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 Post subject: Can i upgrade my cpu?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 4:55 pm 
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I have an Acer 5610 with a Core Duo processor and i was wondering if i could
upgrade it. It has 1 gig DDR2, 120 gig hard drive, and Windows Media Center Edition.


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Upgrading a laptop is really hit or miss.

The two main stumbling blocks are power and heat.

A faster processor will eat your battery up quicker.

Also, a lot of laptops have balanced cooling for the included processor. While the same chassis might have a faster CPU in another model, it might not be cooled properly in yours.

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Also keep in mind that not all laptop motherboards are socketed. A large number of motherboards have the chips soldered on as a BGA (ball grid array) to help save space. And no, you cannot desolder and replace that yourself, not unless you have very specific equipment.


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Well i was thinking of upgrading it because it is slow on boot up. Maybe it's just Epower software. Should i upgrade the RAM to 2 gigs? :?


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There are a lot of tweaks floating around on how to speed up your boot process. Do some searching and try those out. Most involve disabling several of the programs that load into your system try when the computer starts. Most of those you don't use, or when you do use them you load them like a normal program, not from the system tray. Those programs make take a bit longer to load after you disable their initial load during boot, but it shouldn't be long enough to be an annoyance.


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Getting more ram is usually alot cheaper than getting a new CPU. When I went from 1 gb to 2 gigs, my boot times sped up about 30 seconds in vista and 10 seconds in XP. Get another gig, then see if it's still slow.


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beteks wrote:
Well i was thinking of upgrading it because it is slow on boot up. Maybe it's just Epower software. Should i upgrade the RAM to 2 gigs? :?


Need a faster HDD to speed up bootup


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adding anythign to your system that is faster will usually help.

Going from a 5400 rpm drive to a 7200rpm drive will give you a noticeable boost.

Ram would be a cost effective upgrade, especially if your machine needs DDR2.

Also, consider cleaning up your desktop if you keep a lot of files on it as windows must load all of those files when you boot. If you move those to a file not on the desktop and just leave shortcuts to them you will see a noticeable boost in boot time.


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Massimo wrote:

Going from a 5400 rpm drive to a 7200rpm drive will give you a noticeable boost.

Ram would be a cost effective upgrade, especially if your machine needs DDR2.



Adding a higher RPM HDD will greatly improve your laptops performance at the cost of battery life. For me, I have a ZD8000 DTR notebook, it was a no-brainer. Hell, my battery only last an hour when brand new!

The ram would be the second upgrade I would make. I did the ram first on my laptop and it sped up a little bit. Mostly apps and games were faster. But when I plugged in a 120Gb 7200RPM drive, thats when my laptop became a real computer!


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