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Upgrading processor on an iBuddie A900?

How do I upgrade the CPU and mainboard on an ECS iBuddie A900?

Curreltly, my system has a VIA Samuel2 processor at 731 MHz. Additionally there's 248MB RAM and 10 Gig HD. At this time I am only interested inupgrading the processor, which I believe also entails upgrading the mainboard for the faster speed.

Additional hardware are a 4-port USB built in, a DVD-ROM, built-in touch pad mouse, serial, video and PS2 ports, and monitor.

As it is, this computer is fine for typing and email, but really sucks for videos, music and graphics. It plays very choppily and often freezes up. It also freezes when multiple browser tabs are running at the same time. I'm running Windows XP home on it.

It's simply outdated and I need to upgrade. Can you advise? What parts are compatible?

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  • lyontamer Mar 02, 2008

    I've already tried updating drivers. I will try the RAM upgrade, but my question still has not been answered. If I upgrade the processor, which one do I buy and is it compatible with the rest of the computer system? I don't want to upgrade to Windows Vista, I want to upgrade the actual CPU hardware inside the machine.

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I have the same model with 512 ram and no difference with the video. Its the 133 front bus is just too slow for todays video speed. Adobe flash keeps upgrading for the faster computers and outdates the older machines. What i did with my I-Buddie was to take XP off, it weighs it down with all the processing going on in the background. I put Ubuntu on it and WoW! speed is way up again. Video is watchable much improved over XP.

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Best bet to upgrade memory to at least 512.most laptops now adays have 2slots for mem so if you add a 512 youll notice a difference also it would be advised to update your drivers as these are prone to slow things down ,wrong drivers,conflicts,incapatability etc.
new pc with vista have super fast processors but anyone who has vista will tell you its very slow.

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    tat4u Mar 03, 2008

    take a note of your pc details,name model,brand or check out user manual and find exact processor type;go into any pc shop with this information and they can tell you what the latest upgrade processor is that is compatable.

    you may be able to find manual on this site.but youll certainly find one on the web

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How to Upgrade a Laptop?


Laptops are poor candidates for upgrades, as they are built with such tight confines as to make many parts rather inaccessible. For the normal laptop, there are only three things that you may consider upgrading, and the CPU is not one of them. CPUs are often hard installed on mainboards and the BIOS in the mainboard is often customized for a specific one. Even where you may be able to upgrade, the upgrade option is usually not of sufficient difference to make the cost and effort worth it. You can usually upgrade the hard drive to something larger in capacity and faster in speed. You can upgrade the RAM to the maximum that the laptop allows (most do not come with the max originally to keep the cost lower). You can upgrade the Operating System and software when applicable for better performance. Graphics upgrades, for the most part, are not available, except maybe for some of the newer, higher-end gaming laptops. Most have the graphics integrated into the mainboard and most graphics share the system RAM. Hard drive and memory upgrades can usually be performed thru access doors on the outside of the case. I've seem a few instances where one of the memory modules was tucked internal to the device and it was necessary to remove the keyboard assembly to access it. I've never seem a laptop with more than two memory module slots.

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How do i upgrade processor


upgrading the processor on laptop usually not recommended since you won't get too much performance boots from doing that. Adding more memory or larger/faster hard drive would be a better solution. Anyway, to upgrade the processor on laptops normally require you to remove the motherboard to access the CPU.

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I have acer aspire 4736z, can I upgrade the processor to 3.2 Ghz?


Please note that CPU upgrades in notebooks/laptops/netbooks are highly problematic because they depend on often uncertain motherboard specifications (different notebook models bearing the same series number in your question can have different internal and external specification and be based on different motherboards).

The most serious problem you face is that CPU upgrades in laptops/notebooks/netbooks inevitably require near complete disassembly and the correct reassembly of the computer. Inevitably, this type of work is best done by an experienced professional, trained for and capable of performing a warrantied repair. Understandably, the associated labor costs will be on the high side.

Also, upgrading the CPU requires the user to first risk expenditure on an item that cannot be returned to the seller or supplier if later found to be incompatible but could still be a potentially expensive replacement product, without being absolutely certain that is compatible with the motherboard for which it is intended.

So you will need to do extensive research on the specification of the precise motherboard of the precise model of your notebook. To do this, you will need the full, long, specific model number plus also the Serial Number (S/N) and Part Number (P/N) of the computer that are usually printed on a label underneath the computer. From these, you should obtain the P/N of the motherboard, then navigate to the support and product information pages of the motherboard manufacturer's website to verify the CPU compatibility specifications of the motherboard and then proceed from there.

Intel Pentium Mobile processor T4200 (1 MB L2 cache, 2 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 35 W), or T3400 (1 MB L2 Cache, 2.16 GHz, 667 MHz FSB, 35 W), supporting Intel 64 architecture


Your notebook features the above Central Processing Unit (CPU) in its standard specification, according to Acer. This CPU is commonly referred to as a Dual Core / Intel Pentium M / 2.2GHz / 64 Bit Processor. This type and Model of Processor is outdated and the upgrade options available to you are limited.

The indications are that your best course of action would be to back up any important data stored on this notebook's Hard Disk Drive (HDD), restore the notebook to Factory Settings, sell it on eBay or CraigsList or any similar website popular, in your geographical location, for the buying and selling of Used Consumer Goods and then put any sale income raised towards a new, state-of-the-art notebook capable of performing the function(s) in which the current notebook is disappointing you and steering you towards radical thoughts such as CPU upgrades.

At the very least, consider several or all of the far easier, far cheaper and far less labor-intensive and labor-expensive upgrade options to improve the power, speed and performance of this notebook before contemplating a CPU Upgrade, such as, a Maximum Capacity RAM Upgrade, an Operating System (O/S) Upgrade, upgrading to a higher performance, higher Spin Speed and/or higher capacity HDD or newer technology Solid State Drive (SSD).

Your full notebook specification and CPU Upgrade Options can be found on the support pages of the official Acer and Intel websites below:

http://support.acer.com/acerpanam/notebook/2010/acer/aspire/aspire4736z/aspire4736zsp2.shtml



http://www.intel.com/en_uk/consumer/products/processors/compare-processors.htm?fam=corei5



http://www.intel.com/en_uk/consumer/products/processors/compare-processors.htm?fam=corei5

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I would highly recommend that you instead upgrade the ram memory on the laptop since it will give you a bigger performance increase than a new cpu or video card.

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