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Old 05-31-2006, 03:46 PM   #1
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Default IBM A21p Laptop, want to upgrade

Hey all. I'm new here. I have a 7 year old IBM A21p laptop with 512MB of RAM and an Intel PIII 850MHz processor. I would like any suggestions on what to do to make it faster and perform to more modern specifics.

Like, I might want to go as far as getting a new CPU, a new hardrive and so on. I would like to know what kind of socket CPU mine is if anyone knows. I've heard somewhere that it's a Socket 370 which is capable of using any PIII or Celeron processor. And With these hardware suggestions, I would like to know if this laptop is powerful enough to support it, as well as the BIOs, mobo and would like nice balance of upgrades.

i know this computer is old which makes my options very limited, but it's still good, it's an IBM and still works like a charm.

thanks all!
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Default Re: IBM A21p Laptop, want to upgrade

first thing you upgrade is the most commom upgrade (and usually cheapest) to boost performance. add RAM. compatable parts will be hard to find. after that prolly a new CPU (get the best one for your socket/slot type). if you need to ga as far as replacing the mobo in a laptop then it will probably be cheaper to get a whole new one. good luck.
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Bah, RAM. SO over-rated. All it really does is let programs randomly access it for commonly used and stored memory. Hence the name, Random Access Memory . If you don't do a lot of multi-tasking, or video rendering (3d gaming included), the odds are, 512mb-1gb will be sufficient. Laptops ARE a pain to upgrade.
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