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Joanne H.

Joanne H.

Joined on 04/18/08

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Most Favorable Review

New life for very old computers with PCI

EVGA 256-P1-N400-LR GeForce 6200 256MB 64-Bit GDDR2 PCI Video Card
EVGA 256-P1-N400-LR GeForce 6200 256MB 64-Bit GDDR2 PCI Video Card

Pros: Much faster video response and compatable with later versions of Ubuntu. Linux stopped supporting the on-board Intel chipset with Ubuntu ver 11.10, and while it worked, we would get temporary aliases and extremely slow response on some types of video formats - and the need for an occaisional need for a reboot (very rare with Linux). This has disappeared since the card was installed. Installation required an F2 to set up the BIOS to PCI video and after changing the cables the board was a plug and play on Ubuntu 11.10 on reboot. Sweet. Now I can upgrade to Ubuntu 12.10 or MINT.

Cons: None to speak of. This is allowing me to not have to buy newer generation equipment to stay with my preferred OS.

Overall Review: A good, inexpensive way to keep older equipment in service and also works well with newer generation machines, according to a friend who needed to replace the video card on a much newer Dell when the on-board video failed. It was his suggestion that I use this item. Kudos Sam. It works better than expected!

Decent value for the money

PQI POWER Series 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR 266 (PC 2100) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model MD642GUOE-X2
PQI POWER Series 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR 266 (PC 2100) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model MD642GUOE-X2

Pros: Excellent value for the money, has definitely increased the efficiency of the machine and eliminated the need for paged memory. I was previously using 768MB RAM which is no longer adequate for Windows XP with current browsers and their required plug-ins and memory requirements.

Cons: Took 7 days to get from the DHL terminal in Union City, CA to Hayward. (About 6 miles)

Overall Review: Using the RAM in an older Gateway 500 series computer with a 2.56GHz Pentium 4 with Win XP. Memory bus operating at 400MHz and this does a splendid job. Programs run quickly and I no longer get the stutters when playing HD DVD's and hard drive paged memory is now a thing of the past. I can play music and online games without slow ups or stutters to the music. A good deal for speeding up older computers with a maximum RAM capability of 2GB. I could have gone with a higher speed memory, but is just would not be worth the additional expense. The current limitations are CPU resources, PATA hard drives and DSL bandwidth, but paged memory is no longer an issue. A good way to get a few more years out of an older machine.

12/28/2010