Been a while since I have been here to the forums.
I want to move to a new OS, probably MS 7. Currently using 2000 Professional base with an overlay/upgrade of XP Professional. Yep, she's breaking down on me in pieces.
This machine, HP Compaq dc7700 Convertible Minitower, is a rebuild from my local computer shop. I do not know what is inside the case, no idea. It is coming up on a year old, and I am not at all happy with this machine. My main complaint, the motherboard will not accept or update drivers. I understand that could be due to the age of my current OS. I have been through the HP site, tried to get the right drivers and I continue to receive an error message that my machine is not set up for the drivers, and the download stops. I've got three areas that I cannot get drivers for, Ethernet Controller (high speed connection, this worked fine until I got hit with the strip and reformat attack in January this year.), PCI Simple Communication Controller, (this also worked fine until January of this year.), and there is an unknown device that, well your guess is probably better than mine as to what that is or does. I got a feeling these problems stem from something on the MB. So to know what MB I have, I want an new motherboard before I do a new OS install. I know nothing about MB's. Can you point me toward a MB that will handle all that I do, (see paragraph below), be flexible enough to upgrade hardware if I need to, give me the speed of light on the web when I need it
, and not break down? What type of memory do I need for the suggested MB also?
I deal with a lot of text, writing books and I use this machine to watch tv (sometimes just listen to a program in the background as I write and work on a book), stream my favorites radio stations while I work, play my own videos and movies, again, most of the time in the background while I work. I do a lot of transferring of large text files to book publishers (speed of light reference), I go to my favorite online game places, Pogo and King. I watch video's at NetFlix (paid account), and HULU (paid account). Besides work, I've been known to wander around the net to a variety of different places for fun or to do research for a book.