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    Linux User ImNeat's Avatar
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    Advice needed - revamping an old 10" vaio into a competitive netbook


    I would like to revamp my old 10" Sony Vaio PCG-SRX99P laptop into a usable netbook. I rarely use it these days, so I'd like to turn it back into a nice road warrior.

    Current specs:
    -850MHz P3-M
    -256MB RAM
    -20GB HDD
    -Worthless battery
    (unfortunately I can't find specific specs anywhere)

    Desired specs:
    -512-1024MB RAM
    -8-16GB Solid State HD
    -New 4+ cell batter

    I'm not very knowledgeable about hardware so I'm not certain how possible upgrading an old laptop like this is. It would be wonderful if I can make it semi-competitive with current $400 netbooks for much less than $400. One thing I really like about it is its PCMCIA slot - something today's netbooks lack

    Any advice/suggestions/direction will be MUCH appreciated! Thanks!!
    10" Sony Vaio SRX99P 850MHz P3-M 256MB RAM 20GB HD : ArchLinux
    14" Dell Inspiron 1420N 2GHz Core2Duo 2GB RAM 160GB HD : Xubuntu

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    A quick Google returned this page:

    Which shows your max memory as 384MB (you'd have to replace your existing 128MB stick with a 256MB) and of type: PC133 SDRAM MicroDIMM

    If it's going to be attached to AC, I would simply get a fast 2.5" HDD. Solid states are still over-priced and over-hyped.

    ** To clarify - unless you are going to spend big bucks on the latest SSD, you will get much more "bang-for-the-buck" from a newer rotational HDD. The MTRON SSD used in this review is ~$1000 (for 32GB) with good performance, while the 16GB SSD Transcend at $300 (for 16GB) is a much lower performer. Those prices are a year old and they've come down - the Egg has a 64GB for $160. The performance notes still stand. Keep in mind you need an EIDE interface.

    A search for battery returns many hits.

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    Size of storage is low priority - quality and mobility are what's important to me. How do I know if an SSD will even work well in my laptop - or is an EIDE connection all that matters? I'll look in to rotational drives.

    Do you suggest I buy a brand new battery? Is it very difficult/dangerous to manually replace the cells?

    How do you think the P3-M processor compares to the new Atom ones?

    Thanks for the reply =)
    10" Sony Vaio SRX99P 850MHz P3-M 256MB RAM 20GB HD : ArchLinux
    14" Dell Inspiron 1420N 2GHz Core2Duo 2GB RAM 160GB HD : Xubuntu

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    or is an EIDE connection all that matters
    The drive needs to FIT in the laptop (2.5" has been standard for years), needs POWER and a DATA connection. A laptop that uses a 2.5" IDE drive has a standard connector for these - yes, IDE is all that matters.

    Is it very difficult/dangerous to manually replace the cells?
    Do you break open the "cells" of your car battery and replace them? Yes, you will need to buy a new battery.

    How do you think the P3-M processor compares to the new Atom ones?
    In this context, it doesn't matter - you cannot replace your CPU. It's most likely that the CPU is attached to the motherboard and cannot be replaced separately.

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    Ok, good deal.

    I ask about the battery because howtos on that topic are common. Of course I figure it is dangerous - but it's an area I've never researched.

    I imagine laptop motherboards can't simply be upgraded to a newer model - I ask about the processor not to consider a replacement, but rather to gauge whether this project is worthwhile. Weighing my options atm.

    Thanks for the prompt replies.
    10" Sony Vaio SRX99P 850MHz P3-M 256MB RAM 20GB HD : ArchLinux
    14" Dell Inspiron 1420N 2GHz Core2Duo 2GB RAM 160GB HD : Xubuntu

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    I have a 900 mhz, 256 mb ram, 20 gig hardrive, dualbooting Puppy Dingo and NimbleX 2008 running wireless with a Dlink WNA 1330 Wireless G cardbus. I pack it in my motorcycle saddlebags and it connects wirelessly to any free hotspots and surfs reasonably fast. Even watch flash videos. Thats my road warrior.

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