Upgrading motherboard on a laptop

Does anyone know if it is possible to upgrade the motherboard on a laptop. My one is a bit slow now and I cannot afford a new one with good specs. I would like to know if it is easy enough to do and where I can find new laptop motherboards to buy and how to work out what form factor of board I would need.
Many thanks
erdie :cry:
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  1. Laptop motherboards are usually not upgradeable. The only companies who make boards for them is the original manufacturer of the laptop, and the only time they would supply you a motherboard is to replace one that failed. There is no standard form factor for laptops as they are all a little bit different in design from one manufacturer to the next. I suggest upgrading the memory and possibly hard drive on this laptop as much as you can, or just save up for a new one.
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    Laptop motherboards are usually not upgradeable. I suggest upgrading the memory and possibly hard drive on this laptop as much as you can, or just save up for a new one.


    Very true! even with the newest laptops that are "upgradeable", only the memory, cpu, hdd, and possibly graphics are upgradeable.

    A good software cleaning, or a clean install may speed things up a bit. Adding more meory will help. upgrading HDD will improve "load times" (a big problem with older laptops). Sometimes the cpu can be upgraded.

    Even these upgrades can be cost ineffective depending on the configuration, and age of the laptop. Since we don't know what laptop model, and options you have; we can't offer much more advice.
  3. Thanks Guys,
    May be this information will help, Not sure exactly what you need.
    I think it would be a good ideal to just save up and by a new one, which is really discouraging, I was so hoping to be able to put a new motherboard and CPU and Ram in this case (laptop) and have a new computer, you know like we do with desk tops. I had know ideal that once you bought a laptop you were stuck with, (pretty much), what ever it came with. Man that sucks. I'm going to contact the manufacture of this laptop and see what they say. If you have any more ideals please, please feel free to let me know. Thanks so much Mark

    Toshiba Satellite A205 S5812

    Model # PSAF 3U0PD00V

    MS Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit SP2

    Motherboard
    Manufacturer Intel Corporation
    Model SANTA ROSA CRB (U2E1)
    Version PSAF3U-0PD00V
    Chipset Vendor Intel
    Chipset Model GL960
    Chipset Revision C0
    Southbridge Vendor Intel
    Southbridge Model 82801HBM (ICH8-ME)
    Southbridge Revision B1
    Intel Pentium T2330
    Cores 2
    Threads 2
    Name Intel Pentium T2330
    Code Name Merom
    Package Socket P (478)
    Technology 65nm
    Specification Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU T2330 @ 1.60GHz

    Memory
    Type DDR2
    Size 2048 MBytes
    Channels # Dual
    DRAM Frequency 266.0 MHz

    Hard Drive
    TOSHIBA MK1646GSX ATA Device
    Manufacturer TOSHIBA
    Heads 16
    Cylinders 16383
    SATA type SATA-II 3.0Gb/s
    Device type Fixed
    ATA Standard ATA8-ACS
    LBA Size 48-bit LBA
    Power On Count 1947 times
    Power On Time 175.9 days
    Features S.M.A.R.T., APM, NCQ
    Transfer Mode SATA I
    Interface SATA
    Capacity 156GB
    Real size 160,041,885,696 bytes
    RAID Type None
  4. I am VERY new to this whole building computers/laptops thing but this website barebonekit.net has motherboards, base assembly and everything else you need to make a laptop. I would definitely check it out.
    I also have a question since you seem to know how to truly build one from scratch and not from a barebone. When doing this does the motherboard have to be from the same base manufactur? and I took apart my old laptop so do I instal the new motherboard the same way I took it out?
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