hardware upgrade, HDD, RAM etc

Zhengguo Xu tworiversfolk at gmail.com
Sat Mar 22 02:27:10 UTC 2008

thanks Charlie, i guess i didn't state it clearly. I knew ATA and SATA is
different. what i didn't know is WHETHER my driver IS ATA OR NOT. there's
"IDE/ATA" printed on it but in the Device Manager i saw sth like "serial
ATA", that would mean SATA. So i was confused. is there any command i can
type to determine it?

about the memory. my cpu FSB is 533MHz, same as the memory bus. what i want
to know is if i want to change memory card, can i use the new memory card
with HIGHER BUS LIKE 667MHz instead of 533MHz?

sorry for the ambiguity in my writing.

On 22/03/2008, Charlie Kravetz <cjk at teamcharliesangels.com> wrote:
> On Sat, 2008-03-22 at 02:42 +0100, Zhengguo Xu wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > i was  considering upgrade HDD and memory of my Dell Inspiron 9300
> > laptop and have a couple of questions.
> >
> > 1. from the purchase list i got when i bought the laptop, i have a
> > "100GB IDE hard drive" and when i took the driver out there's "Hitachi
> > IDE/ATA" printed on it. the HDD i wanted (at low price in store) is
> > simply said "HDD 250GB SATA" for laptop. now, from the limited
> > knowledge i have, ATA, or PATA, is different from SATA. does it mean i
> > cannot use this SATA drive in my laptop? however, when i looked in
> > Ubuntu's "Device Manager", it has sth like
> >
> "/org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/storage_serial_1ATA_Hitachi_HTS7210........"
> the phase "serial_1ATA" appeared quite lot. does it mean SATA? I'm a newbie
> so got a little confused. any help here?
> >
> > 2. i had Intel Pentium M 780 CPU with FSB 533MHz. my old memory card
> > is 1GB at 533MHz memory bus. the memory card in the store is DDR2
> > 2048/667, i guess that means 2048MB at 667MHz memory bus (same price
> > as the one with 533MHz). so, can i use this new card?
> >
> > if i need provide more infomation, what command should i type? i'm not
> > a fan of command-line so a hint here is necessary.
> >
> > many thanks.
> >
> I can help with part of this, but someone else will step in with more
> information, please.
> The hard drives are _not_ the same. PATA is a "Parallel Advanced
> Technology Attachment", also known as IDE and ATAPI interfaces. SATA is
> "Serial ATA", and uses an entirely differently connector. These two
> drives are not the same and can not be swapped for each other.
> The memory, is another story. You first mention the speed of the Front
> Side Bus (FSB) which is not the memory bus. A 533 FSB does not mean
> 533Mhz memory, as my own system is running a 1.5Ghz cpu with memory that
> is 512MB, DDR400 DIMMs that run at either 400Mhz or 333Mhz, depending on
> the actual cpu in the motherboard at the time.
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