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Need to upgrade a Sony Desktop/Integrated system is it possible?


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#1 tex

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 08:08 AM

I was unable to find this information elsewhere, I have a Sony VAIO Desktop computer with Windows XP, I bought it in 2002-2003. Would someone mind assisting me in finding out how I can speed it up with an upgrade?

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 10:35 AM

Something that old probably has outdated technology. Most would suggest adding more memory but DDR can be more expensive than DDR2 or DDR3 these days.

Being that it's still Windows XP I would also suggest a more modern OS that has a longer lifespan and better security.

My best suggestion would be to get a new computer. Not sure of your budget but $400 can get you a much faster computer with Windows 7 and you'd actually have a warranty as well.

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 11:28 AM

What is the model number/specs on that.

I work on a customer's Sony all-in-one from about the same vintage(he has kids so virus' are constant). If you have the same model, upgrades are pretty much non existent. Small stuff like disk drives/optical drives/memory are upgradeable, but other than that it is a no go.

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 11:36 AM

I have an old Sony Vaio desktop around the same age. Wonder if it's the same model. :D But as far as upgrades go, we're going to need to know your current specs.

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 09:38 PM

The model is PCV-RS410. I will be happy to give any information needed.

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 10:38 PM

Yes, that is very similar, if not the exact same model I have in the other room. :thumbsup:

Anyway, the RAM on there is DDR, so I'm not sure if it supports DDR2. I would suspect that it doesn't, unfortunately. Just in case, download this and under the Mainboard tab, tell me everything under the "Motherboard" section.

But like previous users have said, an upgrade is most likely not a practical option. For not too much more than what it would cost to do a significant upgrade (if the parts were available in retail which they're most likely not) to this computer, you could purchase a new computer. I highly suggest it once you've backed up any data you want to keep from the Sony Vaio.

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 11:04 PM

OK, here are your system specs:
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As far as upgrades go, there's the system memory and hard drive (highlighted) worth considering.

However....

1. The motherboard ONLY supports ATA (IDE) hard drives and you have a 120GB 7200RPM IDE drive.
Unless you are looking to increase the storage capacity, an upgrade is pointless.

2. The memory support maxes out at 1GB, limited to the DDR2100 (266Mhz) specification.
So the only option here would be to get two 512MB sticks for your computer. That's 1GB of system memory!

Good luck. :thumbsup:

Edited by ReviverSoft, 09 August 2010 - 11:06 PM.

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 11:14 PM

That's the same window I was looking at before, but I was unable to determine if the motherboard supported DDR2 memory or not. If ReviverSoft is correct in saying that it only supports DDR RAM, then I'm sorry to say you're basically out of luck. :thumbsup:

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 12:04 AM

I'm pretty sure the memory maxes out at DDR 266Mhz, although a bump in memory size will help. :thumbsup:

The specs above suggest a maximum of 1GB but the chipset (845GV) supports upto 2GB of DDR memory.
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Posted 10 August 2010 - 12:09 AM

Do you think that an upgrade would be practically available? For example in a retail store like Best Buy, Circuit City, etc? In my experience they would only carry DDR2 and DDR3 memory. As well as the majority of popular online "stores."

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 12:18 AM

Check out the link in Post #7. :thumbsup:

DDR memory is available in most stores.
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Posted 10 August 2010 - 12:27 AM

Hmm, good to know. Thanks. :thumbsup:

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 01:24 PM

Frankly, 256MB to 1GB (Or 2GB), does offer a significant improvement. :thumbsup:

Edited by ReviverSoft, 10 August 2010 - 01:54 PM.

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 01:52 PM

Not when it's DDR266 on a 533FSB with an 845GL chipset. That was Intel's first chipset with DDR memory so they could get away from the Rambus RDRAM (850E chipset). :thumbsup:

Edited by JonM33, 10 August 2010 - 01:53 PM.


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Posted 10 August 2010 - 02:13 PM

Sorry, care to shed some light on that?

Edited by ReviverSoft, 10 August 2010 - 02:23 PM.

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