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I just bought a 3000 C200... 512k RAM, celeron m, with Vista business preinstalled, I bought it 'used' (6 months old) on eBay.
My trusty old Thinkpad T30 had a stroke so I had to get hold of something quick, to use while the T30 was being repaired.
The 3000 c200 would never have been my first choice for a new laptop... BUT... I was pleasantly surprised.
Running Vista business made the c200 as slow as a frozen slug, so first off I ran Vista at it's basic settings (for performance not appearance), still slow but (kinda) bearable. There is a performance test built into Vista that you can benchmark your computer with, I ran that before my changes and got a 2.1, after the changes I got a 2.2... Yay.
I added 2Gigs of Ram (a single module, not 2x1, I had been told 2x1Gig would be faster), I left the existing RAM in there, so now I have 2.5Gigs of RAM which is running with no probems at all, and I did it myself wthout labour costs (it took only 45 secs).
One more thing, I did a defrag with the built in 'disk keeper' utility, it does a very nice (and quick) job, yes a fragmented drive really does slow down your system.
Now I have a 3000 C200 that is running Vista business (in full Aero mode, very graphic and RAM sucking) that performs like a far more expensive laptop with a core 2 duo chip.
Adding more Ram and and a defrag has changed this computer into something I would recommend, I ran the perforance test again (in Aero mode) and I got a score back of 3.0, but that score of 3.0 was a judge of the 'gaming' graphics capability, it had increased the graphics capability of the machine.
Yes, adding RAM will increase your graphics capability, I don't know how it does it (I am not a technician), but it does. I had hoped to be able to upgrade the motherboard from the celeron m to somethng better, but it can't be done, but I don't care now I don't need to.
RAM is cheap now, I paid AUD$50.00 for that 2Gig module, just do it, you will be pleasantly surprised, oh yeah, don't forget to 'defrag' regularly... hey, it's like cleaning your teeth, don't forget to floss
Sorry about the huge post, but I couldn't contain my enthusiasm for my (now) preferred computer.
I hope this helps
07-03-2008 07:27 AM
I'll second that!
I 'inherited' two 1G sticks of pc5300 when I upgraded my bosses macbook pro.
I had originally intended to dump Vista for XP - the local shop just didn't have anything in my price range with XP on it.
Now that I've bumped to 2 gig, I'm thinking of keeping Vista.
And with my 3000 N200, I should be able to go to 4g just fine.
(Yes Virginia, 4g is supported even under 32bit XP - and yes the system has access to it - it's just the apps that can't use the final gig - and you wouldn't want them to.)
Next upgrade after that will be the cpu.
It's certainly more expensive to upgrade as opposed to buying what I wanted in the first place, but I didn't have an extra grand laying around and this was cheap to get into.
I plan on doing a cpu upgrade as well, but that will have to wait a couple of months.