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pep up an old box

by gneely2 / September 8, 2006 9:00 AM PDT

I have an old atlas micro computer from early 2001that I would like to get a little more life out of. It has a 900Mhz Athlon on a via kt133 biostar M7VKB-2 socket A motherboard. It has 512 ram running at 100mhz. I would like to step it up to 133 fsb if possible and maybe try to find a little faster Athlonfor it "CHEAP", but I haven't been able to find a manual for it on the net.
I would sure appreciate any help I could get as to where to find this info and a picture showing where the jumpers or switches are located.
thanks in advance,
gary
gneely2

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HEN's TEETH
by Scrotes4Life / September 8, 2006 9:15 AM PDT
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Finding newer / faster processors for those Socket As is like finding hen's teeth. I think Newegg has one that is a 1.2ghz. Those things are getting dated. Hope you can find something.

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What OS are you running ? What video card are you using ?
by VAPCMD / September 8, 2006 11:50 AM PDT
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What hard disks...mfg and model # are you using ?
What are you using the PC for ??

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old box
by gneely2 / September 9, 2006 11:23 AM PDT

I am running xp,sp2; an older nvidea riva tnt2 64 video card; 60GB western Digital and a 300GB Maxtor HHD's; I use the pc mainly for surfing and digital photos; my grandkids also do homework and play some older games.
This old box has served us great for over 5 years now and should probably be retired but I want to make it last awhile longer. I would only need to get up to 1.2-1.4 Mhz
to make it. I have found the manual for the mobo since I first posted, but it states that cpu clock speeds over 100MHz are not recommended. I have two sticks of pc133 256MB of ram and award bios PG 6.00.
I have never done any over clocking and am alittle leary of frying this thing but would be open to trying.
thanks again,
gneely2

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There's always Linux
by john_mcdoogle / September 9, 2006 1:09 PM PDT
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On older hardware, Linux can usually eek out acceptable performance levels for another year or two beyond Windows. A lot of people are really quite amazed at the wasted potential of older hardware under Windows when they first try Linux.

Since the games are older there's a decent chance you can get them working using one of the many emulators for Linux, and there shouldn't be a problem with the other stuff at all. It's also free, so you've really got nothing to lose by trying it.

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100% sure of the model number ? Can't locate manual for
by VAPCMD / September 10, 2006 1:32 AM PDT
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the model you cited on mfg website.

VAPCMD

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pep up an old box
by Bob__B / September 8, 2006 11:58 PM PDT
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Even if you could find a faster athlon it won't be much faster (1000-1200) and the price may give you pause.

If I'm reading your post correct you have pc100 ram.

http://www.crucial.com/

Shows the machine can handle pc133 ram, that will give you a little jump in perf but again the price may give you pause.

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