Posted 15 December 2007 - 08:35 PM
I have a home built Windows Vista Ultimate computer that has 2 gigs of Ram, 750 gigs of hard drive space space over two drives, an Athlon 64 processor, an Nvidia 6600 video card, and Realtek AC 97 on board audio cards.
I like how the system performs but have had many errors regarding my video card. I keep getting an error message that there is a problem with the video card. Sometimes it shuts me down (blue screen) and I have to restart. In the windows error message section in the Control Panel, it says that there is a problem but that it has a fix. Says to go to Nvidia's page and download new drivers. Whenever I try, I am told that the drivers are the best drivers for the system.
I have had similar (but not as many) problems with the onboard Realtek AC97. It doesn't seem that they have ever had a proper driver for Vista.
Here is my question: Does it make any sense to get a separte audio card (possibly Creative's Audigy 5.1 surround) and disable the onboard Realtek? Is there a good chance that this would fix the problem I have been having with the audio?
In much the same line, I am beginning to think about dumping the Nvidia video card and trying maybe ATI. I have read that Nvidia has really dropped the ball with regards to video drivers for Vista. Has anyone else experienced this problem? If so, does my approach seem workable.
Any suggestions on video and audio cards would be greatly appreciated. I like Vista and wouldn't go back to XP but I would sure like to look into what I need to do to correct this.
Changing out the motherboard is not an option as I have an OEM System Builder's version of Vista Ultimate that is tied to this specific motherboard.
Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions and thoughts.