Re: Updating my Compaq Presario 5000...help?
The first thing to do is go to the hp website and find the motherboard specs for your pc. They will give you the max memory spec and you will also be able to get the drivers for the sound issue that you describe. 80gb is plenty of hard drive for basic computing. Upgrade the ram first, then do a fresh install of windows xp. After you get those done, go ahead and get those sound drivers fixed. I will also tell you that if you use xp home on an older pc to stick with service pack 2. Service pack 3 tends to make the os unstable in older machines for some reason. Good luck!!
Almost forgot to tell you to make sure you backup all of your data before the install or you will lose it. I know it sounds basic but you won't believe how many people forget this simple but very important step.