So - I own a Pentium 4 @ 2,4GHz, 2GB DDR 400 RAM, PSU 585 W, motherboard ASRock P4i55GV with default Intel graphic card.
Problem one (main problem): Today, while painting the kitchen, I heard the sound dragging and stuttering (software used: latest Winamp player). After 2-3 minutes, getting fed up, I went to the hallway and started to move the mouse (in order to turn on the monitor, which was set to go off in 3 mins). Nothing - just black screen and Pink Floyd mumbling. I’ve pushed the “Off” button (ouch!!), disconnected all cables from the electric red, pushed “On” and “Restart” buttons several times (to drain the electricity from the system), reconnected the cables, pushed “On” - nothing. Black screen on monitor and “No signal detected” message. Several seconds after, I heard the Windows XP welcoming sound, so the HDD is okay. My question is: has the graphic card died? Because I’ve restarted the PC several times, I even tried another monitor, but nothing. I want to mention that, since 2007, I had ZERO problems with this machine. Windows XP SP3 works impeccable, and I’m using this unit as a (vintage) Home Cinema 4+ hrs a day.
Problem two (a question, actually): If it’ll be impossible to find a remedy for the problem, which is the best video card for this motherboard? I see three slots labeled “FSB800” and one unmarked. (I can’t post a link to some photos because Google shows only the ASRock P4i65GV motherboard - though it’s almost identical). And, presuming I’ll install a new graphic card, will I be able to start Windows without its driver installed?
Thank you very much!
PS I want to mention that I simply love this antiquity, which is (well - was) in mint condition. It has a total of 9TB of storage (movies, TV series, music videos etc. etc.) and was able to play even HEVC 10 bit (true, with a max. 576p). And, if I’m here, can you also recommend a 5.1 audio card, because the label inside says “FSB800 SATA USB 5.1 CH.”