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#1 diyahnih

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 10:01 PM

Hello everyone,

Question: will i have to buy a PCI video card to upgrade the graphics on my computer, in order to upgrade to Vista?
Here is my computer info:

Operating System: Microsoft XP Home Edition, Build 2600, Service Pack 3
Name: Compaq Presario,
Model: S4100NX :thumbsup:
Motherboard Manufacturer's name - Trigem GL VE 2002052
HP/Compaq name - Glendale
Expansion Slots: PCI x 3
Processor: Intel Celeron CPU 2.50Ghz
Power supply: 200 watts :huh:
Memory: 512 MB RAM----(can be updated to a gigabyte)
Name: Intel ® 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphics Controller--integrated
INTEL® EXTREME GRAPHICS REPORT
Driver Version: 6.14.10.4342 ----(latest version that i can find)
Operating System: Windows NT* 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3
DirectX* Version: 9.0
Physical Memory: 502 MB
Min. Graphics Memory: 8 MB
Max. Graphics Memory: 64 MB
Graphics Memory in use: 6 MB
Processor: x86
Processor Speed: 2491 MHZ
Vendor ID: 0x8086
Device ID: 0x2562
Device Revision: 3

Thanks,
diyahnih :huh:

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 11:18 PM

Go here to find out...

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-v...et/default.aspx

Your machine however, is not well suited for Vista with a max memory of 1Gb, no PCIe, no AGP.

Personally, I'd wait and save for a new machine and Windows 7.

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 12:08 AM

I strongly advise avoiding Vista with that PC, it will run very slowly. I echo what skiplc said, wait and purchase a new PC with Windows 7 on it.

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 12:50 AM

First of all, if you really wanted Vista on taht computer, you'd want to upgrade the RAM, or take what you've got out and get it up to 2GB of RAM, which is probably DDR 400 which is getting expensive.

Vista isn't worth it on that computer.

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 12:53 AM

Thanks for the info.
i kind of knew i would have to buy a new computer. :thumbsup: i really liked this computer.
How long will Microsoft continue to update Windows XP ?

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 01:25 AM

Mainstream support for XP ends April 14, extended support continues for five years after that. Once mainstream support is over, only security hotfixes will be released. There will be no more performance updates, service packs, or anything that adds to its functionality.

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 08:59 AM

What about the comptuer do you like? The case, the case sizing, or its quietness? You can usually replicate it.

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 10:29 AM

...and there's nothing that says a user can only have 1 PC (current one with XP, new one with Windows 7) around the house.

I find it very useful to have a second system that works in my little apartment :thumbsup:.

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