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WHy cant you upgrade a laptop?

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chittnp

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A friend of mine asked me a question and I couldn't think of a good answer for him, so I'll ask you all the same question.

why is it so difficult to upgrade laptops?

I realise you can upgrade the HD, RAM, and the optical drives, but why cant you do a processor upgrade? The only reason I could come up with is that because laptops have special, smaller processors, but this really doesnt answer the question. Any ideas?
 

toastedzergling

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Actually you can upgrade the processor, at least on some models, it's quite difficult to get a mobile processor though
 
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chittnp

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his laptop is a dell inspiron 8000 with a pentium 3 700 in it, he would also like to upgrade his video card,an ATI Rage mobility 16 MB, any Ideas?
 

toastedzergling

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Forget it, you can not upgrade video card on a laptop, if you have mad hacking skills, you might be able to add some video memory
 

wildfrogman

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Normally the only thing you can upgrade on a notebook is the harddrive, ram and get a super battery or such. External harddrives probably would be cheaper and easyer to install and can have a 160 gig external hd and uh big notebook drives cost an arm and a leg. This should help a bit hopefully.
 

Ugmore Baggage

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I think the only laptops with upgradeable video are the ones with the GF-Go or the Radeon. Your friend's has integrated video.

I don't think a laptop CPU is soldered, but I wouldn't know how to recognise it's heatsink. As I understand it, the whole CPU isn't much larger than the chip itself?

The funny thing about laptops is, I don't know what they need to go faster than 500Mhz for if they don't have video cards. 2D art? Loading word in 3 seconds instead of 4?
 

eh?

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its actually easy to upgrade the cpu. pricewatch.com has them. As for the video its built onto the motherboard so i don't think you can add memory even if you had mad skills or if you could the gpu wouldn't use it....