Hi I am wanting to upgrade my dell inspirons cpu, at the moment its intel t3400. I read somewhere else most intel P socket processors will work with my laptop except the extreme editions. I settled on intel core 2 duo P8800. i tried to find out if this was actually compatible and found there may be some issues with BIOS compatibility. How do I find out which processors are compatible with my BIOS?
There is quite a bit of controversy about this (I used to own a 1545). Some people say 2.53GHz is top speed. Some say 35W or lower. Some say any socket P.
From my experience, I put a T9550 in mine (2.66GHz) and had not even a hiccup on the A14 BIOS. I couldn't find anything Dell supported that lists what CPUs BIOS support was used for. I do know the P8700 was the 'fastest' CPU Dell put in them stock.
I know it's rather vague, but so is Dell!! Intel shows that the P8800 is compatible on the GM45 chipset here under Compatible Products:
Ok the wife has the 1545 I will most likely upgrade the CPU. But that site you posted for the chip specs says it can handle 8 gigs of ram...and even says ddr3. But this laptop has ddr2. But dell is saying it will only hold 4 gigs of max ram. What is you take on all this?