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Old 10-26-2006, 04:12 PM   #11 (permalink)
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obsolete :(

sadly, your p3 is obsolete...

... as Squeetard said, it will be hard to find compatible RAM...
...the cost for RAM for that mobo (motherboard) is probably *more* expensive
than the equivalent amount in a newer mobo...

If you can get some RAM for free from a buddy machine, it wont hurt...

Another thing about having a p3 means your mobo probably doesnt have USB on board, if it does... its probably just USB 1.0... which is really slow...
You will need at least USB 2.0 to make it practical to use externally.

Squeetard's dead on with the AGP port ... but Im gonna have to ask if you even have one?

Some mobo's dont have an AGP port, its all "on board".

P3's began the Accelerated Graphics Port phenom... so chances are you should have one... unless of course it was 1st generation p3 mobo... or a combo mobo...

Do you happen to know your mobo make and model? Should be written down on the board somewheres....
Get that, then we might be able to give you some better suggestions for this semi-upgrade

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Old 10-26-2006, 05:13 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I'm afraid your comp will never be able to play any of the newer titles. A Pentium 3 and the pc100 ram it has is too slow. You will have a hard time even finding memory for it. And you video card slot is probably AGP 2x, the last card to fit in there was a geforce 3.
Yeah its old as dirt. I found some compatible RAM at staples but will prolly just say screw it and wait till i can get something new
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Its a Dell Dimension XPS T600r. But my buddy changed it from Pentium 2 to Pentium 3, so he said. Runs pretty good and is fast enough for the shit I do. Don't play games really. So it's treating me good. Only charged me 140 for the tower, I had the rest of the supplies
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Heres some specs I found for my pc, I guess it was built with a Pen. 3 and I have 192mb of RAM so it has had 1 RAM upgrade. I also found a stick of RAM at a buddies house in an old computer that would fit I think so I'm gonna try that.

Dell Dimension XPS T600r

Pentium III-600E CPU, 128MB of SDRAM, 256KB L2 cache, 20.4GB hard drive, Windows 98 SE, NVidia TNT2 M64 graphics card with 32MB of SDRAM
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Heres some specs I found for my pc, I guess it was built with a Pen. 3 and I have 192mb of RAM so it has had 1 RAM upgrade. I also found a stick of RAM at a buddies house in an old computer that would fit I think so I'm gonna try that.

Dell Dimension XPS T600r

Pentium III-600E CPU, 128MB of SDRAM, 256KB L2 cache, 20.4GB hard drive, Windows 98 SE, NVidia TNT2 M64 graphics card with 32MB of SDRAM
Ah, dell...

I think you config is pretty optimized.

Using an external HDD isnt such a bad idea... I think your systems gonna be USB 1.0, so you may need to get a USB 2.0 IDE card.

First run games should still be playable at 640x480... but I wouldnt push it any higher... but I would stay clear of any serious 3-D gamin

You've maxed out your existing system... your only next step is a new system...

An external HDD via a USB 2.0 interface can be used with this setup and moved to a better one ... should you get one.

250-320 GB SATA 2.0 HDD go for about 80 - 130 CND...
External HDD case with USB 2.0 interface ... about 40 CND

Hopefully you have a external slot for a DVD burner (40 bucks)

Both the External HDD & DVD burner can be moved to a newer system...

The only problem I see is the OS... Windows 98 SE ??? ugh... that hurts

Im almost certain you can move into winXP, but with a p3-600 w/192MB ram... eek, that is tight... you most certainly will need to use Virtual Memory... ie. paged mem ... so it will take long to start and slow to switch between applications...

But if you can live with win98... good enuf.
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Heres some specs I found for my pc, I guess it was built with a Pen. 3 and I have 192mb of RAM so it has had 1 RAM upgrade. I also found a stick of RAM at a buddies house in an old computer that would fit I think so I'm gonna try that.

Dell Dimension XPS T600r

Pentium III-600E CPU, 128MB of SDRAM, 256KB L2 cache, 20.4GB hard drive, Windows 98 SE, NVidia TNT2 M64 graphics card with 32MB of SDRAM
Oh man, my cell phone has more juice than that. Wait and upgrade dude. gonna croak on you soon anyways.
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Ah, dell...

I think you config is pretty optimized.

Using an external HDD isnt such a bad idea... I think your systems gonna be USB 1.0, so you may need to get a USB 2.0 IDE card.

First run games should still be playable at 640x480... but I wouldnt push it any higher... but I would stay clear of any serious 3-D gamin

You've maxed out your existing system... your only next step is a new system...

An external HDD via a USB 2.0 interface can be used with this setup and moved to a better one ... should you get one.

250-320 GB SATA 2.0 HDD go for about 80 - 130 CND...
External HDD case with USB 2.0 interface ... about 40 CND

Hopefully you have a external slot for a DVD burner (40 bucks)

Both the External HDD & DVD burner can be moved to a newer system...

The only problem I see is the OS... Windows 98 SE ??? ugh... that hurts

Im almost certain you can move into winXP, but with a p3-600 w/192MB ram... eek, that is tight... you most certainly will need to use Virtual Memory... ie. paged mem ... so it will take long to start and slow to switch between applications...

But if you can live with win98... good enuf.
I'm running windows xp professional and got some free memory today from a friend. Is PC100-322-620 compatible with my pc?
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Oh man, my cell phone has more juice than that. Wait and upgrade dude. gonna croak on you soon anyways.
I hear dat...

Sadly though, not everyone can afford to upgrade all the time

Im of the notion, if it aint broke... dont fix it...

In this case, it will work fine for surfin', email, downloadin', chattin'...

but eventually your HDD *will* fail... not IF, WHEN... best you be backin' up your stuff...

But I would be hard pressed to spend *anymore* money improving that system, unless (like I stated) they were fully compatible with a new one.
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yea my next purchase is an external hd. my computer is faster than my girlfriends family new hp. so its ok, still pumpin'
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I'm running windows xp professional and got some free memory today from a friend. Is PC100-322-620 compatible with my pc?
thats exactly what Im talking about... get all the left-overs from guys who have upgraded already

You are gonna have to do some experimenting to see if they behave well with your existing RAM...

get a free RAM testing utility like memTest86... its free and can be put on a self booting floppy/CD/DVD... in your case probably a floppy bootdisk...

-Create memtest86 boot floppy disk
-Turn off PC
-Stick the new RAM stick in by itself
-stick the floppy boot disk in
-turn on PC
-let the test run...

If you get errors, it wont work

BUT it doesnt end there... you just proved it worked by itself, it may not work with *with* the other ram sticks...

Test the other rams sticks alone first... make sure none of them have gone bad.

Then you have to try permutations of each to see if you have compatibility problems with RAM sticks together ...

heh, fun time!

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