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Upgrading My Very Old Laptop

by viks83 / May 4, 2009 2:41 PM PDT

I am having an old laptop IBM X21.It is very very slow laptop having 128mb RAM and Pentium 3.So is it possible to upgrade it like changing its processor,ram and graphic card.


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by deniceels / May 4, 2009 8:59 PM PDT

Hi, well, I have tried looking for the general specification of the laptop itself, and so far, upgrading it, in my opinion, is left to the memory alone.

Not sure if this is the specs of your laptop:

Processor: 700mHz Pentium3
Memory: 128MB (upradable to 384MB)
Harddisk: 20GB
Graphics: ATi Rage Mobility M 4MB SDRam
Display: 12.1" TFT
Optical Drive: DVD-Rom

However, depending on your operating system, the max the laptop can go is, unfortunately, 384MB, and that's only 3/4 gig of ram and I'm not sure of how much a stick of 256MB laptop SDRam may cost (or you could find it from some old unwanted laptops). Sufficient for Windows ME and various flavours of Linux, but on Windows XP, it's going to crawl in slower pace (though marginally faster than with 128MB) as the bearable requirement of XP (to compensate the slower processor) is 512MB.

Apologies if I hadn't given the answer you're looking for.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 4, 2009 9:21 PM PDT

For RAM go to

The hard disk is likely to see that old 127GB limit so look for ANY drive that is IDE (I will NOT list all the other names this is known as) and under 127GB.

The hard disk alone will make this machine feel like a rocket.

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I would just buy another.
by orlbuckeye / May 4, 2009 10:07 PM PDT

You can get a laptop much more powerfull for 500.00. That laptop most likely has a integrated graphics card which call for a new motherboard and they aren't making too many P3 motherboards anymore.

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by Renegade Knight / May 5, 2009 7:08 AM PDT

You can normally upgrade the RAM and Hard Drive.

You can aslo buy a dirty cheap entry level laptop on the Lenovo Thinkpad site for about 3x the cost of those upgrades (use the refurbished section) and have something about 10x better.

Your call. I actually have an older ThinkPad that I keep around for Win95 and it works great for that purpose. 16mb of Ram and I'm a happy camper.

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