I'm thinking of changing from dial-up to broadband, but have just been told by Tiscali that my Celeron processor is incompatible with their broadband (Pentium is required). Does anyone know if this is a general problem with Celeron, or will it be compatible with other service providers? I only bought the PC at Christmas, so the processor is an up to date model. I'm concerned now that I'm going to have to upgrade to Pentium before I can get broadband. Any advice appreciated. Regards.
Do you know what speed Celeron you have? Unless it is VERY slow, in general, there is no reason why a Celeron should be incompatible with broadband. OK, so it may not be as fast nor have as much cache as some "better" processors, so you may struggle to benefit from all that broadband has to offer. But, for ordinary web surfing, you should be OK.
My Sony VAIO runs on a Celeron M 1.7Ghz and I use Demon 2Mb broadband without any problems. Whether the "M" processor makes a difference I do not know. However the wife uses a lowly e-machines 1.1Ghz celeron on her desktop and uses the same broadband as we have a wireless router. So it appears that a Celeron will work with Broadband(Demon anyway,cannot see why it should not work with others) Out of interest Demon home unlimited 2Mb @ £19.99/month. Has been very reliable since I signed up in August2005.
"What do I need in order to be able to use Broadband?
PC Processor PII 233 MHz or higher
32MB RAM Four-speed CD-ROM player Video card/display 800 x 600, 256 colours 150MB free on your computers hard drive Windows 98, 98SE, ME, 2000 Professional or XP. Macs are compatible with Broadband but are not supported by Tiscali. For more details click here. A USB port that can supply 500 ma (a rectangular port/plug approximately 12mm wide x 4mm high that allows you to plug in peripheral devices such as modems, printers, MP3 players, webcams etc.)"
Don't know much about Pentium or Celeron processors as I have always had AMD Athlon processors.
So, is a Celeron 1.7Ghz higher than a Pentium 233Mhz?
This has got to be a wind up. A Celeron processor, presumably in a new computer bought at Christmas? Of course it`s up to the job. I`ve got computers that are 10 years old using broadband albeit on 1Mb download speeds.