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#1 SusanQ

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Posted 04 October 2016 - 06:22 AM

My husband just bought a used HP laptop with Windows XP installed, same model as the one he has, whose monitor doesn't work.

 

The battery charged and the computer boots to XP and we've tried a few things with it, but it is verrrrrry slow to boot and do other things.

 

The new laptop I think has a slower processor and less RAM than the old one, so I'm not too worried, but still...

 

Are there tests or checks we can do, to make sure everything works OK?

 

I'm planning to install free Malwarebytes today and run that.

 

I don't think he's totally decided what to do, but he's leaning toward taking the guts (motherboard, hard drive, memory, I know not what) out of his old machine and into the new.  The case of the new computer is in much better shape than his old one, plus there's the monitor issue.  Right now the old computer is connected to an external monitor, which makes it a desktop :-)

 

I guess I'll start a thread in the hardware thread for the actual mix-and-match of pieces and parts?   I have no experience of hardware, but am better with the software than he.  So we're attempting to work together. :-) :-)

 

Also -- he has some software that he can't reinstall but only use on the old computer.  I think one of the programs is keyed to his unique machine.  Any idea where the ID would reside?  I don't know if it's the serial number or IP address or what....

 

Thanks so much for any advice --

 

Susan

 


Edited by hamluis, 04 October 2016 - 06:28 AM.
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Posted 04 October 2016 - 09:24 AM

You can test the hard drive and memory by burning a disk of UBCD. Use Seatools for DOS to check the hard drive and Memtest+86 or the memory test. What is the make and model of this HP? You can compare the CPU and motherboard using CPUz. If the chipsets and motherboard are identical you can try restoring the image you created in your other thread. If that does not work then try a clean install.

 

See this post. Do a clean install on the computer and see if it runs better.  Whatever the case I would not do any banking or internet purchases on the computer.



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Posted 05 October 2016 - 04:01 AM

If the only thing wrong with the old one is the monitor, and everything else works; assuming the monitor is the same on the 'new' one (and is working), why not swap the monitors over, and carry on? It's not that hard swapping monitors on a laptop.

 

That's what I would do, personally.....take the route of least resistance!

 

If you can let us know the make, model, specs, etc., we can probably dig out a guide on how to do this.

 

 

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Posted 13 October 2016 - 07:24 AM

thanks folks - sorry for lateness of reply - we had to go out of town and then I got sick - little progress on this project so far.   I will try to report back later today or tomorrow -

 

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Posted 13 October 2016 - 08:00 AM

No worries; as and when. We're always here to help.

 

 

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