Thursday, 18 June 2015

Install A New Processor

Newer computer operating systems and software applications demand faster memory and a speedier processor to get the job done. Upgrading hardware is something every computer user has to do at some point, even if it only means adding a bank of memory or another hard drive. Processors are computer's brains and, typically, come in just one easy-to-replace module.


1. Disconnect all power to the computer, and remove the power cord from the rear of the system. Press the power button in for a few seconds to discharge any remaining residual charge.

2. Open the computer's case by unscrewing a series of thumbscrews, or use a screwdriver to remove any non-thumbscrew screws. These screws are at the rear of the case frame and sometimes on the case's side.

3. Locate the processor unit or CPU. The processor will have a fan or large heat sink atop it. Remove these and find the CPU socket underneath.

4. Lift the ZIF (Zero Insertion Force) lever to unlock and unseat any existing processor, and remove the module carefully. Lift the processor straight out of the socket, taking care not to damage the module.

5. Insert the new processor into the ZIF socket. The processor will only fit into the socket one way. Note the orientation of the pins found on the underside of the processor. Typically, there will be an indicator noting the number one pin that matches with pin one on the socket.

6. Close the ZIF lever into a locked position, and replace the fan or heat sink with a thermal grease to protect the new processor from heat damage.

7. Close the case, and return power to the computer. Allow the computer to power on and acknowledge the new processor.

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