I have searched the net for hours now, and posted a question on another forum so far. But, i created an account here to get confirmation from the source (intel itself). I have a old Dell Dimension 3100 / E310 desktop that i am going to upgrade and convert into a Ubuntu 64-bit OS machine. I looked into the BIOS and here is what i find:
- Dell Dimension 3100/E310 with BIOS version A03
- CPU : Processor 80547 Pentium 4 Prescott DT 2.8Ghz 800 Mhz bus, Hyperthreading capable, 64-bit Technology : YES - Intel EM64T (Processor ID 0F49)
- RAM : 1.25GB 533MHz DDR2. I have found reports on the net of people who are successfully running 4GB (even though dell website mentions only 2GB max on this machine). Also, according to 915G specs at http://ark.intel.com/products/27733/Intel-915G-Graphics-and-Memory-Controller this can take upto 8GB RAM. But, I am not sure if 915G refers to what is being reported by Windows XP (Control Panel) under Video ::: Intel 82915G/GV/910GL Express chipset, 128MB memory. Would like confirmation that the above link indeed corresponds to what is being reported by Windows XP as 82915G/GV/910GL. This way, i am sure that i can upgrade this machine with a 8GB DDR2, rather than the 4GB which others seem to have done.
- The above link also shows couple of things that I do not understand. It says Supported FSBs:: 533/800MHz, but also says Memory Types:: DDR 333/400, DDR2 400/533. Since I am planning to upgrade RAM, can i buy DDR2 at 800Mhz or am I restricted to the 533Mhz max given at above URL?
- Video memory: As noted above, i see a mention of 128MB for this chipset. But under BIOS, i see 8MB of system memory allocated for video. Does this mean the chipset has 128MB memory built into it ? BIOS is not smart enough to report this video information ?
- 64-bit OS : The above intel link also says (under memory specs), Physical Address Extensions:: 32-bit. I was wondering if this means that I CAN NOT run ubuntu OS 64 bit versions. Note that BIOS says CPU is 64-bit Technology::: YES (Intel EM64T). I am not sure what the 32-bit PAE means for memory.
- Hard Drive: Currently Hitachi 7200rpm SATA 80GB. Under Windows XP (control panel), I see that SATA Controller is Intel 82801FB Ultra ATA 2652(and Ultra ATA 266F). I want to get a SSD, but since I do not see AHCI listed anywhere in BIOS, so i wonder if this hardware will support SSD. Is the above Intel controller capable of SATA II or SATA III ??
- Anything else ? : Finally, if there is any drivers that I need to update for this hardware, please let me know what keywords I should use to find them at this website.
Thank you for the response.