.

    NForce chipset drivers: http://www.nvidia.com/object/nforce_vista_15.23.html
    Geforce graphics drivers: http://www.nvidia.com/object/win7_winvista_32bit_197.45_whql.html
    Realtek HD Audio drivers: http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads...=24&Level=4&Conn=3&DownTypeID=3&GetDown=false (the fifth one down in blue)
     
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    I do have both service packs, and I know I recently installed the graphics drivers. Going to install the NForce & Realtek ones now.
     
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    Kay, so I've got both service packs, installed the 3 new drivers, and it's still doing the same.
     
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    Does it run OK though? 100% CPU usage during a game isn't unnecessarily unusual or a bad thing, games do tax the CPU and the rest of the system.
     
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    When I was running on XP (Media Center Edition, same computer setup, just different HD), there was no issue at all. I could be running WoW, Firefox, Vent, and Excel (among others) without issue at all.

    The game does regularly disconnect though; that may be an internet issue or it could be something else entirely.
     
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    Does the new hard drive use a small SATA cable or a wide IDE cable?

    How are connected to your router?
     
  12. mstieler

    mstieler Thread Starter

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    Wide cable, if I'm not mistaken, and wirelessly.
     
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    The disconnects could be due to a wireless connection, the high CPU usage could also be from the wireless card drivers. What wireless card do you have? Can you disable or remove it and go wired?
     
  14. mstieler

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    Unfortunately, wired is not an option. It's possible my drivers could be out of date for the wireless card. Device Manager is telling me it's a Texas Instruments 802.11g Wireless PCI Card; nothing more to it.
     
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    If you look at the card itself, does it have any markings? Do you have the original box or the receipt from the card?
     
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