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Windows 7: Gateway M-1634u laptop CPU Support

13 Oct 2012   #1
Zaknafein

Win7 Ult 64bit
 
 
Gateway M-1634u laptop CPU Support

Ok gateway "tech" chat can not answer this question. I have tried twice not to ask the max supported CPU for this model and gave all the info I could to them. They either send me to a page with the default specs of the machine and nothing else, or ask me, "So you are interested in buying a new computer?" or "So you would like to know that RAM this support?" Wow, super frustrating is what it is. Heck one, did not even know what CPU meant...
Any, I am currently running a:
AMD Turion™ 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-60
2.0 GHz | 512 KB X2 L2 cache
HyperTransport™ technology at up to 1600 MHz

Was looking into what the max this will support. It is a socket S1 (S1G1) 638-pin lidless micro-PGA here are the specs for it as near as I can tell: AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-60 - TMDTL60HAX5DM
Here is what I am looking at putting into it: AMD Turion II M660 processor - TMM660DBO23GQ

Will it work?
Thanks in advanced.


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13 Oct 2012   #2
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

They should have been more clear, but what they said is more or less correct. Upgrading a laptop CPU is complex and relatively dangerous (for the computer anyway).
Mainly because it wasn't intended to be upgraded, so info on how to do it is spotty at best.

Upgrading RAM and taking a SSD is the only thing that you can do (and usually do quite a bit of difference)

Now, some tips in case you want to proceed anyway:

-socket: your socket is S1G1, only processors for S1G1 will work in there, the linked one is for S1G3 and is very very likely to not work. From the page you linked, they are kind enough to list all processors that can go in that socket, and the best one you have some chances to put in there is this, which is 2.4 GHz instead of 2.0, but otherwise the same. My opinion? Not worth the risk.

-heat: the heat rejection system of the laptop is designed to work with the currently installed CPU, and it usually has little if any margin for improvement. Look for what they call TDP (Thermal Design Power), which in your case is 35 watts. Processors with a higher TDP are very likely to melt down everything.

-info: taking apart safely a laptop is tricky, having a service/disassembly manual helps a lot. Google extensively before you try

-caution: especially if you don't have enough info, when you encounter something that you cannot figure out, stop. Better keep a not-stellar laptop than turning it in an expensive paperweight.
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13 Oct 2012   #3
Zaknafein

Win7 Ult 64bit
 
 

Thanks, I missed the S1G3 part. For some reason my brain was reading S1G1 on it as well. And yes, I am familiar with taking laptops apart and rebuilding them. I actually run a very small business in computer repair. I actually prefer NOT to mess with laptops though. I do Mac and PC and the occasional PS3. I had already looked at the TDP and they matched pretty well, both at 35. This specific laptop is rather interesting though, as the RAM panel on the back, actually opens up for the CPU and the CPU fan as well, so you have access to all the major components. Don't really see that too often from the manufacturers, as they seem to like to make it as hard as possible to play with anything in there. You ever get a chance, look up this specific model, it's pretty unique in design.
And thanks again for pointing out what I looked over, much appreciated!
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14 Oct 2012   #4
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

lol, you don't indicate the laptop name/model. just the CPU.
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14 Oct 2012   #5
Zaknafein

Win7 Ult 64bit
 
 

Is in the title. Gateway M-1634u
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 Gateway M-1634u laptop CPU Support




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