Windows 7 Enterprise on Dell Dimension 3000

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  1. JBenal

    JBenal MDL Senior Member

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    #1 JBenal, Jul 31, 2014
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    After much pain and suffering I managed to upgrade a 2005 Dimension 3000 to a modern OS.

    Steps:
    1. Maxed out RAM to 2gb
    2. Upgraded XP to Vista
    3. Upgraded Vista to Windows 7

    This machine has no SLIC, no DVD drive and wouldn't install an OS from a USB stick (although it would try, but not complete). Why to do it? Too much time on my hands. I noticed it hiding in a corner collecting dust, so I had to act. :)

    It actually runs very nicely. Next project: I ordered a mSATA-IDE adapter and will upgrade the HD from an 80gig IDE to 128gig mSATA.

    Thanks to murphy78 for the AIO (via TPB). :worthy:

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  2. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

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    Enterprise can't be activated with SLIC, anyway. Use MTK or other KMS solution.
     
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  3. EFA11

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    #3 EFA11, Aug 1, 2014
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    I have a 3000, used Win7 without issue on it using 512mb ram (functional). I use it with two NICS and run it with ClearOS as a gateway, it works quite nicely :D


    I cheated and used an external USB dvd/cd drive fresh win7
     
  4. JBenal

    JBenal MDL Senior Member

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    I have a Sony external DVD drive that was not recognized by the system as a boot device. Funny, it works fine within the OS, but when I start the PC and go to the boot device menu, it didn't show up. The 3000 is running the "latest" BIOS - A03 - which was released in 2006.

    As for the RAM, the PC was completely IO bound with 512 megs under XP, so I thought I'd better upgrade to the max. No disk thrashing at all now with 2 gigs.

    Next up, a 2001 Dell Dimension 4400 - 1 gig of RAM max - but I believe it does have a DVD drive.
     
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  5. EFA11

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    Strange, might be something with the external that the bios doesn't see then. But we are pretty close there, I also have a 4600i and it does have dvd in that one, w/ 1gb ram. The far better choice for win7 etc.