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.