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Upgrading PC HELP

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Fullclipz, May 15, 2003.

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  1. Fullclipz

    Fullclipz Thread Starter

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    This is my current setup with this PC

    Processor
    Intel Pentium III, 448 MHz
    100MHz external bus

    BIOS
    Intel Corp. 4W4SB0X0.15A.0012.P07 02/04/1999

    Memory
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    192MB physical
    3 memory slots, 1 free (128+64+0)

    Video
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    Graphics Adapter: 3Dfx Interactive, Inc. Banshee
    Screen Area/Colors: 1280x1024 pixels, 16 million colors
    Monitor: Gateway EV700

    Drives
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    C (FAT32) 8682MB total, 6317MB free
    D Removable
    E CD-ROM

    Network and Modem
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    (modem) U.S. Robotics U.S. Robotics Faxmodem Win 1801
    (net) Microsoft Direct Parallel
    (net) Accton Accton USB 10/100 Series Adapter

    Operating System
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    Windows XP (Windows XP 5.1.2600)
    Original setup date: 5/13/2003
    DirectX Version: 5.1.2600.0 (xpclient.010817-114
    Swap file managed by Windows
    File cache managed by Windows

    Browser
    MSIE 6.0; 5.1
    Proxy: No proxy set
    HTTPlevel: direct 1.1, proxy 1.1
    Scripting version: 5.6.0.6626




    I would like to upgrade the following

    Harddrive (80 GB preferably)
    Soundcard
    Video card (i would like one with TV OUT)
    and cd burner

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    Are the parts hard to install myself??? would i be able to do this? im only 15 years old
     
  2. Fullclipz

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    im looking right now at a western digital 80 GB harddrive, 7200 RPM

    what graphics card should i get? soundcard? and burner?
     
  3. StillLearnin'

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    Fullclipz: Is this a Gateway computer? If so, what is the series and model number. It may not be possible due to the motherboard or the BIOS to install that large a hard drive. It is also possible that the power supply will not be big enough for the upgrades. Please post back the info requested.
     
  4. Fullclipz

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    lol yeah its a gateway....i cannot find out my model number though, all the info i got with the computer is at my moms house in the file cabinet
     
  5. Fullclipz

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    on the back it says

    Model no.

    lpmini - tower TBR2 450 PIII
     
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  7. Fullclipz

    Fullclipz Thread Starter

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    i dont have those speakers, the speakers i have are 2 pc so its not under them...but


    Gateway
    System Model: TABOR_II
    BIOS Version: Intel Corp. 4W4SB0X0.15A.0012.P07

    Intel Pentium III processor
    Version: x86 Family 6 Model 7 Stepping 2
    Speed: 448 MHz


    i found that from help and support
     
  8. Fullclipz

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    only other thing i can find ont he system is the serial number
     
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  10. Fullclipz

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    sorry i cant find it

    0013222014 - serial number
     
  11. StillLearnin'

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    Fullclipz: This should be your system:

    http://support.gateway.com/support/allsysteminfo.asp?sn=0013222014

    This should be your motherboard specs:

    http://support.gateway.com/s/MOTHERBD/INTEL/m00402/M0040202.shtml

    Your mobo:

    http://support.gateway.com/s/MOTHERBD/INTEL/M00446/m00446nv.shtml

    Your system configuration:

    http://support.gateway.com/support/detailedinfo.asp?sn=0013222014

    Downloads:

    http://support.gateway.com/support/drivers/dlcenter.asp

    http://support.gateway.com/support/drivers/search.asp?ref=my&pn=4000446

    I haven't found the maximum size hard drive that this mobo supports, however it looks like at present the mobo only supports ATA33. The HDD you're talking is ATA100. I'm not sure if the BIOS will support an 80G drive.

    I suggest you call them directly ( an 800 number) and see what they suggest and then post back and I'll see if I can be more helpful. Link:

    http://www.gateway.com/about/contactus/index.shtml
     
  12. Fullclipz

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    Thanks alot! alright i'll call them when i get home from class. ALSO....what graphics card and sound card should i look into? and shoulkd i get another thing of RAM i have one more slot open, or should i just take the 64 out and get 2 128mb of ram?

    and with the graphics card, i want one with TV OUT.....thats the freature i need to hook up to to the tv correct? if not what is everything i need to do that?
     
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    Hi.....i kind of need to go soon (stupid school) but i can help you before i do.....firstly, seeing how your upgrades are limited by your motherboard, have you ever thought of taking the big step and building a new computer by yourself. I know cost has probably limited you...but here is an amazing system that i built on the recommendation of still learnin.......It only cost me $250 including shipping (i got most of the parts from newegg.com......i highly recommend that site for its fast shipping and low prices)...for that small amount of money you can upgrade your current system to an amd athlon xp1800+ with 512mb of ram...if you are interested i can help you find all the parts cheap..you can even reuse the XP from your orignial as long as you unintstall from the first computer..saving you money (as far as im concerned m$ says this is legal..you may have to call them)...building isnt as hard as you may thing and will also bring you satisfaction knowing you built a better pc for far less than what gateway wanted.......
    If you do not want to upgrade then i will help you find the parts you need
     
  14. StillLearnin'

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    rosh325: Thanks for jumping in!

    Fullclipz:

    These are things you need to ask the person at Gateway when you talk to them. If I recall, in the mobo specs the maximum amount of memory was 384MB. I would definitely upgrade the memory. ATI videocards work the best when using tv-out and also have the best visual quality. An important thing to keep in mind is that Gateway, HP, Compaq, Dell are proprietary systems. This means ALL the components were built to THEIR specs for THEIR systems. Upgrading with off-the-shelf components doesn't always work. For instance, power plugs may be different, etc. Oh yea, when you're on the phone with them find out what size power supply you have now. It looked to me like your system you have now had the option to UPGRADE to a 200watt power supply. With the components you are wanting to upgrade to, anything smaller than 300watts isn't going to work.
     
  15. Fullclipz

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    well i had emailed them this morning because i woke up at 6 or so and their support center wasnt open. but this is what they said when i asked about my motherboard supporting an 80 GIG drive.

    They said .....

    Your machine will work with any IDE/ATA drive up to 127GB.
     
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