Originally Posted by Don Landis
Thanks for all the kind thoughts. Grandson went home yesterday and looks quite content. Whole family is relieved all worked out so well.
Hey Dan- Have a question for you: Thursday I picked up another bargain computer. Went in to buy a new hard drive and win7 pro to upgrade my business applications computer and found a whole box for just a bit more money. It's an i3-2120 with 8Gb ram, win7 64 bit Pro and 500Gb hard drive. The asus MB has on board Intel graphics, i.e. no card plugged in. It looks like my spare Radeon HD6850 will plug in physically.
Observation is that sometimes my virtual XP mode is sluggish. I reserved 2Gb of ram for the win XP Virtual PC. I need that to work several legacy 16 bit apps that doesn't run in win 7. I go to move a window and it hesitates. pure win7 work is fast and normal. Do you think it is worth a try to test the Radeon Graphics card for speed? Or is this just a cpu that is taxed by robust OS? I think I could buy an i7 2600k for this box but wanted to see what spare stuff I already own would work first.
Great on the Grandson Don, he'll get a kick out of the 3d vids he'll see in 30 years, by then maybe they'll be able to convert sbs to holograms!
On the Virtual XP mode, honestly, I have zero knowledge on that. Googling "virtual PC mode xp sluggish" did give me a couple things right off the top to look at:http://www.microsoft.com/windows/vir...t/default.aspx
click the tabs and review.
Then this link was interesting:http://www.sevenforums.com/virtualiz...y-improve.html
and actually gave me a clue, which I didn't know about xp mode, well, up to now didn't know anything... I see this link references the fact that xp mode uses remote desktop connection - RDC. Since I do use RDC for connecting various PC's and Servers, the default setting for RDC is for slow connections - which causes real jerky motions.
So, on that PC, click the "start" button or "windows button" on the lower left of your screen, and where it says "search programs and files" type "remote desktop connection".
You will get a popup that looks like the attached --- rdc-first.
click on the Options down arrow on the left, and you will get the screen attached ---rdc-second. Click on the "Experience" tab and look at your connection speed to optimize performance. Hopefully, your setting is the lowest setting for connection speed, modem, but in any case, there are some settings here. Try increasing the connection speed to say, WAN.
When you are done tweaking things, go back to the "General" tab and click Save. I just hit "Save" instead of "Save as" something.
I'm pretty sure it's not a processor thing.
Video card? You may have to disable the onboard video in your bios when/if you insert your card. I don't think that a faster cpu or vid card will help this issue after what I read, since it is xp based programs (used on slow processors).
Anyway, there's a couple things to look at, and a couple more clues...
Oh, even at high speeds connections, using RDC still have a little bit of jerkiness, that's the way it is.
EDIT - Oops "RDP" remote desktop protocol, not "RDC", but do see the term interchangeable. Also, looks like you need to make sure the support Hardware assisted virtualization is enabled in the bios? Interesting. And of course, head to that motherboard forum in ASUS, if there is one, and Google "sluggish xp mode solutions".
You'll get there!