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Solved: Switching a Celeron Chip for a Pentium Chip

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by outlawtartan, Dec 21, 2006.

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  1. outlawtartan

    outlawtartan Thread Starter

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    I've got a very good condition Inspiron 1100 that came with a Celeron Chip. I would like to see how possible it is to find a Pentium or Pentium-Like Chip and switch it out with the current slower Celeron.

    I know you might need some technical info about the laptop so what should I post that might help to see if it is something that might make it a better performing machine? I'm not really looking to get a new laptop since I have one from my company, but the personal one is just slow and lags. I've had worked with other friends when doing it to a desktop but not a laptop.

    Thanks for the help.
     
  2. mswedle

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    I think your course of action here dependson how much you depend on that laptop. I personally have also done a significant amount of work on desktop hardware, however as soon as I have a problem with my laptop, I am the first to send it in. Laptops are more difficult to upgrade or work inside of because of how compact they have to be. Unless you are willing to risk it I wouldn't consider.

    Also, laptop hardware generally is pretty integrated and machine specific. It would be necessary to know what model motherboard you have to determine if it has the capability of supporting a pentium. Also, it would be important to get a heatsink and fan that would be sufficient for a pentium but small enough for a laptop as pentiums run hotter then celerons.

    It is certainly possible to do this if your motherboard can take a pentium, but I would advise you to either live with the slowness or buy a new laptop.
     
  3. JohnWill

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    I think I'll have to go with the previous recommendation, I doubt it'll be worth it to attempt to upgrade this machine.
     
  4. outlawtartan

    outlawtartan Thread Starter

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    I'll just stick with the Celeron for a while and maybe pass it off to a family member if they need a good laptop. Thanks for the advice.
     
  5. kilowatt1

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    :) Chances are you can greatly improved performance by increasing the amount of RAM in the laptop. See HERE for info.


    Good luck.

    Kilowatt
     
  6. JohnWill

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    Any improvement in performance would depend on the amount of memory currently installed, as well as the application mix.
     
  7. outlawtartan

    outlawtartan Thread Starter

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    I've maxed out the memory, rather in a better form of words...I have added enough memory that the laptop can take without overdoing it.

    I'm going to give it to a family member as a nice secondary for them.

    Thanks for all the advice. And thanks for saving me about $150. :)
     
  8. outlawtartan

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    Thanks for everyone's help.
     
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