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Hey guys, I've been asked to find a way to keep my friends old thunderbird system alive for a while longer. She's only got 256mb RAM in it so naturally ist slows down with a few windows open. Its a Athlon 1100mhz (11x100). The memory in it is running at 100mhz, 200 DDR. Is that the max speed for that CPU? It's really time for a complete upgrade, but she's a college student, and therefore on a budget.

Also, were the mem controllers integrated in the old thunderbirds?
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The cheapest way to get a little bit more out of her system would be a memory upgrade. Past that, maybe downgrading her OS -- If she's using XP stepping down to 2k would help slightly. Beyond that, like you said, a complete upgrade would be needed...
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Yeah I already figured a mem upgrade was the best bet. My question was is DDR 200 the fastest that CPU can handle?
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I have that exact same CPU with 512MB RAM. That Computer works just as wast as the PC in my sig. Only difference is it is on linux . If she is willing put linux on there. It will be so much faster. If she doesnt want to do that upgrade the RAM to atleast 512MB. I believe PC2100 is the MAX speed, atleast on mine it is.
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post #5 of 8
It is at least DDR266 / PC2100.
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post #6 of 8
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So is the memory in it currently just really old, its only at DDR 200.
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post #7 of 8
Hard to tell, it may be the motherboard that limits the memory to only DDR200, I know that the motherboard I have for my TBird 1.1Ghz has a max of DDR266 (PC2100). But I bought a PC3200 Stick and put it in there when I upgraded and all works well (PC3200 so I could reuse it on a newer computer if need be). Find out what motherboard it is, look for a # of some sort on the motherboard and then google it. I did this and found a motherboard site with mine on it, saw it accepted max DDR266, looked in BIOS and saw DDR266.

Other than ordering another stick of RAM I'd say upgrading it is a waste of resources.
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post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by rippon
Other than ordering another stick of RAM I'd say upgrading it is a waste of resources.
Indeed.
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