Recently, my old beloved computer with WinXP Home died on me, so I bought a new inexpensive computer until I can get something better. An eMachines el1333g-0w. Granted I KNOW this isn't a top of the computer by any means, and I'm didn't get it for something high end like gaming. but I was hoping to AT LEAST enjoy the same quality of video and sound as I had on my cheapy previous WinXP eMachines. I've also owned other brands like Compaq and Acer, btw. :P
What I'm finding is jerky video, mostly flash (.flvs and .mp4s), but .avis seem to be ok. Also videos are out of sync. I assumed this was a streaming problem, but the same occurs on videos on the computer itself. Again, AVIs seem ok. So far.
So I installed new drivers
but all this did was remove my nVidia controls and didn't solve the jerky video problem, so I rolled back, thankfully.
On the RealTek "3D" system, on my old computer, I could leave the speaker volume at less than 50% and that was more than adequate. On this one, I have it maxed out to 100% and it's...ok. I think that's just off. I've tweaked and tweaked it. There's no sound AT ALL on a game I tried.
Plus, the computer seems to use 100% of the CPU all too often, which COULD be giving me some of the vid problems I'm experiencing, BUT the vid problems remain even if it isn't at 100%. Mostly this happens when I use a browser or IM at the same time.
This particular model did not come with a hard drive flicker light making it impossible to tell when the hard drive is being accessed.
Other than these "minor" details, I am happy with Windows 7, I like how it just shuts down when you want it to, period, and doesn't stall out, but I am EXTREMELY unhappy with the video performance. Can anyone give me any guidance. I know it's probably mostly choice of computer and a hardware issue, but I would like to solve this problem before I sink any more money into a different computer.
I wasn't expecting perfection, but AT LEAST as good of performance as my 2003 w3050 eMachines model. Here are my specs:
: AMD Athlon™ Processor 2850e
(1.8GHz, 512KB L2 cache) Operating System2
Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit Chipset : NVIDIA® GeForce® 6150 SE Memory3
: 2GB DDR2 dual-channel (2 × 1GB)
Expandable to 4GB
2 DDR2 slots total, 0 DDR2 slots available Hard Drive4
: 320GB 7200rpm SATA Optical Drive : 16x DVD±R/RW SuperMulti drive
Write max: 16x DVD±R, 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD+RW, 8x DVD±R DL, 5x DVD-RAM, 48x CD-R and 32x CD-RW
Read max: 16x DVD-ROM, 40x CD-ROM Media Reader5
: Multi-in-one digital media card reader
CompactFlash® I & II, CF+™ Microdrive, SecureDigital™ (SD) Card, MultiMediaCard™ (MMC), Reduced-Size MultiMediaCard™ (RS-MMC), Memory Stick™ (MS), Memory Stick Pro®™ (MS Pro), xD-Picure Card™ (xD) Video3
: Integrated NVIDIA® GeForce® 6150 SE graphics Audio : 6-channel (5.1) high-definition audio
USB Speakers Network : 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port) Peripherals : eMachines® PS/2 keyboard and mouse Ports : 9 - USB 2.0 (5 front, 4 rear)
2 - PS/2 (keyboard and mouse)
1 - VGA
5 - Audio jacks
1 - Headphone jack (front)
1 - Microphone jack (front)
1 - RJ-45 Ethernet Dimensions : 10.4" H x 3.9" W x 14.6" D Weight : 12 lbs. (system unit only) Warranty6
: 1-year parts and labor limited warranty with toll-free tech support Software :
- Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit
- Microsoft® Works
- Microsoft® Office Home and Student 2007 Trial7
- Norton Internet Security™ 2009 Trial8
- eMachines® Recovery Management
- Adobe® Flash® Player
- Adobe® Reader®
- Google Toolbar™
- Nero® 9 Essentials
- WildTangent® Demo Games9