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Windows 7: installing Windows using the key that's on the PC case?

09 Mar 2017   #31
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
No.
Thanks AddRAM, I was thinking that the computer and Service Pack 2 were released about the same time so that's why it's listed as compatible.


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09 Mar 2017   #32
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

That's good I knew someone would know

Now the drives sound like a good idea and maybe you could even dual boot the XP and a Linux based OS. I don't know if it would work but Zorin or Ubuntu would be my choices for a Linux based OS.

Now the caps just where on the board are they sited? as it is at least a sign of some activity the machine booting to the BIOS.
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10 Mar 2017   #33
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICIT2LOL View Post
That's good I knew someone would know

Now the drives sound like a good idea and maybe you could even dual boot the XP and a Linux based OS. I don't know if it would work but Zorin or Ubuntu would be my choices for a Linux based OS.

Now the caps just where on the board are they sited? as it is at least a sign of some activity the machine booting to the BIOS.
I was thinking dual boot also.I'll wait until I have final specs on each machine and see what would be a good OS.

The caps that are bad are just to the left of the black heatsink in the picture, the four slightly larger ones.
(picture downloaded from internet, not my board)


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10 Mar 2017   #34
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Ok so if they the ones I have marked in the pic should be fairly easy with the right tools. Just make sure you stay grounded while you are doing it


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11 Mar 2017   #35
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Yep, those are the ones. The caps should be here next week. That gives me time to clean/rebuild the 755. I was at Microcenter last week and bought misc stuff including an anti-static wrist strap. I need to go there today and see if I can pick up a 500GB HDD and some DDR2 memory for this thing.

The memory spec sheet says Windows XP (32bit) can only use a max of 4GB. I'll be installing Windows XP Home. The motherboard has 4 DIMM slots. Should I get four 1GB sticks or two 2GB sticks? The memory I have might work but I'm not sure why these machines were no longer used. I also want to use 800MHz memory.

I have: one stick of Kingston 1GB PC2-5300 (667MHz) and two sticks of Samsung 1GB PC2-5300 (667MHz).
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11 Mar 2017   #36
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Stopped in to my local Microcenter. Picked up two WD 250GB HDD's, Crucial 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2-800 memory, a solder sucker, polyamide tape, and a USB external floppy drive. Now I have HDD's for both systems, not sure how much memory I want to put in the 320. I'll probably use the 2GB that I pulled from the 755.
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11 Mar 2017   #37
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Ok well I would be inclined to just use the two sticks just make sure they are installed in the correct slots - most boards usually use slots 1 & 3 as the ones to use first - you need to check if there are any specific slots for that board because occasionally boards specify slots 2 & 4. To find the right slots - they are counted going away from the CPU socket so slot 1 is closest to the CPU.

That speed memory (800 Mhz)I am not sure will be supported by the board - can you remind me which board you are going to try. If it was the PU052 then according to this Optiplex 755, maximum CPU and Ram? - General Hardware - Desktop - Dell Community it can support up to 8GB and some really nice CPU's

Plus picking Crucial was a good move I am a real fan of it and G Skill memory. Now I am beginning to envy you because it reminds me of when I used to do stuff like this and when it all goes right it is a real buzz
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11 Mar 2017   #38
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

The Dell PU052 board from the Optiplex 755 supports a maximum of 8GB. I'll be installing Windows XP Home which supports a max of 4GB, my reasoning for getting 4GB (I can always add 4 more if I need to). The slots that I'll use are 1 and 2. The slots are numbered 1, 3, 2, 4 (1 being closest to the CPU). The original memory was also in slots 1 and 2.

DDR2-800 is supported, I have the spec sheet in front of me. I double checked it before going shopping.
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11 Mar 2017   #39
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HAVOC View Post
The Dell PU052 board from the Optiplex 755 supports a maximum of 8GB. I'll be installing Windows XP Home which supports a max of 4GB, my reasoning for getting 4GB (I can always add 4 more if I need to). The slots that I'll use are 1 and 2. The slots are numbered 1, 3, 2, 4 (1 being closest to the CPU). The original memory was also in slots 1 and 2.

DDR2-800 is supported, I have the spec sheet in front of me. I double checked it before going shopping.
Hmm that is an odd slot numbering - but if the manual says that is what they are then they are the ones to use. It matters because of the channels they use as you probably know.

Now I would as I said before after trying out the XP have a go with 7 as the specs you have are very close to my tester and it is jsut perfect for testing stuff out on. Having said that it does have that Q9650 CPU and an SSD though.
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12 Mar 2017   #40
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICIT2LOL View Post
Now I would as I said before after trying out the XP have a go with 7 as the specs you have are very close to my tester and it is jsut perfect for testing stuff out on. Having said that it does have that Q9650 CPU and an SSD though.
That's something I could try. I have a SSD I could use (just need a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter).

The "fastest" processor that I see as compatible in the spec sheet is a Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 (2.66GHz, 8MB L2 Cache, 1066MHz FSB).
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