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 Post subject: Question concerning certain laptop
 Post Posted: Fri Dec 06, 2013 12:34 pm 
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Scott, do you think Windows 7 or Vista would work well with this laptop?


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 Post Posted: Fri Dec 06, 2013 2:00 pm 
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Not that well, the relatively slow single-core processor and 1GB RAM limitations of a 10-year old system like that would result in poor performance with Windows 7 (I would not recommend Vista at all). In general I recommend installing Windows XP on older systems with limited performance and resources like that. Scott.


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 Post Posted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 8:45 pm 
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The laptop in question accepts two PC2700 memory modules. What would happen if both of the installed PC2700 modules were 1GB?


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 Post Posted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 8:57 pm 
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It would most likely recognize and use only 1GB of the installed memory. Scott.


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 Post Posted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 1:44 pm 
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I've found this page, but it doesn't tell me the maximum speed for the RAM that the system will recognize.


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 Post Posted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 2:40 pm 
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According to the service manual that system uses DDR266 memory, which means PC2100 modules. You can install faster DDR333 (PC2700) or DDR400 (PC3200) memory but it would still run at DDR266 (PC2100) speed. Scott.


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 Post Posted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 1:37 pm 
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Um, is it possible to use a SATA hard drive in the system? It doesn't look like the motherboard has any SATA ports.


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That system supports only PATA drives internally, but you could connect SATA drives externally using a dock, enclosure, SATA adapter, etc. Scott.


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Scott wrote:
That system supports only PATA drives internally, but you could connect SATA drives externally using a dock, enclosure, SATA adapter, etc. Scott.


But the external SATA drives shouldn't be used as primary drives, should they?


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That may or may not be possible depending on how they are connected and especially on how flexible the BIOS Setup settings are with respect to bootable devices and boot order. Scott.


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Scott wrote:
According to the service manual that system uses DDR266 memory, which means PC2100 modules. You can install faster DDR333 (PC2700) or DDR400 (PC3200) memory but it would still run at DDR266 (PC2100) speed. Scott.


Do memory modules for the system have to be installed in pairs?


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 Post Posted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 2:44 pm 
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Most Intel chipsets support installing single modules without pairs. However in that case the memory bus will run in single-channel mode, which would cut the transfer speeds in half. Scott.


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 Post subject: Re: Question concerning certain laptop
 Post Posted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 10:22 am 
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Scott, should my dad even bother contacting HP in order to obtain recovery discs or whatever for the kind of laptop in question?


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I wouldn't bother. Even if they still had them available (unlikely), they would have an older version of the OS, drivers and other software. You would be much better off installing XP with SP3 and updated drivers from scratch. Scott.


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Scott wrote:
Not that well, the relatively slow single-core processor and 1GB RAM limitations of a 10-year old system like that would result in poor performance with Windows 7 (I would not recommend Vista at all). In general I recommend installing Windows XP on older systems with limited performance and resources like that. Scott.


Scott, do you think it would be a bad idea to install Microsoft Security Essentials on such a system?


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 Post Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 10:13 pm 
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I believe it would slow the system down excessively for my tastes. However if the intended system user is prone to downloading and installing malware then it may be a worthwhile burden in order to make potentially less work for those tasked with removing that malware or reloading the system in the future. Scott.


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 Post Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 10:27 pm 
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Scott wrote:
I believe it would slow the system down excessively for my tastes. However if the intended system user is prone to downloading and installing malware then it may be a worthwhile burden in order to make potentially less work for those tasked with removing that malware or reloading the system in the future. Scott.


Would your advice also apply to a system that has a single gigabyte of RAM and a Pentium 4 that runs at 1.4 GHz?


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 Post Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 10:30 pm 
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Yes indeed. Scott.


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