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Dell P4 upgrade

Dell Dimension 2400 desktop
June 18, 2010 at 19:08:30
Specs: Windows XP
Hello, I was given a Dell Dimension 2400 computer. I decided to use it for my children but it is incredibly slow. So after looking at the technical manual on the Dell website, I thought I would upgrade the processor from a 2.4 Ghz celeron (400 Mhz fsb) to a 3.06 Ghz P4 (533Mhz fsb). The manual and Dell technical support both said this processor would work. So, I order a processor off of ebay and I could not get into Windows XP. I could get into setup,.....just not windows. I was able to get into the Safe Mode once, but only once. The computer just kept rebooting. I could not figure it out. Dell Tech support said it was probably a bad processor, so I sent it back for a refund. My question is: does this make sense that the computer will get into setup but not windows if the processor is bad? I would like to try another P4 processor from another vendor because it just may be that I received a bad processor.

Computer: Dell Dimension 2400,
Bios: A05,
RAM: 2 GB PC 2700,
CPU: 2.4 Ghz Celeron,
Video: Onboard - 64 MB Video RAM,

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June 18, 2010 at 19:41:47
When you install a new processor XP will sometimes not work at all. Did you try to install XP? From what you said the CPU is good. Unless you are into a lot of multitasking it should not be slow if you have 2g of ram. If you using it for gaming, you are really out of luck as it has on board video that sucks and it has no AGP slot to install a decent video card. If it were me I would not waste money on a P4 CPU upgrade.

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June 18, 2010 at 20:22:30
"When you install a new processor XP will sometimes not work at all"

Not true, but I agree with everything else.

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June 19, 2010 at 06:14:14
I did try re-installing XP with no success. My children want to use this to get onto,.....but I feel the celeron is way too slow.

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June 19, 2010 at 06:31:05
Oh, by the way,...I have 3 open PCI slots. Would a PCI video card speed things up?

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June 19, 2010 at 12:45:43
I upgraded a CPU and XP would not start for me, I had upgraded 4 other CPU's with no problems. When you tried installing XP, you entered the bios and set the boot option to cdrom first? A PCI card would work, but do not confuse it with a new PCIe video card.

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June 19, 2010 at 17:19:10
The Celeron certainly isn't a great CPU, but it's fine for the intended use. 2GB RAM is plenty of RAM, so the only problem spot is the video. Just about anything is better than Intel Extreme graphics, even a cheap standard PCI card.

Here's your system specs:

Here's a couple of cards to consider:

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June 19, 2010 at 18:18:59
Capt: yes I did make the cd-Rom boot first. I actually tried all configurations that I could think of. Hard drive first, cd-rom first, floppy first,...nothing. I was wondering if indeed the processor off of ebay may have been faulty. The bios is right because version A03 and above is supposed to handle P4 533 Mhz fsb Intel processors. I noticed that there were some P4 400 Mhz fsb. That may help. But, I am thinking that "jam" is correct in changing out the video card. The onboard video may indeed be the bottleneck. I may try changing out the video card and see what kind of performance that I get. I am trying to get by as cheap as I can because the kids are 6 and 4. But they both can use a computer! I may have to go to Newegg and build a new one in a year or two. Anyway, Thanks for the help "jam" and "capt", it is much appreciated!

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