Hate to be the guy who only comes back to ask questions, but here goes:
I'm trying to rebuild an old Gateway laptop that has suffered a huge virus and is just entirely too slow to keep using as-is.
My understanding is that if i buy a larger hard drive (bigger cache, RPM speed, etc.) and more DDR2, and a new copy of windows XP (which the laptop previously ran, as i have no desire to go vista.), then i will be on the right track. I've checked my specs, and all of the hardware fits, i'm just wondering if there is anything else i need to do or worry about(cooling fans, batteries, compatibility issues) if i'm going to replace these. I'm not exactly a genius when it comes to building.