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 Post subject: Old laptop needs new guts
PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 4:57 pm 
8086
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Hey guys!

just lookin for a bit of advice/help about some of the best options I have for breathing some new life into an old laptop I have. It's a Dell XPS, about 6 or 7 years old. When i bought it, I put a good bit into it, but it's starting to really show it's age. So I decided to take a look into what my options were as far as upgrading it. I just installed Windows 7 on it.

I was thinking maybe the CPU might be a good place to start:

Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo T9300
Cores 2
Threads 2
Name Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo T9300
Code Name Penryn
Package Socket P (478)
Technology 45nm
Specification Intel Core2 Duo CPU T9300 @ 2.50GHz
Family 6
Extended Family 6
Model 7
Extended Model 17
Stepping 6
Revision C0
Instructions MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, Intel 64
Virtualization Supported, Disabled
Hyperthreading Not supported
Fan Speed 2032 RPM
Stock Core Speed 2500 MHz
Stock Bus Speed 200 MHz
Average Temperature 40 °C
Caches
L1 Data Cache Size 2 x 32 KBytes
L1 Instructions Cache Size 2 x 32 KBytes
L2 Unified Cache Size 6144 KBytes


This is the motherboard info:
Manufacturer Dell Inc.
Model 0KX412 (Microprocessor)
Chipset Vendor Intel
Chipset Model PM965
Chipset Revision C0
Southbridge Vendor Intel
Southbridge Model 82801HBM (ICH8-M)
Southbridge Revision B0
System Temperature 46 °C
BIOS
Brand Dell Inc.
Version A09
Date 5/29/2008


just not sure what would be compatible with it at this point.


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 Post subject: Re: Old laptop needs new guts
PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:17 pm 
Smithfield
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To be honest, I'd just set it aside and buy a new machine. The most you'd be able to do is add RAM, but that doesn't really improve performance


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 Post subject: Re: Old laptop needs new guts
PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 12:42 am 
8086
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Yeah... I thought that might be its fate. Still a faithful little guy. Sort of little anyway, it's pretty huge and heavy for a laptop lol.

Might gift it to a relative that doesn't do intense gaming.


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 Post subject: Re: Old laptop needs new guts
PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 11:55 am 
Mr. Late Night
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Yeah, that laptop is pretty much the maximum that could be done with the Core2 platform on a portable basis. If you want to give it a little kick in the pants for not too much cash you could install an SSD for faster boot times and program load times.


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