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Good evening,

I have a Compaq Presario 4620, Pentium II 266Mhz. I would like to upgrade
this desktop computer to install windows xp pro service pack 2. I do not
know very well about desktop computer. Please tell me, what should I
upgrade?

1. Can I use Pentium 4 with this motherboard (Titan II)?
2. Can I replace the sound and video cards?

Please tell me what should I upgrade this computer to run windows XP pro
smoothly.

Best regards,

Luise
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware (More info?)

    1. No you cannot.

    2. Yes, you can.

    The specifications of this computer do not meet the minimum requirements to
    run WindowsXP. It would need far too much spent on it to reach the
    standard (P4) that you seem to require, at this point in time, you need to
    consider purchasing a new computer. To reach a P4 (even the minimum P4),
    you are looking at replacing:

    Motherboard
    CPU
    RAM
    PSU
    and possibly, audio, graphics etc etc.


    --
    Cari (MS-MVP Printing, Imaging & Hardware)
    www.coribright.com

    "Luise" <luise@hollymail.com> wrote in message
    news:%23U0RHbGkEHA.3712@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    > Good evening,
    >
    > I have a Compaq Presario 4620, Pentium II 266Mhz. I would like to upgrade
    > this desktop computer to install windows xp pro service pack 2. I do not
    > know very well about desktop computer. Please tell me, what should I
    > upgrade?
    >
    > 1. Can I use Pentium 4 with this motherboard (Titan II)?
    > 2. Can I replace the sound and video cards?
    >
    > Please tell me what should I upgrade this computer to run windows XP pro
    > smoothly.
    >
    > Best regards,
    >
    > Luise
    >
    >
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware (More info?)

    Unfortunately, your Compaq computer is pretty much obsolete
    and not worth upgrading. A Pentium 4 processor would require
    a new Pentium 4 processor compatible motherboard and also
    a new Pentium 4 compatible Power Supply.

    You would be much better off purchasing a new PC.
    Suggestion: http://www.dell.com/

    or

    Compaq Presario PCs
    http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/generic_category.do?BV_SessionID=@@@@0302711908.1094073815@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccciadcmhdggjehcfngcfkmdfondfgg.0&catLevel=1&storeName=computer_store&landing=desktops&category=compaq_presario

    --
    Carey Frisch
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows XP - Shell/User

    Be Smart! Protect Your PC!
    http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/default.aspx

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    "Luise" wrote:

    | Good evening,
    |
    | I have a Compaq Presario 4620, Pentium II 266Mhz. I would like to upgrade
    | this desktop computer to install windows xp pro service pack 2. I do not
    | know very well about desktop computer. Please tell me, what should I
    | upgrade?
    |
    | 1. Can I use Pentium 4 with this motherboard (Titan II)?
    | 2. Can I replace the sound and video cards?
    |
    | Please tell me what should I upgrade this computer to run windows XP pro
    | smoothly.
    |
    | Best regards,
    |
    | Luise
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware (More info?)

    You can keep the case and junk the rest.

    "Luise" <luise@hollymail.com> wrote in message
    news:%23U0RHbGkEHA.3712@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    > Good evening,
    >
    > I have a Compaq Presario 4620, Pentium II 266Mhz. I would like to upgrade
    > this desktop computer to install windows xp pro service pack 2. I do not
    > know very well about desktop computer. Please tell me, what should I
    > upgrade?
    >
    > 1. Can I use Pentium 4 with this motherboard (Titan II)?
    > 2. Can I replace the sound and video cards?
    >
    > Please tell me what should I upgrade this computer to run windows XP pro
    > smoothly.
    >
    > Best regards,
    >
    > Luise
    >
    >
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware (More info?)

    If it's a micro-atx case, probably junk that as well!
    --
    Cari (MS-MVP Printing, Imaging & Hardware)
    www.coribright.com

    "Nick Burns" <thedoc@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:uSfgjyGkEHA.3372@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    > You can keep the case and junk the rest.
    >
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware (More info?)

    Your old Compaq is far behind the current race and has little on it that is
    worthwhile with a current PC.

    Every aspect is slow, USB is 1 not 2. FSB will not be anything like the
    current 333 standard, and on and on.

    About the only thing reusable will be the Monitor, Keyboard and mouse plus
    Optical Drive, the Floppy Drive and your hard drive [maybe as a backup,
    because even this is slow by todau's standards].

    Save yourself a lot of pain: buy a 'white box' system, with DVD- Burner,
    lots of Memory, Hard Drive, Windows XP [it'll be the OEM edition, but that's
    fine and cheaper than full retail]. All this should cost you less than US $
    400!

    Get it up and running, then run Files and Settings Transfer Wizard in order
    to create the diskette to run on your old PC. Run FAST on the Old PC.

    Move the old hard drive and optical drive into the new PC.

    After windows is up and running with the additional drives, you can run FAST
    to import all your documents, email etc into the new XP system.

    After that's done reformat the old hard drive and use it to store video
    files and all the MP3s your heart desires or be sensible and use it to
    'image' your XP system. You'll need Ghost or Drive Image for that purpose.


    "Cari (MS-MVP)" wrote:

    > If it's a micro-atx case, probably junk that as well!
    > --
    > Cari (MS-MVP Printing, Imaging & Hardware)
    > www.coribright.com
    >
    > "Nick Burns" <thedoc@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:uSfgjyGkEHA.3372@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    > > You can keep the case and junk the rest.
    > >
    >
    >
    >
  6. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware (More info?)

    Hello,

    The good news: You can keep your computer!

    A Pentium II 266MHz is just fine, but you will need to upgrade to at
    least 128MB.
    (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/evaluation/sysreqs.mspx)

    The bad news: The Compaq Presario 4620 requires hard-to-find PC66
    SDRAM system memory. The maximum amount is 256MB (2x 128MB).
    (http://h30094.www3.hp.com/memoryconfig.asp?cat=Desktops&mfg=HP&pl=Presario&model=Presario+4620)

    Anyway, upgrading the system memory is a lot cheaper than buying a
    brand new computer, even with PC66 SDRAM.
    You should find what you need on eBay.
    (http://search.ebay.com/PC66_SDRAM_W0QQcatrefZC12QQfromZR8QQsacategoryZ14913)

    Hope this helps!

    Regards,

    Bernhard


    On Wed, 1 Sep 2004 23:00:51 +0200, "Luise" <luise@hollymail.com>
    wrote:

    >Good evening,
    >
    >I have a Compaq Presario 4620, Pentium II 266Mhz. I would like to upgrade
    >this desktop computer to install windows xp pro service pack 2. I do not
    >know very well about desktop computer. Please tell me, what should I
    >upgrade?
    >
    >1. Can I use Pentium 4 with this motherboard (Titan II)?
    >2. Can I replace the sound and video cards?
    >
    >Please tell me what should I upgrade this computer to run windows XP pro
    >smoothly.
    >
    >Best regards,
    >
    >Luise
    >
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