Won a laptop on eBay
Posted 19 March 2012 - 05:08 PM
I just won a laptop for 31.00 + 10.00 for postage.
It's a 12 year old computer, but it has a good enough processor to handle Windows 7 (Intel Pentium 3). It's got 256MB RAM, and it came with XP.
I think it's a Toshiba Tecra 8200. And it's also got wireless and 20GB HDD.
Posted 19 March 2012 - 05:32 PM Edited by leik oh em jeez!, 19 March 2012 - 05:47 PM.
Sadly, the glass on the screen is cracked, and I did have to spend $2.56 on a charger for it.
Posted 19 March 2012 - 05:46 PM
|QUOTE (XePoZuRe v16 @ Monday, Mar 19 2012, 17:08)|
|It's a 12 year old computer, but it has a good enough processor to handle Windows 7 (Intel Pentium 3).|
You can make Windows 7 run on a Pentium III but it's not going to be usable.
Posted 19 March 2012 - 05:48 PM
|QUOTE (Cursed @ Monday, Mar 19 2012, 12:46)|
You can make Windows 7 run on a Pentium III but it's not going to be usable.
That's debatable. Either way, XP would run a lot faster, and would be the better choice for such an old system.
Posted 19 March 2012 - 06:46 PM
As for getting Win7 on it; according to MS's website for Win7 system requirements: 1GHz CPU and 1GB of RAM. Add to that a 16GB HDD for the 32bit OS and seeing has how that laptop only has a 20GB HDD that won't leave much room for anything else.
Now I did do a search and found this: http://social.techne...b-9f54bca70c5c/
Cliff notes: They were able to get 7 to run on a P3 667Mhz, but keep in mind that's just getting it to run at all. However the RAM they said 512MB just to get the installer to run, the max RAM supported for the laptop is 512MB (source).
They also said an onboard graphics with at least 8MB, no problem there since the laptop has 16MB graphics.
I would stick with XP or throw Linux/Unix on it and learn about that.
Posted 19 March 2012 - 06:55 PM
Posted 19 March 2012 - 07:03 PM
Posted 19 March 2012 - 08:50 PM
Posted 20 March 2012 - 01:43 AM Edited by Slamman, 20 March 2012 - 04:06 AM.
Interesting eBay related:
Only 8200 for comparison, Doesn't appear there's any video cards, and few parts options
My Toshiba A25 was a desktop P4 chip, so it ran hot, also not many upgrade options, but TOUCHPAD, which I demand these days, two of mine broke down, I think fell victim to working internally too many times (just require attention and a soft touch)
I own the Dell C series, still! CPx, C600/610/640.
I found for module based Dells, on eBay a few make PATA to SATA trays, I adapted a failed PS3 60GB SATA drive to the bay formatted on this Acer Aspire with Windows 8, swapped it then to the Dell M60/D800, that's a Centrino Pentium Mobile, 400Mhz FSB and 1.5Ghz
This Dell is a move up to a much better bargain, the same models as Inspiron are 8500 and 8600. The video card upgrades from 32 to 64 to 128MB, and even the Quadro 128 FX I got with mine is having problems with San Andreas. The C600 is only 8mb video ATI 128RAGE
The C610 and comparatively; Compaq n600c IIRC, the n610c, one of those is a Tualatin P3, moving up in models, like the Dell Latitude (4000/4150/4100), the chips run from Coppermine to Tualatin to P4, the P4 CPUs are 2Ghz, a nice clock for an older machine
Looked it up with Bing, it's purported to max RAM at 512MB, I tried a 1GB stick of DDR in my Sony PCG laptop, the one I've mentioned a few times, it was running 1.5GB but having errors, so it turns out that machine specs out to 1GB max, two 512 sticks. You'd at least be looking at PC133, try a 256 (ditch the 128s (if two) and add a 512 in one slot.
Looks like the PIII could be a Coppermine, since they top out at 1Ghz, some revision C600 Dells don't except P3's like the 850Mhz, Speedstep or not, the revision of motherboard dictates what works, of course, make sure your BIOS is updated as recent as possible
If you chose to sell it and upgrade, the Dell I got is shown in a few pics. I got a Toshiba A25 someone discarded, it was the best freebie outside of the HP media Center I just recently found discarded in an alley (m7160n)
The A25 has the same graphics, soldered to the motherboard, you can't upgrade, it's a shame, nothing to write home about with that vid chipset)
The D800 I wound up having two, and learning to build it since the first one was stolen, the M60 Precision shares everything but the mobo allows faster RAM, it's running the 1.5GB and Windows 8 preview I mentioned
Posted 20 March 2012 - 05:47 AM
Then I have my old Q6600 @ 3.2GHz with 6GB RAM rig running Windows 7, for light gaming (GTX 260.) Then I have my beast 2600K @ 4.3GHz, 12GB RAM, 560 Ti SLI, Windows 7. I also have an i5 2520M laptop with 8GB RAM and Windows 7 (considering making it a Hackintosh) for business/web, and an N450 netbook with 2GB RAM, Windows 7 for ultra-portability.
Yeah I know I'm rambling, but I'm not sure that this topic really has much of a point anyway.
Posted 20 March 2012 - 05:50 PM
@Slamman: I know it's a bit too old, but a laptop's a laptop. Plus, it runs Windows XP very smoothly, so the seller says... And I do know it seriously screams for a RAM upgrade.
@Wolf68k: I was very tired then, it's is a Tecra. And a very good one too.
@Slamman, again: The Dell laptop seems in very good condition, how long have you had it?
@Outcast: Basically I'm going to do light gaming, browsing, emails, photo editing and storing pictures and videos.
@Cursed: I decided to stay with Windows XP, anyway it doesn't have like 15 updates every 12 seconds.
@SyphonPayne: As I've said two times already in this one post, I'm going to stick with Windows XP, anyway it doesn't need to have 15 updates every 12 seconds.
Posted 20 March 2012 - 07:19 PM Edited by Slamman, 20 March 2012 - 07:23 PM.
No money other then getting the Dell authorized OS restore disc, you can use them on any Dell
I've been using the D800 for about 4 years or so, the module bays are always a major plus, again, I love touchpads, so starting out on a Toshiba for me, it was the CD and CS410 Satellite series, no touchpad, the earliest Touchpad I owned was a pre-Acer Texas Instruments Extensa IIRC.
One find as well I keep harping on is XP will swap to another brand if the chipset and associated drivers are not a major change, if they are, MS reports back online that it notes these changes and a new COA is needed to keep using it as a Genuine copy
To avoid the updates, make sure you install the latest SERVICE PACK, for Vista, XP, or Win7. You can get Windows 8 for free, and validate it to use until January next year!
Posted 20 March 2012 - 09:34 PM
Posted 21 March 2012 - 12:54 AM Edited by Slamman, 26 March 2012 - 05:49 AM.
Here's an 8200 image, hard to get a large one
Specs on there as well
Like my early Toshibas, they preferred a keyboard pointer, as is popular among IBM Thinkpad/Lenova models.
Dell still offers the pencil pointer amid the keyboard, but most companies only offer a Touchpad palmrest.
The idea with the Toshiba design is that one button is your left, one is your right, and the same mouse buttons offered twice, in a different layout I believe.
Mine was dating back to 1997 at the most probably, it was only a 90Mhz Pentium original with MMX support at that time, the display technology had just advanced to TFT! The other displays still out were Active Matrix
Here's a close up of the 8200, if that IS the one
Here's a side view, module bay IDE DVD it appears, so any older IDE ODD will mount in the cavity used
Look at that DOWNLOAD link and you have a PDF guide on disassembly, VERY NICE!!
Use that one if you have a PDF reader of course! (FOXIT or Adobe)
Hoping to hear back on your used laptop exploits, I still dabble in them, obviously. My first REAL laptop was the Dell C600, with a password lock on that as well, no stranger to problem solving! hahaha
The C600 is Dell's Latitude or business end, the same laptop for consumer sales is the 4000 Inspiron;
On this auction are some good photos of it.
The casing changes, but the parts don't really, there are two video boards, an 8 and 16MB for the lower Pentium 3, the higher Pentium 3 jumps from Coppermine core to Tualatin support, a lower voltage and better performer. C610 or Inspiron 4100.
The M60 Precision matches the 8500 and 8600 consumer Inspirons, and the D800 Latitude, however, the D800 is stuck with low RAM speeds, the others have a media control panel, so there's not a lot of difference really
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