I’m considering upgrading my laptop’s CPU but don’t know what to use as a replacement. My laptop is a Dell Latitude D820 with an Intel Core2 T5500. This CPU does not support virtualization, so I am looking to replace it with a CPU that does. How do I go about figuring out which CPUs go with my laptop motherboard? If I am going to void my (very expensive) warranty doing this, I want to be sure that I have the correct part.
I have an HP Pavilion zv5001us laptop that is about six years old. It has a Phoenix BIOS, if I remember correctly. Whenever I try to access the BIOS, the computer prompts me for a password. I forgot the password and don’t know how to get around it. Thanks.
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According to the latest tech chatter, Acer has the MacBook Air in its sights and plans to offer a competitive product in the form of an ultra-thin measuring a scant 1.9 centimeters.
Rumor also has it that Acer plans on cramming one of Intel's next-gen Calpella ULV processors into its upcoming ultra-thin. We're talking about one of Intel's ULV Core i5 or i7 processors here, which would be no small deal. These chips come rated at up to 1.2GHz, but can ramp as high as 1.8GHz and 2.26GHz in Turbo Boost mode, and they also support Hyperthreading.
If this thing comes to fruition, it would offer traditional notebook-like performance in a frame smaller than the company's existing Timeline series.
No other details are yet available, including price or availability.
In case you missed our previous coverage, Nvidia's Optimus technology gives mobile warriors the best of both worlds: battery life and discrete graphics. It's a sort of hybrid solution in which Optimus determines how much GPU power is needed for a particular task and then routes the process either to Nvidia's discrete GPU or Intel's integrated graphics. And no special drivers are needed, just an Intel chipset.
Optimus supports Windows 7, Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 (Arrandale), Atom N450 and N4570, and Core 2 Duo (Penryn) chips, as well as Nvidia's GeForce 200M and 300M series and Ion 2. The first of the 50 upcoming models to sport Optimus technology will include a handful of units from Asus, including the UL50Vf, N61Jv, N71Jv, N82Jv, and U30Jc.
Ultra-thin notebooks have been met with mixed success so far, but just in case 2010 proves to be the year that thin is in, Acer will be prepared. According to reports, the ambitious OEM plans to launch an ultra-thin laptop sometime this year. It will probably be basd on Intel's Capella ULV processors, which should give it a bit of oomph.
Sadly, there really aren't any other details to go on, such as specs, specific launch date, or even a projected price point. But we do know Acer plans to keep busy in the mobile market, especially since the OEM has set its sights on being the No. 1 notebook maker by 2011, which would entail leapfrogging over HP.
To help get there, Acer will continue to flood the market with various models, including a Chrome OS netbook sometime this year. Acer will also get into the ebook reader game, another popular segment, but doesn't yet have any plans of jumping on the handheld tablet bandwagon.
In the market for a gaming notebook? If so, Asus' G73 laptop might be the steal of the year, albeit it's still early. Nevertheless, we haven't been this stoked about an affordable gaming notebook since Gateway wowed us with its P7811-FX machine.
Those looking for battery life first and performance second need not apply. But if you're into desktop replacements, the G73's spec sheet will certainly oblige. Inside the 17.3-inch laptop sits an Intel Core i7 720QM quad-core processor, and that's just the beginning. You'll also find 8GB of DDR3 memory, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 graphics with a 1GB frame buffer, and a 500GB hard drive spinning at 7200RPM.
The G73 also boasts a 1920 x 1080 screen resolution, DVD burner, 4 USB ports, VGA and HDMI, an 8-in-1 card reader, 2.0MP, 8-cell battery, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
If you've never heard of TransferJet, it's a close-proximity wireless transfer technology offering high-speed transfers of larger files from your handheld gadgets to other devices. The physical transmission layer comes rated at 560Mbps, while the maximum data throughput (think: real-world) is 375Mbps (you can read more about TransferJet here).
Toshiba didn't say exactly what products will be the first infused with TransferJet, nor what kind of pricing premium the technology would result in. The company did say, however, that TransferJet will probably be added to just a handful of models to begin with. And because it has already been demonstrated by Toshiba's UK laptop division, it's a safe bet that we'll likely see this appear on Toshiba's laptop line first.
"I think it is a big opportunity. We have two strategies at Nvidia: One is to put graphics everywhere, the other one is to [find more ways to] integrate discrete chips into the box," Haas said. "I think there is definitely a place for [external graphics cards for notebooks,] no question. We continue to look at whether this is a GPU [docking station] or external devices."
So what exactly is Nvidia planning for the notebook segment? We don't know, and Haas wasn't willing to divulge what exactly her company might be cooking up. But she did say that the price of graphics adapters is something that would need to be addressed.
"I think, the issue that has to be solved for something like that is the right price-point that hits the right segment. There is definitely a lot of interest in it and [this is] something we are keeping our eye on to be able to offer something there," Hass added.
Acer may have taken a cue from Intel in terms of learning how to play hardball. We're not sure what exactly the OEM said to Compal Electronics, but whatever it was, it worked. Citing anonymous sources in the notebook industry, news and rumor site DigiTimes reports that Compal has suddenly turned orders from Asus to produce volume notebooks.
Asus had originally wanted to keep 70 percent of its notebook production with Pegatron Technology and outsource the remaining 30 percent to Foxconn. But in order to save costs, Asus decided to cut back orders with Pegatron to 50 percent and outsource the other 20 percent to a third player.
That's where Compal comes in. Asus had interest in letting Compal produce anywhere from 10-20 percent of those remaining orders in the second half of 2010, but Acer, speaking in private, managed to convince Compal to turn the orders down.
What's interesting is that Acer's market muscle might extend beyond Compal. Quanta Computer, Wistron, and Inventec are also weary about working with Asus, the sources added.
“We have a lab in Korea that is currently working on developing a laptop with partially-transparent screen,” Samsung Electronics America's Reid Sullivan told PlusPlasticElectronics. “Soon, I imagine that all Samsung's audio-visual products will feature this technology. We want to be the first in this market.”
It appears as though transparent AMOLED displays have infatuated Samsung. It also plans to launch a see-through MP3 player christened IceTouch, which according to the report will be available in the early half of 2010. The IceTouch is likely to cost around $330. The real challenge for the consumer will be to think of a practical use for such gadgets once they cease to be a novelty.