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Posted on Sunday, February 4, 2001 - 6:23 pm:   

This is suppose to be my motherboard info. I have a e machines 466id. What motherboard is it? What is my max upgrade to?

Florida-TG/TGA Micro ATX (ATX V1.2 form factor) motherboard, TriGem, Korea Intel Socket-370 (370pin PPGA Socket) for Intel Celeron CPUs Intel 440LX core and ITE8673 Super I/O controller ATI Rage Pro Turbo built-in AGP graphics accelerator with 4MB SGRAM Crystal CS4280/CS4281 built-in Sound Blaster Pro, MPC-3, MPU-401 compatible Audio Enhanced Stereo full duplex operation
Posted on Monday, February 5, 2001 - 5:56 am:   

What CPU do you have in it now? How much memory?
Posted on Monday, February 5, 2001 - 1:53 pm:   

I have added 128MB to a total of 192MB of ram and it has a celeron in it.
Posted on Monday, February 5, 2001 - 1:55 pm:   

Oooopppps, I forgot to say that it has a 8 gig hard drive in it. My local Sams has a western ditigal 40 gig hard drive that I may buy if it will work.
Posted on Monday, February 5, 2001 - 8:47 pm:   

I found something while poking around in the e-machines site that seems to indicate that your machine will accept at least a Celeron 533.

It appears to be a socket 370 board, with an Intel LX chipset. Which means that you are pretty much limited to Celerons because of the 66 MHz FSB. I think 66MHz Celerons run up to 733 MHz or so before they went to 100 MHz FSB.

E-machines is not real interested in giving out information, are they?
Posted on Monday, February 5, 2001 - 8:56 pm:   

You are right Dave. It is very hard to find info from e machines. Thanks for your input. I'm hoping that I can go up to PIII. If I have to I will switch motherboards.
Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2001 - 12:20 am:   

Even if the motherboard won't directly support a 40G hard drive, the Western Digital comes with a floppy that will stick some code into its boot record that will very likely let you use the disk and access its full capacity if you format it FAT32 or some other file format that can recognize more than 8.4 G. The floppy also has software that'll let you copy the partitions from your 8 G drive to the 40.
This is not absolutely guaranteed to work, but where computers are concerned, what is?
WD drives used to come with a fairly good owner's manual that provided useful and decently written information on drive sizes, formatting, and such. I don't know if they still do, I haven't bought a WD in a year or two.
I have a 6.4 G and an 8.4 G WD and I've been happy with both of them, except for something that was my fault and not Western Digital's.
Because of this I went shopping for another drive recently and the only WD drive available locally had a 1 year warranty instead of the 3 year warranty previously offered.
Suggest that you compare warranty periods as well as price.
If you get the 40G WD for a decent price and it doesn't work on your machine, you can probably sell it on eBay for more than you paid.

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