I have a laptop that has a Duron 1.1G in it. It crashes a lot so I think the CPU might be bad. It could be overheating but I don't think so: not obviously super hot, no burn marks on cpu, works as soon as you reboot. If I hadn't just run memtest86 on it, I'd suspect the memory (which wouldn't help much since 128 MB is built into the motherboard).
I've figured out how to disassemble the machine (except for removing CPU...can't figure out how to release the socket tension) but now I'm not sure what CPU I can put in. Obviously the conservative choice would be a Duron 1.1. I'd rather go to an Athlon or an XP but am concerned about maximum thermal disippation and maximum amperage. Anyone have any experience with upgrading laptop cpu? I don't want to cook the laptop but it isn't real valuable as is so some risk is ok.
Mobile Athlon 4s come in 25W 'Standard'/'Mainstream' versions(up to 1.2GHz) or 35W Desktop-replacement versions(up to 1600+/1.4GHz). All mobile Durons have a 25W max power consumption.
QUOTE Also, I was wondering why I couldn't go to an AMD XP-M? Different pin-outs? Different voltage? Chipset won't handle SSE2 instructions? Anyone know what the harm in trying would be? The 25W low-power mobile Athlon XP-M is only available in a µ-PGA package which is mechanically incompatible with a normal mobile/desktop Socket A - It has a different pin-configuration and requires a special socket(µ-PGA Socket 563). Also, unlike the Athlon 4, most Athlon XP-Ms have a 133MHz FSB(100MHz-parts ARE available up to 1900+/1.6GHz - 35W, tho).
As for SSE(2), SSE is supported on all Athlon XP, mobile Athlon 4/Athlon XP-M and Duron(model 7&8)-processors. SSE2 is only supported on Athlon 64(including mobile parts)/Athlon 64 FX and Opteron-processors.
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