More speifically (5 was a typo)
Dell Inspirion 3000, has 3 pci slots
Pentium 4 2.8Ghz
2 gig Ram
2 disk drive, 7200-7500rpm
Nvidia GeForce 8400GS
Windows AP Sp3
1 DVD reader/writter
I am working on gettin a new system, but want this to hold me over till HD camera prices drop
I would not invest anything in such a dated system that is below requirements for HDV.
Harm, For as knowledgeable as you seem that is not a helpful answer.
Why would I spent hundreds of $$$$ on a new system to edit HD when when I have no HD video to edit?
Spending $50 on a graphics card to hold me over till I buy a HD camera and machine to edit on seems pretty reasonable to me,
Then when I get a higher end machine I can give the graphics card to my kids.
Anyhow my question was not on the machine but why CS3 does not seem to like the video card.
For your system the video card you have seems quite acceptable. The little dotted lines could be a driver issue, check you have the latest, it could be a PSU that is about to give up, it could be a myriad of things. A screen shot would be helpful to identify what you are seeing.
When was the last time you did a complete reformat of your boot disk and a complete reinstall of OS and programs? If over one year ago, that is where I would start.
Did a rebuild a complete rebuild about 6 mos ago.
Could definitly see a power supply problem I have suspected it going bad for a few months.
Will add a screen shot later tonite.
The dotted lines go away when I hide the window then bring it back.
Then a I click on menus in CS3 and they are appear.
Getting latest nvida driver did help some.
What power supply do you have installed, how old is it and what are the voltages in both HWMonitor and Speedfan? Please post screenshots from both.
That definitely seems like a video driver issue.
I recommend ATI myself. I have no issues using a $30 ATI 4350 with CS4 on Win7.
Did you say you just bought this card?
Could be overheating. Do you have any 3D games you can run, and see how the graphics look when you're really using the GPU?
Power supply is the original Dell supply about 3yrs old. 250W which is a little low for this card. I have a 750 watt supply I could put in.
Thing is all programs have no problem but CS3. The issues happens as soon as I fire off CS3, so I dont think its over heating. Also does not get worse as the machine runs. I attached HWMon adn speed fan screen shots. Does not look like I have voltage sensors.