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i'm about ready to throw in the towel

  1. #21


    Posts : 17
    XP Professional


    Came installed with NVIDIA GeForce 7300se/7200gs
    Approx total memory 512 mb

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  2. #22


    Posts : 80
    Windows 8 Pro


    A $50 Celeron G540 would be twice as fast as that old box.

    Here:

    - Celeron G540 - $45
    - B75 board - $70 (with USB 3 and SATA 3)
    - 8GB RAM - $40
    - Corsair CX 430 v2 - $20 or so after rebates
    - Samsung 128GB SSD - $100
    - Hdd for bulk storage - your choice.
    - Pick a decent $50 case
    - Any $20 burner
    - Win 8 - $15

    Voila! Problem solved - welcome to 2012.
    Last edited by ivy8; 31 Oct 2012 at 19:56.
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  3. #23


    Posts : 142
    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)


    Quote Originally Posted by headoperator View Post
    Came installed with NVIDIA GeForce 7300se/7200gs
    Approx total memory 512 mb
    Well, my GeForce 5700 @256MB works like a charm (???!) with Win 8 on a 2.8Ghz P4, so it isn't that....
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  4. #24


    Posts : 80
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Kat View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by headoperator View Post
    Came installed with NVIDIA GeForce 7300se/7200gs
    Approx total memory 512 mb
    Well, my GeForce 5700 @256MB works like a charm (???!) with Win 8 on a 2.8Ghz P4, so it isn't that....
    Why bother? Look at the build I posted. Smashed any old system and its dirt cheap and good quality.
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  5. #25


    Posts : 17
    XP Professional


    I'm having so many issues with it now, may be time to enter the new age and get a good laptop. I still find it puzzling why it won't boot from DVD,CD or USB. Also I couldnt go into safe mode today either. I had no trouble doing so yesterday. Are the safe mode settings in the BIOS. I did return all those to default. If that's a problem, my bad.
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  6. #26


    Posts : 142
    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)


    Ivy, there are some of us out here who try to force new OSes onto
    old equipment for fun, and to push the limits of its capabilities.

    We don't do it as an exercise in frustration (tho it often is) or because
    it's 'productive' (it often isn't) but because we enjoy doing it.

    And that then enables us to assist those still using the older
    machines, as we are attempting to do here.

    I have a very good i7 here, but did that stop me from trying
    to push Win 8 onto my Pentium 3?

    No. (And no, it didn't work, no decent graphics card options).
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  7. #27


    Posts : 142
    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)


    @ headoperator....

    If you have set your BIOS to its defaults, it won't boot from CD, DVD or USB.

    You need to go into the BIOS and change the boot order so it will boot from CD/DVD first.
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  8. #28


    Posts : 17
    XP Professional


    Changed it in bios, still did not work got error message "device not available". I also have the option at startup to press F12 for boot menu from there I can choose which drive to boot from. I don't know if thats the same as changing it in Bios?
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  9. #29


    Posts : 142
    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)


    Ah, yes, it is, but it doesn't change the setting permanently, just for that boot instance.

    Worth a go......
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  10. #30


    Posts : 17
    XP Professional


    I tried booting while in windows. Keep getting message "setup failed to intialized". I have a feeling somethings blocking me from installing this.
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