Still celebrating National IT Professionals Day with 3 months of free Premium Membership. Use Code ITDAY17

x
?
Solved

Laptop HW  upgrade question

Posted on 2007-03-25
5
Medium Priority
?
211 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-05
I have laptop that is running XP with 256 MB of RAM and Pentium(R) 4 - M CPU 1.80GHz

Is it possible for me to upgrade my laptop to 1 gig ram and a faster processor. Or do i need to upgrade processor?

If so, what steps do i need to take and who should i contact. And how much do these things cost
0
Comment
Question by:dtotten800
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 2
5 Comments
 
LVL 9

Accepted Solution

by:
robjeeves earned 2000 total points
ID: 18790751
Hi

Depends on weather the laptop can address 1 gig of RAM.  Please post the model number/brand and I can check it out for you. Basically though you can purchase RAM from a vendor that is compatible with your laptop
Depending on your level of hardware experiance you can fit it yourself. The expensive option is to take it to the main dealer (IBM, Acer, ASUS etc and have them upgrade it for you) That is more expensive though.  

As for the Processor that is very unlikly upgradeable.  Generally speaking if you need faster processor then it's new laptop time.  It may be possible but very rarely is and probably wouln't be cost effective even if it was. You would probably find other bottlenecks  in the system even if you upgraded the Processor - Disk I/O for example could be a bottleneck so faster processor is just waiting for the drive to ctach up etc.

Rob
0
 

Author Comment

by:dtotten800
ID: 18790802
Compaq EVO N100c ,,,, series PP2140
0
 
LVL 9

Expert Comment

by:robjeeves
ID: 18790839
Hi

It can handle 1 Gig in the form of 2 * 512 meg modules.  Speed can be 266 or 333 and you can mix the two although it will default to the slowest of the two (faster is better :)

Couldn't find a viable processor upgrade and as said above other issues will be contributing to the laptops.  Personally I would stick 1 gig. That will make a huge difference to the performance.  with 256 meg XP will be paging to the Hard Disk frequently giving a below optimal experiance.  With a gig it should run alot better.

Rob

0
 

Author Comment

by:dtotten800
ID: 18790861
is there a special 512 meg module that i need? like SDRAM, etc?
0
 
LVL 9

Expert Comment

by:robjeeves
ID: 18790882
0

Featured Post

Office 365 Training for IT Pros

Learn how to provision tenants, synchronize on-premise Active Directory, implement Single Sign-On, customize Office deployment, and protect your organization with eDiscovery and DLP policies.  Only from Platform Scholar.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Issue: One Windows 2008 R2 64bit server on the network unable to connect to a buffalo Device (Linkstation) with firmware version 1.56. There are a total of four servers on the network this being one of them. Troubleshooting Steps: Connect via h…
This article provides a convenient collection of links to Microsoft provided Security Patches for operating systems that have reached their End of Life support cycle. Included operating systems covered by this article are Windows XP,  Windows Server…
Two types of users will appreciate AOMEI Backupper Pro: 1 - Those with PCIe drives (and haven't found cloning software that works on them). 2 - Those who want a fast clone of their boot drive (no re-boots needed) and it can clone your drive wh…
In this video, Percona Solution Engineer Dimitri Vanoverbeke discusses why you want to use at least three nodes in a database cluster. To discuss how Percona Consulting can help with your design and architecture needs for your database and infras…
Suggested Courses

715 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question