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Upgrading a chip on a laptop

By webtique ·
How difficult is it to update a chip on an old laptop? I have a Toshiba Techra 500CDT with something like 133mhz chip. Can I upgrade? Is this something I could do myself? Are the chips available for laptop upgrades?

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JT

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You should check with Toshiba's web site for details. But without doing that, I would guess that the motherboard in this laptop would not support more than a 200mhz processor. If that's the case, it would be difficult to find that chip, and if you do, it's probably not going to buy you much of a performance increase. Save your money and pick up a used 500mhz laptop somewhere. It probably won't cost much more than the chip.

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by yootzee In reply to Upgrading a chip on a lap ...

You would have to check with Toshiba and find out what the CPU socket design is. Older systems used a PGA (pin grid array) design, which is what what the original Pentium desktops use. But, most newer Intel based laptops used a Tape Carrier Packaging in which the the CPU is about half the size, is literally covered with a photgraphic film, and is then coated with a protective resin and soldered to the mother board (it is alot more detailed that that, but you get the picture). All of this is done to reduce the heat that is produced with traditional CPU designs, which is good, but you can't replace the CPU, which is the down side.

Hope that helps.

yootzee

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