Can I update a processor?

By Tink! ·
Just wondering if it's even possible to update a Pentium processor in an older HP Vectra PC. It's a Pentium II and only 350 Mhz.

I would love to be able to change it up to something faster but have never done anything specifically with processors.

Is it possible?
And how would I go about it?


P.S. it has 128k RAM and Windows 98 SE

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RAM versus CPU

by TheChas In reply to Would adding more Ram hel ...

With the Windows operating system, more RAM almost always gives you more improvement than a faster CPU.

Typically, doubling the CPU speed results in no more than a 25% improvement in system operation.

Whereas, adding more RAM can have a significant impact.

Before you spend any money on either, take a look at the minimum requirements for the game you play on the PC.

My rule of thumb is that you want to have at least double the minimum CPU speed and RAM required by the software.

Another thing that could be limiting your performance with this system is the video. On the presumption that this system uses integrated video, it is apt to be very slow and suited mainly to office tasks. Installing a PCI video card along with doubling the RAM may actually be the best upgrade for this antique.

However, to be honest, I would replace this system with something newer. You will be amazed just how much faster a system you can find for about what you need to spend to upgrade this one.

Check out this link:

just for an idea of what you can find.


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Just a note on money

by Tink! In reply to Would adding more Ram hel ...

I do not have it.

I wasn't planning on spending money on memory. I was hoping to filch it off the old computers at work (they are all the same model as the slow one since it came from the same place)

Which brings me to this question...can I tell by looking at a Mem chip how many KB and what kind of Ram it is? I have a collection of misc hardware gathered from old jobs and some of the mem chips are rather vague at first glance.

Thanks all!
Tink :)

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Used to be

by JamesRL In reply to Just a note on money

Used to be that you could look at the chips and tell, but these days its less obvious.

The only real way is to pop the memory in and see what comes up in POST or the BIOS.

Take all the ones you can, and sort em.

Boy sounds like fun.


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Well providing we are only talking about SD RAM

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Just a note on money

If there are IC's on both sides it's Low Density, if there are IC's only on one side it's the newer High Density RAM. So that much should be easy.

A for size that depends on who made it places like Legend always marked their RAM quite Well and it was easy to read same with Corsair and Kingston. Unfortunately some of the other stuff has no marking at all on it so you have to pop it onto a M'Board and Boot up. When I run into these I just mark an Anti Static Bag with 64 MEG another with 128 MEG and so on and drop them into the right bags when testing. But I'm lazy so what do I know?

Also if the RAM Module is very high compared to the normal SD RAM Modules it's ECC RAM but as this was mostly only used in servers you shouldn't be seeing too much of it around. Unless of course you have a lot of P2 & 3 Servers. :^0


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by cworsley In reply to Can I update a processor?

yes you can but not with a core or any current prosessors on the market. the pent 2 is a slot prossesor and the only other on that you could replace it with is the pent 3 becouse it is the only other slot prossesor it is a lot faster than the pent 2. it is no longer made but you may be able to get it off the internet from ebay or somewhere else. thanks

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While true there is also a Socket 370 to Slot 1 Adaptor

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to pentium,3

But the limiting factor here is that the early up to 350 P2 where only 66 FSB the faster P2 and early P3 where 100 MHZ FSB which do not work on a 66 MHZ M'Board. Then the latter P3 went to 133 MHZ FSB and they would be useless on this M'Board if it accepted the 100 MHZ CPU's. Also the Coppermine was only made to 1 GIG and any speed above that was an Italanium Core if I remember correctly or at least something like that and they had a different Architecture which would be immediately killed off if placed on a Coppermine M'Board. But because of the backward compatibility built into the M'Boards you could use a Socket 370 Coppermine on a latter P3 M'Board that could go to 1.6 GHZ if memory serves me correctly.


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