Posted 25 December 2009 - 03:42 PM
Edited by Slamman, 25 December 2009 - 05:18 PM.
Windows 7 via the net I looked into, I don't do much P2P / Torrants at all.
My sister's husband hauls out a Dell D800 he IT'd from a school, where he says he HAS to return it so they can throw it out, as required, they discard the damn thing!!!!!
Well, he tells me "while buzzed", that I can take some parts off that they likely won't notice. Well, turns out there is a better LCD on his then mine, though when assembling I paid for a WUXGA screen and I got a plain-jane XGA, he has the SXGA+ on his. So I do a straight display swap, only problem is, my plastic bezel arrived scratched, through no fault of my own. It looks like between the two, his outwardly looks like mine, though I swapped the screen, so now the pressure is on to return it or pull the bezel for a swap as well, I think I can do that if I have the opportunity. How would the school notice anyway!??! haha
The other issue is CPU comparably speaking is 1.4Ghz Centrino P4 with 1MB cache, mine is 1.73Ghz normally, but runs at 1.30 normally and 600 Speedstep in low mode. Never seems to run properly at 1.73 though. My "mismatched" CPU speed chip has an L2 cache that is 2MB however, better by a bit more then the actual clock.
In terms of memory, Looking at both, and the BIOS display... 200 and 266Mhz is the only supported DDR ram speed, and between the sticks on both, there appears to be an actual hardware limitation with the RAM speed, I have two sticks of 256MB @ 333Mhz speed.
His has 512MB x2 sticks at 266Mhz, however, capped at that low end speed, it's still 1GB of Ram, and the max for the D800 Latitiude is 2GB total. Most CPUs I've seen actually top out around 1.8Ghz, which is what I was trying to get, but wound up with the 1.73, and it has the limitation of 1.3 speed most often.
Well, I'm quite dismayed he even suggest I could use parts from it, after all, he's got the standard battery I had stolen from my original D800, and the video card on his is nVidia Geforce 4200 with 32MB Ram, matched to a high performance LCD panel, great!
If I could just get the LCD paired with my own GPU, the same Geforce4 4200 Go but with 64MB vid Ram... I think SA would work better because each LCD upgrade brings with it better resolution. The card will still have it's own limitations though...
EDIT update, I just swapped the internal LCDs on both, but with one micro screw driver handy, It was damn near Mission Impossible, my hand and fingers are still sore! At least two screws seemed soldered in place, and I wound up bending the attached metal to spin the screws loose, that put dangerous flex on the LCD panel itself in one instance and of course the mounting brackets. DAMMIT!