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#1 Beach Plum

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Posted 28 September 2011 - 02:26 PM

I apologize to the Forums for the mis posting to XP systems:


My Vista Pavillion e9120y stopped working entirely and ceased operation during a last ditch reformatting. I once had to send it back after much labor, and have decided to just buy another computer rather then take an intrest in fixing it again. I am fond of computers and have dragged my battered old XP machine from a closet. It too is is an HP Pavillion, but model a320n.

I am wondering if any of the hardware from the Vista machine could be used in the XP machine. The Radeon video card (if it was working properly) is much better, having it's very own memory, which I love. I don't know where it's memory is actually though, but assume it is somehow portable.

I really don't know a thing about hardware installation beyond various HP support instructions during that first tech support time. I do know I can work inside the computer, but have no idea what Windows XP will do if the Radeon card fits in the XP machine. The card is HD 4350, I just realized from something I read that it will need a more power then what the XP uses. I suppose that involves the Bios too which I've never had to touch.

The Vista Machine also has 8 GB DDR3 memory cards. I would replace the XP's 512 DDR SDRAM cards, but that seems an unlikely hope.

There are two DVD drives, and other such things like connectors. Nothing really needs to be done to the XP machine, but this upgrade would be fun to learn about, not to mention a little profitable in a personal way.


Any insight, instruction, or direction is appreciated. Sorry if I am irritatingly naive

Edited by Beach Plum, 28 September 2011 - 02:28 PM.


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Posted 28 September 2011 - 07:17 PM

Aside from being a technological dinosaur, the a320n is capable though very slow. This is HP's specs on the a320n and this is the specs on the e9120y.

The graphics card (GPU) for the e9120y is a Radeon HD 4350 made by ATI before they merged with AMD. This card uses a PCI Express X16 slot (PCI-E X16 for short.) However, your old PC uses an Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) which is incompatible with PCI-E cards, so you cannot use it. The memory you are referring to is on the graphics card itself. Since the newer PC uses an add-in graphics card, the memory chips are soldered onto the card and go with it. This memory is completely separate from main system memory (RAM). Note, however, that some PC's use integrated graphics which will either use primary system memory (RAM) or have the memory chips soldered onto the motherboard. Typically, installing graphics cards are very easy to do. You just remove the old drivers, open the case, drop the card in, and install the drivers for the new card. Newer graphics cards have certain electrical requirements, though, since they can be quite powerful.

DDR3 memory will not work in DDR2 or DDR memory slots, they are physically incompatible, to say nothing about other differences. DDR3 is a newer standard focusing on running the memory at lower voltages, this means that DDR3 memory will consume less electricity and produce less heat than older DDR2 and DDR models.

Your CD drive may also be incompatible. Looking over the system specs on your Vista machine, your CD drives use SATA connections instead of older IDE/PATA connectors, this means they are physically incompatible. However, HP's documentation on your older machine is limited, so I'm not entirely sure. The same thing is true with your hard drive, it uses SATA as well.

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Posted 28 September 2011 - 08:30 PM

What was the exact problem for the e9210y? That has far more upgrade or replacement options then the a320n.

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Posted 29 September 2011 - 10:29 AM

Buy a cheap pci sata adapter card if you want to use your sata devices on the old pc

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Posted 29 September 2011 - 07:03 PM

The old PC is just way to old for adequate use.

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