How old is this PC? From the site, it looks like it has a FLOPPY DRIVE!

1/ Remove Norton Security Suite. Clearly it is causing you problems.
Symantec tarnishes the good name of Peter Norton with the junk they call
"Norton" today.

2/ It is probably easier and likely cheaper to get an inexpensive video
card that supports two monitors than to mess around with one of the USB
monitor devices. They are hit-or-miss.
** It looks like your PC has "PCI Express". A search on Tiger Direct for
"PCI Express" leads to a bunch of video cards, starting at $10 after rebate.

3/ You really do want more memory as well. It is cheap. You can max out
the PC (2GB) for less than $30. No, you can't add memory via USB.

All that being said, you are probably at the point of throwing good money
(and effort) after bad. If you enjoyed messing around with the internals,
perhaps it would be fun. But you don't. You should seriously consider
sucking it up and getting a new PC.

Good luck.

Tom Jedrzejewicz

"Illegitimi non carborundum"

On Mon, Sep 17, 2012 at 11:37 AM, Jerry C. Adams <midrange@xxxxxxxx> wrote:

I have an HP dx2250 Microtower PC with 896 MB of AMD Athlon 64 Processor

It used to run pretty good (even WDSc seemed reasonable), but since
installing Norton Security Suite it frequently has "issues." I thought
adding more memory might help. I wondered if memory could be added via a
USB device, rather than ripping the thing apart (I hate hardware). Can it?

Second, it currently has Acer monitor with an ATI Radeon Xpress 150 display
adapter. I have a Samsung monitor (both monitors are wide, flat panels)
sitting collecting dust. I have read here that adding a second monitor is
productivity gain, such as when using things like WDSc. I suppose that I
have to put in a different display adapter (did I mention that I hate
hardware?). What kind/make/model do I need to buy? Or is it possible
I hope?) to buy a plug that I can add to the external port that would give
me the benefit(s) of dual monitors? Alternatively, is there a USB device
that I could use to attach the second monitor?

Third, speaking of USBs, I only have two [2] USB ports on the front. I
thought I had seen a device that could plug into a USB slot that allowed
five [5] USB devices to be plugged in. Or was I smoking some a bad batch?

If it matters, I am running XP Pro at SP3.


Jerry C. Adams

IBM i Programmer/Analyst

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