Thanks for any help you can provide. First things first - my system configuration:
Abit BG7 Motherboard
CPU Intel P4 2.8GHz (Northwood) 533M 512K
Zalman CNPS7000B-ALCU Pure Copper CPU Cooler
2 Kingston 512MB DDR266 PC2100 CL2.5 RAM Memory (1 GB total)
Plextor PX-716A 4X Internal Dual Layer DVD Drive
Sony CRX195A1 40x12x48 EIDE Internal CD-RW Drive
2 Hard Drives:
- Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 6Y200P0 200GB ATA/133 7200PRM Hard Drive w/8MB Buffer
- Maxtor DiamondMax Plus D740X 6L040L2 40GB Ultra ATA/133 7200RPM Hard Drive
1 Generic Firewire card
1 56K V.92 PCI Data/Fax Modem w/NetoDragon Chipset
1 Westell DSL Modem (external)
Video Card: Powercolor R92L-LC3 Radeon 9250 AGP 8X 128MB DDR
Soundblaster Live! 5.1
400W Power supply
(1): The motherboard comes with 3 slots for RAM memory. I'm currently using 2 slots, each with one 512MB stick. I also have an additional Kingston 256MB DDR266 PC2100 CL2.5 Memory that I would like to use in the 3rd slot. When I snap it and turn on the computer, the system only sees the first 2 sticks. If I swap the RAM sticks, then the system sees 750MB RAM, ommitting the 3rd slot. Is there a special configuration I need to make in the BIOS to have the system detect the RAM in all 3 slots, or most probably I have a bad slot in the motherboard? I want to be able to have 1.25GB of RAM. By the way, I have 2 Kingston 256MB DDR266 PC2100 CL2.5 Memory stick that I was using before I got the 512MB ones, and the system was working fine with them (so you can discard a bad 256MB stick...)
Here's a link to the motherboard's manual:
(2): I currently have 2 drives (CD-RW Drive and recordable DVD Drive) and 2 hard disks connected to the IDE ports IDE1 and IDE2 on the motherboard. I have a 3rd DVD-ROM I would like to connect; since I don't have any ports available I bought an Ultra ATA/133 PCI connector card that also comes with 2 ports. The card manual says that I have to connect all my devices to the card instead of the motherboard but if I do, I will not have a port left for this DVD-ROM. Can I connect the drive to the motherboard's IDE port and also use the PCI card for the other devices (hard disks and CD & DVD drive)? Will the system recognize this 3rd drive in this layout?
(3): To my disappointment, I cannot detect a MAJOR improvement in performance after upgrading my CPU from a 1.6GHZ P4 to a 2.8GHZ P4, and from 512MB RAm to 1GB. Any ideas what could be wrong, or how to detect faults? I did a full clean install, from scratch, when I upgraded the components. I use winXP Pro service pack 2, and all software is current with their latest drivers, frimwares, and versions.
Thanks again for any help you can provide.