Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 83 Astral Silver 280 SL
Location: Planet Houston
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My guess is he bought memory of a particular class, not realizing there are different speed ratings within the general classes. The computer will boot, but Windows will crash, just as he described. My guess is he bought a "PC-133" upgrade, thinking all PC-133 chips are the same. While it is possible a mixed set would work fine, the rule is to use a chip exactly like the one that is in there already, or replace the one that is in there entirely. As long as the chips are a matched set, it should boot properly. The advice above to boot the computer with only the new chip is the best, and I suspect the person that gave it knows what I am saying here.
Compaqs, by the way, are still in production. I bought two or three of them a few weeks back, they were excellent computers for the money at $350 a box.
I've also found that if you max out the RAM (min 512 mb) and put a PATA 133 card with a 7200 RPM disk into these old boxes, they will actually run Windows XP/Office 2003 quite well. A fast video card also helps. Most of the bottleneck on these old machines is not in the CPU, it is in the slow RAM and the slow disks and video. When ever I am scrapping computers, I always pulls parts like this (and I always pack rat all the RAM chips) and keep them aside in case I run into any boxes where the CPU is running at 950 mz and up - I upgrade them with these kinds of parts and put them back into service where possible - they run XP just fine. But you have to do your homework - google the model, or better yet the model# of the Motherboard, and find out what the max specs are first. But you really need to have access to used parts. Doing an upgrade by buying RAM, a video card, a disk controller and a disk, man you are pretty close to what it would cost to buy a cheap Dell.
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