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.
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.
Quote: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.
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
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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?