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Windows 7: Looking to upgrade laptop CPU


25 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium/x64(64)-bit
 
 
Looking to upgrade laptop CPU

CPU Type:
AMD Quad-Core A8-3500M 1.5GHz

Memory Size:
6GB DDR3

Hard Disk Size (dual):
1TB

Graphics Card:
AMD Radeon HD 6620G

Windows 7 Home Premium

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25 Sep 2012   #2

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

You post and your system spec don't add up. Use this little free program.
Speccy - System Information - Free Download
Then put them in your System Specs.
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25 Sep 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium/x64(64)-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
You post and your system spec don't add up. Use this little free program.
Speccy - System Information - Free Download
Then put them in your System Specs.
Newegg.ca - TOSHIBA Satellite P775D-03C Notebook AMD A-Series A8-3500M(1.5GHz) 17.3" 6GB Memory DDR3 1333 1TB HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi AMD Radeon HD 6620G

All my computer specs are there
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25 Sep 2012   #4

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Okay.
Have a nice day.
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25 Sep 2012   #5

Windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Hi
Most Laptop Cpu's are surface soldered iv'e found.. can be a pain in the donkey to remove, then remount a new Cpu, so if thats the case its cheaper to get a new laptop or get a desktop!
Antz
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26 Sep 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

It's been a while since I've come across a soldered in chip, but the simple answer is no. Aside from finding out that it might not be supported, you run the risk of causing thermal/heat issues with the laptop. It was designed for that exact set of hardware.

If you decided to buy a laptop in the past, it meant you were agreeing to give up the upgradeability for portability. That's one of the very first questions a person answers when they decide on a laptop over a desktop.
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28 Sep 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium/x64(64)-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
It's been a while since I've come across a soldered in chip, but the simple answer is no. Aside from finding out that it might not be supported, you run the risk of causing thermal/heat issues with the laptop. It was designed for that exact set of hardware.

If you decided to buy a laptop in the past, it meant you were agreeing to give up the upgradeability for portability. That's one of the very first questions a person answers when they decide on a laptop over a desktop.
Wow, really sucks. Just purchased this laptop about 2 weeks ago and wanted to upgrade CPU.

Thanks, will just get a high performance laptop next time
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29 Sep 2012   #8

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
It's been a while since I've come across a soldered in chip, but the simple answer is no. Aside from finding out that it might not be supported, you run the risk of causing thermal/heat issues with the laptop. It was designed for that exact set of hardware.

If you decided to buy a laptop in the past, it meant you were agreeing to give up the upgradeability for portability. That's one of the very first questions a person answers when they decide on a laptop over a desktop.
To follow on from what DeaconFrost stated ,If like Dell laptops the cpu is socketed, the actual upgrade margin is very narrow say from 2.2 Ghz to 2.4Ghz so the actual upgrade is not worth the speed and price increase involved
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29 Sep 2012   #9

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

First obvious question, why you want to upgrade the CPU?
Sounds a decent one to me (not stellar, but way better than most crap I usually work with).

What's your problem with it? Maybe it's just a stupid software issue we can help sort out.

(fun fact: this CPU is actually an APU, that means it is a graphic card as well, like Intel's Atom processors, the graphic card in your APU is enough for movies and stuff, but for gaming is a bit low)

Since it's so new, maybe you can still go back to the seller and swap it for a better one (adding cash as needed). Most physical shops allow you to do that. Internet ones... not that much but you can still try.

As far as heat issues goes, it's not so bad as Deacon said. You need to keep an eye on the TDP of the new CPU (it's a number of watts as TDP is Thermal Design Power = amount of heat that the damn thing generates when at full throttle and the cooling system has to get rid of) and you'll be fine.

The tricky part is disassembling the damn laptop down to the mobo. You need to find service/disassembly manuals if you want to do it well or be REALLY REALLY careful and possibly asking help to some friend with experience (it's also funnier to do with a friend). Maybe someone on youtube did a video tutorial. I only found this that tells you how to remove correctly the keyboard (usually once that is done you have access to all screws you need to unscrew to open the thing). Again, doing that may void warranty (it surely will if you change the CPU) AND you can seriously damage your laptop so be very very cautious and don't try to open stuff with force. Better stop and stil have a working computer than forcing it and trashing everything.
Buy a good non-conductive thermal paste, then clean the old one and apply the new one properly.

Now, your CPU is using socket FS1, so you need to look for CPUs that fit in that socket AND that are rated in the 35 watts of TDP.

Warning, there is also socket FS1r2 (revision 2 of the FS1), and i read about people that tried to fit a FS1r2 socket CPU in a FS1 socket mobo and was unable to get it working. You may want to do more research to see if it's actually possible to do it as FS1r2 CPUs are better.

The best CPU that I found for your socket seems to be this, but its TDP is 10 watt higher, so it may have overheating issues (or not, it says it is suited for laptops bigger than 15", and yours is a 17" so it should run well, theoretically).
Its integrated graphics is basically the same.
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29 Sep 2012   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Se7enMakers View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
It's been a while since I've come across a soldered in chip, but the simple answer is no. Aside from finding out that it might not be supported, you run the risk of causing thermal/heat issues with the laptop. It was designed for that exact set of hardware.

If you decided to buy a laptop in the past, it meant you were agreeing to give up the upgradeability for portability. That's one of the very first questions a person answers when they decide on a laptop over a desktop.
Wow, really sucks. Just purchased this laptop about 2 weeks ago and wanted to upgrade CPU.

Thanks, will just get a high performance laptop next time
There are really no 'high performance' laptops. If you really want performance, get a desktop. The laptops are too small to deal with the heat problems of high performance CPUs and GPUs.
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