Is it possible? I am looking into Extending the life of this ancient piece of machinery and in doing so would like to optimize performance. So, I'm very willing to get this sort of processor into my computer, What would it take new motherboard, What?
This laptop is up to date on it's service packs.
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No, sorry. Laptops are too proprietary for this sort of thing. Even if you could find a new motherboard that happened to fit into the old case correctly, the expense of replacing the board, CPU, and RAM would exceed the cost of a new laptop.
Then there are other parts such as the LCD lamp, which will wear out and need replacement.
Service packs are not an issue as, if it were possible, a fresh operating system would need to be installed.
I do do that. I don't NEED an i7, I just would like the extra speed. This Machine is slow when I need it to be fast, hence the reason I would LIKE an i7, or one of the i series in there. The processor I have is an Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor T5300 "Merom"
To reiterate what Proximon said earlier, you would need to find a spare/replacement laptop motherboard from a modern laptop that works with an i7. I couldn't find any with a quick search on ebay...it's likely you'd have to buy them direct from the manufacturer, if they're even willing to sell to you (which is unlikely). Then you would need to verify that it fits in your laptop case. Chances of that working are slim, laptops are designed to work with the parts they came with, and don't deal well with change themselves.
I'd say it's less of a question of money than a question of being able to get the parts. They're just not widely available.
You really are better off buying a new laptop, even though it involves change. The effort, time, money, and frustration that would go into trying to get your old one to work wouldn't be worth the effort.