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Is it possible to change or replace laptop processor


Baskhara

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#1
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 :thumbsup:
 

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broe23

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#2
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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Baskhara

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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 :thumb: :
IMG_20150402_153332.jpg
 

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Baskhara

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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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    Lenovo Invalid (U3E1)
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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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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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Baskhara

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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)
Well, I don't know what kind of CPU does the mobo support, I couldn't find any information about it in internet not even in lenovo site. What about i3-3120M?
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.
If it also a BIOS thing, then I doubt if this laptop can support another cpu even with the same socket, from the lenovo site there is no update for BIOS, the last update for BIOS is in 25 Nov 2014 (which is already installed).
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.
Actually I'm totally affraid if that gonna break the laptop and of course todays laptop is just getting more expensive, maybe I could buy a laptop with same price and I think I will get the same spec or maybe even worse.
 

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    Motherboard
    Lenovo Invalid (U3E1)
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If the Windows version on your laptop is the same as it came with, look around for a Drivers folder. It just might have some documentation in it that will tell you what model CPUs it supports.
 

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    Lenovo Invalid (U3E1)
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#14
Is it possible to change this laptop processor for example to the one listed on the website like Intel i3-3130M?
Yes , according the the cpu parts list and there are a few better listed
 

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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10
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The computer may have been sold with a number of different CPUs but that does not mean your specific system is compatible with them. There may have been changes during production in the hardware or BIOS to accommodate them. This information is often not publicly available. The manufacturer will have the most reliable information but they are often not very helpful. They would much rather sell you a new computer than upgrade your present one.

OEM computers in general and laptops in particular are not very upgrade friendly.
 

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KYHI

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Sorry Lmiller7,

I have to disagree, OEM computers are sold based on a price point.. And Upgrades drop in price over time.. Adding a $800 CPU upgrade at the time was not reasonable, but that same upgrade today could be a $100

If it is replaceable component - then it is upgradable to the highest point supported..
 

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    CPU
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Baskhara

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Well, its getting interesting. By the way I'd like to try to replace the CPU as soon as I find a seller in my place. I haven't found the product in online store for now (except at Amazon for $69). Anyway I'll try i3-3130M [emoji2] Thanks a lot guys [emoji1]
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8.1 x64 & Ubuntu 14.10 x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo G400
    CPU
    Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 1005M @ 1.9GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo Invalid (U3E1)
    Memory
    6 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 (1600 MHz)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel(R) HD Graphics
    Sound Card
    Conexant SmartAudio HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14.0" HD LED
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Hard Drives
    Seagate ST500LT012-9WS142 500GB
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    Yes
    Mouse
    Logitech G300s
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    Google Chrome
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    Kaspersky Internet Security

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