Acquired Old Computer - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > New Systems | Building and Buying
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-18-2006, 08:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
Jumping_Bean514's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Seattle
Posts: 752
Send a message via AIM to Jumping_Bean514
Default Acquired Old Computer

I acquired this extremely old Hewlett Packard computer from a friend. I don’t have it as of right this moment, but I should soon. It’s got an 800 MHz CPU (I think), 256mb of ram (not sure what kind, haven’t checked), 128/256mb PCI GPU, hard drive (not sure how big), and a CD RW. I don’t want to get rid of the computer because it’s still usable. I’m thinking of fixing it up and giving it to my mom/grandma or something like that. But before I do so, I want to know a few things first.

I wonder that because it’s a HP and not a custom, if I can change out the CPU, or will the computer reject that? I also need to know if I can buy regular ram for the computer of if it needs to be HP certified ram. The first thing I plan to do is format the machine but will an HP machine except a non HP windows XP install? Also, am I going to need to find some kind of drivers or something for the computer before I format? Any input on over hauling prebuilt rigs would be appreciated. Thanks allot everyone.

Jumping_Bean514 is offline  
Old 08-18-2006, 08:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
Mod Emeritus
b1gapl's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: USA
Posts: 13,044

Yes you can change out the CPU as long as it is compatible with the mobo. Seeing that the CPU is 800MHz, I'm assuming the ram is SDRAM (168-pin) type. You can do a fresh install of Windows XP on that computer I believe.



b1gapl is offline  
Old 08-18-2006, 08:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
Lord Techie
Nitestick's Avatar
Join Date: May 2005
Location: смерти для спаме
Posts: 8,473

i know the HP Pavilions from that era are quite agreeable when it comes to adding hardware and installing windows as i've done some work myself on similar PCs. by the way a P3 800 is more than workable and certainly isn't "extremely old". the cpu won't be particularly upgradeable though as you will be limited to Coppermine cpu's which only go up to about 1ghz. if you use a Tualatin it probably won't work. if you have a basic Windows XP install and keep it simple the system can run great, i've set my mother up a Celeron Coppermine 700mhz with 256mb of ram on Windows XP and it's quite responsive. the biggest problem is that if you require internet access on the pc then it will be significantly slower if you choose to run anti-virus software.
Nitestick is offline  
Old 08-18-2006, 11:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
Wizard Techie
Jorsoft's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Oakdale, MN
Posts: 4,581

Specs are just like the internet pc I've got for my mom. Runs fine for typing and surfing, runs Norton and Spysweeper in the background okay.
You can install XP on this machine but you'll need drivers from HP for many of it's components (specifically sound and some mobo drivers maybe). Find out the model number and check HP's site to see if there are XP drivers available for it.
As far as the memory, some HP's need a certain type of sdr in my experience. Run the model number through and it will tell you if the recommended memory is specific in any way and how much more it can take.
Jorsoft is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:53 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.