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Can you help me upgrade my MacBook Pro (late-2008) hard drive?

Need advice on how to update an older MacBook Pro with a new hard drive. I have a late-2008 MacBook Pro: 2.53 GHz, 320GB hard drive, 8GM RAM (4GB in two slots). My drive is getting full and I don't have the cash at the moment for a brand new laptop. Should I replace the optical drive with a SSD? Or just upgrade the regular hard drive with a new one with 750GB or 1TB? [more inside]
posted by barnone on Nov 23, 2012 - 16 answers

I need a new laptop yesterday

My laptop died a few days ago. I'm probably starting a new job next week for which I will need a laptop. The deceased was a one-year-old (JUSt out of warranty) Dell Inspiron 1464 whose motherboard got fried from unknown causes (possibly because it was sitting and idling in a hot part of the house with no way to dissipate the heat). It cost me about $500-something and we were a good team. Question: Should I just get another one of those or try for an upgrade within that same price range? [more inside]
posted by bleep on Jun 6, 2011 - 14 answers

Upgrade my PC to fit a high profile graphics card.

How do I upgrade my computer to fit high profile video cards? [more inside]
posted by reticulatedspline on May 19, 2011 - 17 answers

Pull the trigger on a new box?

I'm thinking of upgrading my computer. [more inside]
posted by Marky on May 17, 2011 - 9 answers

Or how I learned to suppress upgrade-itis and learn to love the bomb.

Cost Benefit of Upgrading Laptop? [more inside]
posted by stratastar on Nov 19, 2010 - 16 answers

Which should I get: a faster CPU, or more memory?

I'm ready to buy a new desktop PC with Windows 7, and I can't decide whether to spend more money on a faster CPU or more memory, if either. Which would be better in the long run: i7-860 (or even i7-920) with 6 GB RAM, or i5 with 8 GB of RAM? Considering the CPU alone, is an i7 instead of an i5 worth the extra money? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on May 7, 2010 - 12 answers

Make computer run faster

Please help me make this computer run faster. It's running Windows XP, and I'll tell you everything else I know inside. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Apr 7, 2010 - 18 answers

6 GB of mixed-speed RAM better or worse than 4 GB of matched pair faster RAM?

I just picked up 4 GB of DDR2 800 RAM to upgrade my computer. It already has 2 GB of DDR2 533. Should I get rid of the old RAM and just use the new, or should I install all of it? [more inside]
posted by suburbanrobot on Dec 26, 2009 - 7 answers

Help me find the most computer for my money

It's time to buy a new computer. I'm hoping that with the shopping season coming up I'll be able to snag a good deal somewhere. I would prefer to just order the complete package from somewhere, but with enough help I would be willing to purchase individual components and assemble. I need something that will let me game a little and without graphical snags, and something that will continue to perform well for several years. [more inside]
posted by miratime on Nov 17, 2009 - 3 answers

Upgrading a neglected Mac computer.

Upgrading Mac OS X 10.2 to at least 10.3 on a dual boot machine. [more inside]
posted by wiretap on Jun 17, 2009 - 13 answers

Can I rebuild it? Better than it was before? Better, stronger, faster?

iMacFilter: Upgrade or find something new? That is the question. But, as is often the case, there's a bit more... [more inside]
posted by jammy on Apr 8, 2009 - 9 answers

Help me pimp my laptop?

Dell has started to suck. I've owned several, both notebook and desktop, over the past 10 or so years. Now, after buying two power cords for my lemony Inspiron 1720 in less than 2 years, I'm going local. So what are some suggestions for beefing my machine up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 26, 2009 - 11 answers

Can I upgrade my ram to 2GB?

Can I upgrade my ram to 2GB? [more inside]
posted by twelve on Oct 2, 2008 - 4 answers

Incompatible RAM chips: the mystery of the memory

To my dear friends of the hive mind: Yours truly is trying to upgrade RAM memory and running into problems with incompatible chips, slots, or both. [more inside]
posted by mjklin on Aug 17, 2008 - 11 answers

Dual core processor question

If I have a dual core processor at 2.40GHz that is running software that isn't designed to utilize both cores (such as some older games), would this be equivalent to running it on a single core processor at that speed (all other things being equal)? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Jun 11, 2008 - 11 answers

XPSP3AMD6440003GBetc.

Games PC CPUFilter: Is it worth upgrading from an Athlon64 3500+ Venice to a 4000+ San Diego? (plus a bonus question on 3GB RAM in XP and dual channel memory). [more inside]
posted by boosh on May 30, 2008 - 12 answers

Help me Geek Squad these laptops!

2 used laptops: what to do with them? One will be new to me (from my wonderful girlfriend), one will be new to my grandma (from me) [more inside]
posted by whiskey point on Apr 8, 2008 - 14 answers

Upgrading a video card vs. upgrading a CPU for gaming?

I just got a relatively new PC secondhand. What should I upgrade first in order to most successfully play games? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway on Feb 9, 2008 - 18 answers

possible upgrades for an old computer

Potential upgrades to my aging desktop system- some advice from geeks would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by baphomet on Jan 21, 2008 - 14 answers

dual-display & more RAM vs. new iMac?

Which would be more beneficial for a Photoshop user: dual-display + more RAM, or a new iMac with a faster processor? [more inside]
posted by blastrid on Nov 2, 2007 - 18 answers

How to get my Thinkpad into workable condition?

I've got an old IBM Thinkpad G40 circa something like 1998 that runs Pentium II and I want to get it running as fast as possible while spending as little money as possible. [more inside]
posted by alona on Sep 10, 2007 - 8 answers

'Network' management improvements for a small business needed.

Suggestions to improve 'Network' management for a small business? See for more details. [more inside]
posted by wylde21 on Aug 10, 2007 - 8 answers

How to find the case wire pinout arangement for an old MoBo?

What's the spec for the pinouts to the case switches/LEDs on an ATX motherboard? [more inside]
posted by Four Flavors on Dec 17, 2006 - 7 answers

Help me trick out my PC far beyond any reasonable need.

What's the next upgrade I should perform on my PC? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Nov 14, 2006 - 13 answers

Upgrade from W2K to XP

I want to upgrade my laptop from Windows 2000 to XP. How can I preserve my Outlook settings between the upgrade? I ask because I connect to an Exchange Server with settings on Outlook which have been tweaked heavily over time. Also, will the XP install give me an option to preserve my previous system? In case everything goes pear-shaped, I'd like to be able to roll back to my previous state. If it goes right, can I delete all the data needed to roll-back after to optimise disk space? Thanks in advance.
posted by samstarling on Aug 31, 2006 - 7 answers

Please help a friend choose the right laptop

Please help recommend a solid, mid-range laptop for a friend with excellent tech support options and good longevity. [more inside]
posted by hamster on Aug 15, 2006 - 26 answers

Upgrade, re-load, or toss?

What is the best OS for my old (650MHz Dell with 128MB RAM, 25GB hard drive) PC that I plan to give to my friend's parents? I plan on completely wiping the hard drive, and starting from scratch, but... [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan on Jun 2, 2006 - 28 answers

Am I making a motherboard mistake?

I'm going to swap the motherboard and CPU on my computer, please help me not screw it up! [more inside]
posted by pinespree on May 29, 2006 - 17 answers

Upgrading My Athlon System

I received a decent tax refund and I'm thinking about doing a computer upgrade. The last time I rebuilt my system was in 2003. I don't need to be able to play the hottest new FPS (although I do game occasionally), but I want to be able to comfortably run Windows Vista when it's released. Here are my current specs: [more inside]
posted by wintermute2_0 on Feb 11, 2006 - 16 answers

Looking for a new AMD motherboard with good Linux support.

Please recommend a motherboard for an AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core processor that is completely supported by Linux. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Jan 3, 2006 - 5 answers

What needs to be upgraded in this computer?

I am building a computer, and I would like to know what I need to upgrade in order to have a passable gaming machine. Specs inside. [more inside]
posted by Who_Am_I on Nov 19, 2005 - 15 answers

Processor Install?

Why can't I get my new processor to work? [more inside]
posted by ewkpates on Nov 3, 2005 - 8 answers

Trying to Find the Easiest Way Out

MotherboardFilter: Looking for anecdotal experience on an inexpensive replacement for my motherboard that has a PCIx for a new video card. [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis on Oct 24, 2005 - 7 answers

New computer, old files

At long last, I am buying a new PC for my home use. I was hoping for suggestions for the best way to migrate files from Ol' Clunky to the new machine. [more inside]
posted by John Smallberries on Aug 15, 2005 - 7 answers

Video Card Upgrade

I need to replace my video card. What should I get? [more inside]
posted by meditative_zebra on Jul 3, 2005 - 11 answers

Mac Processor Upgrade

This old Mac: My 450 Mhz G4 has held up for about 5 years now. I was on the market for a new iMac G5, but as we Mac people will be wanting to upgrade to intel machines in a couple years, this seems like an unwise purchase (the Osborne effect and all). So I'm thinking a processor upgrade might be a good stopgap. Anyone have any experience with this?
posted by aladfar on Jun 7, 2005 - 14 answers

Gaming graphics card upgrade question

So, I received Half-Life 2 / Counter-Strike:Source as a gift, and I think it's time to upgrade my system. I'm fairly good with homebuilding computers, but the new graphics card offerings have me a bit confused. [+] [more inside]
posted by aberrant on Jan 10, 2005 - 20 answers

Adding more RAM to a Sony Vaio.

I've been thinking of upgrading the memory in my Sony Vaio PCG-GR370 laptop for some time now, but recently it came to my attention that there may be issues with some vaios that do not recognize memory above 256Mb (which is what I currently have in it). I attempted a google for issues with it, but, well... Just try search for "sony vaio memory 512" on google and you'll see how useful it is.

Which brings me to my question: Does anyone know anything about said issues with vaios? If so, do they apply to me?
posted by ChrisR on Dec 17, 2004 - 4 answers

Do hardware upgrades mean HD reformatting is in my future?

I'm considering upgrading the processor (and possibly the motherboard) on an older PC. Am I going to have to reformat the HD? Obviously, I'll back up all the data just in case, but I was under the impression that the OS would just find the new hardware upon booting up for the first time. The 14 year-old at the local CompUSA claims otherwise--that I'll have to rebuild the OS once I put the new processor in place. So which is it?
posted by jpoulos on Dec 30, 2003 - 8 answers

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