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Author Topic: Best option for updating an old laptop  (Read 2384 times)

broadstairs

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Re: Best option for updating an old laptop
« Reply #15 on: December 24, 2020, 10:14:28 AM »

What is the make and model of the laptop?

Thinking about it I would of thought that something with an i5 would have had a sata interface. Perhaps being a laptop the manufacturer just skimped on it.

It's an ACER Aspire 5742 manufactured in 2011.

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Re: Best option for updating an old laptop
« Reply #16 on: December 24, 2020, 10:31:10 AM »

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It's an ACER Aspire 5742 manufactured in 2011.

Stuart

I have an ACER Aspire 5738Z it has a newish SATA TOSHIBA HDWL110 1TB hard drive.
I run PCLinuxOS updated regularly.

You know you can press 'Esc' when booting to see if there are anything slowing boot down eg like a network card driver etc.

What OS do you use ?
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Re: Best option for updating an old laptop
« Reply #17 on: December 24, 2020, 11:32:14 AM »

Currently it runs openSUSE Leap 15.3 alpha, and no there is nothing in the BIOS that is impacting stuff. The issue is that boot times are longer than I'd like and I know if it had SATA I would gain a lot by having an SSD more than just latency which I think will improve despite the PATA/IDE I/F. Using it as a test bed for this distro means a lot of booting and re-booting. Being an I5 it runs acceptably well once booted and programs loaded. Initially I had forgotten it was PATA/IDE.

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Re: Best option for updating an old laptop
« Reply #18 on: December 24, 2020, 11:41:14 AM »

It's an ACER Aspire 5742 manufactured in 2011.

Stuart

Ifixit clearly show it with a SATA HDD, the optical drive also appears to be a SATA drive.
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Re: Best option for updating an old laptop
« Reply #19 on: December 24, 2020, 11:47:34 AM »

I based my original comments on what I was being told by Linux which was PATA/IDE and not SATA.

I am completely flummoxed now...... I just opens the back cover of this laptop and pulled the HDD out and it is SATA  :o  :o Now have to boot it up again and see if I can find out why Linux thinks it is PATA/IDE  :no:

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Re: Best option for updating an old laptop
« Reply #20 on: December 24, 2020, 12:02:00 PM »

I am pretty convinced I was misled by Linux and the program I used to list h/w. It could also be an issue with the alpha version of the distro. I know there is a problem with some of the repositories and that needs fixing before I do any more testing, however using the command line it does show the HDD and DVD/RW is indeed SATA. So now after Christmas I can do some updating. I guess it will be a toss up between and M2 SSD in an adapter of a normal HDD style package, I'm guessing I wont see much more performance from an M2 over the HDD style SSD.

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Re: Best option for updating an old laptop
« Reply #21 on: December 24, 2020, 12:08:00 PM »

SATA drives can operate in AHCI or IDE mode. This is set in the BIOS. AHCI is the preferred mode for an SSD.
Changing from IDE mode to AHCI mode with an already installed OS is probably not a good idea and may stop it from booting.
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Re: Best option for updating an old laptop
« Reply #22 on: December 24, 2020, 12:36:06 PM »

Yes I was aware of that, not sure there is an option in the BIOS for that on this laptop, if it is set wrong the it's not a problem to re-insatll since it is a test system anyway and being Linux it is very straightforward.

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Re: Best option for updating an old laptop
« Reply #23 on: December 24, 2020, 01:03:40 PM »

It does appear to have a Sata 3 interface as well, so should be a very nice upgrade.
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Re: Best option for updating an old laptop
« Reply #24 on: December 24, 2020, 01:05:36 PM »

I'd be amazed if there wasn't an option somewhere in the BIOS to switch to AHCI.
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Re: Best option for updating an old laptop
« Reply #25 on: December 24, 2020, 01:23:46 PM »

This laptop has a very basic BIOS but I must have missed it because the linux command line shows ahci as the driver being used.

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