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By sganesh1 ·
I own an old PC,config:Intel PII processor, with 32 MB RAM and 4 GB HDD. I would like to upgrade it to 256 MB SDRAM and 40 GB HDD with a 8MB AGP card. can somebody tell me how to check the compatibility of my mother board with these things?

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by TimTheToolMan In reply to Computer upgrade

Hi,

For us to be sure with this answer, you'll have to tell us what brand and model motherboard you have now.

You'll almost certainly be able to upgrade the Hard Drive.

You'll probably be able to upgrade the Video card if you have an AGP slot now.

The memory is the problem. You'll need to know what type your mobo will support...

Cheers,
Tim.

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by Dr. Dale In reply to Computer upgrade

It sounds like you don't have the manual. To obtain one online, open up your computer and look for some kind of identification on the motherboard. You probably won't find a brand name, but will find something like "M806" or "CV7328". These are product numbers. Just type whatever you find into your favorite internet search engine, and you will probably come up with the manual. If you don't, you can identify an AGP port by looking at the first expansion slot. AGP slots are brown and set back a little from the edge of the board. PCI slots are white and close to the edge. ISA slots are black. As for the hard drive, remove the cable from the existing drive and buy a new one to match the cable. You could also look for IDE or SCSI on the motherboard or the current drive. In this case, size won't matter. You just have to get the right interface. As for the memory, pull out what's in there and look for any identification on the chip. If there is none, take it to a reliable computer store and ask for the same kind of memory, but in the quantity you want. 256 MB is not unreasonable for a PII motherboard. It should be able to accomodate this size. How fast is the processor in this computer? If it is equal to or exceeds 350 MH, you should getat least PC100 memory. Hope this helps. Good luck.

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by dmiles In reply to Computer upgrade

Boot the computer and when the Startup screen comes up press the pause key,in the upper left corner will be the Bios version note it,in the bottom left corner will be model number note this number,now go to www.ping.be/bios and it will have a columnto look up the number to give you the motherboard manufacturer
Considering that this is a PII you most likely can upgrade to a maximum of 128mb max,to get the system to recognize a large hard drive you will need to update the bios by flashing,also check the motherbord to make sure that you have an AGP slot for video card.

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by TheChas In reply to Computer upgrade

Upgrading the RAM should not be a problem. However, you need to identify what type of RAM to purchase.
If you have a name brand system, or know the make and model of your MB, go to www.crucial.com
They will be able to identify what style of memory, and how much you can install.

If you don't know who made the MB, copy down the BIOS string that appears at the bottom of the screen during POST.
Then, go to www.motherboards.org
They can help you identify who made the board, and link you to their web site.

As to the HDD, should be no problem at all. If you want all the speed advantage of an ATA100 drives, you will need to install an ATA100 card. In my opinion, it is worth the extra $30 - 40.

You then need to decide how you are going to transfer your OS. Most of the major drive manufactures have utilities to help you do this.
I have a personal bios to re-installing the OS and applications. On a several year old system, you may see quite an improvement.

Video; You need to determine what type of card to buy.
Do you presently have on-board video? If so, you will need a PCI video card.
Or, do you have an AGP port on the MB. If so buy an AGP card.
Now, compatability does become an issue.
Check the minimum system requirements for the AGP card. Make sure you have a fast enough CPU.
If you have located the MB manufacture, check for BIOS upgrades to correct video card problems. Check for FAQs on video problems.
If you are installing an AGP card, make sureto get the latest AGP port driver for your MB/Chipset.

You might want to consider a nVidia Vanta series, a low end ATI, or one with the SiS chipset. These should have the widest compatability.

Enjoy!

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