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Laptop upgrade



Cookson

ClioSport Club Member
  Mk1 Audi TT 3.2 V6
So the laptop at home is getting old as f**k and really slow. Toshiba Satellite L300. I think it was bought in 2009.

The battery is on it's last legs and the specs are a whopping 2gb of RAM and a 160gb hard drive. It's still running Windows Vista

Rather than splurge out on a new one, I wondered whether I could just chuck a couple of upgrades in. A new battery is about £15. Maybe up the RAM to 4gb and put a SSD in at say 500gb? It literally gets used for Sandra surfing the web and downloading virus' whilst viewing spiritial web pages etc. We don't really store films and music on it.

@YorkshireKyle you're an IT nerd aren't you?
 

JamesBryan

ClioSport Club Member
  Titanium 182
Would it not be cheaper to lob a couple of parts at this? Ram is what £10? Battery £15, and SSD of 120gb about £30? So £60 or so rather than £150
Depends if you can still get that RAM, it'll be old stuff now.
 

Rojer

ClioSport Club Member
  Civic
So what you need is

SSD
Max RAM the motherboard will support
New Battery
Fresh install Win 10
 

Cookson

ClioSport Club Member
  Mk1 Audi TT 3.2 V6
And your RAM might even be DDR2 SODIMM which is definitely less than £5 for a 4GB stick

It's just whether your CPU and mobo will hack it
How do I find out what it's running? The sticker on the front says Intel Celeron
 

Cookson

ClioSport Club Member
  Mk1 Audi TT 3.2 V6
Update on this, I was going to sort the laptop and decided the one from Perrinho would probably be better. However, due to the apocalypse, I assume he has been mad busy. So I've set up my older tower to work from home and brought a spare screen home from work. At first, it would not even recognize the screen despite being plugged in (one DVI, one VGA), and I put that down to the crappy onboard graphics card. I installed the updated driver for it and it started working and sees both screens. Awesome.

However, after around an hour of working remotely through the VPN at work and having youtube on the other screen, it does this s**t.

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I guess it's being overloaded then and I need a better graphics card in there? Can anyone recommend anything that isn't going to bust the bank? I assume it goes in the blue slot?

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May as well chuck some more DDR3 in there whilst I have the cover off eh?

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@YorkshireKyle @JamesBryan
 

YorkshireKyle

ClioSport Club Member
If you can get some more DDR3 then get some mate. Make sure it matches the size speed of the other as DIMM's need to be matched

I might have a a few old GPU's about that might work mate nothing special but will easily push out to a few screens and have 1 HDMI output
 

Cookson

ClioSport Club Member
  Mk1 Audi TT 3.2 V6
If you can get some more DDR3 then get some mate. Make sure it matches the size speed of the other as DIMM's need to be matched

I might have a a few old GPU's about that might work mate nothing special but will easily push out to a few screens and have 1 HDMI output
Whats a GPU?
 


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