Help with Sandra 07 diag
Hello, I'm new to the board - I usually do not use forum communities to get answers to my questions, but this seems like a knowledgeable community with a lot to offer, and I may have a lot to offer as well. Anyway, on with the question, right?
I ran Si Software Sandra Lite (v.2007.2.11.17), and I was somewhat surprised by the results of the analysis. It appears to have lots of suggestions as to what I can do to improve the health and performance of my PC (hardware), and aside from the obvious ("Your motherboard can support faster processors, a processor upgrade is recommended", and "You have 2 memory slots open, a system memory upgrade is recommended"), there were some things which seemed like they could and should be changed, but I have no knowledge as to how. These things are as follows (direct from report):
Warning 2533: Disabled host controllers are present. Check BIOS settings.
Notice 224: SMBIOS/DMI information may be inaccurate.
Tip 2536: System has no SMBus/i2c/BMB bus support.
Tip 207: System BIOS : A SMBIOS/DMI 2.3 or later compliant BIOS is recommended. Check for a BIOS update.
Tip 212: System BIOS : BIOS can be shadowed so check whether it is.
Warning 235: CPU 1 [Processor 0, Core 0, Thread 0] : Vcore less than rated minimum. Check Vcore setting!
Tip 1202: PCI Bus 0 (1/1x PCIClk) : Nvidia Corp C51 Memory Controller 0 : Device does not support bus mastering.
Warning: Motorola SM56 Speakerphone Modem : Port in use. (I don't use dial-up, I use cable)
Error: DirectSound Devices : Modem #0 Line Playback (emulated) (WaveOut 1) : DX-DS E8878000A
Details about my system:
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3500+, 2.21GHz
BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD R02-B1
System: Acer AST160
Motherboard: Acer FC51GM
Memory: 447MB DDR-SDRAM 2x 200MHz (400MHz data rate)
Video card: NVIDIA GeForce 6100 (onboard, 256MB shared)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST3200827AS (186GB) (NTFS)
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Professional (SP2)
Northbridge: nVidia nForce 410/430
I have updated all of my drivers (video card, northbridge, processor, audio, flashed BIOS) on 12/17, and still getting these errors. Anyone know how to fix any or all of this??
Before you say it, I know - I would have much rather built my own PC with an Athlon 64 FX-62 or Core 2 Extreme, Asus mobo with SLi or Crossfire, and a pair of GeForce 7950's or Radeon X1900's along with a fancy gaming case and 2 500GB HDD's, but this acer was $400.00 LOL (fixed budgets suck, I need a better job). Anyhow, I do plan to upgrade to at least a GeForce 7900 and 2-4GB PC3200 (hopefully Corsair TwinX). Until then, how can I fix these issues with little to no cash investment?
Thanks very much in advance for any help!