need a free manual for Gateway Mini-tower TBR2 450 PIII

May 23, 2013 at 16:21:43
Specs: Windows 98 or 98se, unk
need operator or technical manual... have Gateway Mini-tower (5 bay) TBR2 450 PIII that I would like to re build ...some connections are not made or missing ...I believe It to be with OS win98 or win98SE..want to also know if motherboard will support Win XP SP3..also details or specs on hardware within ..at present not in hookup mode ..so unable to go to internet to screen computer as to what is installed...beleive intel is installed ....any info is helpful and appreciated...thanks...JAY

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#1
May 23, 2013 at 18:43:17
Perhaps take a look here: http://support.gateway.com/s/MOTHER...

On the specifications page, it looks like this machine can only support up to 384 MB of RAM, which is barely enough to run Windows XP. Maybe consider Windows 2000.

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#2
May 23, 2013 at 20:23:24
I'm running an old P-III with 384 meg of ram with XP sp3 on it. Just don't have a bunch of crap running on it. Using no AV or firewalls will speed things up considerably if you're willing to take the risk.

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#3
May 24, 2013 at 04:35:25
I wouldn't advise having no AV or third-party firewall on XP or anything older. The hard drive will be riddled with malware and malicious data-stealing trojans within hours of connecting to the internet.

Later versions are more secure firewall-wise, but they still need AV software.


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#4
May 24, 2013 at 07:04:00
Re #3: I agree it wouldn't be good to not have an AV with Windows XP. To the OP, maybe consider installing Microsoft Security Essentials on it, since it is relatively lightweight and just uses the Windows Firewall for a Firewall.

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#5
May 24, 2013 at 07:17:23
On that page there is no XP drivers. XP will or should pick up all the drivers. Why run XP on it? It would be good to use it for legacy programs froM DOS/Win9x without connecting to the Internet. Does it still have the 98 C.O.A sticker?
Just found tghis. Not a manuel but you could upgrade the processor. Only $10.00
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lot-of-2-IN...

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#6
May 24, 2013 at 11:25:55
Truth be told, I haven't used AV or firewalls on any of my computers for over 10 years. Most of the stuff you get infected with now is malware that is easily corrected with a malwarebytes (or similar) scan. The old type tear-your-hard-drive-up virus don't seem to be much of a problem anymore. Also if you peruse the Security and Virus forum you can't help but notice the problems posted there are from people who are already running AV and firewalls so you gotta wonder how effective most of it is.

Of course it helps that I have a pretty good idea of what to do when there is a problem, as rare as that is. And it helps too that my web surfing (is it still called that?) is really boring and I don't end up on sites that cause problems.

I'm not saying don't use AV and firewalls but my experience is that it's w-a-a-a-y over-hyped.

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#7
May 24, 2013 at 16:51:13
Sorry about the upgrade suggestion. It's already 450 MZH. That board looks alot like one I used to have. It was an old Nutrend Computer ABSPC (Used to be apart of New Egg) The board was a Generic QS440BX made by BCM. I ran 98 SE on it for along time. Then moved on to a P4 XP Computer.

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#8
May 27, 2013 at 13:32:44
thanks to everyone who replied ...really glad for your help. will try some of the info you gave me .still would like a manual to hook it up proper ..thanks ..JAY

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#9
May 27, 2013 at 14:02:12
to daveincaps...since you have an old PIII perhaps you could send me a copy of your manual or Email me acopy of the Power hookups and parts within ...my email is:jaymonastere@hotmail.com ....anyon else that might have a diagram is welcome to send me info at this email also....christophergarrett.-. what upgrade processor would we be talking about...I do have an xp computer but I have some old Win95, Win98, and some old Dos records & tapes that I need to view on the old PIII computer to see if I can update them...also thanks to rmt2 = phil22

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#10
May 27, 2013 at 16:34:16
I think that's an OEM version of Intel's WS440BX motherboard. This is one of the manuals for that board:

http://www.csit-sun.pub.ro/~cpop/Do...

(Right click and 'save target as')

The diagram in that file show the motherboard with an ISA slot. I don't think yours has that but everything else should be the same. Some of those boards were designed for an ISA slot even down to the solder joints but they just didn't put it in.

You don't say what problems you're having in 'hooking it up'. Most of the connections are straight-forward and printed on the board.

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#11
May 27, 2013 at 16:54:43
The one I was using was an old HP vectra socket 370. It's nothing like yours. Try the link in my above post.

Oh also those intel boards would display a bios string I think in the upper left corner. If you can post that back we can better ID the board.. If your screen is showing the gateway logo instead of the posting screen I think you hit TAB to show the posting screen. If that's not it you can go into cmos/bios setup and on one of the boot options you change it to show the posting screen.

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