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Helgaiden

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Jul 14, 2003
So my MSI Wind u100 with 2gb RAM and an SSD died. I plan on re-using the SSD and the RAM if possible. Im on a tight budget here though. Was close to buying a refurb or scratch and dent surplus laptop from ebay (core2duo based if i were to be cheap, or something like a probook 4430s which his a 2nd gen i5 if i could manage the budget) but decided to keep looking. The Wind was previously set up as a workstation PC for my girlfriend. The auto-overclock feature of the Wind made using it to this day really nice. It would get to nearly 2ghz.

I explained this situation to a coworker of mine and he gave me his old HP dv6103nr. He says it has overheating issues, likely needing to have the thermal paste redone. He said if i could fix it, i could have it. I figure, sure why not!? However, if im gonna be that deep in there, maybe i can upgrade the processor too? I have found conflicting information online about the upgrade path for this thing. It currently has a Core Solo t1350. At first glance it looks like it can only go up to a Core Duo (not a Core 2 Duo) T2700 2.3ghz unit. Further research has people saying they managed to put a Core2Duo in there and the highest of which is supposedly compatible is a Core2Duo T7600. This is what i eventually found that led me there:
http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Hardware/CPU-upgrade/td-p/228896
I would just like some feedback. The t7600 seems to run around $40-ish on ebay. This seems liek it would be worth it to me. I dont feel like spending the same $40-ish for a t2700 would be worth it, however (though, i would probably feel safer about doing this upgrade). What do you all think?
 

bob4933

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Jan 3, 2014
Three things.

1) most laptops have cpu and gpu soldered on.
2) just because the chip may fit, doesn't mean the bios/firmware will support it
3) that's a LOT of effort for a single core laptop. 40$ is a disproportionate amount of money to throw at it.

Just some things to consider.
 
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Helgaiden

Helgaiden

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Ended up not throwing any money at it (was actually trying to locate a compatible cpu from spare parts some work friends had since they had alot of piled up laptops from that era). I had previously confirmed the CPU was not soldered on, it was socket m and i did alot of research verifying it could be upgraded (possibly needing a BIOS update). I got it apart and re-did the thermal paste last night and man...it would have been so easy to throw a new cpu in there and i wish i had one handy to put in. Alas, i did not and needed it up and running right away so i buttoned it back up and its up and running. Only recognizing 1gb of my 2gb ram stick though, but the SSD works great. It runs better than i expected. Makes me wish i could have had a core2duo in there, woulda been so happy lol.