Hello Bleeping Computer,
Before I begin, I would like to Thank the Moderators for moving this topic to the appropriate category if it is not already. Also, Thank You in advance to those who respond to my post and help me figure out what's going on with my computer.
I have a HP Pavilion Elite HPE running Windows 7 Home Premium. I had purchased this computer new in September 2010 and upgraded the PSU to a Corsair RM650 and the graphics card to a AMD Radeon R7 240 series about two years ago. I would prefer to keep this computer running for a couple more years if possible. Now I say a couple years but if anyone should think after seeing my computer specs and the age of my computer that I should just start fresh and buy or build a new computer please don't hesitate to say so.
I run a couple of games such as Trainz 2012 Train Simulator and Run8 Train Simulator as well as use e-mail, watch videos and a couple of programs.
The recommended requirements for Trainz is:
- OS: Vista/Windows 7 (64 Bit),
- Processor: Core 2 Duo (or equivalent),
- Memory: 2 GB RAM,
- Graphics: nVidia GeForce 8800 (or equiv)
- Hard Drive: Approx. 16GB hard drive space,
- Sound: DirectX 9.0c or compatible Sound Card,
- DirectX 9.0c
- Mouse and keyboard
Computer does an OK job of running this program but will lag behind quite a bit even with the upgraded graphics card.
The recommended requirements for Run8 Train Simulator are:
Run 8 Train Simulator runs on MAC with VM Ware/Windows Vista/XP/Win7 32/64 bit/ Windows 8 and Windows 10 operating systems. And 800 MB of hard drive space is needed.
These are the minimum computer specs that we recommend:
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5600+ 2.80 GHz
RAM: 3 Gb RAM (run8 will only use around 2 max due to DotNet memory management stuff.)
Video Card: GeForce GT440 1Gb VRAM
Runs a lot better than Trainz maybe because it does not install itself into the Windows registry?
The issues I am experiencing are as follows:
1.) I have lost the ability to play DVD's and CD's with this computer. Autoplay seems to have been deleted or disabled and not sure how to revive it.
2.) Computer tends to be very slow and will hang up at times while on the internet reading google news or watching youtube videos which tend to be very jerky and will stop playing even after I have turned off the computer.
3.) When I attempt to install Internet Explorer because some programs just seem to run better using IE, the install tells me I already have a more recent version of IE installed on my computer. Not sure where this would be but I can't seem to find it.
A question I have is after entering the system information and seeing the age of my BIOS, should this be updated and if so, how would I go about doing this.
My system information is below.
OS Name - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Version - 6.1.7601
System Manufacture - HP Pavilion
System Model - BK170AA - ABA HPE - 210y
System Type - x64 Based PC
Processor - AMD Phenom X4 945 Processor, 3000 Mhz, 1 Core(s), 1 Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date American Megatrends Inc. 5.09, 1/22/2010
SMBIOS Version 2.6
Windows Directory C:\Windows
System Directory C:\Windows\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume 1
Locale - United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer - Version = "6.1.7601.17514"
Time Zone - Pacific Daylight Time
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 16.0 GB
Total Physical Memory - 16.0 GB
Available Physical Memory - 10.3 GB
Total Virtual Memory - 23.8 GB
Available Virtual Memory - 18.7 GB
Page File Space - 7.81 GB
Page File - C:\pagefile.sys
Thanks Again Everyone for your time and assistance.