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Is it possible to replace a processor inside of a laptop

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February 7, 2014 11:01:28 AM

Hello,

I have a Lenovo Z510 with Intel® Celeron® 2950M (2.0GHz 1600MHz 2MB), I want to upgrade to a 4th Gen i5 processor with Intel 4600. Is this possible?

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February 7, 2014 11:08:18 AM

It depends on your laptop as to whether it could handle the higher level processor. Some manufacturers limit what the BIOS can handle, and if that has been done to your laptop, it won't boot with the new processor. I've had a bit of experience upgrading laptop processors, and it can be done. I'd recommend seeing what processors were available for your laptop series, and picking one of those.

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February 7, 2014 11:09:51 AM

everything is possible but for this you will need proper tools at least a set of customizable screw drivers and Lenovo Z510's repairing guide. that is available on internet.
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February 7, 2014 12:11:37 PM

aliafzal189 said:
everything is possible but for this you will need proper tools at least a set of customizable screw drivers and Lenovo Z510's repairing guide. that is available on internet.


Customizable screwdrivers and repair guide? Umm why? All you really need for the job tool wise is this little set or one similar. http://www.walmart.com/ip/Shop-Tek-34228-6-Pc.-Precisio... Take your time, make sure not to lose any screws, take pictures if you feel you might forget how things go back together. I upgraded the CPU in my old laptop, changed a screen out in another and totally removed the board out of my current one so I could have a new charging port soldered on. I didn't need anything customizable or any guide.
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February 7, 2014 12:16:14 PM

guide is for person who is doing this first time and customizable screw driver because body and motherboard dont have same shape screws.
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February 7, 2014 12:19:24 PM

aliafzal189 said:
guide is for person who is doing this first time and customizable screw driver because body and motherboard dont have same shape screws.


Seriously? I used the same screwdriver for the whole laptop on every laptop I have ever worked on. I didn't use a guide either. Just took my time and payed attention to what I was doing.
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February 7, 2014 2:25:29 PM

I could see the guide being helpful if it is available. Most laptops, though, just use a small Philips screwdriver, with a flat-blade screwdriver used for the CPU socket itself.

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February 7, 2014 3:40:35 PM

Sometimes its possible. Once I upgraded from a Westmere Core i3 330M to a Westmere Core i5 480M without a problem. It wasn't big boost in speed, but I got the core i5 for like $30. First, you need to make sure the CPU is socketed and not soldered on the mainboard. Next, the bios, chipset, etc, need to be able to support the new CPU. Sometimes you can't jump over the generations.
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