I recently acquired 3 nearly new T42's (one of them still have that covering plastic on hdd/turn on lights). CMOS obviously dead but I was able to revive 2 out of three batteries and it is showing 77 and 43 cycles - and the condition of laptops can confirm that - as subject shows - nearly new! So... Two of them I'd like to use as gaming machines as me and my wife like to play Age of Empires, Age of Mythology etc.. (big battles with wine and whisky:-) Just them old classic games. All three of them show 05/09 date of make with red glue spots - and now here is my question - can I fit that long cooling fan from t42p/t43p even if it's ATI7500? Will it help? I was trying to dig in this forum but not too deep as 340 pages odd is above my time abilities... Otherwise, the third one I'd like to use as my experimental piece to fit Pentium M 755 2GHz, put 2 Gb ram and 60 Gb SSD and see if it can handle youtube at least at 420p... or any other suggestions appreciated Thanks for all replies
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Keeping the machine on at all times, running TPFC and undervolting the CPU is likely to yield real results.
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You could, but the only improvement that you would receive from that particular upgrade would be better cooling for the Mobility Radeon 7500. The lifespan and the performance of the graphics chip would not change though, as ajkula66 had stated earlier.
Playing 480p videos on YouTube is... too optimistic, especially with a Pentium M 755. The most you would get from running a Dothan at 2GHz, would be just some stutter and the occasional audio or video desynchronization. It is made worse if you are running Windows 7 on these machines.
My experience with playing 480p videos on YouTube, with a Pentium 4 HT 3.4GHz (Northwood), was not too splendid either. Hyperthreading on the Northwood had to be enabled to remove the stutter, and that would still leave the desynchronization going rampant. If I can recall, I was running Windows Server 2003 R2 at that point of time.
If you can deal with the slight desynchronization and stutter, I would recommend installing Windows XP or Windows 2000 for the most optimal performance.
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