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Old May 28, 2003, 03:10 PM
Lee2003 Lee2003 is offline
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Default Monitor Refresh Rate /System BIOS

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I have done a Sisoft Sandra system check for tips on system performance and under my graphics card it gives me these two tips.

Tip 319 : NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200 with AGP8X : A refresh rate of at least 75Hz is recommended. Increase it if possible.
Tip 323 : NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200 with AGP8X : Remove the desktop wallpaper to save memory and improve performance.
Finished Successfully : Yes

Ok now I have removed the wallpaper but the refresh rate I am concerned about. The Monitor has a drop down list that goes to 80 Hz, however it says if I remove the checkbox it can cause problems. It is set at 60 default, should I bump it to 75?.

Also it says this about my Bios

SiSoftware Sandra

Mainboard Information
Power / Aux Temperature : 64.0°C / 147.2°F
Notice 224 : SMBIOS/DMI information may be inaccurate.
Tip 2511 : Some memory slots are free so the memory can be easily upgraded.
Warning 2545 : Large memory modules should be Registered/Buffered.
Warning 2518 : Mainboard temperature is too high.
Finished Successfully : Yes

How do I upgrade my bios? and would this help performance at all? is this a dangerous thing to do upgrading BIOS? the temparature I can just buy some cooling fans for but any suggestions about the BIOS and Grahpics tips?

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Old May 28, 2003, 03:18 PM
Penquin Penquin is offline
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Assuming your monitor is fairly new (less than 3yrs old) a refresh rate of 72-75 is normal and preferred by most people.
Less than that i.e 60Hz can cause eye strain if used for any length of time.

I wouldnt worry about your temperature issues, Sandra is quite often wrong when it diagnoses tempratures.
Your best bet is to use monitoring software designed for your mainboard, have a look on your mainboard driver disk for some software to do this.

I wouldnt worry about updating your BIOS. You should only do this if you KNOW it will cure a problem or give you more functionality. If you get it wrong, you will toast your mainboard.
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Old May 28, 2003, 03:28 PM
Lee2003 Lee2003 is offline
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Thanks for the reply,

I have set the Monitor to 75, I hope this will be OK even though I notice no difference. I have 3 system fans I am thinking of adding. The BIOS I wont be bothering with and I have took of the wallpaper however I shall be buying a 256 RAM stick taking the memory up to 512 RAM but for this I need to remove the 128 stick that's in there as the board only has 2 memory banks.

I am more of a gamer myself, which is why I am looking for the cheapest possible ways to get most out of this system, By upgrading the memory to 512 do you think it will give me a better performance in games?

Thanks in advance

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Old May 28, 2003, 03:37 PM
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Yes adding more memory will also improve the system performance as well as stability while using resource demanding packages... here for you games.
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Old May 28, 2003, 03:49 PM
gooner gooner is offline
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I am in agreement with both posts from Penquin and MM, refresh rate on average is normally about 75Mhz, Sandra is also a bit funny with regards to Temps as well. Adding more memory as MM said is a good call, it will improve the sys performance, especially if you playing games that have a demanding pull on you system As for flashing the Bios, here in work we dont really tend to do it unless it is an absolute MUST to eradicate a well known issue, the 1st or 2nd revs are normally still sufficient for carry on with general usage

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Old May 28, 2003, 04:09 PM
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Thanks for the help guys, the Memory will be my next purchase, the board says it can hold up to 1 Gig of memory so I may buy a 512 stick to go with 256, once again thanks a lot much appreciated
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