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    Laptop help, What cpu can it take?

    Hi there i've got a Fijitsu Siemens amilo l7310 and its running rather slow, even with more ram and a new installation of XP.

    I can't seem to find what cpu i can upgrade to, can anyone help?

    Heres the data sheet for it - fujitsu-siemens.com/Res…pdf

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    According to the PDF this is the fastest CPU it can take:
    Celeron M390 (Dothan 1.7 GHz), 512 MB 2nd level cache

    What is the current CPU in your one?

    Are you sure you can replace the CPU in that laptop?

    I have to say I'd be surprised if it's the cpu that's the problem although you've not listed if it's general performance or specfic processor hungry applications you're having slowdown with. It may be worth considering a new hard drive, these are generally easy to fit (which processors on laptops are most certainly not) and should give you a noticeable performance boost all round.

    John

    Original Poster

    Thanks for the reply.

    This is the one in mine at the moment - http://i27.tinypic.com/2iqzwoo.jpg

    Is there any point in upgrading?

    Original Poster

    Not a clue to be honest

    No point in upgrading, while the new processor would be slightly faster I doubt it would give you the performance boost you're looking for. Additionally laptop processors are not user serviceable and generally difficult to install. Even running at just 600Mhz a P-m based processor (as this one is) should be fine for general performance, I frequently use my laptops on battery where they're running at just 1Ghz which is not an issue at all.

    What hard drive do you have currently and what is the perormance issue you're having?

    John

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    Johnmcl7;2367432

    I have to say I'd be surprised if it's the cpu that's the problem … I have to say I'd be surprised if it's the cpu that's the problem although you've not listed if it's general performance or specfic processor hungry applications you're having slowdown with. It may be worth considering a new hard drive, these are generally easy to fit (which processors on laptops are most certainly not) and should give you a noticeable performance boost all round.John



    Thanks for the reply, i never thought about upgrading the hard drive tbh.

    I put an extra 256 of ram in it a while ago which brought it upto 512 but the onboard graphics make it only 448 avalible.

    What else would you reccoment to upgrade?

    I use my desktop mainly so i don't need it to be amazing just want it to run msn, internet explorer and a few other apps to run smooth :thumbsup:

    Try installing XP Beast on it, it's XP with all the background services removed.
    I used this on my mums old P3 & it flies, just download VLC media player as a substitute for media player
    & firefox for internet explorer. Both can be downloaded from downloads.com.
    Google it
    For the amount of extra power you would get from upgrading a laptop cpu I wouldnt think it would be worth
    the hassle, maybe its time for an upgrade?

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    Johnmcl7;2367455

    No point in upgrading, while the new processor would be slightly faster I … No point in upgrading, while the new processor would be slightly faster I doubt it would give you the performance boost you're looking for. Additionally laptop processors are not user serviceable and generally difficult to install. Even running at just 600Mhz a P-m based processor (as this one is) should be fine for general performance, I frequently use my laptops on battery where they're running at just 1Ghz which is not an issue at all.What hard drive do you have currently and what is the perormance issue you're having?John



    It struggles with MSN and generally takes a while to load other stuff like IE, Yahoo, its like theres 5 - 7 seconds lag when you open an application.

    Theres a 40 gig harddrive in it at the moment and its about 30% full.

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    stgeorge;2367483

    Try installing XP Beast on it, it's XP with all the background services … Try installing XP Beast on it, it's XP with all the background services removed.I used this on my mums old P3 & it flies, just download VLC media player as a substitute for media player& firefox for internet explorer. Both can be downloaded from downloads.com.Google it :)For the amount of extra power you would get from upgrading a laptop cpu I wouldnt think it would be worththe hassle, maybe its time for an upgrade?



    Thanks for the suggestion, does XP Beast require a product key?

    And would it run all the normal applications like itunes, MSN?

    If you wanted to make a cut down version of XP like beast then you should use vlite and make your own thats just for your computer but only do this if you know what you are doing, it will use the serial that you are using now and will do everything that the full XP will do but I think you would be better of finding out what the problem is and just fixing it, it could be something very simple like a driver problem or some sort of malware.

    _Darren_;2367492

    It struggles with MSN and generally takes a while to load other stuff … It struggles with MSN and generally takes a while to load other stuff like IE, Yahoo, its like theres 5 - 7 seconds lag when you open an application.Theres a 40 gig harddrive in it at the moment and its about 30% full.



    If that's a 4200rpm drive then you'd be better investing your money on a larger, faster drive. Unfortunately they don't seem to make 7200rpm IDE laptop hard drives any more but for around 40 quid I think it would be worth considering a 120GB-160GB 5400rpm drive which doesn't sound like much of a difference but would definitely be very noticeable.

    John

    Original Poster

    The drive model number is - WD400UE-22HCTO

    Stick to 5400rpm because it will run a lot cooler and make less noise.

    _Darren_;2367521

    Thanks for the suggestion, does XP Beast require a product key?And would … Thanks for the suggestion, does XP Beast require a product key?And would it run all the normal applications like itunes, MSN?



    Send me a self addressed envelope & i'll send you a copy on disc, just install it like normal XP.
    It will run anything the standard XP does, its just all the basic services running on it though.
    Trust me though you'll notice the difference :thumbsup:

    _Darren_;2367666

    The drive model number is - WD400UE-22HCTO



    That is a 5400rpm drive although I'd still consider upgrading it to a newer, high capacity one - there was a very noticeable difference changing from a 60GB 5400rpm to a 160GB 5400rpm drive on one of my laptops.

    John

    did you say you have 512mb memory now?

    that should be fine with xp

    no idea why yours is too slow

    best thing to do would be to check task manager

    press the following all at once

    ctrl+alt+del

    task manager will open

    then take a quick look at the processes tab at the top

    this will list the applications which your computer is running (most which you have not voulentarly opened, will also be displayed here)

    take a look at the commit charge (memory tab) and cpu tab and find out which process is using most of the resources (basically which task uses most memory/cpu power)

    reason for suggesting this is becuase there mybe some hidden application (even virus) slowing down your comp

    google any process name you are unsure about and end process

    all the best

    _Darren_;2367492

    It struggles with MSN and generally takes a while to load other stuff … It struggles with MSN and generally takes a while to load other stuff like IE, Yahoo, its like theres 5 - 7 seconds lag when you open an application.Theres a 40 gig harddrive in it at the moment and its about 30% full.



    How long has it been since you last reinstalled XP?
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