EDIT: A friend of mine did some remote diagnostics, and it seems some files meant to update my graphics driver were just floating around and Windows hadn't alerted me to the botched installation. We found the proper update through the NVIDIA site, installed it, and it seems to have worked. No Windows error message this morning at all when I turned on my computer. So it was a lot more simple of a fix that I had intentionally feared. I feel rather embarrassed that I didn't spot this problem myself. I'm usually the one spotting small things like this for other people.
I'd still like to update my graphics card at one time or another, but for now, I'll just hug my ol' girl and tell her she's doing a great job. She's not a bad computer at all and has been working like a charm for almost four years.
I need the help of people more knowledgeable than me at this point.
First, I run Windows Vista, Home Premium, 32 bit.
These are my computer's specifications:
I started getting errors about unexpected shutdowns (during shutdown), and sometimes my computer doesn't register my mouse or my keyboard on startup. Seems like the ol' gal is having motherboard problems. Unfortunately, my motherboard's bios is locked off from me, so I have no chance in Hades to update it. Gotta love being young, naive, and buying built-in mechanisms. This problem started soon after a Vista update, but I think the two are unrelated.
So that's where I need help. I'm looking for a new motherboard which is compatible with my computer's specifications, and while I'm at it, I'm also looking for a good graphics card update. I would rather something NVIDIA because I'm a Second Life addict. (LOL!) Any help and suggestions and step-by-step would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance,
Edited by Ty_Ty, 07 July 2010 - 08:25 AM.