Sizes on motherboards
Hello. I have an old E tower. was wondering it can't be upgraded but was thinking of buying a different motherboard with a larger cpu. I have a 533 right now. hoping to go to a 900mhz or better.
I noticed the motherboards with Vga on the board are smaller. and without are all larger. is this true? The one I need has VGA on the board. and it's in a small case. I don't want to screw this up again. The power isn't real large but I guess I could replace it also.
You don't have to replace the board with another that has onboard video. You can get one with an AGP slot and install your own. The video port would then be another serial port. What you have is a micro-ATX board (mATX). You can get replacements.
Here are the issues you'll face:
1. Your power supply probably won't be able to supply enough juice. The unit in that POS doesn't have a lot of headroom.
2. Chipset types and the need to reinstall Windows. If you have an ALi, SiS or VIA chipset in that thing now and switch to Intel, Windows is gonna puke up it's guts, most likely. You will need to reinstall clean.
3. Space. Why would you want to limit yourself to that small space?
Here's a suggestion. Get one of these and put anything you want in it:
No rules, baby!
So I know what you have, open System Information (MSINFO32.EXE) and navigate to Hardware Resources > IRQs. Click anywhere in the right pane and then press CTRL-A and then CTRL-C. You have copied that data to the clipboard. Paste that data in a reply here.
Last edited by BipolarBill; 01-25-2003 at 10:56 AM.
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