Thank you in advance for taking the time and interest to help me with some computer issues and questions. I really appreciate it, and appreciate the work you have put into computers to learn, and gain the experience to help others. First so you know who you are dealing with, I have been gaming since about 1983 with a Commodore 64, and then a Commodore 128, and then I moved to a 286. I started with a 300 baud modem, and by the time I had a 900 baud and even an outrageous speed of 1200kps I ran a bulletin board and loved it. I have paid many people to fix my computers and watched them like hawks, asking every question I could think of. So I did tech support for Prodigy, and set up my own computer repair business out of my home. Since I was a Respiratory Therapist and an EMT I called it the PC MEDIC Computer Repair Shop. I am self taught, and know just enough to fix many things, and enough to destroy other things. I really wish my computer knowledge was better rounded.
SITUATION: I just bought Vista 64 Home Premium, and another 250MB hard drive, only this time; I went with a SATA drive. I am running on a crappy motherboard in my opinion which will be up graded in the next 3-4 months. I am disabled now, after 4 heart attacks, 2 Open Heart Surgeries, numerous angioplasties, and stents, plus a new pulmonary disease that has left me with “3-5 years” I don’t buy that, but sometimes doctors are right. My point being resources are almost nonexistent.
Motherboard: Chaintech ZNF3-250 socket 754 (I will get a new motherboard, CPU, and memory within 3-6 months.
CPU: AMD 64 bit 3400
Video: ATI Radeon X1650 Pro AGP with 512 ram
I have 2 hard drives via IED and 2 DVD burners the same. I also have an external drive via firewire in the ULTRA Mini Port Disk case which I love.
My computer and power supply are SATA compatible
According to the Vista Compatibility chart I make the minimal hardware requirements. Namely my CPU speed, everything else seems fine, and as I said in the near future I will upgrade. I just keep my existing system, but will replace the motherboard, CPU, and of course new Ram will be required. Too bad I have Corsair Gaming ram… Oh and a new [bleep] video card as well Dang PCIe & SLi ;-) What you want but can’t afford, wants versus needs…
QUESTION: Will my computer be able to handle, or any computer for that matter IED drives, PLUS SATA drives? Then I have my external drive as well, which I could get rid of. Or do you have to sick with one or the other. I’d also like to know if there is a program that will allow me to select the operating system, and if so how to go about it doing all this KISS, KEEP IT SUPER SIMPLE I was going to unplug my 2 IED drives, and try to install Vista on my new SATA drive. Then plug in the other drives. But I see a major conflict there. Is there an easy way to try VISTA on the new drive, and if I like it add my IED drives? Is there also a way to change or select the OP on boot-up just in case my CPU is not able to handle it, or my gaming pad (Nostromo N52) is not Vista compliant? Like I said I am handicapped, and when I do get out of bed, Battlefield 2142 takes away the time until my wife and kids get home. Otherwise I just lay there, remember my ER, EMT, being a man earning a living, going fishing, and SCUBA diving life, which is now behind me. I really can make time disappear with a good game such as BF2 or 2142…
Thanks I hope I am not asking the impossible, and jumped the gun on a bigger drive and on purchasing Vista.
I appreciate you greatly!
Edited by Rogue Warrior, 12 March 2007 - 02:51 PM.