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Compaq Presario SR1400 Desktop PC

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#1 jimbo160


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Posted 03 May 2016 - 06:35 PM

    I have this computer that i got from my stepson that he was trashing. I do not know much about it other than it was an 80 Gb memory, and 192 Mb of ram. I have had it for about 2 years, and i used it mostly for a trial for an operating system to see the different ones. I installed and uninstalled LinuxMint, PuppyLinux, and some xp operating systems from different downloads, that were created from other individuals. I am not computer eliterate, and that is why i use this computer to try out. I did not want to do all this on my good pc, because, a lot of it i do not know. I would like to be able to just wipe everything off, and start over again, but a lot of the things i hear, do not understand. I cannot make it read a disc, (windows), I do not know which way to go, but would just like to see if it can be done, before i trashed it. I have tried another forum from another program, but i got nowhere. If you think you could help me, i will try what i can do. Just let me know.



a lot i do not understand, nor how to do, and last effert i did somewhere else, i was sometimes told, that i did not know what i was doing. I told this group this, and i already know of my lack of knowledge, but i do try. I do not need to be told this. I do not know all about this SATA, HDD, LED, etc. Some of the pages i have looked at, would make me feel like somekind of electrical engeneer, to understand it. I just want a good start, and i do not expect to make this a top notch pc. I would just like to see if it can happen.

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Posted 04 May 2016 - 12:30 PM

 I have solved my problem, so far. One of the os disc that i had been useing was windows 8 elite, and it also was not working. I tried it again, and withen there startup menue, there was a link for what was called a mini, and i never used it. The larger part of os would show on my on my older pc, but never would load. I clicked the mini this time, and a very small program came on. most of the links would not even work, but i could get to disc management, to see that there was a partition there that was not alocated, like the program that was there been deleted. I reformated this partition, and tried the larger os again, and it worked. the operating system went on my older pc. Do not know what happened, but what ever it was happened when i was putting another system there. I even divided that partition, formated, and put another there. I plan to get rid of the one that i put on first, extend the second one, and go from there. Now, i saw somewhere that you could increase ram and memory by somehow formating usb flash drive, and it adding to my old computer. Is that right? Thanks for all the help, i got a lot of replies.

Edited by hamluis, 05 May 2016 - 09:36 AM.
Emphasis added to self-resolution statement - Hamluis.

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Posted 05 May 2016 - 08:01 AM

Thanks for all the help, i got a lot of replies.

I think the problem is it isn't clear what you need help with.  What are you trying to do?  Install Windows 8 on an old computer?  What is the make and model of the computer?  Instead of asking several questions at once, can we take them one at a time?

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Posted 05 May 2016 - 09:46 AM

" I would like to be able to just wipe everything off, and start over again"


i have an old Compaq, SR1403WM, that has only 75 Gb of memory, and 192 Mb of ram. It had windows xp originaly, and i use this just to play with different OS that i get my hands on. I am wanting to try linux peppermint 6, but i keep messing things up. I am trying to find the right way to wipe clean, format, and install another system. There is no recovery disc, no recovery partition, and partition now has windows 8 elite os onb it, but it is slow.

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Posted 05 May 2016 - 10:51 AM

To delete all partitions...


1.  Download MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable 9.1 here: https://www.partitionwizard.com/partition-wizard-bootable-cd.html

2.  You didn't say, but assuming you have Windows 7 or later on your "good PC", follow this article to burn the MiniTool Partition Wizard ISO to a CD: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Burn-a-CD-or-DVD-from-an-ISO-file

3.  Insert the CD in the computer on which you want to delete everything.

4.  Reboot the computer.  It should boot into MiniTool Partition Wizard.  If it doesn't, you may have to enter the BIOS and change the boot order so that the optical drive is first.  If that becomes necessary, you may find this article and this other one helpful.

5.  Follow this article to delete all existing partitions: https://www.partitionwizard.com/help/delete-all-partitions.html

6.  Remove the CD.

7.  You can proceed to install Peppermint 6 now.



I should add that if you don't feel confident doing this, find someone who is competent to help you.

Edited by Agouti, 05 May 2016 - 11:20 AM.

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Posted 06 May 2016 - 01:01 PM

First any upgrading is not worth it.  But if you have the money and it is for amusement then:

HP Compaq Presario SR1403WM
1.8GHz AMD Sempron 3000+ currently?
ATI RADEON X300 256 MB DDR 128 MB currently?  If so, the X300 was about the best that could be had. The few other graphics chips that supported AGP were only marginally faster.  So no upgrades for you.  Yes more modern GPUs came out adapted to the AGP interface but the interface was not supported by nVidia or ATI (AMD) for those GPUs and therefor they are problematic on running.

Motherboard is an K8S-LA SIS 760 rev2 Chipset, AMD Athlon 64 3400+ 2.4ghz Socket 754 mfg by ASUS

2 GB max.
2 x 1GB DDR
DDR PC3200 • CL=3 • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR400 • 2.6V • 128Meg x 64

AGP 8X graphics slot

2 x SATA 1.5Gbps


[SiS760/964 chipset] for XP
SiS Mirage2 Graphics
SATA driver
IDE driver?

Realtek ALC658C audio - gonna need to find vintage driver sites


Realtek® RTL8201CL LAN - might still be present on RT site

VIA VT6307 firewire - driver built into Windows



hunting down those pesky last made old drivers:





You can max the RAM.  Order two of these:

You can upgrade the CPU:
http://www.ecrater.com/p/22314507/amd-athlon-64-3400-24-gh-single-core?gps=1&id=81021561259 - 1 mo. delivery.  Could do the 3700+ but it runs $95!  People must have been throwing them at their cats 8 years ago so now few remain.  Heck, the 3400+ is overpriced.

You can add one or more 4 x HDD (IDE) or 2 x SSD/HDD (SATA) up to 2TB in size apiece.  HDDs can be SATA or PATA (IDE) interface.   May have to work the Master/Slave thing on multiple IDE drives. 

Of course ODDs take up a connection as well.  You can put any ODD you like in there too; a DVD Burner, BluRay.  I'd probably keep ODDs on the IDE side.  Bluray support apps might be scarce on some OS'.

You can upgrade to a AGP video card.

You can upgrade the PSU which was an ATX form factor and an ATX12V compliant PSU.  20 pin + 4 pin  Make sure any you buy either has a breakaway 24 pin (20+4) or there is clearance for pins 21-24 to hang over the side of the 20-pin connector on the MB. 

SATA drives and PSU can always go to a newer system so as to not be wasted.  Everything else is too dated.

Edited by Fascist Nation, 06 May 2016 - 01:56 PM.

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