Originally Posted by tlharrell
My run-ins with Dells (and several others.... eMachines- yuck!) has been that a lot of these manufacturers use some pretty non-standard parts. Make sure you do your homework before investing in something that's not going to fit/play nice with what you've got. They use specialized hardware, and have specialized drivers. Sometimes even things like the ram modules are funny, hard to find / expensive items if you're trying to upgrade by yourself. Geez, even keyboard drivers are sometimes a pain in the butt.
If it's that outdated, I'd likely scrap it, or use it as a file / music server in your closet. For $500 which you could spend on upgrading that mess, you could part together a far better system and have no crapware / adware / oddball hardware / other nonsense.
Just my opinion, others may have more to add.
Thanks for the input, but you're way off base.Dell has moved away from using proprietary parts (size-wise), and eMachines don't use them at all).
The mobo is... different, because it is a SFF (small form factor). Here's a basic image:
I'm not real sure about the form factor on it. AMD doesn't "officially" have BTX, so I dunno.
All that will be needed for Vista will be a graphics card, if even that. If it has a 6100 or 6150 chipset, it should be good to go.