Solved Upgrades for my OLD Acer Computer

July 7, 2012 at 01:21:18
Specs: Windows 7, Pentium 4
Hello all,i wanted to upgrade my Acer 7500G Desktop Computer.Currently it have Acer OEM Motherboard,Pentium 4 2.00 Ghz,1,5 GB RAM,Windows 7 Ultimate and ATI Radeon X1550 512 mb 64 bit.Actually i wanted to buy a Pentium 4 3.4 Ghz,but i think it's not supported :(

What you suggest for upgrades?Thank you!

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July 7, 2012 at 01:35:12
Acer Veriton 7500G ???????? If so it uses the 845G Intel Chipset

Similar Intel 845G support the following, that is non HT P4, but wether or not the Custom Acer BIOS supports is not known:

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....

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July 7, 2012 at 02:42:49
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IMHO it isn't worth the effort. Apart from the postulated CPU upgrade the only other upgrade you may accomplish would be to max out the ram. (2gb max @ 1gb per slot).You might find another AGP graphics card but the slot is only 4X and if the system still has the original powersupply you risk overloading it by adding more powerful graphics or extra ram. The whole system is outdated and not worth investing any further cash. It was certainly never designed to run Win7 and cannot be made to run any modern games which almost all require a "core" processor. Save your $$$ until you can get a newer system.

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July 7, 2012 at 05:26:25
I agree with Richard59. Win7 never should have been installed on that system. And the problem isn't just the CPU, it's the entire config - old board/chipset, AGP graphics, not enough RAM, etc. I recommend you go back to XP or possibly try one of the more popular Linux distros.

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July 7, 2012 at 06:46:41
One thing---if you truly have 64-bit Windows Ultimate, then it's not being utilized by your P4 CPU (which is 32-bit). I'm actually surprised it even runs.

The machine is from around 2003:

so that was during XP's heyday; it's not designed to handle Win7 very well. You can try some things such as turning off (as I call it) the "wow" in Win7:

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July 7, 2012 at 12:06:33
If that P4 is a Willamette, dropping in a 2.6GHz/400FSB Northwood P4 would yield a nice boost in speed. The Willamette CPUs were dogs. Video card and RAM should be just fine for general usage. I find that once you're above 1GB, the x32 versions of Win7 run just as fast as XP with the same amount of memory. Of course, if you can bump it up to 2 or 3GB of memory for cheap, why not upgrade?


Can't say I agree with that Computing Unleashed article.

Turning off the "wow" in Windows 7 also turns off the GPU-accelerated UI. Try dragging a window around your desktop with Aero enabled. Then try it with Aero disabled. Your CPU usage will be higher. You'll also notice window tearing.

And why would you want to disable Aero Snap?! Or UAC? Or Thumbnail Preview? You know how difficult it is to find photos from a digital camera when Windows doesn't display thumbnails? Any computer faster than a Pentium-166 should have no problem generating thumbnails.

Even the Indexing Service doesn't hurt the performance of my P3 machine running Win7 Pro.

ReadyBoost isn't as effective as it sounds. Even 5400RPM drives are a lot faster than USB flash drives.

"Turn off Windows Screensaver and wallpaper." Really? Screensaver, I can understand, but if loading wallpaper actually slows down the boot process, then your computer should be running DOS!

The only two things I can agree with are switching the power plan to maximum performance, and disabling unneeded processes with msconfig. Also, not mentioned in the article, if you find that you never use restore points, turning off System Restore can give you a speed boost, though it depends on how slow your hard drive is.

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