Compaq Presario SR1010Z

Taken in 2015.

I used to use this one in 2005 when it was new! It was my system as a kid. It became the first system I fixed too, in December 2008. It simply needed a power supply and the OS reinstalled. Originally it had a Sempron 3100+ (SDA3100AIP3AX) which, as a clueless 12 year old, I bent the pins to heck since the processor came out stuck to the heatsink that I was trying to clean, and I didn’t understand what was going on or why. I replaced it with a cheap used part from eBay, a newer stepping of that same CPU (SDA3100AIO3BX). Years later I got a cheap A64 2800+ from eBay as an upgrade. Nothing much else to say about this fairly-typical system of the era, but it’s for sure a milestone in my computing history.


  • CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3000+
  • Mobo: Asus K8S-LA
  • RAM: 1GB DDR PC3200 (most likely 512MB originally)
  • HDD: Samsung SP2504C 7200RPM SATA (OG: Samsung SP1614C)
  • Manufactured: July 8th, 2005
  • Owned since: Late July or early August 2005

June 30th, 2023 – HDD Failure

After all this time, I pulled out the system again to do some hard drive cloning. Aside having to reseat the RAM as well as the IDE cables, now the original hard drive is finally biting the dust!

BIOS screen showing "Hard disk failure is imminent. Please back up your hard disk and have it replaced!"

Curiously, when I had originally gotten the system back up and running in 2009, I had found the hard drive sitting in a box with that same hard drive failure message written on it. Throughout my usage of the system from then to up about 2012, and then again around 2015 to 2016, I never saw that message. But now, finally it’s going out! So, I’ve transferred everything over to a newer Samsung 250GB SATA hard drive.

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