If you plan to use some parts from your old computer, you have to get a
motherboard (mobo) able to use your old hardware. For the HD drive, you can
get a mobo with a PATA (IDE) interface. Nowadays the standard is SATA. Some
mobo have both interfaces.
About the memory things are more complicated. Now the standards for memory
are DDR and DDR2. I belive that 3 years ago that standards did not exist, so
you will be unable to use your actual memory.
I recommend you to take a look to this webpage, were you can check the
lastest technical information about computers and get useful tips for your
Personally, except for the HDD, I do not recommend to use your old hardware.
"delboy" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> My desktop won't turn on properly. Don't know what happened! I tried to
> it on one day and as it is an e-machine it starts up but only displays the
> big e on the black screen.
> It has an 80gb Hard drive with little or no space on it, an Intel Celeron
> processor and 512 RAM.
> It served it's purpose for about 3 years and I was never too fond of it
> anyway but as it had some personal stuff on it it would be nice to be able
> retrieve it somehow.
> I am toying with the idea of building one PC from this and another that I
> have (Windows ME) but am unsure how to go about it or if it is even
> Is it possible to take the hard drive and ram from one and manually insert
> them into the other? What is the procedure, if any?
> I am under the assumption that I have lost everything but I live in hope.
> I have only recently treated myself to a Toshiba A210 Laptop which is the
> bees knees.
> Any advice would be gratefully appreciated.