- Model: Gateway 556GE
- Intel Pentium 4 Processor 630 (supporting hyper-threading technology)
- Processor speed 3 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 2 MB L2 Cache
- 200 GB SATA HD (7200 RPM with 8 MB Cache
- 512 MB DDR/Dual Channel Memory
- 16x Double Layer Multi-Format DVD+/-RW Drive
- 3 FireWire, 7 USB Ports
- Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 (PCI-Express slot available
- Intel PRO 10/100 LAN
- Digital Memory Card Reader 8 in 1
- Original OS was XP, upgraded to Vista
The RAM has been upgraded but I can't remember what it was upgraded to. Probably the max or close to it?
I don't have access to another PC to see if the other parts are working but, is there a way to take each component out and test it the way I did the power supply in order to narrow it down? If not, I was planning to upgrade anyway, so what components are most likely to have been damaged?
Is it possible that (and forgive me for not know if there are any or not) there is some kind of a fuse that just needs to be replaced or something? I really doubt that's the case, but I had to ask just in case. I didn't see anything burnt, melted, black or any smells inside the case.
If I need to replace anything, I know that there are certain parts that are compatible but I don't know what specs of what needs to be compatible with what... if that makes sense. In other words, what aspects of components have to match and what do I look for to be compatible with the case and other parts?
Before the long arm of god reached out to smite thy computer, I was having issues with it freezing on occasion when I had multiple programs running and while running games. That's the main reason I wanted to upgrade. I honestly don't know what some of those specs mean but I'm learning. Do those specs say what kind of mother board I have? I would like to replace the CPU with an Intel Core 2 Quad. Is there a specific model I would have to use to go with what I already have or is it only necessary to make sure the CPU and motherboard are compatible?
I may also want to get a sound card too because whatever is in it now sucks, so what would work with this PC? It sounds good with movies and playing music, but when I record or if I do a live video chat, no one can hear me.
If there are any questions or if I need to look at anything on/in it, it is opened and ready for me to dive in. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Edited by KarmaQ, 25 July 2010 - 04:15 AM.