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Upgrading Etower 500is


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I just came into possession of a FREE Emachine, the Etower 500is, 64MB(or 128, not sure) RAm, 4.5?GB Hard drive. It's missing a few things, namely the sound card and seemingly a WORKING internal modem...ha. It had Win98se in the box but the wanker who had it before me installed ME (even my computer illiterate butt knows that's not wise). He said the machine had some problems. Apparently what he didn't realize is that he had A LOT of pointless programs (3 or 4 internet providers, etc). I cleaned it up ok and it's running fine..for my tastes anyway.

So what I'm planning on doing is upgrading the RAM, I think it can hold 256MB, getting a sound card and hopefully try to return to Win98se or upgrade (if possible?) to WIN 2000. I would try XP but I don't think the machine is strong enough. So, since I've NEVER upgraded a machine before I'm looking for some tips. I've opened it up and have a general idea of where things go. I am however having a problem getting the current modem to work and I'm not sure if it's the modem or my ineptness. Anytime I try to "access" the modem it say "no modem available" though it's clearly in the slot. Is it me? or the 5 year old modem? Is this a worthwhile upgrade? So in the end I'll have a 4.5GB hard drive, 246RAM, 500 mhrtz? (I think) processor. I'll probably play some old school games like Starcraft and Diablo..:tazz: Any thoughts?

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try taking the modem out starting the machine up shutting it down and putting it back in. if it doesnt detect it it may be bad
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Another question...

I've been looking up info on the 500is and it says (i think) that the audio is "built in"? If so then why can't I hear anything? Will buying a sound card prove pointless?

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disable the sound card in device manager and reinstall it
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Looks like XP will install on it. Should I?
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depends. does it far exceed the requirements? or just barely. if y ou want to play games i would go with the least inrusive OS. xp is a damned good system but so is 2000
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thanks
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