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Upgrading A Gateway


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#1 BigDragonCool

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Posted 04 March 2007 - 07:31 AM

i want to upgrade an old gateway given to me.....it's designed for window 98.........but someone tryed to upgrade it to xp.....and it works but its slow.....what i want to do is delete everything off...start over......and make it so i can upgrade it...not sure if i should ugrade it to xp though. would i do need to do is add alot of gb cause it only has 12gb


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448mhz, 128 mb of RAM

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if you know tell everything i may need to upgrade......or if i can ugrade (also space.... and what u would recommend i do)

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Posted 04 March 2007 - 07:44 AM

Hello,

You can easily upgrade that to XP, I have seen xp put on a system half as powerfull as the one you have there.
Firstly, download cpuz http://www.cpuid.com/cpuz.php open it and click on the memory tab and the SPD tab, there you will find information on the RAM you have installed, (eg PC2700) from there, provided the system has room, you can upgrade the Memory increasing speed slightly.

Also in cpuz on the first tab it will give you info on processor, you might be able to buy a slightly better one on ebay or somewhere similar.

Regarding the Harddrive, I would just buy a new one from somewhere online, then keep the one you have now as a backup. I would get a 30GB one as the BIOS on the system might not support anything bigger.

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Posted 04 March 2007 - 09:17 AM

ok if it's not recommend to hold anything bigger then 30gb................could i also buy an external Harddrive? or is that too much? also is there more ways to upgrade the Memory or give it some more room?


thx for the info

Edited by BigDragonCool, 04 March 2007 - 09:25 AM.


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Posted 04 March 2007 - 11:08 AM

Hello,

The reason I say it might be trouble with a large Harddrive, is because some older systems cant handle drives larger than 32GB. buying an external drive would be a good move storage wise, you might consider buying a new HDD installing that and putting windows on it, then converting the old drive into an external one.

(turn off and unplug the mains)If you open the case, and look at the motherboard.look for The ram slots are they both occupied?
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Posted 04 March 2007 - 12:24 PM

The ram slots are they both occupied?

what you mean by ram slots.........can you show me a pic of it?

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Posted 04 March 2007 - 02:47 PM

Is this a desktop computer or laptop? Are you sure it is a Gateway 450 and not a 4xxx series?

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Posted 04 March 2007 - 03:43 PM

it says 450 at the bottom of the towner below the Gateway sign.......and it's a desktop

thx TheTerrorist_75

they both aren't occupied nigglesnush85

Edited by BigDragonCool, 04 March 2007 - 03:48 PM.


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Posted 04 March 2007 - 04:08 PM

Okay, it's a Gateway Select 450 Desktop. It has 2 slots that holds a maximum of 256MB of memory (PC100, 2 sticks of 128MB each).

You can use this memory http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.aspx?model=Select+450
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Posted 04 March 2007 - 04:36 PM

do u know an site that will take money order?.....i don't have a credit card

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Posted 04 March 2007 - 05:08 PM

do u know an site that will take money order?.....i don't have a credit card


Amazon. You will pay a bit more but they take money orders.

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Posted 04 March 2007 - 06:27 PM

thx :thumbsup:

Edit:

i found this Harddrive on amazon

but what do u recomend for an harddrive at about 30gb

Edited by BigDragonCool, 04 March 2007 - 06:49 PM.


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Posted 04 March 2007 - 06:52 PM

A couple of months ago I bought 2 PC100 256Mb of Ram of eBay 29.50 with postage from Hong Kong. :thumbsup:

i found this Harddrive on amazon

Yes but it doesn't say its PC100 speed.

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Posted 04 March 2007 - 07:59 PM

External hard drive probably isn't a good idea because of old USB ports. If you have an old machine, more and more things are being made for USB 2.0 (or Firewire) and some won't work with the old, very slow 1.0. 2.0 is 40 times faster.

On such an old machine, I'd far prefer to clean install something like Windows 98. XP will be a dog on that machine. In normal use, XP without anything but background programs running will use more than 256 MB RAM, and the rest will have to be swapped to the hard drive, greatly slowing the machine. OTOH, 98 will run fine on 256 MB. But even newer graphical-interface Linux systems like more than that to have any speed.

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Posted 04 March 2007 - 08:23 PM

ah sorry about that....is there another hardrive thats 30gb i can get that will macth my computer? :thumbsup:

Edit: that what i though herk too......but will see.

Edited by BigDragonCool, 05 March 2007 - 05:05 AM.


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Posted 06 March 2007 - 10:08 AM

If you have a USB card, you can get fairly good speeds, does the system have a spare PCI slot?http://images.google.com/images?sourceid=navclient-ff&ie=UTF-8&rls=GGGL,GGGL:2006-38,GGGL:en&q=pci%20slot&oe=UTF-8&um=1&sa=N&tab=wi
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