How many people do you know that fall prey to the proprietary computer trap? Maybe you're one yourself--after all it’s not your fault that the “associate” at your local computer store had a good sales pitch. With this in mind I set out to show exactly how you can be free from this trap. So whether your Dell’s got you down, your Compaq’s giving you crap, or your Hewlett-Packard is giving you some serious mega-hurts, read on to learn how to upgrade yourself out of the depths of the proprietary dungeon.
At first I thought I would just go through this by myself step-by-step, pointing things out as I go along. Then I thought about my general computer knowledge when I purchased my first computer--a Compaq from Sears. That knowledge bordered on none, which is probably true for most people who buy their computers rather than build them. So I contacted a friend of mine who has very little knowledge of computers: he can surf the Internet, play games... That’s about as far as it goes. I wanted to change that, and at the same time be reminded of some of the simpler knowledge that I now take for granted. So, in fact, it will be him upgrading the computer today and not me. That way whenever he has a question about something, I can assume most people with the same minimal computer knowledge will run into the same questions while they do this.
On the operating table today we have a HP (Hewlett-Packard) Pavilion 520w (maybe the “w” stands for Wal-mart since that’s where he got it...)
Here’s what you get in this model…
Model number P6366A
Base processor and speed Celeron 1.2 GHz
Chipset Intel 810e
PC133 (runs at PC100)
Hard drive 40 GB
CD-ROM drive 48x
CD-RW drive 12 x 8 x 32x
Diskette drive 1.44 MB (3.5-inch)
Fax/data modem Cheetah 2 V.90 Modem
Video graphics Integrated into Chipset, No AGP Slot
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