11-18-2011 01:06 PM
I have a Thinkpad G40 (2384-33u) that's running slow when I go onto sites that have lots of pop ups. Video gets choppy at 360 p. I have Windows XP sp3 and have recently upgraded the BIOS through Lenovo support. I have 34.4 GB left on 40 GB HD.
The plan in the immediate term is to increase RAM from stock 248 MGB to 512 MGB. Long term I am considering upgrading from stock 2.4 Mhz Pentium 4 CPU to 3.0 Mhz. Is the long term plan necesary or will increasing RAM be sufficient?
11-18-2011 08:47 PM
Welcome to the forum!
While RAM upgrade is a worthwhile one, you need at least 1GB to run XP comfortably. That machine will take up to 2GB and feel much younger.
Honestly, a CPU upgrade might not make that much of a difference. The biggest bottleneck on G40 is the Intel integrated graphics chipset, and there's nothing you can do about that.
11-19-2011 08:50 PM
Unless you have a spare G41 board with dedicted graphics, there's not much of anything that can be done regarding the graphics.
11-20-2011 09:14 AM - edited 11-20-2011 09:16 AM
You'd have to swap the entire motherboard, but yes, they are compatible.
If I were still playing around with G4x series, I'd just find a barebone G41 and swap the good parts from your G40 in...
That being said, it's still an old (albeit lovable) platform and you might be better off just going for a new laptop if you need more powerful graphics...high-end T4x and even T6x machines are being sold for a song-and-dance nowadays, and they'll blow away any G41 in the graphics department...