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Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Dyno, Dec 29, 2004.


  1. Dyno

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    This pc w/ win me was a pain from the word go, not sure if it was early AMD compatibility with windoz or just win-me blues. The hard drive has been going for a while now. What I want is a reliable system( non gaming basic system ) to give my son. I'm a noob but think I can do this with your help.

    Please take a look and tell me what to keep and toss.
    Thanks , Dyno



    Processor AMD T-Bird Athlon 1000MHz 200FSB PGA (Socket A) 1 CPU001895-00 link
    Memory 16 x 64 (128MB) 200MHz DDR SDRAM DIMM 1 MOD001728-00 link
    Hard Drive Samsung 40.8GB IDE ATA100 5400RPM Hard Drive 1 HDI001614-00 link
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    Motherboard Aurora - Gigabyte 7DX Motherboard with Integrated Components (Millennia® Max XP) 1 MBD001140-00 link
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  2. pyblood

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    It's not that bad of a computer. If it were me, I would increase the memory to either 384 or 512 and give it a clean install of XP (either home of pro). You can buy an upgrade of XP and use your orginal ME disc when setup prompts for it.

    XP:
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=37-116-192&depa=0

    What's the motherboad's model number?


    If all your son is going to do is check his email and surf the web, that will be good enough for him.
     

  3. NetNinja

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    Double or tripple your memory.

    Go purchase XP home.

    Put the CD into the computer and reboot have Windows XP reformat and install the new OS.

    I would partition the HD for 10GB for C: and 30GB for D:

    Install applications to D:

    ALWAYS do a custom install of software so that you can change the default install path C:/Program Files/App name to D:/Program Files/App name

    This will erase eveything else on the HD so I would burn CD backups of you favorites and other documents,pictures,music and such.

    You're right it's definitely not a gammming system.
     
  4. nickg

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    does that mean i can't look at nice legs on it? ? ? ;f ;f ;f
     
  5. Dyno

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    pyblood,
    The mobo is a Gigabyte 7DX Motherboard with Integrated Components that came with the Micron new.
    What I am really concerned about is early AMD compatibility with windoz. Just wondering if it would be better to go with a new mobo and processor upgrade.

    NetNinja,
    Good suggestion, I could get a copy of XP with a new HD that I am sure needs replacing. I may need tips on partitioning the HD, sounds like a good idea.

    Thanks, Dyno
     
  6. pyblood

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    I install XP Pro on an Athlon 1.2GHz without any problems. The guy uses the computer for basic needs, and he hasn't told me about any issues that he has faced.

    If you are going to go with a new mobo and processor, you might as well go all the way. I would just add 256 of RAM (http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=20-141-002&depa=0) and a cheap 40GB or 80GB hard drive. I would suggest 80GB, becasue it is not much more than a 40GB.
     
  7. N2DFire

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    Ditto.

    I have a P3-733 w/ XP Pro (SP2 no less) as my primary system at home. Nothing Fancy. It does have 1GB of memory (Was a gaming system back in it's day *L*). All I really use it for is word processing, Web Surfing, Burning a CD here & there, and MP3 storage. It runs rock solid all the time, is always on, and the only time it get's rebooted is to install updates.

    For your system - Up the memory, replace the HDD if you think it's going bad, and throw XP to it.
     
  8. Washington D.C.

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    I seem to remember when Windows XP first came out that AMD PC's had some issues.I think there were some chipset firmware and/or bios flashes to make the pre XP AMD's work properly with XP.Gigabyte's website might be more help than Micron's.By the time you buy more memory,a new hard drive and Windows XP I think you'd be close to price of a new PC though.
     
  9. Dyno

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    >By the time you buy more memory,a new hard drive and Windows XP I think you'd be close to price of a new PC though.<
    Washington,D.C.,
    That is a very good point and I think there is something with early Amd stuff and windoz. I know this pc has always been a little goofy and I always blamed it on win-me.
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    >For your system - Up the memory, replace the HDD if you think it's going bad, and throw XP to it.<
    N2DFire,
    Good advice, however, I am looking at cost too and the OS change to XP may make it out of bounds because the memory would prolly need to be 1 gig work well.

    Thanks , Dyno
     
  10. pyblood

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    If all you are gong to do are simple tasks (word, excel, internet), 384 will be enough.

    You are looking at $80 for XP, less that $50 for RAM, and less than $50 for a 40GB hard drive. $180 is not bad, and all of these components can be used in another box if you decided to build your son one.
     
  11. Washington D.C.

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    Newer PC's are using different/faster memory and hard drives are moving from IDE to serial ATA.They may well become out-dated and unusable in another/newer PC,and what do you do with all the left over hardware?.Even Windows XP might be replaced soon.It's true you likely don't need 1gb of memory but I don't know if that older hardware is worth spending a couple hundred dollars.It's not a bad PC, but new PC's that are faster and more up to date can be bought for a few hundred dollars.
     
  12. JDThorns

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    Dump the 16 meg video card and go for a 64 or 128 meg. One site that has helped me a lot is www.winxpnews.com, its free and you can do a search for info on problems that you have , it gives step by step instructions on how to do or repair many problems. JDT;f

    sorry here is the correct web site http://www.winxpnews.com/
     
  13. Dyno

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    >You are looking at $80 for XP, less that $50 for RAM, and less than $50 for a 40GB hard drive. $180 is not bad<

    pyblood,
    That ia a good point and low cost too, I may even prop this old dog up with a new hdd + memory upgrade and keep the W/Me since I have a lot of soft ware that will not work on XP.
    Thanks, Dyno
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    > I don't know if that older hardware is worth spending a couple hundred dollars.It's not a bad PC, but new PC's that are faster and more up to date can be bought for a few hundred dollars.<

    Washington,D.C.,
    Very good advice , accurate too and this is just where I'm stuck.
    Thanks, Dyno


    JDThorns,
    That is a great site for all sorts of info.
    Thanks , Dyno


    Happy New Year to all and thanks for the help, I think I'm stuck and I just don't want to dump this old horse.......Dyno