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Upgraged old 2004 inspiron 6000 that 40gb hd and 1.6 gz. processor 512 memory, first went to dell website, they scan and gave read out of upgrade info and how to, in stalled all new programs. a 2.0 gz procsessor 2 gb of memory and a 160gb hd. (5400rpm) started it up and the fan comes on high/fast and doesn't scale back at all and download speed or offline working slow as a turttle, no a turttle is faster........my guess is the the motherboard was going bad and went when i light it up with the new stuff or i'm lost right about here???????

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No offense, but what? I have a hard time believing Dell would recommend a CPU upgrade without the processor being installed by a qualified technician. It is not considered a user-serviceable part. There are many mistakes that can be made disassembling and reassembling a laptop. The new CPU must also be matched to the motherboard in terms of bus speed and voltage requirements. And it must be properly installed with thermal paste.

If the CPU is not matched or not installed properly, it would probably generate more heat than the sink/fan are designed to handle. An overheating CPU, or one running at the wrong voltage or bus speed, will have a severly negative impact on system performance, as I believe you are experiencing. The fan speed is a clear indication that something was not done right.

Hopefully you have not done permanent damage to the other components of your system. I strongly suggest that you reverse the CPU upgrade and have the original re-installed by a trained technician using proper procedure and sufficient thermal paste. The other upgrades (memory and HDD) would not cause a problem and would give much more performance improvement than changing the CPU from 1.6 to 2.0 anyway. The only other recommendation I would have made besides memory and HDD would have been a fresh installation of the operating system to eliminate system errors and accumulated gook after four years of use.

Where did the 2.0 GHz CPU come from anyway? Did they tell you a specific processor to buy or did they sell it to you? Just because a CPU fits in a socket doesn't mean it will work with the system.

Please post comments on how the CPU 'upgrade' was done.

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By saying " installed new programs " what did you mean ?
Reinstalling XP after you upgraded ?

You might also try a driver update program such as driver detective. Or Manually update all the drivers. I doubt the motherboard is going bad making your pc run slow.

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