here's the specs from there:
o/s: Windows XP sp2
processor: Intel Pent. 4 @ 1.3 Ghz
motherboard: OEM L373N1 1.0
bus clock: 1.0 mhz
BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. Vers. 07.00T 4/02/01
Memory: 512 Mb ram
I currently have it up and running on only 4.3 Gb of usuable disk space and I'm not concerned about losing any info from the current drive. My question is this-- is it more economical to replace the main board to adapt to SATA hd or just go with the depleting supply of ATA's? I'm looking to put at least 250-500Gb hd in the system but the whole project has become rather confusing.
Even after running belarc's pc audit I'm having a hard time determining the TRUE chipset of the board and therefore unable to determine compatible hd's. I am aware of the possibility that I'll have to do some serious editing in the BIOS to accompany the larger disk space, but I'll get to that later!!
I've been doing small hardware swaps and minor repairs for a few months now so I'm comfortable with disassembly/reassembly I just haven't quite got all the compatibility issues figured out. With a little guidance and lots of patience I think this'll work out well. I realize that the system really isn't worth the work and $$ that is going to go into it but I just like the "monitor only" style of it.
Again, here's the question...should I replace the mainboard and switch to SATA, or just throw a bigger, better ATA/IDE drive in and call it a day? Also, I'd appreciate any suggestions as to make/model of replacement parts, as well as any input as to why one is preferred over another. You guys/girls truly rock here and hopefully as my schooling continues I'll be able to contribute a bit more to the forum. If I've left out any necessary info feel free to email me-- Here!
Thanx 2 all....