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Old 01-12-2017, 18:18   #1
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My laptop is now 5 years old, I could upgrade its dual core AMD APU with a much better quad core for 30 odd, I'm not sure I'm capable of doing this myself though.

Anyone here got experience of disassembling and reassembling laptops?

I wonder if a repair shop would be willing to do this and how much they would charge.

I can build and upgrade desktop PCs in my sleep but watching a video of this laptop being taken apart makes finding a cure for cancer look straightforward.

The alternative is buy a new one but I'm not seeing any that meet my preferences so far.
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Old 01-12-2017, 18:51   #2
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It won't be that difficult, when I've done it I've had a piece of A4 paper in parallel with the laptop and laid out the screws in the way they came out, if that makes sense. You might be lucky and the CPU will be accessible by removing a panel on the underside, Dells are good for this. Otherwise you'll be splitting the whole thing apart.

You'll mostly likely need a plastic shovel thing, you get them with phone repair kits, basically a bevelled piece of plastic to split the laptop top/bottom clips apart. Or use an old credit card etc.
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Old 01-12-2017, 19:05   #3
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This is the one. Unfortunately there are no easy shortcuts, it has to come completely apart.

Video not working? GO OLDSKOOL! Or just give up. N* is bound to post a better vid.



I did see a forum thread on it a few years ago with a detailed guide for the specific upgrade, with step by step photos etc. but I can't find it now

I already know the new CPU is compatible with the existing chipset and BIOS so that's not an issue.
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Old 01-12-2017, 19:08   #4
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I can figure out unscrewing stuff but it's the fiddly clips and cable ribbon connectors etc. which look like they could trip you up
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Chuckles would be able to do this blindfolded of course
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Yes, talk me out of it quickly
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The laptop I'm using is eight years old, but still fine because it's a Mac . Do you need an upgrade ffs? I presume you have a desktop. Just get a tablet for casual shit if you do end up buying.
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No I don't need it, it's just a bit sluggish. Yes I have a desktop as well which is more powerful.
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Is the CPU the bottleneck, btw? Or is it the RAM or hard drive? My laptop's still alright because I boosted the RAM and swapped the SHIT 5400rpm drive for an SSD.
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