I dug out a Compaq Presario from a dumpster.

Front panel was missing, but it works.

It has an AMD 3000+ and 384 Mb of Ram.
And XP Home Edition.

I currently have a P-3 with XP Pro.

It would be nice to be able to use a DVD burner.
Looking for suggestions on whether I should upgrade it or use it for parts.


Posted on 2010-10-08 18:42:06 by skywalker
AMD != P4.

Chug some more RAM in it (2GB is comfortable & cheap).
Posted on 2010-10-09 07:17:09 by f0dder

AMD != P4.


Oh yea?



:)
Posted on 2010-10-09 09:07:12 by Scali
Scali: loaded up the old driver I wrote for you? ;)
Posted on 2010-10-09 11:31:27 by f0dder

AMD != P4.

Chug some more RAM in it (2GB is comfortable & cheap).


I was referring to P-4 capabilities.

You must be a perfectionist like myself.
I had counseling for it and it helped a lot.

I had to learn that you can never get rid of it entirely.

Someone suggested just washing half my car. :-)

Andy
Posted on 2010-10-09 16:04:27 by skywalker

Scali: loaded up the old driver I wrote for you? ;)


Yea... or well, no. This was still an old screenshot of when we were fooling around with that driver :)
Posted on 2010-10-11 07:53:49 by Scali


AMD != P4.

Chug some more RAM in it (2GB is comfortable & cheap).


I was referring to P-4 capabilities.


Well, even that is debatable.
Namely, if it's an Athlon XP, it will not have SSE2 or SSE3. SSE2 is a standard feature of all P4s, SSE3 is available on most newer P4s. It also will not have HT, which is also a standard feature of all newer P4s.
And if it's an Athlon64, it will have 64-bit support, which not all P4s have. But again, no Athlon64 has SSE3 or HT.
So, P4 capabilities? Depends on how you look at it.
Posted on 2010-10-11 07:56:34 by Scali
But again, no Athlon64 has SSE3 or HT.
My Athlon64 3200+ (S939) does have SSE3 (Venice core, which AFAIK was just the first one introducing it).
Posted on 2010-10-11 10:20:05 by LocoDelAssembly

But again, no Athlon64 has SSE3 or HT.
My Athlon64 3200+ (S939) does have SSE3 (Venice core, which AFAIK was just the first one introducing it).


I stand corrected then. Didn't think those would be available in 3200+ speeds. Performance rating is a mess anyway. There's probably at least 4 or 5 CPUs under the name 'Athlon 3200+' :)
Posted on 2010-10-11 11:02:18 by Scali
Whoever threw out this computer, wasn't real tech savvy.  ;)

Speed supported PC2700 DDR SDRAM DIMM

What it has for RAM.

Capacity 128 MBytes
Memory Type DDR (PC2100)
Speed 133 MHz

Capacity 256 MBytes
Memory Type DDR (PC3200)
Speed 200 MHz

Can you mix and match this stuff?
System shows all the installed RAM.


Posted on 2010-10-11 18:40:51 by skywalker

Can you mix and match this stuff?


http://tinyurl.com/28mck27
Posted on 2010-10-11 19:57:22 by SpooK
It's a case of the lowest common denominator. In most cases it's fine to use different speeds, but all memory will work at the lowest speed.
I often use 'over-specced' memory in older machines, because faster memory tends to be cheaper than older memory which is exactly the speed the chipset supports.
Memory sizes can be a problem sometimes. If you use larger modules than what the chipset officially supports, only part of the memory may be detected, or only half the slots can be used... or sometimes it doesn't work at all.
Posted on 2010-10-12 01:44:14 by Scali