This is my first post on the Intel Community Boards and I hope that I am doing this correctly. (When you are 67 and somewhat IT tech challenged, it is always a hit or miss proposition.) (grin)
I recently was given a used Intel DG965SS motherboard. I have a few questions on it and whether or not it is "toast". Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Here goes:
1. From the git-go when the motherboard was new (approximately 3-4 years ago), this motherboard would not accept the on-board video driver install. (Note that the former owner was using a PCIe video card so, would that explain why the on-board video drivers "FAILED" during driver install?)
2. Last week after a reformat of the hard drive and a clean install of Windows XP Media Center (and with the same PCIe video card and a Linsys USB 54g Wireless adapter also plugged in), during the Intel motherboard driver installations, the attempted drive installation again gave the "FAILED" notation for the video driver installation PLUS it now gave a "FAILED" notation under the Intel Network PRO Conneciton option. (I cannot remember if the on-board network connection was enabled or disabled in the BIOS. Would that make a difference as to this NIC "FAILED" notation?)
3. I think that the motherboard currently has a Pentium 4 cpu (i.e., not a dual core or something higher). It might be possible that the board has a Duo-Core (Is there such a thing?). I do know that the cpu was purchased 3-4 years ago so that's the only thing I am going on at this time. I think that at the time of purchase, this cpu was the last iteration of cpu before any "dual" designated cpu came out ..or as it was just hitting the market If necessary, I can pull off the fan and check but I rather leave well enough alone.
What are some of the Intel cpus that are compatible with this board?
4. The board was running 2 gig of dual channel Corsair "Value Select" DDR2 (800MHz) memory in bank 0. Is 800 MHz the fastest memory that this motherboard can operate at?
What is the largest "two-stick" dual channel memory I can run on this board? Two 2 gig dual channel sticks? And, if I chose to do so, could I run two banks of 4 gig dual channel--for a total of 8 gig memory?
Also, assuming that 800MHz is the fasted the memory will operate on this motherboard, will this board accept a higher MHz memory (but, of course, still operate at the 800MHz rate)? In other words, could I put in faster memory (i.e., such as the Corsair Twinx PC8500 C5 1066MHz) and have the motherboard still operate?
If I can (and do) run any memory faster than 800 MHz, do I have to make any jumper setting modifications to the motherboard?
Are there any brands of memory that are incompatible with this motherboard? The only reason I am asking this question is becuase I recently found out that a certain 2 gig dual channel 800 MHz set of PNY was incompatible with another motherboard. Fry's advised me that this particular PNY memory was known to have compatibility problems with certain motherboards. This was the first time I had heard about memory incompatibility, hence, my question here.
Finally (and the initial reason for my foray into the Intel Community Bulletin Board), the Intel DG965SS motherboard has onboard video (Intel C965Express Chiposet featuring Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3000). What is the highest resolution rate for this onboard video and what is the video memory size for this onboard video?
Thank you in advance for any and all assistance and information in these regards. I am trying to rescue this motherboard for a needy family and I'm trying to determine if this motherboard is toast and/or so antiquated that a new technology motherboard might be a better and more economical option.