Ok fellas, excuse the sorry Tombstone reference, but it just popped in my melon and I felt like sharing.
Couple questions. (specs below)
Computer shut down in the middle of CoD5 (fairly demanding) the other night after playing it for 45 minutes or so, which is the longest I've played it with the new card. I put in a VGA ASUS EN9800GT HB/HTDI/512M RT with a 500W power supply to push it (PSU APEVIA(ASP)|ATX-CW500WP4 RT). Up 'till that night, it ran great, but as I said, I never really played the demanding games all that long.
So here's the skinny, I was chatting with a Dell rep for a very long time, and we went through the computer trying to narrow down the problem. He came to the conclusion I needed a new motherboard and hard drive. The computer is under warranty and only a couple months old, so a 'Dell tech man is coming'...and I hope 'hell isn't coming with him' (ahh, ya see how I worked that in...clever, eh
Question #1. DID I DO THIS!?!?!?! (specs below)
#2. Now i"m not a computer fella, so excuse the question, but are my 9800 drivers on the hard drive that is gonzo? Is there ANY way he could see that I didn't have the original video card drivers in there?
#3. Does putting in your own video card void your warranty so they might not cover the board and drive?
Hope this wasn't too confusing. Basically I just want to ensure Dell will be 'paying' for the new motherboard and hard-drive.
Operating System: Windows Vista" Home Premium (6.0, Build 6001) Service Pack 1 (6001.vistasp1_gdr.080917-1612)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
System Model: Studio 540
BIOS: BIOS Date: 08/11/08 16:57:20 Ver: 0.0.1
Processor: Intel® Core2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.4GHz
Memory: 4094MB RAM
Page File: 1934MB used, 6483MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 10
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 6.00.6001.18000 32bit Unicode
Card name: ATI Radeon HD 3450
Manufacturer: ATI Technologies Inc.
Chip type: ATI Radeon Graphics Processor (0x95C5)
DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)
Display Memory: 2042 MB
Dedicated Memory: 251 MB
Shared Memory: 1791 MB
Current Mode: 1280 x 768 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: Dell SP2009W
Driver Name: atidxx32,atidxx64.dll,atiumdag,atiumdva,...
Driver Version: 7.15.0010.0119 (English)
DDI Version: 10.1
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 5/12/2008 23:45:52, 1554944 bytes
Operating System System Model
Windows Vista Home Premium (x64) Service Pack 1 (build 6001) Dell Inc. Studio 540
Enclosure Type: Desktop
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
2.40 gigahertz Intel Core2 Quad Q6600
64 kilobyte primary memory cache
4096 kilobyte secondary memory cache Board: Dell Inc. 0M017G A00
Bus Clock: 267 megahertz
BIOS: Dell Inc. 1.0.1 08/11/2008