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Posted 11 November 2007 - 12:30 PM
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Posted 11 November 2007 - 03:26 PM
What is the make and model of the computer or if custom built, the make and model of the motherboard
Posted 11 November 2007 - 04:05 PM
Posted 12 November 2007 - 07:13 AM
It should run with 512. If this was upgraded to XP from 98 you will need to have the 98 key also, , if you ever choose to reinstall. Which isn't a problem as long as the computer runs, there are ways to access that. Has this computer been running? It sounds like you haven't seen it turned on. If I knew what brand the computer is I could be more helpful
Posted 12 November 2007 - 08:39 AM
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Posted 12 November 2007 - 09:22 AM
I It sounds like you don't trust your tech friend all that much.
XP should install on that machine with no problems. In fact I recommend it, instead of starting out with other people junk on it. I wouldn't worry about a graphics card until the need arises. Exactly what are his reasons or concerns about the memory slots? As long as the old memory works.
2 Of course it might be maxed out and you won't be able to add more. I'd be more concerned about the processor
If it's THAT old, you'll need a motherboard, memory,CPU and most likely a better heatsink and fan. Then if you want a good graphics card you'll have to address the power supply issue.
3 In other words, if you plans for this computer is everyday stuff like email and surfing the net it will do OK
I admit it is by no means a 'fine system' and , to any proficient and well-healed XP user would probably seem like a piece of junk and is desperately desperately slow running
Well...has anyone done any routine XP maintenance on this fine system?
Chkdsk...defrag...sfc /scannow if needed...etc.
Posted 12 November 2007 - 01:06 PM
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Posted 14 November 2007 - 02:46 PM
I guess that my question is "Why do you need to upgrade the hardware?" It seems that the hardware is working properly - it's just that it's slow. While it's good to have the latest and greatest hardware - sometimes it's OK to just stick with what you've got.
Properly diagnosing the issues that are causing the slowness will let you know what's needed to make the system perform as it should. I still have people coming into my shop with XP systems with only 128 mB of RAM that work OK for the them.
Since you're considering a new system anyway, I'd suggest a format and reinstall of XP on this system so you can see what it's actually capable of. With more information (before starting the format) we'll be able to help you find the drivers needed for the system to function. I prefer this free program because it doesn't require an installer: http://www.gtopala.com/index.html
Posted 14 November 2007 - 03:05 PM
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