Can this dinosaur Compaq Presario 4770 desktop PC be saved?

August 26, 2014 at 17:12:22
Specs: Windows 95, Intel 544/32MB
I just inherited one of these dinosaurs and took it apart in the hopes of saving that BEAUTIFUL CASE with a more modern motherboard, but no go.... It's PURE proprietary and not based even remotely on an ATX chassis-- probably some Compaq engineer's science project for "art class." Too bad; such a WASTE!

Even if I could add another/upgrade those odball ECC-66MHz SDRAM card(s) to what might be a max-total of 256MB and even with a new uP clocked up to 233MHz...
WHAT would I have? Nothing but a glorified Commodore 64!! The Win95 runs superbly, but I'll bet I couldn't even upgrade to WinXP and more "modern" programs and devices like a USB-2 thumbdrive or Acrobat Reader 11.... Such a shameful waste!

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August 26, 2014 at 18:24:06
Virtually all Compaqs are proprietary, & 256MB is too optimistic according to this:

and this:

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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August 27, 2014 at 00:27:05
That's why I said "MIGHT," knowing full well that the baseline, designed max was 80MB!
...which is every bit as USELESS as 32 or anything in between!! You missed my point,
and I was posting a reaction rather than any real question....

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August 27, 2014 at 02:31:22
If you had a '65 mustang would you want to upgrade it to a modern vehicle? Of course not. You'd buy a newer car and keep the mustang as a classic.

(I apologize for comparing a '65 mustang to an old compaq. Those old compaqs were pure junk but it was all I could come up with at this late hour.)

Don't forget to preorder your Hatch green chili for this fall. Many vendors ship world-wide.

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