Ok, so I bought this like new HP Pavilion a700n for $4, yes, $4, at an action the other day,and turns out it works fine.
So I plan to turn it into a computer that should last another 2-3 years.
And to say the least It has overpaid itself, but has a few, issues, so to speak.
It came with a cd-r hooked to one ide, and a hdd hooked to another on 2 different slots. The cd-r would keep trying to play this music cd and never open, so it went to the trash pile, and i hooked up a different cd-r to the hdd line, and it worked.
Then I decided to finnally hook up my unused new sony DVD-R sata,and it works great on both sata ports.
(you might be wondering where im headed with this, but you'll see.)
So the computer origionally came with this 80GB WD ide drive, and all my steam stuff barely fits on this 100 in my laptop.
I want to hook up a second hdd, and I have 2, both are these seagate 160 gig drives.
One is Sata, one is IDE.
I hooked up the sata, and it didnt show up. I tried everything, different cable, different port. The drive did not show up. The DVD-R works fine on both Sata ports though.
So then I went to the IDE drive. Same problem, and both origional HDD and CD-R work on either port.
And Then I have one last problem with it. It has this memory Card reader on the front:
The auction guy turned the PC on, which came with this sorry a$$ 16mb CF stick, and it showed up in the origional OS(pos virusy thingy). I unplugged it and dusted it out, replugged it in, and it wont detect anything. tried the cable, zip.
Most of its specs are likley to change by the time i'm done with it, but while I'm here, might as well do so.
-AS bought specs:
Amd Athlon XP 3000+
512Mb DDR 400 Hylink Ram
80Gb WD Caviar IDE ATA 133
XP Home(5 acounts with norton virus crap on it)
S3 Mirrage Unichrome
-Current Specs (everything in it was used around here, all free
Amd Athlon XP 3000+
1024mb DDR400 2x 512 Hylink Ram
80GB WD Caviar IDE ATA 133
ATI Radeon 9600 Pro 256mb
Amd Athlon XP 3200+
2048mb DDR400 2x 1024 Kingston 2 CAS
80GB WD Caviar IDE ATA 133 + (160GB SG 7200 Sata I + 160GB SG IDE in raid 0)
ATI Radeon X1550(lootin' from mah old comp lol)
Any help would be appreciated, thank you ahead of time.
Some more pics: