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Upgrading a PC

by jimsan / February 23, 2004 9:39 PM PST

What can I do if anything to upgrade a Gateway 2000 Computer. The model is a P6 with an Intel Pentium II 233mhz processor. 8.4 gbyte Fujitsu hard drive with
192mbyte RAM. The operating System is Windows 98. The power supply is rated at 200 watts. Any advise would be appreciated.

Jim

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Re:Upgrading a PC
by pfeffer3 / February 23, 2004 9:45 PM PST
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You have a very old slow computer that really is not worth trying to upgrade. Donate it to some form of charity.

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Re:Upgrading a PC. (P2-233)
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 23, 2004 10:02 PM PST
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Yes. The problem is that you have to RESEACH what motherboard they used, if there is a BIOS update and then FIND a COMPATIBLE CPU.

It can be CHEAP to move this to the 500+ MHz class which can give the machine a second life since about that speed you can play DVDs.

NO! I don't know what motherboard it used. YOU!!! get to open the case, read all the numbers and use http://www.google.com to find out what it used as well as Gateway's site to see if you have LATEST BIOS.

BEWARE ANY PURCHASE OF 256 Megabyte Memory Sticks since it's likely to be a BX CHIPSET and those can't use what you find at the grocery store checkout. Crucial.com has the right double-sided sticks if you plan to go to 512 Meg. But 192 is OK for most usage.

After the CPU step to 500 or so MHz, any current technology AGP 3D card could be next.

Bob

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Re:Upgrading a PC
by Livewire / February 25, 2004 1:27 PM PST
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I don't know if your computer use a slot or socket type processor you will have to look if it a slot you can go up to 500 mhz you can find those on amazon or ebay also go to gaste way and down load spec sheet of the your computer.
This will tell what type of processor it use wheather it is socket or slot or both also you have to find out the mother board name who made it for gate way.
Look at the chipset on the motherboard and write down any info on it and use google search engine and go to the manufacture website.
Some of the Chipset name are " applo, Via, AlI, Intel,and SIS". Cause any time you up grade you will have to chenge the the dip switches and jumper setting to match the processor. If its a socket processor you can up grade depending on the socket type and the processor, but you need to know who made the mother board. if it a socket 350 nother board you have a couple of choices you can go to a celeron or a via processorup to 650 mhz. Should give you enough soeed to do it.
One last thing you should weigh the pros and cons of upgrading your computer if it gonna cost more than the low level entry at walmat or the hp pavilians cheapest entry then your better of buying a new one with out the head ache.
Good luck Dave

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