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A little help with my laptop

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Basically I got my wife a new awesome laptop and I am going to take hers and try to make it the best it can be.

First of all I know this isn't a speed demon, nor am I expecting that. I only intend to use this for games like guild wars, warcraft3, starcraft, diablo 2. I might also use it for starcraft 2 but that would be it.

So is it worth messing with at all?(I can't afford another laptop for a few years and do have a good desktop)

My thoughts:
Upgrade to a 80gb 7200rpm hd
Upgrade to 1gb of 333mhz ram(hp told me that it won't boot if I use 400mhz is that true?)
I found a copper heatsink that I am going to attach to the graphics card itself to help it out.
I intend to keep the hd very clean, run xp pro, and just the programs I need.

Any other suggestions?



Mobile AMD Athlon XP-M processor 2800+
512 KB L2 Cache
768 mixed speed ram.

Shared video memory (UMA) uses part of the total system memory for video performance. System memory dedicated to video performance is not available for other use by other programs.

Video Graphics ATI MOBILITY RADEON 4X AGP and 3D architecture
Video Memory 64 MB DDR (shared)

Hard Drive 40gb 5400rpm

Multimedia Drive 24X DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive
Display 15.0 inch XGA TFT (1024 x 768) Display
Fax/Modem Integrated v.90/v.92 56 KB modem (RJ-11 connector)

PC Card Slots One Type I/II/III32-bit card bus (also supports 16-bit)
External Ports

* Two Universal Serial Bus (USB) 1.1
* One Parallel SPP/ECP standard interface
* One Serial
* One PS/2 keyboard/mouse
* One headphone-out
* One microphone-in
* One VGA (15-pin)
* One TV-Out (S-video)
* One RJ-11 (modem)
* One RJ -45 (LAN)

Dimensions Length x width x height

329 x 272 x 41 mm

12.96 x 10.72 x 1.62 inches
Weight 2.71 kg (7.25 lbs)

* 90 W AC adapter (3 wire)
* 8-Cell Lithium-Ion battery
post #2 of 6
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any ideas at all?
post #3 of 6
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one last bump.....
post #4 of 6
That laptop can't handle War3 let alone SC2...
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It will cream Starcraft and Diablo 2 no problem. dunno about the others though, sorry.

The FSB thing is BS most likely, I have run RAM that is higher than the supposed speed in desktops all the time, no change in voltage.
    
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Diablo/2 and Starcraft sure, Warcraft3 maybe with everything low, Starcraft2 no way.
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