the rig is: pentium d 820 2.8 ghz o'clocked to 3.0 ghz ecs rc410l/800 m 2.0 w/ radeon xpress 200 igp mobo 120 gig deskstr sata 512 ddr2 ram audigy 2 platinum sound rosewill 52x dvd combo 500 watt psu i am having a few problems with this system first off the ati xpress igp is supposed to be directx 9 compatible and upon installing dx 9 i get all kinds of popping noises when playing games. the only ones i have are gta: san andreas and age of empires 2. i get the popping noises with the windows starting up noises and playing music files. the music files stopped popping installing the new version of winamp. music doesn't pop in media player. all dxdiag the second issue is with my monitor/ dvd player. i am using mp3+dvd xpack. when i put in a dvd i get the mesage saying that i need to lower my resolution and color depth. i lower them as low as possible and i still get the mesage. i am also unable to set my resolution higher than 800x600 on my monitor. its a generic ibm monitor. windows has the default monitor driver isntalled for it. i had it hooked up to a friends monitor because i don't have a dsl line. i was able to increase the resolution on the other monitor without getting lines all over the place. its a samsung 19 inch monitor with its own driver isntalled. i did not see if i was able to play a dvd on it however. using the latest catalyst/south bridge driver did nothing for me. i am usure if the problems i am having has to do with not having a name brand driver installed or not. i don't have a pcix gpu to try to see if that would help at all. also after having isntalled service pack 2 i have 2 instances of ati2evxx.exe running in the processes and i have 3 instances of cli.exe running. seems like too many. and i installed .net 1.1 like the ati site says to have installed. i used windows update. i also installed .net 2.0. they both show under the add/remove programs. should they both be installed still or should 2.0 have been installed over 1.1, or should i just have one or the other installed. any help/tips would be greatly appreciated.