On Wed, Apr 04, 2001 at 05:06:07PM +0000, stuhughes at eircom.net mentioned:
> i'm using linux for about three years now and its the best thing since
> sliced bread, i can configure any software setting. but when it comes
> to adding or physcially adjusting hardware, i'm lost! i have an old
> p120 gateway machine that runs linux+win98 very slowly may i add! i
> want to upgrade eveyrthing in the machine to make it go faster, if that
> means new RAM +CPU, and hard drive or CDROM thats cool! but i have
> never done that stuff before, can anyone advise me or point me in the
> direction of material that will teach me how to upgrade and change
> stuff in my PC. I really have to sort out my slow ass computer!
To be honest, it's like lego.
A PCI card fits into a PCI slot one way. ditto for RAM, AGP and the like.
disks are a little awkward - sometimes, there are two ways (actually,
eight with floppies). But, you can't break stuff. So, if you put it all
together and it doesn't work...well, you can just flip the cables around.
But, you are best off finding someone that'll give you a hand the first
time. Even if it's only to look over your shoulder, and give moral
Problem is, that from the P120 days, they have changed powersupplies,
processors, ram, motherboards and cases. So, it's likely you'll have to
upgrade everything, except the monitor. And, if you are getting a nice
video card - it'd be a shame to skimp on the monitor.
My advice ? Keep the old box for playing with, and buy everything new
again. Scan have some nice deals on http://www.scan.co.uk/today.htm - have
a look-see, and see what you think. It may also be worth popping into
ITDirect on parlement st. (if you are in Dublin, otherwise check the ILUG
vendors page) and asking what they'd recommend for your budget.
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