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laptop building/upgrading

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by punx777, Oct 11, 2004.

  1. punx777

    punx777 Regular member

    Mar 2, 2004
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    okay say i buy a CHEEAAPP laptop, i want to upgrade it so it has more then 500 mb memory,

    how would i go about puttin a new hd in a laptop? do i need a special hd?

    same with ram.. cd-writer
  2. The_OGS

    The_OGS Active member

    Feb 18, 2004
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    I recently overhauled a Dell laptop from the 90's
    It was a PII-400MHz, 10GB HD, 64MB memory.
    I installed a 20GB HD and another 64MB chip.
    The new HD was a LOT faster (I think the old one was 4000RPM) and performance increase, what with the memory, was dramatic.
    The 64MB memory chip was affordable, but 128MB chips were like 3 times as much $$.
    2 x 128MB chips (or 1 x 256 or whatever) was therefore simply out of the question...
    It can be done, but not cost-effective (not like a nice inexpensive desktop rig).
    The HDs are 2.5" and you must disassemble the old one from its framework, using the frame and the plug-in adapter for the new HD.
    Laptop parts are somewhat more expensive though...
    And a DVD burner, man, I'd want to be sittin' down when I priced it, LoL :)
    Me like hockey too (me in denial)
    Go Leafs Go,
    OOPS I mean Golf Leafs Golf...
  3. ianski7

    ianski7 Guest

    Hey! Firstly laptop components are not cheap!They use specialized hardware that is more compact. If you buy a cheap LT you will probably spend much cabbage for upgrades. Cheap LTs inherently are not extremely upgradable. Provide more info as to the brand you would like to purchase,model# and specs and I can give you a better idea.....in Canadian $$s.
    Most good LTs have a small door on the bottom to access memory.Hard drives come in three flavours...
    1. internal--case must be opened/door on bottom
    2. PCMCIA card if supported--slips in much like a floppy but larger
    3. external usb HD--somewhat slower I have found
    Once again good LTs have door on bottom
    As for the cd/dvd you should buy LT with one installed.

    Good Luck!

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