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Join Date: Jun 2013
07-30-2013, 10:20 PM
Well, upgrades done. For info, I got a 1.6GHz/2GB daughterboard from eBay (part #R031P) to replace the current 1.3GHz/1GB card. Installation was pretty easy: I knew ahead of time one of the screw mounts would be way off and the other off by a few mm, so the mount that was way off was covered with a small piece of antistat stuck down, and for the other mount I ground out the hole a few mm with my Leatherman It got a few odd looks as I whittled away at a PCB, but worked well
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As for the screen, I did order a HD (1366x1024) screen to replace my old, lower res one. Specifically, I ordered this one:
All connectors and mounts were in the same place, replacement was a relatively easy job. In fact, the only frustrating part of the whole thing was the plastic covers over the screen bezel hinges that were a bit finicky to get the bezel out from behind, and then back after the replacement was done.
As a test I rebooted with XP Home that was on it, and it was fine. New resolution available, all seemed a bit quicker. Backing up, wiping, and reinstalling with Win7 Pro 32bit was done next.
All in all, after the reinstall it's pretty much like night and day. It's turned what was a damn-near unusable doorstop that I truly hated even booting into a nice little bit of kit. The higher res screen makes web browsing and viewing pictures comfortable rather than annoying when too much of the bottom of pics or pages was cut off before, and probably the bump in RAM rather than the faster CPU actually makes the whole thing a lot more responsive. TBH, worth it at twice the price.
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