Advanced Graphics

Question

Whenever I take the advanced graphics setting from the control panel, System, Performance tabs more than 1 notch off of minimum. I get crashes, especially when I run Act, Word and Adobe files at the same time. I could just not do that but it's very inconvenient to not be able to fully multitask. With just 1 notch of acceleration I can still get freezes. Video card may be Matrox? Manufacturer was Micronix USA that went out of biz about 15 minutes after they shipped my PC.

Do any of these PC Booster or Memory manager programs really work? There is a $25 offer for Inkline Global PC Booster with free 60 day trial with a download on Att.nets home page. Or is it more trouble than its worth? I only have a 6 gig hardrive, but don't use 2/3 of that.

Would getting a newer Video Card with more video memory help? Pretty sure that mine is minimal. If you could recommend a good deal for the money card that will handle Win 98 that would be great.

Thanks,

Glenn

Answer

This question was answered on November 16, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

It might, but you should first try reinstalling or updating the drivers for the video adapter you have.

If you run dxdiag and look at the "display" tab it will tell you what the adapter model is You can also look in the Device Manager.

Forget about bosters or memory optimizers, they are just junkware that do nothing better than Windows already does itself.

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Posted by Christopher of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on November 16, 2004