Monday, 27 October 2014

Replace The Processor On A Gateway Solo 2500

A computer processor

The Gateway Solo 2500 series laptop comes from the factory with either a Celeron or Pentium II central processing unit. Depending on the specifications you choose, the stock processor can range in speed from 233 to 400 megahertz. Regardless of the original configuration you will likely find that eventually your processor needs to be upgraded if you want to keep up with the pace of technology. A processor replacement job is a complex undertaking, but it can be done on your own without the help of a technician.


1. Unplug any cables attached to your Gateway Solo 2500 laptop and then turn off the operating system. Close the Gateway's display lid and then turn the entire laptop over.

2. Depress the battery release bar and slide it over to the left. Pull the battery out of the Solo 2500's case. Flip the 2500 over and open the display lid.

3. Locate the locking slide bars at the lower-left end of the 2500's keyboard. Push the bars over to unlock the laptop. The bars can be difficult to move with your fingers so you may need to use the edge of a flat-head screwdriver.

4. Grab the top edge of the keyboard and lift it upwards. Set the keyboard face down on the 2500's palm rest. Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to remove the screws that hold the metal chassis in place, then pull off the chassis.

5. Remove the palm rest's screws and then pull the palm rest off the Solo 2500. Remove the screws holding the heat sink and fan assembly to the 2500's processor. Unplug the cable connecting the fan to the motherboard.

6. Pull back the clip holding the heat sink and fan assembly to the 2500's processor. Lift the assembly upwards and then remove it from the processor.

7. Locate the plastic locking bar on the side of the 2500's processor. Lift the bar upwards. Grab the sides of the processor and lift it upwards to detach it from the 2500's motherboard.

8. Position the replacement processor onto the Solo 2500's motherboard. Push down the locking bar and then reassemble the heat sink and fan assembly.

9. Reassemble the metal chassis, palm rest, keyboard, and battery. Power on the Gateway Solo 2500 laptop.

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