Quote: Originally Posted by mccoady
My son bought a Satellite Pro A210-EZ2203X (XP Pro Service Pack 3) back in 2008 and has mainly been in storage... he doesn't remember if it came with a Windows or driver's disk but if it did he can't find them. Here's my questions:
1. I have an extra Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade license that I would like to install but would I run into any problems not having the original XP Pro disk since I would be doing a Windows 7 Clean Install?
2. Should I have any trouble not having a driver's disk since I can get them from here Model Content Page
3. I'm not that familiar with AMD CPU's and this has a AMD Turion™ 64 X2 Dual-Core Mobile Technology TL-60; 2.0 GHz, 512KBx2 L2 Cache; 2GB RAM but it appears to me it might be rather slow.
Considering the CPU would there be a noticeable improvement in adding another 2GB of RAM or would I be wasting $50-$60 for a 2x2GB kit?
1. No problem. You'd launch the upgrade from within XP. The only issue would be if you ever needed to install the upgrade copy of Windows 7 on a blank drive. (There are work-arounds for that.)
2. Looks OK, although I wonder why there seems to be no graphics driver for an nVidia device for X64.
3. I have a similar vintage notebook with a QL-60 CPU. The rated performance is similar. It's entirely usable.
I doubt that you'd see a major performance improvement in taking the RAM to maximum (4GB). However, I did that with my old Cmpaq CQ50-105NR, and it runs Windows 7 X64 Home Premium well enough. (I needed to run some 64 bit software.)
I also have a 120 GB SSD (a hand-me-down) as its boot drive. That was the most significant upgrade possible for it. Whether it'd be worth $100 to you to get that, I can't say.