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Is it possible to change or replace laptop processor

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    Pelaihari
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    Windows 8.1 x64 & Ubuntu 14.10 x64

    Is it possible to change or replace laptop processor


    Hello guys, I am wondering if It possible for me to change my laptop processor. Anyway there is several model of Lenovo G400 that used different processor as you can see here (Lenovo G400 Laptop | Entry-Level Laptop from Lenovo | Lenovo UAE, and mine have Intel Celeron 1005M. Is it possible to change this laptop processor for example to the one listed on the website like Intel i3-3130M? And yes, are they soldered to the motherboard? Or Do I need to replace the motherboard as well?
    Thank you in advance. Any help is always appreciated. Of course sorry my bad English

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    Central IL
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    Nope. Laptops are so cheap now days. You could buy a new one, for the price of a motherboard for the current laptop. The Celeron CPU is actually a downgraded CPU (say i2 or Core-Duo). Biggest scam was when P4's were considered high end, but the budget systems had the word "Celeron" in it. So people figured that the CPU was garbage.

    I all that the laptop is being used for is Web Browsing, email, looking at PDF's, occasional documents, online streaming, the current one will be fine.

    You can use CPU-Z to find out the actually Factory "die" that Current CPU is. CPU-Z | Softwares | CPUID
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    Laptops are not very upgrade friendly. The only things that can readily be upgraded are RAM and the hard drive. The CPU may be upgradeable when socket mounted but this is rarely cost effective. Replacing a soldered in CPU requires advanced soldering skills and special equipment. And the only compatible CPUs, if any, are likely very similar to what is installed. A computer may be sold with a number of different CPUs but that does not mean your specific system is compatible with them.
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    Pelaihari
    Posts : 81
    Windows 8.1 x64 & Ubuntu 14.10 x64


    Hi, I just disassemble my laptop (u know, free time n no idea what to do ) and found out that the processor is in a socket which I can unmount it. And I got something like the processor but right under the keyboard and no heatsink and is soldered to the motherboard, I don't know about that one. Anyway here some screenshot from the processor :
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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10
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    Pelaihari
    Posts : 81
    Windows 8.1 x64 & Ubuntu 14.10 x64


    Hello, I'm sure that the other answer will be no, so I have one more question. What happen if I install a processor that my motherboard did not support it? Is it gonna blow up or break any devices attached to the mobo?
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    There are many considerations - and not just any CPU will plug in to your socket..

    What CPU's does the MOBO support ???

    Looking at the specs of your CPU in the link provided - this has the same matching specs.. 1.90 to 2.10

    ARK | Intel® Celeron® Processor 1020M (2M Cache, 2.10 GHz)
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    United States
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    It is also a BIOS thing. Acer updates BIOS to support new CPUs if the same socket/package type. Their maintenance manuals show how to replace the CPU. Never done it myself, like others have said not really worth the effort for me. Besides pretty easy to break something tearing apart a laptop. May start with a perfectly fine machine and end up with a brick after putting it back together.
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    Naw, Pretty Easy to do.. Once you remove all the screws.. Done it a thousand times..
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Well, I'm 30+ years electronics tech (retired) and could do it but for the average person I think it can be daunting to say the least. The cables and small connections alone can easily be broken. But yea, it is all perfectly doable..

    I also disagree with the statements about laptops being cheap these days. Sure the low end ones are cheaper but the mid to high range ones actually seem to be getting more expensive. Mine cost $750 back when I bout it 3 years ago, a comparable newer model today is $1100 plus. I don't think that is cheap.
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