Solved Dell dimension 8250 upgrade

August 11, 2014 at 15:32:06
Specs: Xp
I was wondering if their are any possible upgrades to my computer seeing as it is 11 years old. It has not been touched and still can run the internet when optimized to maximum performance. It have done most of everything in trying to get the most performance from. My current set up but I have run out of things to adjust next to a full system reset. If you have any suggestions regarding upgrading parts it would be appreciated. I would also take further suggestions regarding optimization I could do, but I believe I have done everything. Anything helps. Specs are on this website...http://www.engadget.com/products/dell/dimension/8250/specs/

Thank you to anyone who responds,
Brandey


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August 12, 2014 at 16:33:50
Just because there aren't updates for XP doesn't mean it's still not a usable OS. Heck, I'm still using it on a Dell OptiPlex GX110 (almost 15 years old) with only 512MB of RAM (the max). The key is to keep virus/malware updates current, stop using virtually anything (other than the OS) from Microsoft.

Maxing-out the RAM, however, would be the best bang for the buck. Also a re-installation using an "N-Lited" version of XP would also help significantly:

http://www.nliteos.com/guide/index....

This guide (written for installation on an Asus Eee PC, but works on anything) hones-down the install to a good minimum without the "fluff":

http://www.i64x.com/eee/

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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August 11, 2014 at 15:33:39
Sorry for the grammar. I had to type quickly the hamburger was burning

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#2
August 11, 2014 at 15:48:52
If you want to see some performance increase, upgrade the RAM to 2 gigs. Go to www.crucial.com and use the online diagnostic tool to see what kind of RAM and how much it can handle. There's not much else you can do to it. It's pretty dated. Don't text and drive, and don't type and cook, LOL.

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August 11, 2014 at 16:22:17
Hey thanks for the response. I know the system is dated, but I thought I could make it into a fun project. Any upgrade will do I suppose. The hamburger turned out alright in case you were wondering.

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#4
August 11, 2014 at 21:55:20
It's got that RDRAM in it. That's usually more expensive and harder to find even though it's old stuff. Make sure you get the right ram frequency. You might be able to find some on ebay.

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#5
August 12, 2014 at 10:41:39
Yes, I understand it is RDRAM and it runs about $45 for 1GB. Is their any other upgrades i might try other than ram.

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#6
August 12, 2014 at 10:54:00
I didn't realize the RAM was so expensive. There really isn't anything you can do to improve it other than that. There's no longer any updates or support for XP either. Like George Harrison said, " All things must pass." You could take the side panel off and strip it. Lay the case on it's side, put a grill on it, fill it with charcoal and have some more burgers. Time for a new machine.

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#7
August 12, 2014 at 11:54:16
try this , you have nothing to lose

http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=08498


use the 32 bit version
http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=2656

do you need wireless??
larry

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August 12, 2014 at 16:33:50
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Just because there aren't updates for XP doesn't mean it's still not a usable OS. Heck, I'm still using it on a Dell OptiPlex GX110 (almost 15 years old) with only 512MB of RAM (the max). The key is to keep virus/malware updates current, stop using virtually anything (other than the OS) from Microsoft.

Maxing-out the RAM, however, would be the best bang for the buck. Also a re-installation using an "N-Lited" version of XP would also help significantly:

http://www.nliteos.com/guide/index....

This guide (written for installation on an Asus Eee PC, but works on anything) hones-down the install to a good minimum without the "fluff":

http://www.i64x.com/eee/

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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#9
August 12, 2014 at 19:41:10
Thank you for all of the quick responses. I only intended to fix this as a project. Perhaps I will upgrade the ram and try out a few of the operating system ideas suggested. I do have 2 other new computers and I am not worried about fixing this one in a timely manner. If you have any other suggestions please feel free to leave them, but I believe I have enough to go on for now.

Thanks for your support,
Brandey

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#10
August 13, 2014 at 12:04:51
Rdram is not like conventional memory, the more you add the slower it gets due to the way the memory operates, and make sure they have ramsinks or they will burn out.

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August 13, 2014 at 15:35:00
Ok. Thanks for the information I will check to make sure I am not wasting my money.

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