I own a DELL GX150 that I got off ebay for $100, Missing only the Hard Drive. I plan on putting a 160GB Hard Drive in it. Right now it has the following: 128MB RAM, 15GB Hard Drive, CD/RW-Drive, Floppy Drive, Intel Pentium III 933MHz, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition.
I want to upgrade to a Intel Pentium 4, 2.0GHz or better 2.50GHz and atleast 1GB RAM. And I got the new Microsoft Windows 7 I would like to try on it.
Has anyone ever tested upgrading a Pentium III to a 4? and trying a 1GB or higher out of the Max RAM for this, 512MB?
Yes, $100.00 was too much for that system. I saw a refurbished Dell GX270 2.8Ghz 512MB 40GB HD CD/R/RW Windows XP Pro COA w/SP3 and all updated drivers installed for $114.00 + $5.24 shipping (amazon). Also see a Refurbished IBM ThinkCentre A50P(8193A3U) Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHz 512MB DDR 48x CD-ROM 40GB HD for $149.99 + 3 day free shipping (NewEgg). There are a lot of great reasonable sellers on Ebay but it's waters are getting more and more filled with Sharks as well (as well as many other sites, Just used Ebay as an example). I know this info doesn't help much now but hopefully in the future it can. You see a certain price on a system, do a full search on that same system and compare prices and shipping charges on what you find out there.
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Re: DELL OptiPlex GX150 Upgrading
You can upgrade the processor to anything as long as the motherboard supports the processor you want. The motherboard also has to support the ram. Tell me what kind of motherboard you have and I can help. You can do this by installing the software cpuZ its a cool little program showing most things about your computer.
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The small form-factor and small desktop systems support a single enhanced integrated drive electronics (EIDE) hard drive in the hard drive bay; the small mini-tower system supports two EIDE hard drives. Yes!
on the motherboard there is a battery. it looks like a watch battery. there should be a jumper next to it with 3 prongs. move the jumper over to the next prong and start the computer.( it will start but will not come on). turn off the computer and put the jumper back to the first position. start the computer again and the bios will be reset
Hmmm--when you went into the BIOS setup, your first boot device should be CD. The next your hard drive. The other boot devices should be set to disabled. Now if you have a third boot device as a network device, then your computer is not seeing the CD or the Hard drive--you have a problem. If all the drives are hooked up properly (sounds like you have that covered) then your motherboard is probably the problem. I would try to disconnect all your stuff except the CD. Try it on the first IDE channel (set it either as cable select or master). If that fails, try it on the other channel. Do you have a second CD to swap out? Still no boot? Bad motherboard.
If the motherboard you have installed accepts a socket 370 processor and you replaced the board, it would also have to be a socket 370 unless you were planning on upgrading the processor also. If you wanted to keep your existing computer case and other hardware, you might want to look for an inexpensive pentium 4 motherbard and processor to replace it instead of the pentium 3 you now have. If you get a new board that uses the same memory that you now have installed it would be a relatively inexpensive upgrade.
try going to the bios by pressing f2 or delete key on the keyboard at the dell logo.
if you are able to enter the system setup screen, reset the bios.
to reset the bios, press num lock, caps lock and scroll lock so that all 3 lights on the keyboard are on.
press alt + e and alt + f keys.
press esc twice
then select save changes and exit.
also try booting through the safe mode by hiiting f8 on the dell logo.
you can also try booting through the dell resource cd or win xp cd.
Depending on the operating system, most of the time it is located in the start menu, programs, accessories, then system tools. Restore is a process that takes the computer back to a specific date and time called a checkpoint. Reformat is a process by erasing the entire hard drive and re installing the version of windows you are running.