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COMPAQ DeskPro DP2000 Pentium MMX 166 MHz


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#1 Frankie76er

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Posted 21 June 2017 - 04:40 PM

Hello Community,

 

Thanks for accepting my applicationAttached File  fullsizeoutput_f7.jpeg   234.42KB   0 downloads! I am a novice to Vintage Computer Restoration, and I wish to be informed further by actively participating in your forum.

 

I am hoping to restore the captioned computer (photo attached), presently without Memory Cards. My research shows the requirement for EDO RAM SIMM 72-PINS 16MB x 2, the memory slots inside are 4; would 4 x 8MB be sufficient, or given RAM Memory being 256MB what's your suggestion?

 

Which are the suitable graphic cards: NVIDIA TNT2 PCI or other, suitable sound cards: SoundBlaster 16 PCI or otherAttached File  fullsizeoutput_f7.jpeg   234.42KB   0 downloads? Am I seeing right, the motherboard markings COMPAQ and square black processors marked AMD? Any considerations here? 



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 25 June 2017 - 09:24 AM

These manuals may help with your questions.

 

https://www.manualslib.com/manual/30266/Compaq-Deskpro-2000.html#manual

 

https://www.manualslib.com/manual/927159/Compaq-Deskpro-2000.html

 

http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c01123932

 

I would put the maximum RAM you can get. According to the manuals it's 384MB. If all you can get is 256MB that is fine.


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#3 Frankie76er

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Posted 25 June 2017 - 10:57 AM

Attached File  IMG_1061.JPG   128.78KB   0 downloadsAttached File  IMG_1066.JPG   132.67KB   0 downloadsThanks for your feedback, JohnC_21. I've been doing research and am familiar with the manual specs versus the cnet.com specs, which is a reliable and practical site, amongst many others having such goodwill. I've now dotted down on "EDO unbuffered SDRAMs on DIMMS data width x8, x16, or x32, 168-pin, 66MHz or faster. The Memory RAM 128MB maximum supported size." So, which is better filling 2 slots or filling all 4 slots? Which data width memory module works better? Should running maximum supported size be better than running at half capacity - 64MB? An interesting research showed 2 x 32 MB EDO SDRAM - 72-pin, and these I've ordered. So eager to run this system, go through the BIOS, download the system MS Windows 95 drivers, and restore this legacy computer - COMPAQ DESKPRO Pentium MMX 166 MHz/ 66MHz fsb!!Attached File  IMG_1069.JPG   147.96KB   0 downloadsAttached File  fullsizeoutput_f8.jpeg   252.51KB   0 downloads



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Posted 25 June 2017 - 11:30 AM

I can't say off the top of my head which is better 2 slots or 4 slots. What matters is the maximum RAM capacity per slot. I would run the full 128MB or RAM. Windows 98 has a capacity of 512MB but looking at the manual I believe it said the maximum for the compaq was 384MB. Windows 95 or 98 should run fine on 128MB of RAM. 

 

You could have issues with drivers for Windows 95. I would recommend you install Windows 98SE available here. It has a much better driver detection than Windows 95.



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Posted 26 June 2017 - 09:26 AM

GM, Agreed, Sir! Thanks, indeed your advice confirms feedback received from young "geeks" here! The Windows 98SE download link is a treasure for the Pentium 166 MMX. Enjoy!






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