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#1 cgrim29588

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 12:02 PM

I have an old TOSHIBA SATELLITE 2250XCDS laptop computer, it only has a 5.98 GB hardrive I was wondering if I could upgrade the memory, if I could use a wireless card for wireless access and if I could upgrade the processor? It currently has a 600 megahertz Intel Celeron processor. I want to know what upgrades I can do to this computer to make it run better.

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 01:23 PM

the only things thats easy to upgrade on a laptop are memory, m-PCI chips, and hard drives. otherwise you usually have to tear it all the way apart. Memory should be easy to upgrade.

http://www.memorystock.com/memory/ToshibaS...te2250XCDS.html

that shows you what you can do to it memory wise.
looking at that I really see no point in upgrading it you might just want to invest in a new computer.
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Posted 27 April 2007 - 02:34 PM

Agreed, the bios limitations will also keep you down to about a 8g hard drive. Personal opinion, Dont waste the time or money.
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Posted 27 April 2007 - 04:23 PM

Agreed, the bios limitations will also keep you down to about a 8g hard drive. Personal opinion, Dont waste the time or money.


So your suggesting that I get a new laptop?

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 04:54 PM

Look at eBay. You can pickup a used notebook for around $250. 1.0ghz+ and 256mb+ with an OS in most cases. If you are not gaming it will serve you OK. IMO

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 05:30 PM

Retail stores now are advertising new laptops with 512 meg ram in the 500 to 600 dollar area. The downside is that they all have vista pre installed. Your laptop could run Windows 2000 ok if you max out the ram.

Sometimes older types of ram can cost more than new DDR2. Trying to find a hard drive that the laptop would see would be another 50 to 60 dollars. the Max ram you could add is 128meg, pc133 which would be about 35.00

CHanging the processor would require complete dissambly of the laptop, by a qualified technician, minimum of 2.5 hours labor at 95.00 per hour (average price around here), plus the cost of the Pentium 3 processor (80 to 100 dollars)

Look at eBay. You can pickup a used notebook for around $250. 1.0ghz+ and 256mb+ with an OS in most cases. If you are not gaming it will serve you OK. IMO


Upgrading your machine is not cost effective, IMO.

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 05:42 PM

Here is an example: eBay All I would recommend would be spend $25 for a set of Restore Disks from Dell.
Another thing about the newer notebooks is they product a huge amount of heat even at ideal. If you do not need that power that a newer computers offers the older ones will be less problems. I have a Gateway that puts out much heat I cannot lay it in my lap, even with a notebook cooling pad.
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Posted 28 April 2007 - 10:40 AM

Do you think I should sale it? Maybe for parts?

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Posted 28 April 2007 - 11:58 AM

I would set it up with 98 and 192 mb of RAm and kept it as a spare computer.That is if you do not need the money. You may find someone in your local paper that will give you $250 for it. There are still alot of people that do not shop online.
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Posted 28 April 2007 - 12:32 PM

I would set it up with 98 and 192 mb of RAm and kept it as a spare computer.That is if you do not need the money. You may find someone in your local paper that will give you $250 for it. There are still alot of people that do not shop online.


If I do decide to sell it i'll do both online and on print and see what happens

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Posted 28 April 2007 - 12:38 PM

That is a very good idea. Just remember it will cost quite a bit to ship that notebook. $25 to $35 through UPS.
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Posted 28 April 2007 - 12:41 PM

That is a very good idea. Just remember it will cost quite a bit to ship that notebook. $25 to $35 through UPS.


So I could add that on to the total price, so that the buyer also pays for shipping

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Posted 28 April 2007 - 12:45 PM

That or make sure you are getting enough from the sale to claim "Free Shipping. If you want $175 sell it for $200 with free shipping.
People feel like the got a deal with "Free Shipping".
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Posted 28 April 2007 - 12:48 PM

Should I offer a refund policy?

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Posted 28 April 2007 - 12:55 PM

That would be up to you. Alway allow a 7 day DOA (Dead on arrival). Remember it is used and you don't want to refund someone 6 months from now.
"AS IS" are very common with individuals also.
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