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Upgrading a compaq

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March 24, 2008 4:39:56 PM

Hello, I have a compaq presario 900 (from 2002) with the following configuration :

cpu : amd athlon 1500+
ram : 256 mb PC2100
hdd : 20 gb
grafics card : mobility u1
screen : 15''

my question is if I can upgrade the cpu - I did some googling and found that the cpu is socket-A
Can I put every socket-A cpu I like or do I heve to take something in mind? (perhaps the FSB or Vcore)

What I did to start my upgrade is buying 512 mb ram pc2100 and I also want to buy a larger Hdd

PS 1 : I can't afford buying a new lapton so I want to upgrade it
2 : it's my first post so if I'm doing something wrong tell me

Thanks ! :bounce: 



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March 24, 2008 8:44:00 PM



can I upgrade it with this one?
March 25, 2008 7:32:35 PM

help me!!!
any cpu,hdd,dvd combo upgrade ideas are welcome!!!
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March 26, 2008 12:35:36 PM

a few more characteristics of my laptop (I used cpu-z)











a b D Laptop
March 26, 2008 1:37:19 PM

The biggest problem is finding out what the specific chipset can handle in terms of CPU upgrades. ATM, I can hardly find any info about your motherboard. This may be something you can talk to AMD/ATI about through their support.

The other thing you need to consider is whether or not you are actually going to be able to find a CPU that will work. You may want to consider saving your money at this point to get a new system.
April 24, 2008 10:00:18 PM

well I upraded my memory from 256MB to 768 and the hdd from 20GB to 250GB.
The RAM works fine but with the HDD upgrade I have the following problem:
Every time I the HDD is working the CPU goes up to 90-100% and the whole laptop is VERY slow. Do you know why this could happen?

the new hdd is : WESTERN DIGITAL WD2500BEVE HDD 2.5'' 250GB ATA
the old hdd is : toshiba 20GB, IBM IC25N020ATCS04-0, ATA-5, UDMA-100

I used aida and did a few benchmarks which were I bit weird...

TYPE OF BENCHMAR OLD HDD NEW HDD
CPU MB/S CPU MB/S
LINEAR READ 7% 19 NO RESULT NO RESULT
QUICK LINEAR READ 7% 17.2 NO RESULT NO RESULT
RANDOM READ 7% 16.7 NO RESULT NO RESULT
BUFFERED READ 4% 19.9 100% 2,05
AVERAGE ACCESS 2% 21.7 3% 17,8
April 29, 2008 9:06:30 PM

can't anybody help me???? :( 
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