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I did some closet diving and unleashed this beast.  I'd like to dedicate this sloth to audio production.  i am planning on running Audacity with KDE.  i need input on hardware upgrading.  i am willing to take measures re:cooling.  I am comfortable with desoldering/soldering electronic components on a control board.  i will not shed 1 tear if i brick or burn this laptop.  Can somebody help me hack it like Anakin?  what memory/logic config, is possible (if possible)?  Thoughts?

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well, besides adding ram, an SSD and maybe repasting the cooler, there's not much to do 🙂

Most audio interfaces still work on USB2 so it should be good to go like that.

Even with just 4Gb of ram, adding an SSD will make a MASSIVE difference since disk swap will be super fast.

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12 hours ago, LeDoyen said:

well, besides adding ram, an SSD and maybe repasting the cooler, there's not much to do 🙂

Most audio interfaces still work on USB2 so it should be good to go like that.

Even with just 4Gb of ram, adding an SSD will make a MASSIVE difference since disk swap will be super fast.

I can dig it.  SSD priority1.  how do i figure out the maximum physical memory configuaration.  Can u recommend a brand of memory manufacturer?

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For RAM? Around here? Silly question. Corsair, of course. But in looking at Amazon, you won't find any Corsair DDR3 (but plenty of DDR3 SODIMMs).

Max memory for that CPU is 32 GB (see https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/75193/intel-celeron-processor-1005m-2m-cache-1-90-ghz.html) ... but it also needs to be something that your motherboard actually supports. We have no way to tell if that memory that you currently have is in a single, lone socket, is soldered on to the board or is in one socket out of two. With low end machines like this one, any of those are possible.

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Audacity is pretty bare bones when it comes to DAW duty, you probably won't be running tons of VST plugins with an old dual core anyway. I'd say you'd be fine with 8gb, maybe 16 if you get a good deal. Maybe look on your current pc at what the ram usage is when you have a bunch of tracks loaded.

As much as possible you want to let Windows stretch its legs so it doesn't cause any disk swapping if you do some tracking with this laptop. It would suck to redo a take because there's pauses in the recording 🙂

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Audacity is rather undemanding and would be fine on the OP's rig with 8GB of memory. Reason for 8GB is to reduce swap file activity which improves overall performance. More than 8GB improves multitasking but on an old Celeron that is not something to be concerned about.

 

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