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Upgrading your Mass-Market System, Part 1
By: Cyd
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    2004-03-17

    Table of Contents:
  • Upgrading your Mass-Market System, Part 1
  • What's the Use?
  • Memory, Before I Forget
  • Looking Into Things
  • Crusty Components
  • Getting Unplugged
  • Remove the Motherboard
  • Putting in the New Motherboard
  • Applying the TIM

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    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...)

    HP upgrade

    Here’s what you get in this model…

    • Model number P6366A
    • Base processor and speed Celeron 1.2 GHz
    • Chipset Intel 810e
    • Memory
      ComponentAttributes
      RAM (standard)256 MB
      SpeedPC133 (runs at PC100)
      TypeSDRAM
      DIMM SlotsTwo
      Maximum512MB
    • 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
    • Sound/audio AC97 Audio
    • Network 10/100BT Integrated on Motherboard


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