|"I'm in the UK."|
I'm in Canada, in Alberta, the next time zone east of where this web site is (1 hour ahead)..
"Manufacturer: Fujitsu siemens, Scaleo
I've needed to navigate the Fujitsu Siemens web sites before, and I know it isn't as easy to find info as on most brand name system web sites.
Searching with P4M-915GD1-LF finds nothing there.
P4M-915GD1-LF is the mboard model, not the Fujitsu Siemens model
Go here for how to find the Fujitsu Siemens specific system Serial number, and quote that here.
Identification number or serial number
"CPU/Ram: 3 GHz / 1022 MB"
If 1022mb is not a typo, the mboard's bios is subtracting 2mb - it subtracting 1mb is more common, for the conventional memory amount the operating system can't make available to the user.
"Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 4300/4500 Series"
Since you have most of 1gb - 1024mb - available, that must be on a video card in a mboard slot.
"OS: Windows Vista Home Premium"
"I've 3 gb HD of which 2.5 is free."
That doesn't make sense.
I recently installed Windows Vista Home Premium, and after all Windows updates and SP1 and SP2 updates had been loaded, over 14 gb had been used - I hadn't installed anything else yet. .
Something such as "I've 300 gb HD of which 250 is free" is possible.
Is it SATA or IDE ?
"I also have a 1TB external drive.
I try to only use the internal HD for software, and files & work fo on the external."
If the external hard drive is connected via a USB or firewire connection, it's max data transfer speed is determined by the circuits of the hard drive enclosure, not the hard drive within it, and that's pitiful in comparison to that of an internally connected drive.
You are much better off to install a larger hard drive internally
"I did have a lot of trouble originally loading Vista and I ended up with 4 versions on my HD. Windows, Wondows.old.001, Windows. old. 002, etc. I've been gradually deleting the old versions, but it takes so long, I only get round to it occasionally."
What are the details of the trouble ?
Do you have the multi boot menu when you boot the computer, 4 Vista installations to choose from ?
You can probably delete the entire Vista partitions that don't work, in Disk Management in Windows, and make new ones, or you can do procedures that will add their space to the Vista partition that works.
The motherboard - identical to this, or almost identical to this...
FIC P4M-915GD1 (home support page)
".....motherboard for their next mini-desktop".
Processor 533/800MHz FSB / Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor w / HT Technology
Chipset Intel® 915G Express Chipset / Intel® ICH6/R
Memory 4 DIMM slot / DDR 400/333 SDRAM support / Max. 4G total
Audio Azalia 8 Channel / Realtek ALC880
Serial Ata Intel ICH6/R, 4 ports (Support RAID 0,1)
Onboard Lan Realtek 10/100/1000 Mbps
Expand Slots 3 PCI / 1 PCI Express x16
Onboard IO 1 Parallel port / 2 PS2 Connectors / 1 (1 x RJ45 + 2 x USB 2.0) / 1 VGA port / 2 com port (1 pinheader) / 2 x Audio connectors : Mic-In, Line-In, Line-Out / 8 USB 2.0
Onboard IDE 6 Dual-Channeled Enhanced PCI Bus Master IDE Connectors Support Ultra DMA ATA 66/100
System Bios ACPI, APM, DMI, SMBIOS, PnP, USB, PC99, PC2001, Y2K Compliant
Form Factor uATX - 9.6" x 9.6"
IEEE1394 VIA6307L 2 Ports (option)
Video 1 X PCI Express x16 slot
Intel® 915G Express Chipset
Intel 915G Graphics and memory controller
Integrated Graphics Yes
So - the mboard has onboard video available.