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Posted on Thursday, October 7, 1999 - 1:56 pm:   

Hey, I don't know jack about upgrading computers. Is there anyone that can tell me if it is possible to upgrade a Compaq with a 233mhz K6? I want to get one of those nice 3D graphics accelaration cards and all the good gaming stuff but I hear that I can only upgrade with Compaq parts. Is this true? Thanks in advance...
Posted on Tuesday, October 12, 1999 - 10:15 pm:   

Check out,2360,support_computer~46838~htm,00.html Radioshack has quite the Compaq list.
Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 1999 - 1:20 pm:   

Depends on the age of the Compaq you're currently running as well. What are you upgrading it from? If it's a 486 m/b then you might be better off buying a new m/b and case as part of the upgrade. Some older Compaqs certainly used proprietary Ram and Hard Drive settings. They also tended to come with an intergrated video which means that your monitor might struggle with the demands of a newer graphics accelerator. The newer Compaq monitors..within the last 3 or 4 years should be able to handle them though. Before you give yourself a lot of grief and frustration though I would seriously check out the costs involved between the upgrade option in an older case with oder componetary and buying new. Good luck
Dave (Dave)
Posted on Friday, October 15, 1999 - 2:28 am:   

Given the lack of hard info on your system, it's tough to address the issues that you present specifically. However, in general, Compaq, AST, Hewlett Packard, and that ilk, have very narrow upgrade options available going back many years (it's no accident. They sold the computers knowing that they would have a captive audience for upgrades). If you are lucky, there is an option in bios to disable the built in video etc.; there may also be undocumented switches, but you will probably have to look to a Compaq users group for info on that. In short, don't bet on it.

good luck,

Posted on Friday, October 22, 1999 - 5:52 am:   

here is something to check. Obviosly from the previos messages a compaq isn't a good choice if you want upgradability. But, since it's a 233 k6 It's recent enough that it might have one pci slot available. You would have to take off the cover and check. If this is the case then you could get a pci version of the voodoo3. It's the best as far as pci goes that I know about. Now as far as disabling the onboard video which you are currantly using there is usually a jumper to disable this. If not then there might be a bios setting, or with some with the presence of a video card it would automatically disable the onboard video. If you search the web you might be able to find out some info on you system.
Hope this helps
Posted on Monday, October 25, 1999 - 4:29 am:   

After reading your Post Depova I had to go back and read the original message.......maybe I did misread it as I thought Cedric wanted to upgrade TO a K6233 rather than From it. Ah well, back to the Cryptic crosswords to try and get that lateral thinking going again!!!

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