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Hi out there, I was wondering if anybody knows whether or not you can upgrade your pc's processor as my laptop is excrutiatingly slow!!!!!!!!!! The details I have are as follows:- 286mhz, 512mb Ra… Read More
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8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
Hi out there, I was wondering if anybody knows whether or not you can upgrade your pc's processor as my laptop is excrutiatingly slow!!!!!!!!!! The details I have are as follows:-

286mhz, 512mb Ram

Please help somebody!!!!!!

Many thanks,
Karen XX
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8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
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#1
in a desktop PC, yes, generally you can. In a laptop, no.
#2
I'm afraid you're options would be severely limited even if you could due to the age of your laptop.

I think you should consider upgrading. Even a cheap netbook would outperform that system substantially!
#3
If it really is 286MHz then that sounds like a VERY old laptop and chances are you won't find an upgrade.
It is usually quite hard to upgrade laptop processors anyway.

You would probably be better off putting the processor upgrade money towards a newer machine, which will probably have better graphics as well. You can pick up a cheap refurb for under £200:
http://www.bigpockets.co.uk/product.php?nav=227&product=SOLV027&title=IBM+Thinkpad+T42+Laptop+Centrino+1.8Ghz+-+512Mb+-+30Gb+-+DVD-ROM%2FCDRW+-+Wireless+WiFi+-+14.1+inch+TFT+-+Win+XP+Pro
#4
Oh no!!!! Suppose I will have to get a new laptop!

Thanks for your quick response.

Karen.
XX
#5
Hi Karen!

Congrats on finally posting, everyone welcome my friend and neighbour xx
#6
Hi Hon, thanks for the welcome!!!

People really know their stuff on here. I think Alex is gonna go for the refurbished option!

Karen
XX
#7
loobie
Hi Karen!

Congrats on finally posting, everyone welcome my friend and neighbour xx


Welcome Karen :-D
#8
Hello Download Dave,

Thanks for the welcome! Now I know what to do there might be a few more posts!!

Karen.
XX
#9
Hi Karen and welcome - I didn't notice your post count when I first replied so I didn't realise you were a newbie.

There are other refurbs/cheapo laptops at Big Pockets as well:
http://www.bigpockets.co.uk/cat.php?search=Laptops&nav=227

As Toybhoy says, a Netbook might be a good alternative. Depends what you are going to do with it.

Morgan often has cheap refurb or surplus stocks too: http://www.morgancomputers.co.uk/

Fleabay can be worth a shot if you know what you are doing but there is a greater risk of getting a duff machine or one with an intermittent problem that somebody is trying to unload.
#10
Hang on - 286MHz and 512MB RAM? Something's not right here. A 286MHz CPU would never be accompanied by that much RAM, you just didn't have motherboads that could take that much when CPUs of that sort of speed were available. Although, I don't recall 286MHz CPUs ever existing. CPUs have a speed that's a multiple of their motherboard's speed, which gives us speeds in multiples of whole or half numbers of 66 and 100MHz. A 286 was a kind of CPU, but one released about twenty years ago.

Which, in non-geek terms, means that your laptop mightn't be anywhere near as old or as unupgradable as it's been made out to be. What I want you to do is to find out a little mre info on this system. To do that, I want you to download http://www.cpuid.com/download/cpuz_150.zip , run that, and tell me what...

1) The Processor's name is
2) The Core Speed is (it'll change, tell me the highest number)
3) Clicking the Memory tab, tell me the type and speed of memory
4) What version of Windows you're running
5) What the make and model number of your system is

And from there, we;ll be able to work something out for you.
#11
Good point dxx. Another program which does a good job of analysing your PC is Belarc Advisor:
http://belarc.com/Programs/advisor.exe
That will tell you a lot about the processor, installed memory modules, drives and main board.
#12
I suspect she meant 2.86GHz, but obviously I can't be sure. Though it's a mooot point, since she's not likely to be able to upgrade the processor on a laptop :P

Though if it is 2.86GHz, chucking in 2GB of RAM would probably bump performance noticeably enough. Also flattening and reinstalling...
#13
dregan
I suspect she meant 2.86GHz, but obviously I can't be sure. Though it's a mooot point, since she's not likely to be able to upgrade the processor on a laptop :P

Though if it is 2.86GHz, chucking in 2GB of RAM would probably bump performance noticeably enough. Also flattening and reinstalling...


Aye, s'what I was thinking. CPUs tend not to mean much in performance terms to your typical user, not like RAM.
#14
EDIT - Ignore - I got the speed wrong.
#15
Hello everyone!

Thank you so much for all your help regarding my laptop. I have to let you know thouhg that when i had finished downloading i went back in and checked the details of the processor and it had gone back up to 645! I think it must have been registering something like a meter, showing me what the minimum and maximum is (not too sure what it all means)! As you may have gathered I know nothing about computing!!!

I will do all the things that people have asked me to do and will let you know in turn what I have discovered.

Once again, many thanks for the info and help.

Karen.
XX;-)
#16
Glad I checked this before it expired, good luck with it.

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