Help with updating motherboard

  moobear 22:42 15 Mar 2006

Hey guys! I currently have a HP a410n, with specs to follow below. I have a 256mb radeon 9250 pci graphics card, 1 gig sdram. I'm currently looking to upgrade my motherboard to accept agp/pci-e graphics cards, as the more advanced ones only seem to be made for those slots. the question I have, is would it be possible to get a motherboard with agp/pci-e slots that will utilize my existing processor and memory, or should I replace it all?

Intel Celeron 2.8 GHz
400 MHz front side bus
Socket mPGA478
Motherboard manufacturer
Micro-Star International (MSI)
Motherboard specifications
Component Attributes
Memory installed 512 MB (1 x 512)
Maximum allowed 1 GB (2 x 512 MB)
Speed supported PC2700 MB/sec (messages at PC2100)
Type 184 pin, DDR SDRAM
DIMM slots Two

Level 1: 128 KB
Level 2: 512 KB
Hard drive
120 GB Ultra DMA
7200 rpm
DVD drive
16X maximum speed
CD-RW drive
48x24x48 maximum speed: 48 write, 24 re-write, 48 read
Diskette drive
1.44 MB (3.5-inch)
ItU V.92 K56flex
Video graphics
Integrated graphics with up to 64 MB shared memory for video
Integrated AC97 audio
Six channel audio configurable
Network (LAN)
Integrated 10/100Base-T networking interface
MPEG2 for full-motion digital video
7-in-1 card
7-in-1 digital media card reader supports the following cards:
Compact Flash I/II
Memory Stick
Memory Stick Pro
Secure Digital (SD)
IBM Micro Drive
External I/O ports
I/O ports on the front panel Port type Quantity
USB (2.0) One
IEEE 1394 One
7-in-1 media card reader One card with four slots
Headphone One
Line-in One
Microphone One

I/O ports on the back panel Port type Quantity
USB (2.0) Four
IEEE 1394 One
Audio One each (line-in, line-out, microphone)
Serial One
Parallel One
VGA (monitor) One
PS/2 (keyboard, mouse) Two

Expansion slots (total)
Slot type Quantity
PCI Three (two available)
DIMM Two (one available)

Drive bays (total)
Bay type Quantity
5.25-inch, external Two (both occupied)
3.5-inch, external Two (both occupied)
3.5-inch, internal Two (one available)

  DieSse 23:00 15 Mar 2006

click here here's one with integrated grapics - but also has an AGP slot. It will be able to utilise whatever Celeron typer yours is - and has all the other facilities yours has.

Are you absolutely sure your current board does not have an AGP slot - many boards with integrated graphics have an AGP slot as well.

  moobear 23:25 15 Mar 2006

cool, thanks for the response. I'm pretty sure it doesnt have one. here's a link to a pic of my board -- click here

  Stuartli 23:33 15 Mar 2006

There is no AGP slot based on this diagram of moobear's motherboard:

click here

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