|Oh, right...I stand corrected, "Dave", lol..|
it WAS the "computer" named "Dave" not Keir Dullea, but right, lots of Daves around, not only in the computer world, but in the movies, and "life", lol. Probably can't swing a dead cat without running into a Dave (bad example, cruel in fact..lol, moving on)
I'm trying to find a guy who upgraded his old Compaq Presario on another website, but the post was old. Anybody on here want to take a look at what he did and tell me if it would be feasibly possible for me to do the same to my old Compaq 5716? The reason I want to keep it is because it was a gift from my father.
Take a look at his comments...this review was put up on Epinions website Dec. 2003, yeah sue me, I'm antiquated and set in my ways, but I love my Compaq Desktop...it has a zip drive, you don't find these on the newer ones...
anyway, take a look at this guy's review and what he did to upgrade and I'd appreciate any/all comments as to if I can pull this off myself...the complete cost of my Presario in 1999 was over $3 grand with all accessories, scanner, printer, software, etc...so look at what he paid back then....lol...most of these babies are in the Good Will now...but I'd "really" like to keep mine, which I'm typing on now, if I can upgrade to where I can see videos faster, movies, etc.
This guy's reviews are well respected on Epinions...comments? I'm trying to find him but can't. Thanks to everyone...fun stuff..."moon"
theproductguy's Full Review: Compaq Presario 5716 (122680-053) PC Desktop The Compaq Presario 5716 is a really great computer! I've been using one for many years. Here's a few things that I've done to improve upon this machine, and personalize it for my specific needs.
> Product specifics:
> The Compaq Presario 5716 comes from the factory with a decent Pentium III (slot 1) 450 Mhz processor (can be upgraded to 500 Mhz). When I upgraded to a 500 Mhz processor, I was able to use the existing heatsink (processor cooling device) from the old 450 Mhz processor, which saved me a few dollars. Upgrading is very simply, you remove the computers case, locate and replace the processor, replace the case and boot the computer up.
> This computer comes with 128 MB of PC100 SDRAM (DIMM) memory, which simply isn't enough to run todays more powerful applications smoothly. I upgraded this computer (using all three slots, each with one 128 MB memory chip) to its maximum of 384 MB RAM. This installation was as simple as removing the case and retaining screws. Then, swapping the old memory with the new. Replace the case and screws. Reboot the computer.
> Drives and storage included:
> Included with this computer is a large 15 GB hard drive (I still haven't filled it in 6 years, and I've installed all my favorite programs and games). Also, a 6 speed CD/DVD ROM, a 3.5" floppy drive, and an internal 100 MB Iomega zip drive (works like a very small portable hard drive).
> Graphics system included:
> This computer comes with a decent 8 MB graphics card, but I upgraded to a PNY Verto 32 MB GeForce2 MX200. I was not able to play one of my favorite games (Blizzard's WarCraft III) until I upgraded the graphics card on this computer. The video card upgrade also enhanced my DVD video clarity by 110%.
> Exterior details
> This computer comes in a cool case, the front has a door that opens to the right, and it hides away the computers 3 5.25" drive bays. At the bottom of the computers case, in the front, is a small sliding plastic panel that keeps your USB, Joystick, and S400 ports covered, and dust free.
> The case itself is a bit long from front to back, and I've had a hard time finding a desk that it will fit on, without leaning off a few inches in the front or rear.
> Does it include software?
> This computer includes Windows 98, Microsoft Works, Microsoft Word, and many other business and creative programs. Along with a few basic Windows games (solitare, hearts, and winmine). Also included is a set of system backup CD's, in case you ever needed to completely restore the system.
> I've since upgraded the Windows version on this computer to Windows XP Home edition (it required approximately 1 GB of the 15 GB existing hard drive space). I could not get this computer to network, and share my existing Windows XP broadband connection, until I upgraded from Windows 98. This Compaq just would not accept the Windows XP Network Setup CD (it installed, but did absolutely nothing), so I simply full installed Windows XP.
> How is the software performance on this computer?
> The computer wouldn't run my favorite applications smoothly until I upgraded the RAM and processor to its maximum. After upgrading I was able to run Adobe Photoshop, Jasc Painthop Pro, the Jasc Animation Shop, and many other "memory eating" graphics programs. It also helped with my video games, as they also ran and loaded scenes faster.
> The input devices
> Awesome keyboard! It has more button's and options than any other keyboard, ever included with a computer that I've purchased. You can control just about everything, from loading your internet and favorite browser, to simply controlling the DVD and Music playback.
> The mouse included with this model is the "scroll wheel" type. It lasted for many years, but the moving ball used on the bottom collects a lot of dust, and then they do not work that great. This mouse will require you to take it apart, and clean it out regularly if used often.
> Networking with the Compaq 5716:
> Networking with this computer is a breeze! Included is an excellent 10/100 mps ethernet card. You can easily network this computer to any other computer running Windows 98.
> Final notes:
> Upgrading this computer was very limited due to the way Compaq computers are manufactured. They place all of the cool equipment that you would want to upgrade (soldered) onto the main motherboard. So you can't remove it. This includes the sound card and factory video card. But these items can be upgraded by simply removing a jumper from the motherboard. And when the jumper is removed, you can simply install the new items with the old still soldered in (they're simply disabled). All this information is available (but not in very good detail) on the Compaq technical support documentation website.
> Amount Paid (US$): 649.99
> Operating System: Windows
> Processor: Intel Pentium III
> Processor speed: 401-500
> RAM: More than 256
> Internal Storage: Zip Drive
> Hard Drive (GB): 13-20