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compgeeks - a couple of help questions!

gasper

TRIBE Member
1) IRQ issue: all of the follwing are using the same IRQ number
- video card
- sound card
- USB host controller (x2)
- ethernet card
- MS acpi-compliant system

i've been told that this will adversly and significantly affect performance.....what's the easiest way to remedy this situation.

2) Dual Display Monitor issue: i'm using the 32Mb Radeon VE DDR on 2-17" screens at 2048x768.....is there a deskop manager that will force popups to one monitor? (an example: when installing software, getting error messages, etc they get cut in the middle of my 2 monitors).

thanks in advance,
gasping
 

deep

TRIBE Member
1] Disable ACPI, that's what is causing IRQ's to be shared amongst so many components. In general disabling ACPI makes for greater stability on motherboards that use Via Chipsets or Athlon processors. I don't know what it is for other operating systems but for windows 2000 when installing the operating system press F5 when the setup first loads and select "standard pc" instead of "ACPI". I think all kinds of problems happen if you try to switch from ACPI to non ACPI without reinstalling the operating system from scratch, not to mention having to load all your drivers again.

2] Not sure about the second, check the forums at rage3d.com , best place for radeon owners.
 

gasper

TRIBE Member
re: 1) might this work? --> disable or unplug all the devices in question, reboot, disable ACPI, plug in all devices, reboot?
 

deep

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by gasper
re: 1) might this work? --> disable or unplug all the devices in question, reboot, disable ACPI, plug in all devices, reboot?

I think it should work, but I've never done it. What operating system are you using? If win2k I think what you do is go to your control panel -> system -> device manager and then under the computer tab where ACPI PC should be listed, change the driver to Standard PC. I don't think you'll need to disconnect all your devices, you'll probably be prompted to reinstall drivers after switching from ACPI to standard PC.
 

gasper

TRIBE Member
running w2kpro

re: 1) the disable/enable box is greyed out, so ixnay on my idea.

Your idea: can i switch from ACPI to standard PC?

all i get in my computer properties is a general tab: computer, and in my ACPI properties the only option presented is to update driver.
 
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deep

TRIBE Member
Try going through the update driver function, select from list, browse around, I think standard PC is tucked away in there somewhere.
 

gasper

TRIBE Member
I'm running w2kpro with a 1.2 GHz Athlon and more RAM than I need (786 Mb).....it takes about 4 minutes for my PC to start up.
 
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gasper

TRIBE Member
an update so all you tribers will be able to sleep tonight ;)

1) m..m said he'd take a look into this weekend, and he's smart

2) i downloaded hypervision software that is GOLD and allows for all sorts of wonderful desktop management functions....props to norm for showing me the way....

now i need to fix that MAC........:D
 
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