windows xp upgrade

How-to identify your motherboard ?
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balebateman
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Hi all

I have been thinking about upgrading to Windows Xp Upgrade for a while now, the only problem would be, I'm not really that great when it comes to computers.

I would say my machine is about 5-6 years old. I am currently using Windows 98, with IE 6, Intel Pentium II, operatiing at 400mhz and 384mb ram. are these eoungh for me to use Windows Xp? or will i just buy a new machine, since my current machine seem to be giving me a lot of trouble lately.


On a different disscusion board i was told to check if my machine was up to date with the latest drivers,.

http://www.pcpitstop.com/xpready/default.asp


everything looks spot on except for the BIOS Date bit, its Recommended that you have 01/01/2000, but mine is 03/25/98. I have identified from the user guide manual that I have Packard Bell MediaBlaster Motherboard:

BIOS

· Intel System BIOS with Phoenix core
· 2Mbits Flash Device with boot block.
· POST
· APM 1.2
· PCI auto-configuration utility.
· Windows 98 ready Plug and Play 1.0a
· System Bios Shadowing
· DMI 2.0
· PCI IDE support
· CD-Rom Boot support (El Torito v1.0)
· Supports boot password protection
· BIOS Recovery and Password Clear
· Multiple language support


Bios Ver 4S4EBOX1.11A.003.P02

Phoenix 4.0 Release 6.0


So how do I update the BIOS? Do I to go Intel are Phoenix core, or somewhere else... or how do i even know if this is even my motherboard.
some advice would be great.


Thanks

Bale
edwin
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Packard Bell 870, OEM version of Intel SE440BX, P12 is the latest bios ever released:
http://www.uktsupport.co.uk/pb/mb/870.htm

You can run XP on that but don't expect it to be a speed monster...
edwin/evasive

Do not assume anything

System error, strike any user to continue...
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