Upgrade from a 2.0 to a 2.4 CPU

April 3, 2010 at 15:01:36
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I would like to increase my processor CPU from a 2.0 to a 2.4 CPU. Is there any way that I could do this without doing any add-ons that could be harmful to my laptop? Also if I delete any games, etc. will it raise my CPU? The reason I ask is because I have this game that requires a 2.4 GHz and I only have 2.0 and the game will crash unexpectantly and I am looking for a way to fix it.
Any help is greatly appreciated!

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April 3, 2010 at 15:13:56
Laptops were not meant to play most modern games. Even if you could upgrade the processor, you're still limited by the graphics. Don't waste your money.

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April 3, 2010 at 15:32:50
Grasshopper pretty well covered it, but two follow up points:

1) While some laptops have removable CPUs (and therefore could be upgraded) many have the CPU permanently attached to the motherboard.

2) The CPU is a physical chip in your computer, so deleting files and such will have no impact on its specifications. Cleaning out the inside of your car won't increase the horsepower of its engine.

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April 3, 2010 at 15:51:20
Laptops often use the same mboard for different specific models, so if a similar model that uses the same mboard uses a faster cpu, you can use that faster cpu too no problem, if the cpu is removable, but you would probably have to find yourself the proper used cpu on the web.

At best, upgrading to a 2.4ghz cpu from a 2.0ghz one will yield you only a 20% performance increase, and it may not cure your problem of the particular game crashing. Games tend to have more bugs than most other software, and it's well known they do not work properly on all systems that at least meet the minimum requirements for the game.

If your computer has 512mb or ram or less, adding more ram will help and is much easier to do, although you won't likely see any additional benefit for more than 2gb.

"Also if I delete any games, etc. will it raise my CPU?"

Programs that are not running, deleting or un-installing data that is taking up space, has zero effect on the performance of your system, as long as the hard drive partition Windows is installed on has more than the minimum free space required to run Windows as fast as the system can, other than the more data there is, the longer it takes for certain programs to finish running - e.g. Defrag, anti-malware full scans.

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April 4, 2010 at 13:52:50
Might look at the pages that cover how to speed up an XP isntall. Most are slim down install and stop services but may include other tricks like ram drives or using flash memory or other tricks. Best is to max out memory usually. The system may support a SSD and it might be a good choice.

If this laptop is older I'd get a newer one.

I doubt you can even change a laptop cpu. They have been soldered on for a long time now. Makes no sense to spend 40 cents more on something no one ever changes and could lead to the processor not making connection because of a bump.

It is sometimes hard to get the correct metric but performance monitor built in can tell what is the slow part of your system.

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April 4, 2010 at 14:29:43
"I doubt you can even change a laptop cpu."

I recently took apart a 3 year old Acer model and it's cpu is in a socket and is removable.

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April 4, 2010 at 14:43:01
"At best, upgrading to a 2.4ghz cpu from a 2.0ghz one will yield you only a 20% performance increase,..."

More like a 2% performance increase.

The only way any of us can find out if the processor is replaceable is to know the exact manufacturer and model number.

One thing everyone does agree on...it ain't worth it unless you thrive on disappointment.


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April 4, 2010 at 18:06:45
2.4 divided by 2.0 = 1.2 ; .2 is 20%.

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April 4, 2010 at 21:26:28
The math doesn't matter; a 400Mhz bump at the 2Ghz level translates into nearly no performance increase at all.


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