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Windows 7: Old Pentium 4 computer Dont Throw away


08 Oct 2009   #1

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 
Old Pentium 4 computer Dont Throw away

Hi all
I've just upgraded an old P IV laptop computer to Windows 7 x-86 and it REALLY FLIES. (Sony VAIO PGC 816)

(2GB RAM Full Pentium IV (not Celeron) 2.8 GHZ.

This gives some of the more modern laptops a real run for their money -- of course a full P IV is not a sensible choice these days for a laptop as the power consumption is Humungous -- you are lucky to get 90 mins of battery time with this one - especially with the HUGE screen and it weighs a ton.

However as an extra computer it's worth it (glad I never chucked it -- I added 1GB of RAM to it - it has 2 slots).

I just can't believe how FAST this old dynosaur is -- still has a beautiful screen so I'm using this one also as my TV / DVD viewing machine now.

I upgraded via XP home===> vista ultimate x-86 (non activated) ==> Windows 7 RTM x-86 (from technet).

All the drivers were found.

Very happy with this although I wouldn't take it on the road - much to big and heavy.

Cheers
jimbo

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08 Oct 2009   #2

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

All my friends are still using XP (and some on some really crappy computers). They wouldn't move to Vista because they heard it was so bad. I've been using Vista happily for a year now. The moment I opened up Windows 7 though, I knew it's their next upgrade. I'm hoping I can get them all to use Windows 7 (with MSE) on their mediocre systems, it's not only nicer, safer, and more powerful, it also performs better than XP.
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08 Oct 2009   #3
Lee

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11
 
 

I to am running win 7 on a P4 with 2Gb of ram, and it flies. Battery time is about 80 minutes per battery, not bad, but not great either.
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08 Oct 2009   #4

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

I have 3 P-IV desktops and they love win 7. Not the keenest on aero, but backup servers adn media servers dont need it
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08 Oct 2009   #5

Win7 RTM, XP Pro, Arch Linux, Puppy (Quad boot)
 
 

Same here. I installed the Home Premium RTM on a P4 2.4 with 512 megs of RAM, tweaked it a bit and now it boots from the BIOS splash to the desktop in about 45 seconds.
Now if I could only undervolt this processor, this thing would be perfect! It's idling at 42C (20C room temp) right now but shoots right up to 70C if I give it the beans.
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08 Oct 2009   #6

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gforce23 View Post
Same here. I installed the Home Premium RTM on a P4 2.4 with 512 megs of RAM, tweaked it a bit and now it boots from the BIOS splash to the desktop in about 45 seconds.
Now if I could only undervolt this processor, this thing would be perfect! It's idling at 42C (20C room temp) right now but shoots right up to 70C if I give it the beans.
I would pull the fan, clean the interface areas, re-apply quality paste and re-install the fan. Maybe even a new $20 fan.
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08 Oct 2009   #7

Win7 RTM, XP Pro, Arch Linux, Puppy (Quad boot)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Antman View Post
I would pull the fan, clean the interface areas, re-apply quality paste and re-install the fan. Maybe even a new $20 fan.
Should've mentioned that earlier. I have a meticulous habit of cleaning the internals of all my PCs and laptops every 3-4 months. The P4 processor has a month old smear of Tuniq TX2 and a high airflow PWM fan was installed about 3 months back.
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08 Oct 2009   #8

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Check my specs! My main rig is a P4. So is my other. This thing runs awesome, even for games. I credit that to Win 7, my knowledge of setting stuff up and the decent video card.
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08 Oct 2009   #9

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 

Hi there
also an interesting topic - note I was doing UPGRADES XP HOME==>VISTA Home Premium===>Windows 7 Ultimate.

"C" Drive amount of data used on Windows 7 -- 10GB, on Vista was 17 GB. Can't remember what XP used but Windows 7 certainly is leaner and meaner tha VISTA.

I'm very pleased I've got a really useful extra machine. I was on the point of taking it on a one way trip to the tip.

Cheers
jimbo
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09 Oct 2009   #10

Windows 7 RTM Ultimate - Activated (Technet)
 
 

I just finished setting up an old Celeron 3.2ghz with 1.5 gb of DDR1 400 ram, Gigabyte GA81848-G P775 MB with an AGP Nvidia 7300GT Video Card.
Storage is by 2 off 40gb IDE HDD's.
I installed Home Premium and was pleasantly surprised at the WEI ratings.
4 for both CPU and RAM, 4.5 for the video card and 5.4 for the drives.
Not too bad at all, it is reasonably quick, will do everything needed of it etc.
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