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Reasonable cheap upgrade for fried Pentium D system?

Question: Reasonable cheap upgrade for fried Pentium D system?

My Computer recently broke down to an irreparable level, this could not have come at a worse time since I will be cash strapped for the next 6 or so months. Though I have found an AMD Athlon 3800+ X2 system for sale for only $125AUD. Pretty much a barebones system with XP SP2, I can swap my hard drives and Graphics card to this computer.

The question I'm wondering is, due to my non-experience with AMD, I'm not sure how it will handle compared to my other ancient system.

Main uses for the computer were: Browsing, Photo-editing, Occasional Video-Editing and some light Gaming(Crysis/COD/Oblivion, only with settings set to medium and not planning to purchase any more graphic intensive games) Not sure if this computer will handle them.

Oh and incase this post doesn't already show the specs for my last computer, the basics were.

Pentium D 2.8GHz Processor
320GB Hard Drive
160GB OS Hard Drive
250 Watt PSU (Yes I know, very bad considering the video card)
Asus ATI Radeon 4670

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Preferred Solution: Reasonable cheap upgrade for fried Pentium D system?

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: Reasonable cheap upgrade for fried Pentium D system?

Sure, it'd work fine; you'll need to reformat though.

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I believe that I have an on-board graphics card installed on my computer. Previously I was able to use Google Earth, but for some unknown reason I was no longer able to use this programme. Various alternatives was advised via Google help and error messages, but none seem to work.My remaining alternative (according to Google) is to get a 'better' graphics card.Any suggestions for a straight forward replacement. Not into high speed gaming or fancy high capacity 3 D's. Something cheap and simple, with possible links would be ideal.Final question: Is it possible to fit an additional graphics card to on-board system!.

Answer:Cheap and reasonable graphics card

Yes it is possible for you to have additional graphics, you will have to disable your onboard graphics once you have a new graphics card.Do you know what expansion slots you have available so that suggestions for graphics cards can be suited to your needs.

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I bought a system bundle.. Asus p4c800 motherboard and a pentium 4 chip...500w psu. I built the system carefully and after turning on the power I smelt burning within minutes.The chip has fused to the bottom of the heatsink.....DOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHI'm an experienced computer builder but I just cannot understand why this has happened. The heatsink clipped into the cradle perfectly with the chip but its now fused directly onto the thermal compound strip and the cradle was locked down fine. Any ideas what could have caused this .....faulty mtherboard/psu ??? I'll need to get my story straight for the dreaded computer shop returns department...thanks anyone

Answer:My pentium 4 just fried

The chip was correctly orientated in the slot too

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My question is if i can switch from the original pentium II to a pentium III processsor.

If yes can you tell me how? If no, thanks for your time.

I thank you all for you time.

Answer:Upgrade the processor of Portege 3110ct from Pentium II to Pentium III


The pentium 2 architecture is completely and totally DIFFERENT so I think its better for you to buy another machine than thinking about this.

It?s absolutely impossible and thats the fact.


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Ok, I am basically new here and have a system I built in the middle of 2007. I am trying to see if it is viable to upgrade any of the components to make it a little more competitive for the rest of this year, but I don't know that there is much I can do with it without buying multiple components.

I have:

MSI AM2 Athlon 64/X2, PC6400 mem. capable motherboard
4600+ Athlon X2
NVIDIA 9600GT 512mb
2 gb PC6400 DDR2

I am currently running 64 bit Windows 7, and despite 2gb of memory it runs well.

Basically, I don't know if there is much that can be done with this. It's kind of stuck where it is. I could get a little faster dual core X2 processor, but I don't know that it would make much of a difference. Obviously a quad core CPU would require a new motherboard and CPU, so might as well do that with a whole new computer build. I could upgrade to 4gb of dual channel memory, but I don't know that games/programs would utilize it enough to be worth it. Video card wise, I have a 19" 1280 x 1024 monitor, so I whether or not a better video card would get a huge difference in framerate at that resolution I'm not sure.

I am primarily looking at this in regards to games like Bioshock 2, etc. coming out this year. I would just like to run those newer games a little better for this year until I anticipate building a new system in 2011. I have heard a lot of people say that 4gb of memory isn't totally used by most applications yet. I have heard that un... Read more

Answer:Possible reasonable upgrades for my 2 year old system?

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I have a brand new W530 with the 500 GB HD -- 445 GB actual total space in C: ("Windows7_OS"), including about 85 GB of OS, pre-installed applications, and Lenovo bloat-ware).  I plan to create a separate user-data partition by stealing space from the OS partition, call it E:, and to re-direct user Documents, Pictures, etc. directories plus the Outlook PST file there.  Thus C: will be reserved mainly for Windows, Page File, Crash Dump, Restore Points, and new software installation. Any thoughts about a reasonable division of drive space between these two partitions?  Coming from Windows XP 32bit on a much smaller HD, I have little idea what to expect in terms comfortable space requriements for Windows 7 64bit.  (I realize I can re-size the partitions later, but it seems best to start with realistic allocations...) -- JCW2


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Answer:What is a Reasonable Tradeoff Between System and Data Space in Windows 7 64bit?

It is hard to comment without some idea how the machine will be used. Some applications are not very well behaved and install on the c: drive regardless of what you do. Some functions, like the briefcase functions in windows 7 are harder to get off c:, although it can be done. (I got it right the second time I tried) If you share files using briefcase, you end may up with most of your data on c:. I decided I wanted to boot from an SSD, but I needed more data, so I put in a 256GB mSATA drive and moved my boot partition there. I used my entire HD for data. That worked out well for me.

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Could someone help me ? I have an Acer Asppire 5100 loaded with Vista Home Premium (32 bit) with 1gb DDR2 ram. It had an AMD Turion 64 processor. My sister and her children would leave it running sitting on the couch for hours, needless to say the motherboard is "FRIED".
I would like to replace or upgrade the motherboard, inexpensively, to give to my 80 yr. old father to use (basically for the internet).
Could someone advise me as to which way I should go?
Any/all suggestions are welcome.
Thank you in advance,
Irish Chick

Answer:Need to replace/upgrade fried motherboard

Are you sure the motherboard is fried?

I've seen replacement motherboards for between $250 - $300 dollars US. I think a good place to search for one is e-bay . . . but check out the seller's record before committing to anything. You will also need thermal compound for the processor - an added expense though not large - usually $3 to $6.

Laptops (at least I have found so) can be difficult to work on. If the operating condition of the rest of its components is not known, replacing the motherboard is risky - unless you can find a new board cheaper. I guess it really depends on your situation - brand new laptops can be had for not much more then $300, and will have a warranty.

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Hello everyone, I'm new to the forum. Greetings! As it happened yesterday, my X220 likely suffered some serious heat damage. When I turn on the computer the screen is completely black. The fan runs but the system won't boot at all. I have ruled out RAM and HDD failures, so it seems that the most unfortunate case happened - I may need a motherboard replacement. My machine type is 4286 CTO, with an i5-2430M CPU. If a new motherboard is necessary, would it be possible to take the chance to get an X230/240 motherboard installed? If so, how does it work, briefly? Thanks in advance - cheers!

Answer:X220 motherboard likely fried. Upgrade?

Have you tried to connect the laptop to an external screen? also does the laptop beep when you boot the laptop without the ram?The x240 is not a drop in replacement for the X220 and X230 chassis. But from what i read, the X230 motherboard needs to be slightly modded in some areas to fit the X220 chassis (also remember the X230 uses miniDP and the X220 uses full size Displayport).

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Alright, I checked a few threads here before posting and tried a few of the things I found in them before posting... So here goes.

System is DIY.
Mother: Biostar P4M800 Pro-M7 Socket 775 w/P4 3.8Ghz
Case came with 450W power supply.
1.5G Ram (DDR2)
Couple fans
7.1 Soundcard (Auzentech)

Last weekend, I installed an ATI Radeon X1950GT Super 3D Graphics Card. This immediately resulted in overheating problems, and eventually the system wouldn't so much as boot up (CMOS set to shut down at 80C). I finally decided to give it a rest and went to bed.

The next morning, it booted fine, so I logged into CMOS, set the fan to alternating speed ("Smart"?), then went downstairs (don't smoke in the house; kids, y'know). At any rate, when I came back, the system had shut down. At this point, it wouldn't reboot at all.

Frustrated, I started taking my system apart; I wanted to check the motherboard for anything that looked like it might be burned, scorched, melted, etc. However, about 2/3 of the way through, I found an oily substance on one of the cables. I traced this to the power supply, which I then removed and opened. Sure enough, there was a component that had melted and some of this fluid had leaked (am I gonna get cancer?).

So, I ordered a new power supply (500W) and dual-fan system that slides into a 5.25" slot for good measure. Arrived this morning. I installed and fired it up.

And it ran for all of 10 seconds.

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Answer:Is this system fried?

Pull your "new" video card out and see if the system boots with the new power supply

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So yesterday everything was running smooth. Purchased a new GFX card, my PC was running great and fast. Then I decided to step into waters that I knew nothing about. I decided to switch the voltage switch on the back of my PC from 110 to 230. I started up the PC. Everything was fine and smooth. This morning I come down stairs to get onto my PC and hit the power button. Nothing......I immediatly though, oh crap, the voltage switch. I look behind the box and switch it over to 110 and it fires up. But hangs at the 'windows is loading' I crap my pants. I shut down and reboot, same thing. Finaly after about 15 minutes the thing loads up, but very slowly. Everytime I load up, it seems to be working faster, as if it is working a kink out or something. I decide to do the 3DMark03 bench mark. Yesterday I got a 9056, today a 5512. What did I do?

I look in my specs under hardware and it says everything is working; however something is not. Could someone help me narrow down my idiotic problem? :cry

Answer:I think I fried my system.....

Not a really good idea. :cry

230VAC is mainly used in the UK, Australia, NZ and many other Commonwealth / ex-Commonwealth countries.

Switching from 110-->230 is bound to fry something.
110VAC is the USA standard and not advisable to change away from that. Bazza

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OK, so I just installed my new board and processor, a gigabyte K7 triton with an athlon xp 2600 333mhz. I installed it, and did a reinstall of my OS with all the new drivers and whatnot. everything was running great. So, then I installed and was running StarCraft when I heard a loud CRACK noise and everything shut off and the tower smells like a burnt out match and it won't turn back on. What did I do? did I fry my board, or just the power source. HELP!?!

Answer:HELP! I think I just fried my system!

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hi guys, i really hope someone can help me.. im at my wits end already..

i've got like web site viewer, search toolbar, something called pd14.exe and alot of other processes running in the background. it's seriously slowing down my system and causing it to hang sometimes.

here's my HJT log. Thanks in advance

Log was analyzed using HijackThis Analyzer - Updated on 1/7/05
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***Security Programs Detected***

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Ad-watch] "C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-aware 6\Ad-watch.exe"


Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.0
Scan saved at 1:25:44 PM, on 2/13/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\MSN Apps\Updater\01.02.3000.1001\zh-sg\msnappau.exe
C:\program files\180solutions\sais.exe
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Answer:My System's So Fried

Hi and Welcome
It may help you if you print out or copy this page for easy reference.. Make sure to work through the fixes in the exact order its listed.If you don't understand please ask before proceeding with the fixes.

Please Keep your browser and all open programs closed (except firewalls and antivirus) when you are carrying out the fixes.

Please do not run HJT on the desktop or a temp folder.Its best run in a dedicated folder of its own.

Turn off System Restore instructions (WinXP)
Rightclick My Computer | Properties | System Restore | check ?Turn off System Restore?, <Apply>, <OK>. Reboot. When we have confirmed that your log file is clean, you may renable System Restore and create a new restore point.

To show hidden files instructions (WinXP)
Doubleclick My Computer | Tools | Folder Options | View tab
Select Show Hidden Files and Folders
Uncheck Hide extensions for known file types
Uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)
Select Apply to All Folders | Yes | Apply | OK

Download and run CWShredder, Adaware and Spybot (check for updates) for a preliminary cleanup first.Some files below may not be present after running the above programs.Full instructions below.

How to setup and run SpyBot
Download from Spybot
Save spybotsd13.exe into its own directory, NOT in a TEMPorary folder or on the Desktop.
I rec... Read more

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Question: Fried system?

Recently I tried to reboot my system while installing Windows XP. The tower panel was open and I accidently created a static shock between my finger and one of the inner boards - and now it won't boot at all. Is my system completely shot? If it isn't how do I fix it?

Answer:Fried system?

Hi geddis6, Welcome to TSG !!
By inner boards, do you mean one of the cards?
It wont boot at all you mean no power or what?
Try removing the affected card.
Otherwise, I would remove a card at a time to see if one is bad. Satic electricity is a nasty thing. I have heard of static going through the keyboard also.
If still no boot then the MB could have been toasted.


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Question: cheap Upgrade

hi to all of you, I'm new in the forum, but quite experienced reader.
I do not have a lot's of money, but i would like to make my old desktop more performing with vista ultimate x64.
I'm not a gamer and I use the pc mostly for picture and movies, office and web surf.

Actually I have XP pro with this config
Processor: Intel Pentium 4 630, 3000 MHz (15 x 200)
Motherboard: Asus P5P800 SE (4 PCI, 1 AGP, DDR DIMM, Audio, Gigabit LAN)
Chipset Mobo: Intel Springdale i865PE
Video Card: Matrox Graphics Millennium G550 AGP (32 MB)
Maxtor 6L200M0 (200 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA)
ST3500320AS (500 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA-II)

My question is what could change before installing vista ultimate x64?
I though this could be good:

Xion 500W PFC with Dual-rails 12V 40,36 euro

M.BOARD ASUS P5N73-AM S775 DDR2 M-ATX 49,93 euro
79,91 euri

VGA SAPPHIRE ATI PCI-E X1550 512/1GB HM DDR2-11093-37-21R
32,00 euri

MON BENQ G900HDA 19" ris.1366x768 contr.1000:1 lum.300 cd/mq temp.ris.5ms
119,87 euri

Totale 322,07 euri

thanks in advantage

Answer:cheap Upgrade

Originally Posted by zippeddu

hi to all of you, I'm new in the forum, but quite experienced reader.
I do not have a lot's of money, but i would like to make my old desktop more performing with vista ultimate x64.
I'm not a gamer and I use the pc mostly for picture and movies, office and web surf.

Actually I have XP pro with this config
Processor: Intel Pentium 4 630, 3000 MHz (15 x 200)
Motherboard: Asus P5P800 SE (4 PCI, 1 AGP, DDR DIMM, Audio, Gigabit LAN)
Chipset Mobo: Intel Springdale i865PE
Video Card: Matrox Graphics Millennium G550 AGP (32 MB)
Maxtor 6L200M0 (200 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA)
ST3500320AS (500 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA-II)

My question is what could change before installing vista ultimate x64?
I though this could be good:

Xion 500W PFC with Dual-rails 12V 40,36 euro

M.BOARD ASUS P5N73-AM S775 DDR2 M-ATX 49,93 euro
79,91 euri

VGA SAPPHIRE ATI PCI-E X1550 512/1GB HM DDR2-11093-37-21R
32,00 euri

MON BENQ G900HDA 19" ris.1366x768 contr.1000:1 lum.300 cd/mq temp.ris.5ms
119,87 euri

Totale 322,07 euri

thanks in advantage

Hi Zippeddu,

You left out the CPU. Your MOBO is a 775 socket which takes INtel CPU's, including Quad Core and Core 2 Duo


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So I would like to play CS:GO maybe some other type of games like that, Minecraft and such. But I was wondering, could I upgrade its graphics card? I just bought it, I know really bad since it's from ages ago but I just wanted a new PC since my old one doesn't work for trash now. Could I maybe upgrade the powr supply as well. Most of all I want to know what I can get for as cheeply as possible to play moderate games at an okay FPS on the lowest settings.

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Question: Cheap upgrade?

I have an old custom-built desktop computer that I recently upgraded with a new CPU/mobo/RAM after the motherboard died.

The specs are:
Mobo - GIGABYTE GA-MA78LMT-S2 AM3 AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
CPU - AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor
RAM - Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory w/ Blue LEDs Model
Graphics - EVGA 256-P2-N761-AR GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16
O/S - Windows XP Pro

While the graphics card was good for it's time (3-5 years old) I suspect it's probably now my weakest link for playing better games. So I was flicking through my local Craigslist and found this listing for just $25:
Visiontek 400614 HD 5450 Video Card - 1024MB DDR
The specs for that card are here:

Is it reasonable to assume that upgrading the video card will make the biggest performance change ahead of getting another GB of RAM (remember, I use XP)? Is that possible replacement card an upgrade, and if so would it be a large one?

Answer:Cheap upgrade?

I'm probably going to pick this up tomorrow unless anyone has some opinions on it?

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I've stated making home dvd's from VHS tapes and struck by how long it all takes.
I Have a KT4V motherboard with a Via KT400 chipset.
AKA,a MS-6712 (v1.x) ATX Mainboard.
Installed CPU is a AMD Athlon 2.8+xp. I'm using 512mb of DDR400 ram.
I have a Nvidia gforce4 MX 4000 graphics card.
I was wondering if a Asrock K7S41GX Motherboard would be any better.

( SiS 741GX + 963L, Socket 462 for AMD Sempron/ Athlon/ AthlonXP/ Duron, FSB 333/266/200MHz, 2 x DDR333/266 DIMM Memory (Max. 2GB), Integrated Mirage Graphics Shared Memory Max. 64MB, AGP 8X, 2 x PCI, 1 x AMR, 2 x ATA133/100/66/33, Fast Ethernet (10/100Mb) LAN, 6-Channel Audio, up to 6 x USB2.0, Hybrid Booster Technology, microATX from factor.)

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i was wondering if i should upgrade my processor...if it would even be worth it...i would only like to spend about 200 at the most for a new one. im asking because when i play some games they barely move. games such as battlefield 2142, call of duty 3. i have a 1.5 gbs of ram and a geforce 5700LE 256 mb graphics card. i seen on some site that my computer supports HT technology so would a cpu that has that be any better than mine?

Answer:pentium 4 2.53 upgrade

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I have an old dell optiplex gx270 tower that I've already upgraded the RAM, OS, and Video card. I know I can't go past Pentium 4 but are there any options to upgrade to a Pentium 4 but with higher GHz? right now I have 2.79 GHz and heard of some that have over 3 GHz?

Is it possible at all to upgrade the CPU? If it is please post a link to one that is better then mine.

And no, I don't want to buy a new PC, I prefer sticking to older PC's like this one. The main reason I'm asking this is so my CPU isn't always at 100% usage.


Answer:Pentium 4 CPU Upgrade

Here is the list of Pentium 4 processors:
List of Intel Pentium 4 microprocessors - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I have to assume you currently have Socket 478, so only the Socket 478 processors would physically fit on your motherboard. You would need to see if your BIOS supports the processor though.

But must say you will not see much improvement in CPU usage with the faster processor. Some, but not much. Doubtful the small improvement would be worth the cost. But if you are just playing, then sure, why not.

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Question: Pentium 1 upgrade

Hi, I am sure you experienced people can advise.I have an old, stram driven P1. Decided time to bring my computer into the 21st Century!Looking at specs, I like the Intel 875P chipset, typicaly supports Prescott core micro, on a mother board such as Asus P4C800-E.Is this overkill? would I be better just buying a typical AMD machine from a computer fayre for about £200-£300???To build the first would cost me quite a bit moreWhat will I use it for.? General Office use, autocad, maybe games (but not essential), if it will run them, fair enough, and broadband.Any comments welcomeRod

Answer:Pentium 1 upgrade

What sort of price range are you looking at??

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Have a friend with a Dell computer running Win XP SP3, 32-bit. He wants to upgrade the OS to Win 7. The computer has an Intel Pentium 4 CPU, 2.80 GHz; ACPI \ GENUINE INTEL _._X 86 _ FAMILY_15 _ MODEL_3\_1. I have tried to talk him into INSTEAD getting a new, modestly priced Win 8.1 PC with at least a Core i3 CPU, because, given Murphy's Law, a month or two after he spends the $$ and aggravation to put Win 7 on it and find all the drivers, the HDD or mobo will fail

Microsoft's upgrade advisor says his computer can be upgraded to Win 7 32-bit, not 64-bit. I'm guessing that could be because the current OS is 32-bit, but I understand that most Pentium 4s contain both 32- and 64-bit instruction sets. Is that true, and if so, will he have any major problems with the update?

Answer:Upgrade XP 32-bit Pentium 4 to Win 7 64-bit

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Hey guys, I have a slightly older desktop that has an Pentium D "Presler" 925 at 3Ghz and wanted to upgrade it to a Core 2 Extreme "Conroe XE".

The computer's chipset is a Intel Q965 Express Chipset It runs with a max Rated FSB of 1066Mhz. The current Pentium D has TDP 95 Watts while the Conroe XE has a TDP of 75-80 Watts.

My only question is: Should I anticipate any problems in the upgrade?My only fearis the bios not supporting the CPU as this computer is an HP Compaq dc7700.

Any thoughts?

What about the possibility of using a Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700

Answer:CPU Upgrade from Pentium D ?

Hello there, ionbasa!

Well, that architecture, despite being awesome and powerful, i'd say it's a little outdated, if you're upgrading using some parts (let's say: motherboard and ram) and if you can find a C2Q for a small amount of money, go for it...

Otherwise i'd suggest building a new rig.. with 500$ you can do wonders.. RAM is dirt cheap, you can find 16GB DDR3 1600 Corsair Vengeance LP for 77$, and a Core i5-2500k for 220$, a P67 or Z68 "basic" motherboard and you're good to go!

What's your budget?

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I'm replacing my pentium 1.6 ghz with pentium 3.2 ghz; I have a 478 socket.
I basically removed my old chip and carefully replaced it with a new one. I believe I previously ran the system bus at 400 mhz. The new chip indicates the system bus is capable of running at 800 mhz.

So I turn my computer on after installing new chip and it appears to come on, except it really doesn't. The fans are running and I can see the lights lighting up but don't hear that great first beep. As if the POST does not reach the CPU. I can't coldstart it by pressing the power button. I must pull the power cord in order for it to turn off.

Do I have to adjust any jumpers on the motherboard for this? I don't really see anything on the BIOS (Award) for me to adjust.

Any advice on this matter would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:need help with Pentium upgrade pls

you need to post the system specs/ also check with the mother board manufacturer and see if the chip you have is supported an older mobo may not support the higher clocked chips or prescott core chips.

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I have a DELL Dimension XPS T750 440BX PIII (see * Below)Mini Tower. I'd like yo upgrade the current 750 Hz CPU as the P/C is to be a Back up and help to teach my wife.System information from P/C states:Genuine Intel x86 Family 6 Model 8 Stepping 1.Else where system infirmation states "Intell 82443BX Pentium II (see * above)To PCI Bridge (with GART support)I realise it's old (year 2000) but P/C has many usefull features and all Pro programmes still in use.All and any help greatfully received as my trawl through Intell's site was no help at all sadly.Thank you and regardsMaxamillion

Answer:Pentium II (see * below) upgrade ??

Are these links of any use? click here and click here I see you PC is listed as one that is compatible.

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This is a gift from god for some of us. A way to turn your G4 into a Pentium!

Answer:Upgrade Your Mac to a Pentium


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This is not really a software issue. It is a hardware question.about a year ago I bought a refurbished Optiplex GX 520 fro a eBay vendor. Now the wartrtenty is up and I still have issues with the video,. The PC will crash while watching Netflix. This Dell SSF PC came with Windows 7 64 bit installed. The vendor did that, not Dell. This Dell machine was originally sold with Windows XP and has the old COA on it. Everest Home  says  I have a Presler  with two cores. My research indicates the original CPU must have been a Prescott. But the Pentium D it now has is a Presler Pentium D.  (Why does the spell check not like  Presler?A search on Prescott  Pentium D shows there was no such a thing.So, I am wondering. Was that the problem? The refurbish company used a new CPU in an older board? Can I salvage this PC?

Answer:Can a Del GX 520 upgrade to Pentium D?

That would be determined by what MBoard it is...Whether it would be worth it or not remains to be seen.

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I have a fairly old pc that was built to allow for upgrades, it has a pentium 2 cpu i was wondering if it is possible to upgrade the cpu to a newer/faster processor and is it something i can do myself bearing in mind i am a bit of a novice or should i leave it to an expert,or is it just easier or cheaper to buy a new pc?cheers!!

Answer:upgrade cpu from pentium 2

just buy a new pc.

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Question: Pentium 4 Upgrade

Well i was recently given a Pentium 4 Socket 478 @ 2GHz No Hyper Threading. I figured that i would make it into my primary desktop computer since my hosehold is mainly laptop based. So i placed an order @ newegg for a Pentium 4 @ 3GHz With HT. When it arrived i removed the old processor, and placed the new one in, and replaced the heatsink. However when i turn it on, my screen still appers blank, and the keyboard does not function, however the USB mouse's laser does have power, all my PCI cards are functioning (network card is working) The CD/DVD drive also worksHowever the heatsink on the processor is not the normal warm, it is quite cold actualy. I do not know if it a defective processor, or if it is my own fault, And feedback is appriciated!thanks.

Answer:Pentium 4 Upgrade

are you sure the motherboard could support the new processor?

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I have a pentium 4 HT 2.8 GHz on my dell e310; i want to know if upgrading to a Pentium D 820 Smithfield 2.8GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache is worth it. And is my current CPU good enough for Vista?

Answer:Upgrade to Pentium D

I don't think it would be worth the effort. The jump to the Allendale would probably be a better investment.

I've never used a P4 with Vista, but I ran it on an Athlon 3200 just fine - make sure you have plenty of RAM and a decent GPU.

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Question: pentium 2 upgrade

Quick question, I have a 233 mhz processor and I would like to have a faster one. Could I just buy the fastest P2 I can find and just plop it in? Or is it more complicated than that. Would there be any noticeable difference? Or is a whole new motherboard in order?

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I want to get a new CPU 4 my PC. I currently have an E-Machines PC with a 1.5GHz Pentium 4 Socket 478 with a 400MHz FSB. I want to upgrade to a 3.0GHz Pentium 4 Northwood that is 800MHz. Will this work? Will I be able to swap them over and it will work? I know I will probably have to do a BIOS update. But will it be ok? It is an E-machines and I have heard that these cannot be upgraded. Am I right?Any help appreciatedCheers

Answer:Pentium 4 CPU Upgrade Help

Use SIW click here to find out exactly what motheroard is fitted and then look at the manufacturers site to see what the maximum CPU / ram your board can take.

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Question: pentium 4 upgrade

i'd like to upgrade my pentium 4 cpu 2,93 GHz, cause sometimes it seems to be a bit slow. i'd just like to know if just replacing my cpu would help or i need to replace my motherboard. what kind of upgrade u would recommend. i was thinking of buying 3,6 GHz cpu
i have 1472 MB RAM and 160 GB hard drive.

Answer:pentium 4 upgrade

If you are going to just go to a 3.6GHz there is no point.

Get Core 2 Duo.

Replacing your motherboard or not will deceiver when 'we know' what your motherboard is.

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Hello people, here's the sequence of events that finally led to this problem...
I bought a used Dell D500 1.3Ghz Centrino. I re-installed windows and downloaded the BIOS upgrade (from A05 to A10) on it from Dell's site. Next, using the HD method, I flashed the BIOS.
As soon as I did that, the battery short-circuited. The battery icon on the machine kept blinking continuously in green and orange. I replaced the battery, things were running smooth now.
Next, I re-installed windows, updated a few drivers. After that, the machine was idle for a month, then I used it regularly for 3 days. On the third day, it started crashing a bit. At first, there were infrequent crashes (while operating Window Media Player or somethin), but gradually, the frequency increased and it started crashing sooner, like before it even got to the desktop. When it crashed for the last time, it was at the 'Windows is now loading' screen. After that, it wouldn't boot at all. I would press the power button, the lights would come on, and then they would go off.

I took it to my laptop guy, and he says the processor is fried because of the BIOS upgrade. I find that hard to believe. He tried Pentium M processors from other machines, and they wouldn't work on it, again (he says) because of the BIOS upgrade. Then he tried the Celeron M processor, and that worked.
So my question is this... IS IT BECAUSE OF THE BIOS that this happened? Would your answer be different if the machine was r... Read more

Answer:Dell D500 processor fried due to BIOS upgrade...

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Well it finally happened. I had an electrical spike knock the hell out of my computer about two weeks ago and shut it down. So much for the no-spike strip I have! Well now, it still seems to work but whenever it's shut off and the monitor's still on what used to be a blue screen was replaced by a white and black vertically striped screen. And for some reason, every now and then my computer decides to reboot out of nowhere! It's just like someone turned the lights off. The system shuts down and reboots! The first time it did it was while playing a graphic intense game. Then it did it almost every time I played. So I thought it was game related. But it did it today while surfing the net! And I don't have many other programs running in the background either. This never occurred before the spike. Any ideas?

Answer:Solved: Is my system fried now????????


As long as your display is still functioning properly when the system is running, then I don't think you should be concerned about the monitor, (you could always just turn it off).
Regarding the random restarts and power-offs, have you popped open the casing and checked to make sure that your processor fan is still running. Usually, I like to rule out the possibility of overheating before I start to really troubleshoot it. If the fan is working OK, then the problem is often related to the power management settings.
Check that and post back.

Good Luck

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I have a customer who brought in a HP TouchSmart Envy (Model #M6-K015dx). The laptop was not powering on after Fluffy chewed up his cord. This customer spliced the wires without using electrical tape to protect them from eachother. After replacing the external power supply, no power. After replacing the charging port itself (which I discovered had the center pin connector from the original power supply broken off inside it), still no power. Tried disconnecting the internal battery and plugging it in, still no power (even the amber charge light doesn't come on).  I'm thinking a dead system board. Maybe Fluffy managed to fry the board or the owner managed to fry it by splicing the wires of his original power supply without taping. If it is a dead system board, is it worth replacing on this model or should I just tell the customer he is SOL? 

Answer:Fried system board perhaps?

Depends on your labor charge. The system board is going to be around $150. I have actually replaced one on that same model fairly recently. You gotta get at least $100 to do it, so the cost to the customer is over $250. A like kind new laptop is probably $700 or so? I like to let the customer make the call. 

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My bro-in-law's pc has some kind of terminal illness!

My imediate concern was a virus of some kind, but he has no internet it still possible to become infected?
When you switch on the tower, the green light comes on, but not the red one (the one I call the thinking light, that blinks when the pc is doing soemthing)

The monitor shows a message saying "no signal, check the signal cable" flashing in different colours.

The keyboard also seems to be shut down totally, the caps lock/num lock lights won't come on.

I've disconnected everything and re-connected luck.

I'm loathe to use the restore disk which came with the pc, as he has school work on it he's not backed up (I did try to warn him!!)

I don't want to lose anything if there is a way round.

The printer and scanner power lights are on, so they seem ok....the only way the system can be switched off is by turning the plug socket off, as the reset and power button on teh tower do nothing.

Anyone got any ideas, please?


Answer:[SOLVED] System fried!!

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I've been asked to do a mimimum-cost upgrade on a Packard Bell 8901C. It's a PII-350 on a MSI MS6156bx with 1-64MB stick of RAM.. Currently running Win2K Pro (slowly). (Owner doesn't want a new mobo, partly because of cost and partly because he doesn't want to have to reload O/S, programs,etc.)

Can't get any info from PB, of course, but MSI's Archives show it as accepting up to a PIII-800, with the latest bios.
Two concerns:
- Original bios was AMI, last few versions have been Award. Info from MSI suggests that there will be no problem as long as the AMI flash program is used to do the upgrade. Has anyone done this? (I've done bios flashing with no problems before, but it has always been AMI-to-AMI or Award-to-Award, never one to the other.)
- Slot 1 PIII's are scarce as hen's teeth around here. Was thinking of trying a socket370 to slot1 adapter with a celeron 800 to keep costs down. Haven't used one of these before, either. Any suggestions/observations?

Also planning to increase the RAM to maximum 2-128MB sticks.

Would appreciate any thoughts / suggestions anyone may have.

Answer:Cheap upgrade questions

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Hello, I am currently looking to buy a new pc for less than £400, I have narrowed it down to these two options
click here am not expecting miracles from either machine but as a designer who uses the adobe suite performance will matter somewhat. Having the card reader built in would be handy but not essential. my main query is the difference in motherboard and psu, is there any real benefit in the more costly machine or should I buy the cheaper and invest in a £50 graphics card if the 500watt will support it (which is a completely different question I know).
If anybody could help and give advice it would be greatly appreciated, thank you in advance. Mike

Answer:Spend more first or buy cheap and upgrade?

Sorry My links aren't appearing correctly
Cheap PC option 1
Less Cheap Otion 2

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I have a (almost) 6 year old desktop which is on it's last legs and I need a fairly cheap replacement.

Current specs are:

AMD Athlon 64 3500+
GTS250 1GB
2x 250GB HDDs
480W Tagan PSU

I'm currently looking at a:

Intel i3 540 (maybe a i5 if psu can handle it)
Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H
4GB DDR3 1600 RAM
480W Tagan PSU

I know it isn't the best of specs but I'm not made of money and I want something cheap before the VAT goes back up next year.

So would the newer rig be ok on that PSU? That's my main concern atm. I'm like to push to a i5 760 but I'm not too sure about cooling and power consumption. I did read on another forum that someguy with a AMD x2 3700, 4850 and 4GB of ram worked well on his 460W psu. But would the tagan be powerful enough for the new rig?

Also, any other suggestions about specs and where to buy them?


Answer:Need a small/cheap PC upgrade

the 480w psu may handle all that but i would get a t least 500-600 W just to be on the safe side.
I used to have a 450 W psu on my server that died just a week after i installed extra 3 X 1.5 TB drives. The server has a AMD x2 4000-something and a standard Gygabit motherboard with a cheap fan. Hard drives like power, so do powerful CPUs. I use a 1100W here but i have a dozen of drives, 24GB ram (havent updated my statistic here) and plenty of other usb/esata/firewire devices and I doubt the machine could have handled all that with a 800W PSU. Again.. I'm almost sure it will handle the new system but still you can check this yourself.. There are a bunch of PSU calculators on the web. Good luck.

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I just got myself a Dell Dimension 1100, I am a HUGE gamer and I know what upgrades I need but from what I have been told, the PSU needs to be Dell compatible only. Unfortunately I don't have any AGP slots so I'm forced to do PCi until tax season, I'm going to upgrade and then trade it towards a decent machine. But I'm looking for a cheap wholesale site, looking for a 450 Watt PSU (Dell compatible only), two 1 GB DDR 3200 400 MHz RAM sticks, and a newer PCi GPU. If someone could toss me a few links or even if you have these parts left over and live in the Rochester, NY area I would greatly appreciate it. My downfall is being EXTREMELY impatient so I've been trying to go through to get my stuff. Thanks in advance for any replies.

Answer:Cheap upgrade sites

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Hello All,
I recently built a little desktop computer and I installed Windows 8 64 bit from an OEM disc. I have since updated the system to Windows 8.1 but now I would like to upgrade to Windows 8.1 Pro. I know I need a new registration key, but what would be cheapest way to but the upgrade key and would an upgrade work since I started with an OEM disc? I really am confused about where to go from here.

Answer:Upgrade to Windows 8.1 Pro On The Cheap

To do that you would need the Pro Pack:
Buy Windows 8.1 Pro Pack - Microsoft Store

Also see this:
Add features - Microsoft Windows

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Hi, I have a small mATX motherboard case but i recently saw that an ATX motherboard. could be used in my case. So could I upgrade my current AMD Athlon 3000+ (socket 939) to a core 2 duo cpu whilst keeping my 2gb (512x2) ddr400 ram? I don't mind for overclocking and it can either be an atx or matx (preferrably matx) and I do not want SLI.

I am looking for value mostly and performance if I can get it.

Thanks in advance,


Answer:Cheap upgrade to Core 2 Duo

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Hoped for a cheap upgrade from older Pentium to AMD Duron 1400.

1) Removed Pentium MB with PCI cards

2) Installed Matsonic 8137C MB (which was also working when removed 2 weeks ago from another computer - it does have a recently flashed BIOS), along with Duron 1400. AGP video card, memory and PCI cards reinstalled from old Pentium computer.

3) Powered up -- no video

4) Checked connections -- of course!

5) Exchanged memory with different sticks (used both DDR and SDRAMM - separately - MBR supports either

6) Changed to different CPU chip (Duron 1600)

Never got video.

7) Reassembled old Pentium, it works fine. I know the memory and extra CPU works, I'm using them installed on a different, separate computer as I type this.

Any SIMPLE suggestions? Shouldn't be monitor, video card, memory, cables, or etc. They are all working now. Might be the motherboard, but it was working when I removed it from another case 2 weeks ago.

We did double check connections and etc. Are we just overlooking something obvious?

Thanks for the help.
9/03/04 - Found the problem - bad CPU
Thanks for the help

Answer:Tried cheap upgrade, but no video!!!

When you state "no video" do we assume that the PC is NOT booting at all?

Or are you getting the BIOS start-up screen but no Windows video?

Sorry for the questions, but if there is absolutely no video, then its likely there is no boot at all?

If its only POST / BIOS video, then the problem would be with trying to run a previously installed version of Windows on a new motherboard, without a reinstall. Thats a no-no as it force feeds all the wrong chipset drivers at start-up.

That would not prevent a boot to BIOS however, so the problem could be more fundamental. Such as no boot?

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hi everyone..
currently i have a 340* Intel Celeron D Processor in my pc, however i want to upgrade it since it doesnt run games pretty well..
(ram is good=1024 MB, video card is ok=ATI Radeon 9250 256 MB PCI)

so my question is should i or can i upgrade from my current proccesor to a Pentium 4 or better? thnx

Answer:Upgrade from Celeron D to Pentium 4

Just a heads up, these guys are gonna need to know your mobo manufacturer and psu and things like that to be able to help.( I'm sure someone smarter than I will be along shortly) Also a PCI graphics card is alot slower than PCIE or AGP

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Hi, my PC isn't quite upto scratch for the FPS i want for a game I play.. I've recently put a GeForce GTX750 and it's not solved it so I think it's my CPU holding it back.My question is, what can I upgrade my CPU to, ideally wanting a quad core, 3.0ghz plus and is compatible with my motherboard (pegatron 2A94) I don't mind 2nd hand parts as I don't want to spend a fortune as I plan on building a whole new machine next year.Thanks

Answer:Upgrade Pentium E5500 to what?

HERE IS THE SUPPORT page for that unit.  As you scroll down the page, you will see the supported CPU's.

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I need to know how to determine if I can replace a Pentium II with a Pentium III. I have a computer with the II currently in it and have a III left over from another computer and I'd like to upgrade it. Can someone help me figure out how to determine this? thanks in advance.


Answer:Pentium upgrade question

Read the motherboard manual.

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I'm new to PC's.Purchased a HP Pavillion Athlon 64 phenom a few weeks ago.I am mainly interested in gaming power (flight simulation especially).It has 3 gig RAM,which i think is more than adequate memory.The CPU is 2.2 GHZ,not quite fast enough for my liking.Quesion:I would like to upgrade it to 3GHZ for faster frame rates. I see there are DELL upgrades.Are these okay to install in any PC? Or just DELL? Can i install it myself? Or do i have to have it installed somewhere,such as PC world?Thanks very much for any help.

Answer:question re CPU upgrade for pentium,please help

It might be down to the graphics - what graphics have you got? If you're not sure this will tell you - or give us the exact model number of your systemclick hereAlso - you can't upgrade an AMD system to an intel processor - it would have to be a faster AMD processor. Still need the system details to advise on that also.

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Hi, I recently damaged the pins on my P4 2.53ghz 512/533/1.5v and instead of just replacing it with the exact same chip, I'd rather upgrade it. My question is, what is the best upgrade I can buy without having to make further upgrades to other hardware?(straight replacement).
I've been told to look for processors that support 478 socket if that helps.

The chip I have looked at is Intel Pentium® 4 3.066GHz Prescott (800MHz) 1MB cache OEM (just over £100). Will this work? Is there any better?

Any help or direction is much appreciated.


Answer:Pentium 4 upgrade 478 socket

Hi m8, i damaged the pins on the ide socket on my hard drive once... cost me, but now i have a 200gb sata lol

I used to have the 3.0Ghz Prescott 478 and went thru numerous coolers, cos it gos so damn hot 86 degrees it got to once!

I soon decided to go AMD mainly for the reason that they ran cooler, and were better for gaming.

Deffinatley make sure your motherboard socket is 478 before you buy anything!

If you game alot AMD is the way foward, u can get a new motherboard and processor for about £130 now. I have a gigabyte mobo and the Athlon 64 3500+ Tis fairley quick and it does everything it needs to.

If you dont want to change your motherboard etc etc that processor should work fine, just be prepared for some serious heat!!

Hope this helped.

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I have a TP 600 that is working great with a 40gb hard drive upgrade and maxed out Ram memory.    I would like to upgrade the cpu from current Pentium ll to Pentium lll.     Is this possible and what is the best / or maximum speed chip I can install for the best performance?   I read something about this being limited to 66mhz front side bus.     Thanks.


Go to Solution.

Answer:Thinkpad 600 Upgrade CPU to Pentium lll?

laritzfin, welcome to the forum, in order to answer your question it would be helpful if you could post which ThinkPad 600 you have by posting the Type and Model Number this will help members to help you. Please do NOT post your s/n.  Thanks

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I have an older pc with a BD100Plus motherboard running a Pentium ll 300 Mhz Processor, 128 mb sdram, and a MAXTOR 20GB hdd,I bought Pll450 to replace the 300 Mhz one, and i was told all i had to do was replace the cpu then enter cmos and set the processor speed to 100x4.5, i did that , and at first my operating system was fine and running but when i checked to make sure it was running at 450 it still said 300 Mhz so i re-started my pc and this time when it came on it said the cpu was 450 Mhz but my operating system wouldn't come up, what i wanted to know is do i need to update the bios on my board or is there something else i am supposed to do? please help!!

Answer:Processor Upgrade Pentium 2 300 to P2 450

Your boards manual states it is good up to 550 pii/iii so I doubt if a bios update is your problem.
What error messages did you get and what operating system are you running?

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I want to know the best procedure to follow to upgrade my pentium D processor 830 with a new one(Pentium D 945.

I have a manual and know how to access the chip but do I need artic silver compound and how do I use it. I need a check list to follow. Thanks

I have a Dell XPX 400 XP media Center

Answer:xpx 400 (dell) pentium upgrade

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I want a 3 GHz, is there such a thing as being able to upgrade your Intel Pentium Processor?

Answer:Can you upgrade from 2.53 GHz pentium processor?

Check your mobo specs for compatibility and the Intel site for what's currently available esp the socket differences.

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Is it worth upgrading from XP on my laptop, if only for future support.Its work machine with 1 Gb ram and I seldom use it for graphics etc.

Answer:Upgrade on Pentium 4 5yr old laptop

I would stick with XP till you update your PC. Security updates will continue and it is a very good operating system. W7 needs a lower spec. machine compared to Vista and I am running the RC copy on a netbook,1.6mhz processor and 1gb of ram,quite happily. I certainly would not buy it as XP suits me fine.

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Would it be possible to upgrade a say 2.2ghz Pentium 4 Processor into a 3.06ghz one wiithout conflict on a fixed bay laptop...or form a 3.06ghz on?

Answer:Is it possible to upgrade a Pentium 4 on a laptop?

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My son as a Gateway Intel P III with Win 98. However, my kids want to use it for Itunes - but ITunes requires XT (which is on the shared family PC - squabbles occur with several teenagers wanting to use it at same time).Do you suppose it will be expensive to have my son's win98 machine's operating system upgraded to XT?

Answer:Upgrade Pentium III Win98 to Win XT?

It really depends on the processor and how much memory you've got.Can you give somemore info?

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looking for new system, will be used to edit from digital camcorder and burn to dvd, photo work from digital still camera and wish to use to have a tv card. any recommendation as to athlon 64 or pentium and can I get tv card which picks up freeview digital progs

Answer:upgrade athlon 64 or pentium 4

p4 is a bit better for video editing.

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I am considering upgrading from my Pentium B950 to an i5 or an i7.
I am using a Toshiba Satellite C670-18C laptop. I did confirm that the CPUs are compatible with the chipset (HM65) and with the motherboard (socket PGA988). The Pentium and the i5s and i7 that I am considering all have a TDP of 35W and I am running the latest BIOS version (2.30).
Here are the i5s that I am considering: i5-2520M, i5-2410M, i5-2430M, i5-2450M.
The i7 that I am considering is the i7-2640M.

I want to check if the manufacturer supports the upgrade.

If needed, these are the full specs of the laptop: Pentium B950 @ 2.10Ghz CPU, 2*4GB DDR3 1333Mhz RAM, Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB SSD, Geforce 315M GPU with 512MB of VRAM, Intel Oneonta Falls Motherboard, CPU package size (from Intel ARK and CPU-Z) 37.5mm*37.5mm(rPGA988B), socket PGA988 also know as socket G2, Windows 10, Windows 7(dual boot).

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EDIT: Found my answer, thanks though.

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I picked up a Dell Pentium II XPSP3 machine as a backup/experimental machine. This thing is agonizingly slow, so I'm thinkg about upgrading the chip to something faster .

Is this do-able?

Answer:Upgrade Pentium II processor?

Not sure I'd term it "upgrade"...I would just buy a new motherboard/CPU, PSU, RAM and case.PII systems are quite obsolete compared to the systems/technology which have emerged since then.If an "upgrade" was doable, I doubt if it would be worth the effort...considering the prices of any number of components which are better quality while not commanding "brand new" prices today.Example: One Vendor From www.pricewatch.comSeems foolish to me to even think about spending money on such an obsolete system when the money could be better spent on something more current, yet inexpensive.Even better, IMO, is a system that includes an O/S and proper license...such as

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So one of the things I bought my girlfriend an Ipod (HP version--couldn't get the Apple one through the mail in time, but can buy the HP one anywhere) for Christmas, but gave it to her early. She plugged it in to her computer, and all of a sudden she couldn't get online. Her part of the wireless network was "unavailable". Mine was still working fine.

We went through the usual fixes. Power cycled the router, unplugged/replugged the wireless card, reinstalled the drivers, etc. Nothing worked.

So I did a system restore to 3 days earlier. Still no dice.

So then I figured screw we burned everything on it she wanted to keep, and were going to reformat....

When the computer stopped recognizing the CD and DVD drives. Recognized the floppy drive, hard drive, and slave drive just fine, but not those.

So she reboots....and now she gets a BIOS screen at reboot, and when she exits it, she gets a black screen....light on the monitor does its blink-blink-blink thing that it does when the computer is turned off. It's still on, however.

The computer has NEVER had a problem before. It's a mid-level system, so it's not trash. It started doing this within 3 or 4 minutes of her plugging that Ipod in to try and get some songs.

I don't know what to do with this thing. I can't reformat cause I can't get it to progress past the BIOS screen. I never would have thought an Ipod could fry an entire system.

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Answer:Ipod fried my girlfriend's system?

Check to see if the cables are connected firmly on both ends of the optical drives (on the motherboard and on the drive itself). Make sure you're grounded (touching unpainted metal of the case or using an antistatic wrist strap) when doing this.

In the BIOS, make sure that it sees the optical drives and check the boot order (CD, floppy, hard drive; or floppy, CD, hard drive; whatever your preference).

Check your power supply with a power supply tester (can be purchased at your local computer store for about $10). Make sure that all voltages is correct.

Also check if the brand and Wattage of the power supply. Decent brands are listed here. Also use this power supply calculator and add 20-30% to make sure you have enough juice to run your hardware.

Test your memory with Memtest86. Run it overnight to be sure that no errors occur. If errors occur, then you have memory problems.

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I have an older system that is in a VERY dusty room, so decided to clean out the dust. I opened it up (on a tile surface no carpet) and it took some serious compressed air cleaning to remove the level of muck that was inside.

When I plugged it back in it immediately started running but I got no video. The power button is not controlling the on / off - if it is plugged in it is on, unplugged off. I opened the box back up and plugged it back in and it looks like the fan is running beautifully but not much else. I don't hear any 'booting up' sounds (and of course there is no video). I tried a trick I learned earlier on this site when I had no video and unplugged the computer and pressed the power button in for 20 seconds. That doesn't work.

Its a four/five year old system (that was working just fine before 'dusting') but I just wanted to use it in the spare room as an alternate computer. By the way, I sprayed away from the computer at first to release the initial liquid in the compressed air.

Any suggestions?

Answer:Compressed Air Cleaning Fried System?

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Anyone know where I can get a cheap computer thats good but it doesn't have to have a nice video card because I can upgrade. But I want a computer for gaming.

So does anyone know where I can get a cheap computer 300-400$$ that maybe has a crappy vid card or crappy RAM?

I dont know if this makes since or not....

Answer:Anyone know where I can get a cheap computer(upgrade Vid Card etc)

Ever heard of "Barebones Sytems", these are readily available from most online hardware shops. Check to compare prices and go from there. That is assuming you are familiar with software installation, including Operating systems and accompanying drivers. These can be the cheapest solutions, but may require more work. Good luck. Be careful and research any purchase you may want to make, and be mindful of who you buy from.

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Acronis is offering a cheap upgrade to 2012 for those with previous versions, for about £15 they throw in the PLUS pack free as well.
This is less than half price of Amazon at the moment.but only for a couple of weeks.
Hoped this might be of interest .

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I mentioned this in a previous post, but I wanted to open a new thread to see what other people thought about the idea because it has potential to save $85 off retail Windows 8 Pro...

So, there are NUMEROUS copies of Windows XP being sold on eBay ranging from $15-$30. They are typically never-before activated OEM copies, sold with the broken motherboard (to adhere to Microsoft policies). The sellers guarantee the copy to install and activate when loaded on a freshly formatted hard drive...or your money back! So, once you've installed this genuine copy of XP, you should then qualify for the $40 upgrade to Windows I right? Seems like a cheap (and totally legal) way to get Win Pro.

Now before all you naysayers rip on eBay saying "be careful what you buy off eBay", I've been buying and selling on eBay for 10 years and already know the ins and outs. These are reputable sellers with 1000+ positive feedback ratings, and they are guaranteeing activation of the XP copy...and therefore is also covered by eBay buyer protection. So, does anybody see any issues with this?

Thanks, and bless all you're such a great help to us older folks!

Answer:Cheap Windows 8 upgrade path...

according to microsoft rules
The oem is to be used only with the PC (not motherboard) it came bundled with.
Using the same license on another PC is a violation of contract
Selling the license separately is also a violation of contract
Essentially, when your PC dies/upgraded, your OEM license goes with it.
To prevent this snafu, you have to upgrade/buy a FULL PRODUCT LICENSE (transferrable to another PC). Selling your full product license is still under debate.
Because XP OEM will install up to X times based on Windows Licensing servers. (x=4 the last time i checked) So essentially, you CAN install on a different PC, but you ARE violating license rules once you install it on a different PC (windows licensing servers can't tell the difference between new pc and the old one you have).
And in violating these rules, you are, in fact, performing piracy.
No different from downloading a copy off the internet (in terms of offense).
Actually, it's worse because your pirated copy will update. while pirated ones off the net won't.
say it's not piracy because violating the COA is piracy.
say because you get away with it (and you will) that it's not piracy.
say it's a small violation. there's no such thing as being "a little pregnant"
say you bought your XP license legit. As users not allowed to sell to begin with (it's in the COA).
exploiting a loophole in the technology. no different f... Read more

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Folks,I've been tasked with getting a laptop as a present, for my mum, on behalf of my dad...I/we want it to have Win 7 rather than Vista... (I considered Linux, including the new "eldy" version, and have ruled them out!)If I buy a new laptop that has Vista installed, and qualifies for the "free" upgrade, does the disc that I'll subsequently get allow a real upgrade from the installed Vista, or will it be a disc that checks for a valid product and then does a full clean install?Or does it vary from maker to maker?The ones I'm currently considering are from Acer, Asus and Toshiba.Thanks in advance,Regards,Simsy

Answer:Cheap/free upgrade offer

My local repair shop favours Asus and Toshiba for ease of repair.I would try to get the supplier to install Windows 7 before delivery; I have heard of "free" updates costing varying amounts in admin fees. I would have thought most suppliers are ready wit W7 by now and am thinking of buying my wife a laptop like the one you are buying and do not want to confuse the issue with Vista. (I still have XP on my desktop and am migrating to W7 via a dual boot system XP/W7)

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I recently got Verizon Fios for high speed internet, but the installer said my pc is too old and he could not install it. I have a Dell Optiplex 260 and it is refurbished and old, but since I only watch videos, play games and visit various informational blogs and websites it has been sufficient for my needs.

Since I am paying for Fios, I would like to have access to all its features especially high speed internet because although my computer is sufficient, I would like it to be faster. I don't know how to add memory and all the other technical stuff, so I want to just purchase another tower.

The problem is I don't have money for a new one, so I have to go refurbished. I am comfortable with Dell products, but don't know how much memory, or gigabytes or whatever I need for high speed internet. I checked Dell outlet and they have Inspiron 760s that are in my price range (around $200) but I don't know if they are new enough or have enough memory or gbs for high speed internet.

Can anyone help with a little information as to a computer upgrade? I don't know much about the inner workings of computers, I'm not a techie or a young kid, I'm just an older lady who likes to play games, watch kdramas and movies, but it would be nice if it was faster. I hope I explained myself well. Thank you in advance for any help.

Answer:Solved: cheap upgrade info

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I'm looking to upgrade my video card today on my 3 year old computer

Current Specs:

AMD XP 1800
Asus a7v333
256md ddr 333
Radeon 7500 128mb

I'm just looking for a cheap video card at around $50-$70 cdn (~$40-$57 US)

Right now I have narrowed it down to three:

-Sapphire Radeon 9600SE 128MB DDR AGP 8X w/DVI,TV-Out (Lite Retail)--$65 cdn/$53 US

-XFX GeForce FX 5200 128MB DDR AGP w/TV-Out (Retail Box)--$57 cdn/$46 US

-PNY GeForce4 Ti 4200 / 64MB / AGP 8X / VGA / DVI / TV Out / OEM Video Card--$53 cdn/$ 43 US(requires $15 dollar mail in rebate)

I know these cards are probably not very good, but I have a tight budget and my system is already 3 years old.

Please choose one of these cards and/or recommend another card at about the same price range.

Thanks a lot!

Answer:Looking for cheap video card upgrade

go with the geforce fx... I don't know if the radion will be that good I used an xfx card before and it was very reliable... I recently upgraded to a gefroce 6600gt... this is the card I suggest...\/

-XFX GeForce FX 5200 128MB DDR AGP w/TV-Out (Retail Box)--$57 cdn/$46 US
or look here

if u really want a good card and still want to save money, be pacient cause the new 7800 series are comeing out and the 6600gt price will drop.

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hoping just for quick yes or no really purchased a nice cheap thinkpad r61e to play about with(my first thinkpad in a long time), and was hoping to do my first cpu upgrade, am i right in thinking (from my reshearch) that  an Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 2GHz SLA45 2.00 4M 800 Processor CPU would be a compaitble cpu ?  if not what would you suggest going the second hand route looking to keep this nice and cheap.To be honest the upgrading is more about practice then anything else as i have never done a cpu upgrade so thought i should learn. thanks in advance 


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Answer:cpu upgrade on a cheap thinkpad r61e

that cpu will work fine

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Hi, Im looking to upgrade my Lenovo PC from a pentium D to a core 2 duo/quad but cant seem to find any information on whether my MOBO will support it, would greatly appreciate it if anyone here is able to provide any info..... My system is a Lenovo 3000 9691-62G, Pentium D 925 - 3ghz, chipset is L-1945GC (from what i can see on the board) and my BIOS version is 2TKT53AUS

Answer:Upgrade Pentium D to Core 2 Duo/Quad?

Yes, seems tough to get definitive info on cpus for that one.
Check out this text file for the latest bios update: (which it appears you have)
No guarantee, but it does mention some newer cpus:
- Adds the CPUs fan control for ICP 400 series E2160, E2200, E4300, E4400, E4500, E6000 series (FSB 1066Mhz) E6320, and E6420.
And, the chipset supports core two etc also:
Hope this helps.

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Here is my pc specs:

Intel Pentium M 740
Windows 7 Ultimate Edition (Build 7600)
CPU Arch : 1 CPU - 1 Cores - 1 Threads
CPU PSN : Intel Pentium M processor 1.73GHz
CPU EXT : MMX, SSE (1, 2)
CPUID : 6.D.8 / Extended : 6.D
CPU Cache : L1 : 32 / 32 KB - L2 : 2048 KB
Core : Dothan (90 nm) / Stepping : C0
Freq : 1729.08 MHz (133.02 * 13)
MB Model : HTW00
NB : Intel i915PM/GM rev 03
SB : Intel 82801FBM (ICH6-M) rev 03
DirectX Version : 11.0
RAM : 2048 MB DDR2 Dual Channel
RAM Speed : 266 MHz (1:2) @ 4-4-4-12
Slot 1 : 1024MB (4300)
Slot 1 Manufacturer : Melco
Slot 2 : 1024MB (4300)
Slot 2 Manufacturer : Melco

I would really like to be able to update/upgrade my processor.

Toshiba M70

Thanks ahead of time, clovis

Answer:What processor can I upgrade to from an Intel Pentium M?

"I would really like to be able to update/upgrade my processor"...

Why? Upgrading the CPU in a laptop never gives much gain in performance. You are limited by the 533MHz data bus. You can increase the system Ram to the max allowed (you may have the max memory installed already) and install a bigger capacity hard drive. Doing this will give you a good increase in performance, much more than just changing the CPU

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Hi everyone,

I have a simple question. Do you think one can change the CPU in a M40-307 (the one with the ATI chipset) from a Celeron M to a Pentium M?

I currently have a M370 Celeron Dothan (400mhz fsb), so I assume that a dothan Pentium M (400mhz) would do?

Thank you!

Disclaimer: I know what I am doing in terms of opening the laptop, as a matter of fact the 1,5ghz celeron is currently pin-modded to 2ghz, the warranty has been over for 6 months already, the rest of the computer has already been upgraded (HD, RAM) and the pentium M I have in mind (725 and 735) are available for about 15 euros.

Answer:CPU Upgrade on a Satellite M40 : from Celeron M to Pentium M (?)

Well, I found out that the M40 Satellite were equipped with different CPUs like;
Intel Pentium M (Dothan) Processor and Intel Celeron M.

Intel Dothan Processor (533MHz)
730 1.6GHz
740 1.73GHz
750 1.86GHz
760 2.0GHz
770 2.13GHz

Intel Celeron M Processor (400MHz)
350 1.3GHz
360 1.4GHz
370 1.5GHz.

So theoretically all these CPUs should be compatible. But as I said it?s ?theory?.
Practically it?s always another story?

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I just upgraded my CPU from the P4 630 HT 3Ghz to the P4 D 820 and had no trouble starting it up after replacing CPU but it only registers as 1.50 Ghz in the Task manager performance page, although it still shows up as the P4 630 /ht. It should show up as a p4 820 @ 2.8 Ghz. I can't find anything in BIOS about changing setting for CPU, so how do I get it to show up as the dual core 820 P4 D? And why does Task manager show it as 1.50 Ghz Max frequency? Again, I don't see any way to change settings in bios? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


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Answer:Thinkcentre M52 8115-KUF CPU upgrade to Pentium D 820

I'm sorry but after restarting the computer the 3rd time it auto corrected the setting for the CPU and now it is reading correctly at P4 D 2.80 Ghz.. so all is well now although I was hoping for more of an increase in performance it did go from a performance score of 3.6 up to a 4.7 so I can't complain. Graphics is only 2.3 which brings my average performance to that level also. They use your lowest score to set average. Thanks anyway .

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I got a Dimension B110 and a Dimension 4300. I'm trying to take the dimension 4300 cpu and put it in the B110. Everything i've read says i should be able to do it. It's a p4 1.6ghz., 400hz, 478pin, ect. It supports all the technical stuff i think. Whenever i plug the power cable into the back the computer boots up on its own and the screen is just black. It says it's in a power save mode. The tower is in some power save mode too i think (an orange light on the front lights up). I've updated my bios to A01 and a lot of my drivers. Anyone know what's up? Thanks. and there are no beeps when it turns on.

Answer:Dimension B110 upgrade to Pentium 4 help

The CPUs must not be interchangeable

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I am looking to upgrade the CPU in my C100 but am unable to find any info as to what chip this mobo can take.  I think some of the core 2 duo chips will fit but am not sure if the bios will see them.  Any ideas?

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I recently tried to install Vista Ultimate x64 on a XP Pro x32 machine with a 2.8ghz pentium 4 processor and a D865PERL motherboard. When booting from the DVD to start the process, i get a message saying that the install cannot proceed because the CPU does not support 64-bit. Is the problem truly that the pentium 4 will not work and i need a different processor or am i missing some drivers?

Answer:XPx32 to Vistax64 upgrade on Pentium 4

Hi Kewe,

Welcome to Vista Forums.

It depends on what model (sSpec number) your P4 is:


You can use this tool from Intel to ID your CPU to compare it to the chart in the link above to see if your P4 is a 64 bit one:

Intel? Processor Identification Utility - Download utility - (Windows* version)

If your CPU is a 64 bit one, then do you have the latest BIOS for your motherboard?

Download Search Results

Hope this helps,

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Hello,I recently purchased a Pentium III 866 MHz Compaq Deskpro EN from a local school for $5. I plan on using it as a TV/Multimedia Center. I'd like to max out the RAM, put in a DVD-Rewriter, newer video card, USB 2.0, wireless keyboard and mouse, bigger HD, and get a couple of wireless controllers to play old Nintendo and Super Nintendo games on it; but have a couple of questions:My biggest concern is upgrading to the fastest processor I possibly can - most likely purchased on eBay. The motherboard is a Compaq 0684h that has a Socket 370. My question is, how fast of a Pentium III can I put in it? I see that Pentium III's range from 450 - 1400 MHz. After looking at the Wikipedia page about Pentium III's, my processor's clock speed is 866 - so it must be a coppermine. Can I only use another coppermine processor - the 1133 MHz model being the fastest? Also, when I do upgrade the processor, can I use the same heatsink I used on the 866 MHz, or do I need to purchase a better one - and if so, what kind/specs?My second question - I've been scouring the internet trying to find out what kind of AGP Bus my computer has (2x, 4x, 8x), but have been unable to locate any information on this model (compaq is terrible about numbering these business models!!! argh!!! lol). The system came with a 16 MB Nvidia Riva TNT2 Pro card installed - I would like to upgrade it to a faster Nvidia card, possible a Nvidia 6800 ultra. Would an 8x card be backwards compatible with a 2x or 4x AGP slot? My la... Read more

Answer:Pentium III Processor Upgrade & AGP Question

With all that upgrading, Might be better to buy a New Computer.

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Hi, I'm thinking of pugrading my very slow Intel Pentium 2 computer to pentium three or higher. Ideally i'd like to go to pentium 3 then uprgade higher once i have gained the P3 Knowledge.Does anybody have any thoughts on this?Has anybody done this and regretted to do so?Will it need extra drivers?Is it simple or really hard?Thankyou very much for any thoughtsRegardssam2004

Answer:Intel Pentium || upgrade to ||| or > any thoughts

These days you will probably be able to buy a new machine for little more than the cost of an upgrade...

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Hello everyone. I am looking to upgrade my CPU, and I was just wanting some advice first. I was wanting to upgrade to a Pentium 4 to get the most out of what I have. Here is the specs of my computer:

emachines T2862

Intel Celeron D 330
*2.66 GHz
*256K L2 Cache
*533 MHz FSB


NVIDIA GeForce FX5500 256MB PCI video card

Bestec 250W power supply
I don't really do much gaming, but I do play the online game "Second Life" occasionally. It is recommended to have at least a Pentium 4 for better performance. I'm no computer expert, but I know the basics, and I was just wanting to get some good advice on if I would be able to tell much of a difference if I upgraded to a Pentium 4. And I would like some advice on what kind of Pentium 4 CPU I should upgrade to without having to do anymore upgrades, such as the motherboard or power supply. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Answer:Solved: Looking to upgrade from Celeron D to Pentium 4

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I have a lenovo Serie 3000-J110, model 7393HDS with a Pentium D 325.1) Can I upgrade the motherboard to a Core 2 DUO E4300 or E6300 ?2) Do I need special changes in the operating system, or just change the processor and ready to work?Thanks in advance.

Answer:Pentium D to Core 2 DUO Upgrade question

Firstly, Lenovo don't provide upgrade parts like Motherboards etc for OEM upgrades, secondly it would be cheaper for you just to procure another desktop with Core 2 duo processor.

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I was wondering if I could upgrade my laptop in the near future simply by removing the Celeron M processor and replacing it with a Pentium M processor. Can this be done? It is a Dell Inspiron 1300 Celeron M at the moment. thanks

Answer:Can I upgrade my Celeron M to Pentium M laptop?

Check out Intel link, it might help.

Otherwise, maybe go direct to Intel, either website FAQ's, their "contact us" link, or ring them. Bazza


breadbin said:

I was wondering if I could upgrade my laptop in the near future simply by removing the Celeron M processor and replacing it with a Pentium M processor. Can this be done? It is a Dell Inspiron 1300 Celeron M at the moment. thanksClick to expand...


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I am currently trying to solve the problem of upgrading an original Pentium w/MMX to a cyrix MII-300GP. With the Pentium installed, everything works fine as it always had. After installation of the Cyrix (with correct voltage and multiplier settings), the machine starts to freeze about half way through the boot up process. Could anyone be so kind as to offer some possible sollutions? All advice is apreciated.

Answer:Upgrade from Pentium w/MMX to Cyrix MII troubles


Originally posted by MicroBell
What OS...and type of motherboard are you useing? Also list your system specs as well as RAM type and how much. Also..since your switching CPU's...boot up with the Pentium...then power down..clear the CMOS via the jumper...then install the Cyrix chip and boot up.

Sorry for omition...I'm using Win98 with a P5TA Ver:F motherboard. 64MB in two DIMM banks. Creative 95' Sound card. A 3Com EtherLink 3 95'. and a Trio display adapter. Pretty old machine really but my instructor charged me with upgrading it. (I am in advanced computer repair training) I will go ahead and try your advice and post an update by tomarrow. Thanks

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The system requirements for InDesign CS2 specify Pentium II or 4 (no processor speed identified), Windows 2000SP2 or XP, 256 MB RAM min.

The system requirements for InDesign CS3 specify Pentium 4 (no processor speed identified), Windows XPSP2, 256 MB RAM min.

Interestingly, the box for CS2 also specifies 256 kb L2 cache min.

I have the opportunity to buy a Dell Inspiron 6000 with a Pentium M processor (1.5 Ghz), 512 MB RAM, Windows XP/Pro.

I checked the specs of the Pentium M processor on the Intel website, but for this product, cache is specified differently (not as L2). There are 3 different models of 1.5 Ghz M processors, with cache specified at either 1 or 2 MB.

So, my question is:

What does the M cach spec mean, and is it equivalent to L2, or, if not, will the M cach spec work as well as the more traditional L2 cache for an application such as InDesign?

Thanks for your help.

Answer:Pentium III vs Pentium 4 vs Pentium M and Adobe InDesign

Sorry I cannot tell you what this M thing stands for...To be honest I have never seen something like that before...But I can tell you that all Pentium M CPUs have -as you already said- 1m to 2mb of L2 cache. But do not bother checking all this cache stuff, in my opinion you should check for a machine with more Ram and a better CPU. I believe it will suit better your needs. I have seen a lot of cheap laptops with 1gb of RAM and Core Duo or Core 2 Duo CPUs. By the way all Core 2 CPUs have at least 2mb of cache.

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Hi all, I'm in a bind. I did a clean install of Vista, and then I ran ThinkVantage System Update. It pulled up the BIOS update as a critical issue (among others) and so I consented to install it. The problem is, halfway through the update process, it stopped responding. I gave it two hours, then, thinking that it might be okay (the updater hadn't gotten to "erasing old BIOS" or whatever...) I rebooted it.Four beeps and then nothing. Nothing. I took it to my university's ITS department, and they recommend a system board replacement. I can't afford that.I was wondering if there was a way that I could reflash the BIOS myself, or if I had to send it to depot, what sort of time and cost I am looking at. Can anyone advise me on what I should do?

Answer:Lenovo System Update fried my BIOS... What can I do?

Hello you´re not alone, seems there are common problems with new bios update.Please look here RegardsAndreas

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Can't Boot! F10 Flash Recovery on MSI-6728 FRIED my system!

Here's the history:

I just installed the MSI 865PE NEO 2 - P mobo and, of course, I updated the BIOS. Since the last BIOS update, I've been having crashes, BSODs during FarCry, and my CPU fan RPMs have been erratic. So during boot I hit F10 for "Flash Recovery" thinking that it would revert to the old BIOS. My screen went blank, I waited for 30 seconds, rebooted, and NOTHING. No POST/beep, nothing. I cleared the CMOS - nothing. I don't use a floppy DD so I was wondering if it needed the FDD to restore the BIOS.

Thanks in advance for any help/suggestions.

Answer:F10 Flash Recovery on MSI-6728 FRIED my system!

Remove the CMOS battery overnight. If that doesnt work then you need to contact MSI and see if you can get a replacement CMOS chip.

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Hi guys, after about a 6 weeks of struggling with this problem and exhausting about every option I can think of or recommendation I can Google, this is just about my last shot at trying to retrieve my files from this HDD.

Maxtor 6Y120M0 120GB SATA

Basically, about 6 weeks ago I had what I *think* was a low power situation while I was asleep. It seems like it was very minor because it didn't even reset some of the clocks that usually get reset. My building seems to have "dirty" or fluctuating power on a regular basis. So, I awoke to find my powered down computer unstartable. Had I known low power was as much of a risk as surges I certainly would have used a UPS (which I have, now...).

Turns out my PSU, MB, and one of my 2 HDDs (the one with the OS) were fried. Granted, I have had many power fluctuations over the years, most using very cheap PSUs, and have never had a problem. Turns out the Antec SmartPower 500w I was using is rife with problems, and may have played a role in what happened.

I did various testing (that I'd rather not go into) to come to the conclusion that those 3 parts were toast. My HDD wasn't getting power so I did some reading/Googling after tracking down a new/old MB and installing XP SP2 on another HDD. I bought a like drive off of eBay and pulled the PCB from it, and oila, the drive was getting power and was seen in BIOS. However, it would not boot XP. I tried everything to repair it but the hard drive had issues with freezing... Read more

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Please list...just little things that are low-cost but help

Answer:Any cheap low-cost tips to upgrade computer?


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