No, I did not get any discs or product key. The guy I bought it from (Alan) said his uncle built the computer for him & told him that if anything failed or needed updating, he would take it home with him & fix it. When I was asking questions about the computer before I saw it, I immediately realized that Alan knew nothing
about computers. The main reason I bought it was the price as he was in desperate need for quick cash at the time. I paid $400.00 for the PC, monitor, mouse, & keyboard & a 3-month old laptop, which I had no need for so I sold it for $250.00. There was no disc for it either. He wanted to buy this computer back from me a couple months after I bought it, but I felt like I got such a good deal that I would be crazy to get rid of it.
The computer looks very simple to me on the inside ~ there is a mother board, the video/graphics card (with a fan on the bottom of it), 4 RAM memory slots (2 empty), a lot of USB ports and the plugins for the mouse, keyboard, HDMI port, etc. Is a video adapter the same thing as a Graphics card? I can't understand why there are so many fans. Does the AMD Vision Engine software override the settings options on my monitor? Is AMC Catalyst Control Center what is used for AMD Vision Engine? If so, there are a lot of options that I don't understand such as LCD Overdrive, Pixel Format, Create Custom HDTV Resolutions, Enable GPU Scaling, Scaling Options (Underscan & Overscan), Enable ITC Processing, Adjust Fan & Clock Speed for Graphics Card, etc. I have NO idea what settings I should choose. I also don't understand what the AMD High Definition Audio Device and High Definition Audio Controller are. Are they built in with the Graphics card? And, there's also Realtek High Definition Audio. How do I know what I am using, or what should I use? There is also the option to Enable or Disable AMD Radeon Dual Graphics. Which do I choose, and why? I can also change the Desktop Properties, but have no idea what I should select here either. I have a Dell flatscreen that connects with the cord with blue pins on each end, but when I connected it to this computer when the monitor went out last week, the computer didn't recognize it. It seems to me that I should be able to hook up both monitors since I have what seems to me to be a "high-tech" Graphics card.
Should I buy an external hard drive to put my backups on? Or, an internal one?
I realize I am asking for a lot of info. Believe it or not, I could fix most everything on my Dell computers & install new sound cards, graphic cards, extra memory, etc. & even worked on computers for other people. But, technology had advanced greatly since those days, and I lost now trying to figure out what is what and what it does!
Again, I will gladly pay you if you can educate me about all the options. If it would help, I could send you a photo of the inside of the computer, if I am allowed to upload photos here. Even better would be if you can connect to my computer remotely and look at all the options there are on the AMD software. Is this possible? I live in a town with ONE red light and there's no place here that I can get info or help. THANKS!! Cindy
Edited by Quartz, 20 October 2013 - 12:35 PM.