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04-16-2011 05:10 AM - edited 04-16-2011 05:14 AM
My suggestions would depend on what you already have. I believe you max out at 1 gig total and if you have only 512 or god forbid 256 absolutely you would see a major increase in speed. There are two memory slots and you need original DDR laptop memory 266 or 333 mhz. 2 x 512 compatible modules are $30 on ebay including shipping.
This is a link to your service manual:
Page 2-5 shows how to replace memory.
You could also consider upgrading to a faster hard drive. You probably have a 4200 rpm drive and a 5400 or a 7200 would also make a world of difference. The 7200s are pricey and hard to find but you can get a compatible 40 or 60 gig 5400 rpm drive for maybe $35-50 tops. I would also do a clean wipe and reload of Windows XP and choose a light antivirus like Avast or Avira. The laptop is old but with 1 gig RAM, a fast hard drive and a clean load of Windows it would be perfectly useable for internet and office type tasks with an investment of under $100. The processor is something you should not touch. There is no upgrade that you could do which would make a major difference. You have a 1.87 ghz AMD Athlon XP mobile processor. The fastest that could be installed is a 2.0 or 2.1 ghz and it is not enought difference to be worth the upgrade hassle.