I have an oldish Dell P3 PC with Intel SE440BX-3 mobo and P09 bios running Win98se. Current HDD is 15Gb ATA33 but I would like to fit a larger capacity HDD and switch to XP. How can I find out the maximum address capacity for this system? Will a new ATA133 HDD run off the ATA33 driver or will I need a PCI-ATA133 card?
Personally I would be wary, XP is not anything like as hardware hungry as Vista but still requires a decent processor and a reasonable amount of memory. A Pentium 3 is a good processor for 98 but depending on which speed it is it might struggle a bit on XP particularly if you have little RAM. A friend tried it on his which was 800mhz I think and had 256mb RAM and he couldn't accept the downgrade in speed, it worked it was just slow. I did suggest more memory but unfortunatly being an old PC the memory was very expensive. He went back to Win 98. I would do a bit more research before you end up wasting your time.
Thanks T-b my P3 is also 800Mhz and 384Mb RAM. Increasing memory would not be a problem when the alternatives like a new PC or mobo are considered. The only way I can find out whether it's worth while doing the upgrade is to try it, but it's pointless buying an HDD if I can't address it all. Hence my original question.
I would answer you if I knew the answer but I don't I'm afraid. I would double check on memory though, my mates PC perhaps took a strange type of memory but it was over £80 for 256mb and that is not cheap when you can get a motherboard bundle with processor and memory for about £80.