I run an XP windows media center 2005 edition PC (HP Pavilion/m7071.uk)which comes with the standard 3.0 Ghz single core P4 CPU. The system is about 5/6 years old I guess. Puffer motherboard, Single Core P4 processor, 4x512mb RAM etc. Some of this is probably irrelevant but I'll mention it anyway.
I recently updated my bios with the recommended HP driver and also installed a new 3.8 Ghz P4 CPU.
Worked fine for a few days then PC would not boot. Wouldn't even get to post. Black screen with fans whirring and monitor light on standby.
Spent a couple of days trying to trace the problem and narrowed it down to two bad 512mb memory modules. Removed the bad memory and PC has been booting fine; except any performance gains obtained by my CPU upgrade has been nullified by the fact that I'm now running on half my original RAM. Ok, but that can be fixed.
Only other problem is when the PC finally started booting successfully with the bad RAM removed, I got a "new hardware device found" message which predictably the wizard could not find a driver for. Looked in device manager and noticed a yellow exclamation against Multimedia Video Controller. This refers to the WinTV PCI Tuner card that comes with MCE systems.
So I downloaded the updated driver from HP but the driver installation program would not complete successfully, stopping short with an unhelpful "Error Number: 9" message. This is the same driver I'd always used for my tv card without any problems. Tried various other drivers none of which are compatible with my card.
Now it seems more than a coincidence that my RAM and Tuner card stopped functioning at the same time as the booting issue! So I guess my question is this, Could the Bios Upgraded have anything to do with any of this? Also, with regard to the TV Tuner card, shouldn't the driver program install itself whether the card is faulty/installed or not? The blasted drivers simply refuse to install!
If money were no object, I'd simply buy a couple of new sticks of RAM and a new tuner card and see what happens. But I'm doubtful that it's the PCI card itself that's at fault.
I guess the worse case scenario is that my motherboard is dying?
Any advice on what I should do first? Thanks in advance.
P.S. There are no other conflicts or yellow marks in my Device manager. I've tried changing the TV card to a new PCI slot with no success.
Edited by hamluis, 23 July 2012 - 12:10 PM.
Moved from XP to Internal Hardware - Hamluis.