I have a dell dimension 2400. my hard drive crashed so i put in a 350g new drive.(i cant believe i did it and it actually works). i have a Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.40GHz. 2 gigs of ram.
my question is, can i or should i upgrade the processor to a core 2 duo. this is greek to me but i am learning. my goal is to put a tv tuner in the computer but i dont think i can now with that antique processor. i also want to install a dvd burner with light scribe...eventually.
since i crashed the computer and put a new hard drive in it, it seems to be running very well and i am very happy with the speed of it now. i just want to upgrade the thing instead of dropping 800 bucks on a new one. i fig i could add little by little ya know...thanks
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It sounds like it is stuck in the windows loop, you will need to reinstall windows fresh thismeans you will need to format the drive as well
You say you have replaced the hard drive, are you referring to the actual physical component as alot of ppl confuse the base unit for the hard drive, if so did you format and reinstall windows from scratch?
I believe if you do as i described above it will clear the problem
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2GB is the maximum amount of ram you can install in your Dimension 2400. Depending on how much ram you have in it now,.. you could get a substantial speed difference by upgrading. You can upgrade the video card if you want. If you want to upgrade to 2 GB and upgrade to a decent vid card,.. you are looking at about $180 for parts. you will need to determine if that is something you want to put into the 2400 or buy a new computer with substantial speed and performance difference for about $500 from Dell. If you have any further questions, please post a comment here and I will answer them for you.
Basically when you install a new boot drive you need to install Windows operating system on the new hard drive, also the device drivers (eg video, audio, modem, LAN etc), your programs and data. The reason programs has to be installed is because the installation process copied DLL files to the System folders and makes changes to the registry.
You can only copy your data onto the new hard disk.
To avoid copying your data to the new hard drive, you can set up the old hard drive as second hard drive (ie. slave drive), if you delete the redundant folders and leave only the data folders then you have an adddition 40Gb of disk space.
generally all computers can handle a secondary hard drive. i myself am a dell tech. why not try to increase the wattage output of your power supply from the present 200 or 250 watts to at least 300 or 350 watts to give enough provisions for additional devices that will be connected to your computer. normally a hard drive will get burned or fried because of a loose power cable connection. data cable will never fry your hard drive. try running the hard drive diagnostics if it passes then it should work well. try also using chkdsk /r in the command prompt to fix your hard drive if the damage is not that extensive.
Assuming that you have both XP's on the drive, when it boots up, have you selected and tested both? OR
Did you format the entire drive and wipe the old system off, replacing it with the new install?
The simplest why to fix is to boot up on the Pro CD and format the entire drive and install new system. It sounds like your old info may still be there, but you can't get to it. Try the different boot option and burn your desired data to keep to a cd, then do the simplest. Don't worry about the system drivers, you can recover them from the restore cd or download them from the Dell.
The Pro XP will be able to recover your system enough to get the drivers on line.