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June 25, 2011 6:27:30 PM

Hello,
I have a 6 years old Alienware area 51 M and would like to replace the CPU. The one in is a P4 3.2ghz, 1MB, 800FSB, LGA775. Please advise what's compatible.

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June 25, 2011 8:06:30 PM

What motherboard, updating a LGA775 doesn't make financial sense as its end an of life socket, unless you can get a cheap dual-core or quad-core from ebay.
June 25, 2011 8:54:30 PM

MB D900T I think, the processor is P4 3.2GHZ 800FSB LGA775.
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June 26, 2011 2:38:00 AM

Regardless of what CPU is installed, you are unlikely to be able to bring a 6 yr old system into 'ready for Crysis/Metro2033' specs thru a cpu upgrade alone, as odds are whatever graphics are installed are also severely outdated...

Time for a new desktop or laptop if gaming is the goal....
June 26, 2011 9:17:11 AM

The goal is have the laptop for internet browsing only, I already have a decent desktop for gaming. Would any socket 775 processor do the trick or has to be only the P4 3.2ghz? I noticed few on ebay but all are second hand. Is is worth it?
June 26, 2011 8:08:43 PM

The laptop is AREA 51M 7700, MB D900T, CPU P4 3.2 GHZ 1MB 800FSB LGA775 EJ, PSU 20V output, NVIDIA 6800FXGO with 256MB module and 2 gb of CORSAIR memory (upgraded few years ago) and a brand new 160gb HDD. I replaced the old hdd because I thought that's the problem but it's not. I know I won't be able to do what I did 6 years ago (play FAR CRY everyday :-( but maybe just for Internet browsing and simple tasks will be nice. Many thanks :-)
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June 26, 2011 9:19:51 PM

Since my Celeron-M 1.4 GHz Toshiba Satellite still browses fine, I suspect your 3.2 GHz P4 would too....

Not all socket 775 cpus will work in all socket 775 motherboards, especially those on laptops; wether or not the laptop would support other processors depends on it's thermal design, MB's revision, and BIOS/voltage support....
June 27, 2011 11:37:47 AM

mdd1963 said:
Since my Celeron-M 1.4 GHz Toshiba Satellite still browses fine, I suspect your 3.2 GHz P4 would too....

Not all socket 775 cpus will work in all socket 775 motherboards, especially those on laptops; wether or not the laptop would support other processors depends on it's thermal design, MB's revision, and BIOS/voltage support....


I suspected that :-( Don't know where to get those details (thermal design, etc...) I looked on the papers that came with the laptop and dont seem to be there.
June 28, 2011 4:52:27 PM

Took out the CPU today and put it back in, same thing :-( will replace the CMOS battery tomorrow and if that doesnt do the trick will throw it on ebay :-(
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June 28, 2011 10:17:34 PM

"same thing"...meaning what exactly?

You have not even remotely stated a specific problem, but merely a goal to surf, which it should easily do.

What is the laptop's issue?
June 29, 2011 8:19:03 AM

Everytime time I switched on the laptop takes ages to get anything on the screen and then I get the beeps, long and continue beeps (a lot more than 5). I suspected that the RAM is gone, replaced it, same problem, I replaced the HDD, same thing, took the CPU out and put it back in, no changes; I was hoping that the CPU is fried because would be the easiest to replace and that's why I started this topic.Today I'm going the replace the CMOS battery. If that doesnt help means the VIDEO card (NVIDIA 6800FXGO 256MB) or the motherboard it's gone
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