Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Install A Laptop Processor

Learn to install a processor in your laptop.

The processor is one of your laptop's most important components. It carries out the commands of your computer's software. When your laptop runs slow, you may want to consider replacing the processor. The type of processor you install largely depends on your laptop model. There are many factors to consider including your CPU socket, motherboard type and your software's system requirements. All of this information can either be found in your laptop's user manual, or in your software's manual.


1. Shut down your laptop, and fold down the LCD screen. Disconnect all power sources from your laptop. Let your laptop cool down for about 20 minutes. Attach an antistatic or ESD strap to your wrist. Attach the extending wire clip to the laptop's casing.

2. Locate your laptop's service manual. If you do not have direct access to your service manual, many laptop manufacturer's such as Dell and Hewlett Packard provide support documents on their websites.

3. Follow the instructions detailed in your service manual to disassemble your laptop. This process varies wildly among different laptop models. For most laptops, this includes dissecting the casing, and removing most of your laptop's hardware components. Dissect the laptop down to the motherboard, which is the large circuit board where all your laptop's hardware is connected.

4. Locate the processor fan on your motherboard. Remove the Phillips-head screws from the fan assembly. Disconnect the fan cable from the motherboard. In many laptops the cooling fan is also attached to the heat sink. If this is the case, you will also need to remove screws from the heat sink. Lift the cooling system out of the laptop. This reveals the processor chip.

5. Turn the processor's flat-head locking screw in the counterclockwise direction. This will release the processor from its socket. Grasp the edges of the processor and lift it out of the laptop.

6. Align the pins on your replacement processor with the pin holes inside the processor socket. Turn the processor's locking screw in the clockwise direction to fasten the processor to the socket.

7. Replace the cooling fan system and its retaining screws, and re-connect the fan's power cable to the motherboard.

8. Follow the re-assembly instructions outlined in your laptop's service manual.

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