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The specs for this machine state that it is a motherboard with "Socket 478 for Intel P4 Williamette and Northwood processors Supports Intel Pentium 4 processor up to 2.8 GHz Supports Intel Celeron processor up to 3.06 GHz (Prescott based Celeron with 533MHz FSB)"
In other words, any CPU that is not socket 478 ( a fairly old socket now) will not even fit on the board. You do not mention your current CPU so you need to compare it with the spec above to see if you can improve it. It is an old machine/motherboard, so your money might be better going towards a motherboard or system box upgrade.
It must be up to 8 years old ish as it has XP installed.
17-inch flat screen CRT monitor NEW* Intel Celeron D Processor 3252.53
GHz, 533 MHz FSB, 256 KB L2 cache 256 MB DDR SDRAM CD-RW (48x32x48) 40
GB hard drive 9-in-1 memory card reader 10/100Base-T networking
interfaceIntegrated graphics with 64 MB shared video memory *The new
Celeron D processors are more efficient than the old Celeron processors.
The New 325 D benchmarks faster than the old Celeron 2.7 GHz processor.
Almost any IDE hard drive will work, up to 540Gb and any reasonable power supply should be OK. Check ebay and also google for a power supply. Hope that helps.
!) how old is the *cough cough i cant believe you bought a gateway cough?2) have you opened the case to see if there is a **** ton of dust on thie inside? maybe your processor is overheating because the heatsink fins the dissapate the processor's heat are caked with dust? the processor overheating will cause these symptoms exactly... with a pc other than gateway. with a agateway you can never truly tell what it is because they **** so bad. but the first place to look is the inside. clean out that dust and the freezeups and random turn offs will stop. if there is no dust, then do a checkdisk on your harddrive, tho i doubt it is the cause of the random turn offs. the only other thing that would cause random turn offs if there is no dust is a motherboard that sucks, i mean is going bad or bad already. clean out that dust!
I'm not sure where you got this tower, but if the serial number isn't on the tower chances are it's been tampered with or stolen by the person you got it from. (This is just a guess)
Call customer service and keep pounding zero until you get a human. Ask them where the serial is on the tower.
There are stories I've heard of people taking a PC and opening it and replacing the fast processor with a slower one and selling it to unsuspecting people.
All that said.. Your Pentium II should work just fine with XP unless the processor is very very slow.. In which case you might want to just buy a new PC since they've reached the floor in pricing.
PC with 300 megahertz or higher processor
clock speed recommended; 233 MHz minimum required (single or dual
processor system);* Intel Pentium/Celeron family, or AMD
K6/Athlon/Duron family, or compatible processor recommended
Now .. that means you can have ANY processor as long as it's compatible and runs at 300 Mhz or higher.. Meaning near anything still running to this day will practically work.
A fesh restart is in order the if these crash reinstall windows if that dont shore it up we need to troubleshoot more clikc on ask expert a question or chat with a expert we will be here to run you through this issue and get you up and running in no time.. Thanks