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Needing an upgrade, and some help...

By bigheavy
Sep 10, 2007
  1. Hello, everyone. I'm getting ready to go to school, and some of the upgrades I need won't work with the current configuration I've got. I'm looking to upgrade my video card to one with S-Video outputs, and everything I've found requires an Intel Pentium 4 processor. My discount computer (thanks, Wal-Mart), is equipped with a Celeron. I've spent the last 3 hours looking all over the internet trying to find out exactly how to upgrade and if so, what I need to do. If there's an easier (or cheaper) way to upgrade my computer, I would be most appreciative of any advice given. Thank you.
     
  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    If its a cheap computer then upgradability will probably probably be very limited.

    We need some information about your pc in order to help.
    We need to know what it is and what graphics slot it has (if it even has one).
    We need to know where abouts you are in the world you are for parts prices.
    We need to know what you intend on making the pc fast enough to do.
     
  3. bigheavy

    bigheavy TS Rookie Topic Starter

    It has a Celeron D 356. 512 DDR Memory. 160 GB Hard Drive. The video card is an ATI RADEON XPRESS 200 Series. I'm in the United States, and the major places I've looked that I can actually see what I'm getting are the major retailers, Best Buy, Circuit City, Fry's Electronics. I've looked on a few websites, like amazon.com and tigerdirect.com. They're fairly decent prices, but I'm not comfortable enough with my computer knowledge to buy something without knowing if it's what I need or not. All that I'm trying to do is connect my computer with a DVD Recorder and home theater system. I have a bunch of videos and pictures that I would like to view on my tv, and I've burned them to discs before, but the home theater "system" I have is a little too low tech to be able to read them all.
     
  4. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    You still havent said what your pc is, we need make and model number.

    Mobo make and model number would be handy too.

    If you dont know how to find that info, google and get Everest home edition.
     
  5. bigheavy

    bigheavy TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Oh. Sorry. I apoligize for my computer ignorance, but I'd much rather look stupid amongst people who know what they're doing and can tell me what I'm doing wrong, than looking REALLY STUPID to the guy at Best Buy when I buy a new computer because I fried mine thinking I knew what I was doing. I ran the program you mentioned, and I wasn't sure what information you needed, so I just copied most of it.

    Computer:
    Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition
    OS Service Pack Service Pack 2
    DirectX 4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)
    User Name Owner

    Motherboard:
    CPU Type Intel Celeron D, 3333 MHz (25 x 133)
    Motherboard Name Unknown
    Motherboard Chipset ATI Radeon Xpress 200
    System Memory 368 MB (PC3200 DDR SDRAM)
    BIOS Type Intel (04/20/06)
    Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
    Communication Port Printer Port (LPT1)

    Display:
    Video Adapter ATI RADEON XPRESS 200 Series (128 MB)
    Video Adapter ATI RADEON XPRESS 200 Series (128 MB)
    3D Accelerator ATI Radeon Xpress 200 (RC410)
    Monitor Plug and Play Monitor [NoDB] (MRJ6650023765)

    Multimedia:
    Audio Adapter ATI SB450 - High Definition Audio Controller

    Storage:
    IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
    IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
    IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
    Disk Drive Generic USB SD Reader USB Device
    Disk Drive Generic USB CF Reader USB Device
    Disk Drive Generic USB SM Reader USB Device
    Disk Drive Generic USB MS Reader USB Device
    Disk Drive ST3160212A (149 GB, IDE)
    Optical Drive TSSTcorp CD/DVDW TS-H552D (DVD+R9:2.4x, DVD+RW:16x/4x, DVD-RW:12x/4x, DVD-ROM:16x, CD:40x/32x/48x DVD+RW/DVD-RW)
    SMART Hard Disks Status OK

    Partitions:
    C: (NTFS) 148514 MB (119233 MB free)
    D: (FAT32) 4094 MB (1418 MB free)
    Total Size 149.0 GB (117.8 GB free)

    BIOS Properties:
    Vendor Intel Corp.
    Version GC11010M.15A.0009.2006.0420.1045
    Release Date 04/20/2006
    Size 512 KB
    Boot Devices Floppy Disk, Hard Disk, CD-ROM, ATAPI ZIP
    Capabilities Flash BIOS, Shadow BIOS, Selectable Boot, EDD, BBS
    Supported Standards DMI, ACPI
    Expansion Capabilities PCI, USB

    System Properties:
    Manufacturer GATEWAY
    Product W3503
    Version 100
    Serial Number GRC6610006306
    Universal Unique ID A374A57A-D2E111DA-9341000C-6E080250
    Wake-Up Type Power Switch

    Motherboard Properties:
    Manufacturer Intel Corporation
    Product D101GGC
    Version AAD54032-300
    Serial Number BTGC616027CP

    Processor Properties:
    Manufacturer Intel(R) Corporation
    Version Intel(R) Celeron(R) D CPU 3.33GHz
    External Clock 133 MHz
    Maximum Clock 4000 MHz
    Current Clock 3333 MHz
    Type Central Processor
    Voltage 3.0 V
    Status Enabled

    Cache Properties:
    Type Internal
    Status Enabled
    Operational Mode Write-Back
    Maximum Size 16 KB
    Installed Size 16 KB
    Supported SRAM Type Asynchronous
    Current SRAM Type Asynchronous
    Error Correction Single-bit ECC
    Socket Designation Unknown

    Cache Properties:
    Type Internal
    Status Enabled
    Operational Mode Write-Back
    Maximum Size 512 KB
    Installed Size 512 KB
    Supported SRAM Type Asynchronous
    Current SRAM Type Asynchronous
    Error Correction Single-bit ECC
    Socket Designation Unknown

    Memory Device Properties:
    Form Factor DIMM
    Type Detail Synchronous
    Size 512 MB
    Speed 400 MHz
    Total Width 64-bit
    Data Width 64-bit
    Device Locator DIMM2
    Bank Locator BANK1
    Manufacturer 0xC100000000000000
    Serial Number 0x0112CB27
    Asset Tag Unknown
    Part Number 0x363444363433323048553543202020202020

    Memory Device Properties:
    Form Factor DIMM
    Device Locator DIMM3
    Bank Locator BANK1
    Asset Tag Unknown

    System Slot Properties:
    Slot Designation PCIE X16 SLOT
    Type PCI-E x1
    Usage Empty
    Length Short

    System Slot Properties:
    Slot Designation PCIE X1 SLOT 1
    Type PCI-E x1
    Usage Empty
    Length Short

    System Slot Properties:
    Slot Designation PCI SLOT 1
    Type PCI
    Usage Empty
    Data Bus Width 32-bit
    Length Long

    System Slot Properties:
    Slot Designation PCI SLOT 2
    Type PCI
    Usage In Use
    Data Bus Width 32-bit
    Length Long

    Port Connector Properties:
    Internal Reference Designator PRIMARY
    Internal Connector Type On-Board IDE
    External Connector Type None

    Port Connector Properties:
    Internal Reference Designator SECONDARY
    Internal Connector Type On-Board IDE
    External Connector Type None

    Port Connector Properties:
    Internal Reference Designator ATX_PWR
    External Connector Type None

    On-Board Device Properties:
    Description ATI Azalia Audio Device
    Motherboard Properties:
    Motherboard ID GC11010M.15A.0009.2006.0420.1045
    Motherboard Name Unknown

    Chipset Properties:
    Motherboard Chipset ATI Radeon Xpress 200
    CAS Latency (CL) 3T

    SPD Memory Modules:
    DIMM1: Infineon 64D64320HU5C 512 MB PC3200 DDR SDRAM (3.0-3-3-8 @ 200 MHz) (2.5-3-3-7 @ 166 MHz) (2.0-2-2-6 @ 133 MHz)

    Graphics Processor Properties:
    Video Adapter ATI Radeon Xpress 200 (RC410) Chipset
    GPU Code Name RC410 (PCI 1002 / 5A61, Rev 00)
    GPU Clock 301 MHz (original: 300 MHz)

    CPU Properties:
    CPU Type Intel Celeron D, 3333 MHz (25 x 133)
    CPU Alias Cedar Mill
    Instruction Set x86, x86-64, MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3
    Original Clock 3333 MHz
    Min / Max CPU Multiplier 12x / 25x
    Engineering Sample No
    L1 Trace Cache 12K Instructions
    L1 Data Cache 16 KB
    L2 Cache 512 KB (On-Die, ECC, ATC, Full-Speed)

    CPUID Properties:
    CPUID Manufacturer GenuineIntel
    CPUID CPU Name Intel(R) Celeron(R) D CPU 3.33GHz
    CPUID Revision 00000F64h
    IA Brand ID 00h (Unknown)
    Platform ID 0Fh (Socket 478)
    IA CPU Serial Number Unknown
    Microcode Update Revision 4
    HTT / CMP Units 0 / 1

    Instruction Set:
    64-bit x86 Extension (AMD64, EM64T) Supported
    Alternate Instruction Set Not Supported
    AMD 3DNow! Not Supported
    AMD 3DNow! Professional Not Supported
    AMD Enhanced 3DNow! Not Supported
    AMD Extended MMX Not Supported
    Cyrix Extended MMX Not Supported
    IA-64 Not Supported
    IA MMX Supported
    IA SSE Supported
    IA SSE 2 Supported
    IA SSE 3 Supported
    CLFLUSH Instruction Supported
    CMPXCHG8B Instruction Supported
    CMPXCHG16B Instruction Supported
    Conditional Move Instruction Supported
    MONITOR / MWAIT Instruction Supported
    RDTSCP Instruction Not Supported
    SYSCALL / SYSRET Instruction Not Supported
    SYSENTER / SYSEXIT Instruction Supported
    VIA FEMMS Instruction Not Supported

    Motherboard Properties:
    Motherboard ID GC11010M.15A.0009.2006.0420.1045
    Motherboard Name Unknown

    Front Side Bus Properties:
    Bus Type Intel NetBurst
    Bus Width 64-bit
    Real Clock 133 MHz (QDR)
    Effective Clock 533 MHz
    Bandwidth 4266 MB/s

    Memory Bus Properties:
    Bus Type DDR SDRAM
    Bus Width 64-bit

    Physical Memory:
    Total 366 MB
    Used 316 MB
    Free 50 MB
    Utilization 86 %

    Swap Space:
    Total 884 MB
    Used 413 MB
    Free 470 MB
    Utilization 47 %

    Virtual Memory:
    Total 1251 MB
    Used 730 MB
    Free 520 MB
    Utilization 58 %

    Physical Address Extension (PAE):
    Supported by Operating System Yes
    Supported by CPU Yes
    Active Yes

    [ DIMM1: Infineon 64D64320HU5C ]

    Memory Module Properties:
    Module Name Infineon 64D64320HU5C
    Serial Number 0112CB27h
    Manufacture Date Week 16 / 2006
    Module Size 512 MB (2 ranks, 4 banks)
    Module Type Unbuffered
    Memory Type DDR SDRAM
    Memory Speed PC3200 (200 MHz)
    Module Width 64 bit
    Module Voltage SSTL 2.5
    Error Detection Method None
    Refresh Rate Reduced (7.8 us), Self-Refresh

    Memory Timings:
    @ 200 MHz 3.0-3-3-8 (CL-RCD-RP-RAS)
    @ 166 MHz 2.5-3-3-7 (CL-RCD-RP-RAS)
    @ 133 MHz 2.0-2-2-6 (CL-RCD-RP-RAS)

    Memory Module Features:
    Early RAS# Precharge Supported
    Auto-Precharge Not Supported
    Precharge All Not Supported
    Write1/Read Burst Not Supported
    Buffered Address/Control Inputs Not Supported
    Registered Address/Control Inputs Not Supported
    On-Card PLL (Clock) Not Supported
    Buffered DQMB Inputs Not Supported
    Registered DQMB Inputs Not Supported
    Differential Clock Input Supported
    Redundant Row Address Not Supported

    [ North Bridge: ATI RS400 ]

    North Bridge Properties:
    North Bridge ATI RS400
    Revision 01
    Process Technology 0.13 um

    Memory Controller:
    Type Dual Channel (128-bit)
    Active Mode Single Channel (64-bit)

    Memory Timings:
    CAS Latency (CL) 3T

    Memory Slots:
    DRAM Slot #1 512 MB (PC3200 DDR SDRAM)

    [ South Bridge: ATI SB450 ]

    South Bridge Properties:
    South Bridge ATI SB450
    Revision 80

    High Definition Audio:
    Audio Controller Type ATI SB450
    Codec Name Unknown
    Codec ID FFFFFFFFh
    Codec Revision FFFFFFFFh

    BIOS Properties:
    BIOS Type Intel
    System BIOS Date 04/20/06
    Video BIOS Date 05/10/04
     
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