Trying to give a not so tech savvy friend tech support over the phone, so sort of have to go for a "least amount of effort / least amount of risk/time required" approach.
My question basically boils down to this: Do we need to install the ESA drivers at all? Would not installing the drivers potentially lead to any problems like crazy case or GPU fans or worse, the GPU fan not ramping up when under load?
The system has been running fine for the last years (except for ethernet stopping to work for some indiscernable reason a few months back) but really needs updated graphic card drivers and I hear people mention problems with Nvidia drivers and ESA software quite often. So the easiest solution would be not to install ESA,... if that route is safe.
System has a Q9650 CPU, a 285GTX, 8gb RAM and i still running VISTA (64bit). We originally had to downclock the memory to get the whole thing stable, but it's been running fine ever since. Except now newer games occasionally keep crashing due what looks like driver issues.
P.S. The Ethernet problem was "fixed" by plugging a ethernet USB dongle in /hangs head in shame. Remember... going the lowest risk, lowest effort, approach due to not having access to the system myself right now and basically giving tech support over the phone to a person in a different country. (A wonderful person who tends to get mad at the computer if it doesn t do what is wanted of it
P.P.S. Right now... wondering if a full reinstall with Windows 7 and new drivers (without ESA?) would get the system back in shape again and maybe even get ethernet back.
P.P.P.S.: A new computer or anything involving hardware changes is sadly out of the question right now.