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upgrading my laptop

By BigKahuna
Jan 22, 2007
  1. Hi,
    I own a Dell Inspiron B130 and i want to upgrade the processor and add more RAM. Does anyone know where i can find upgrades for my notebook/laptop?i would preferably like to upgrade to at least 2.4GHz and at least 512MB of RAM.
    Thanks

    system specs----
    intel celeron m
    1.60GHz processor, 504MB of RAM
     
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,715   +397

    You can add more RAM. Changing processors would be tricky to impossible.

    I imagine it takes regular ddr SODIMM RAM, but you can go to www.crucial.com and use their tool to figure out exactly what you need. You can buy from them or order from any online retailer such as newegg or zipzoomfly.
     
  3. BigKahuna

    BigKahuna TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    so there is pretty much no way i can get more GHz out of my processor?
     
  4. Computer~freak~

    Computer~freak~ TS Rookie Posts: 157

    you can overclock your proccesor to make it faster
     
  5. BigKahuna

    BigKahuna TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    what is overclock and how can it be done.i would like to get 2.4GHz out of it.

    i did a crucial scan and it tells me that i have 512MB of memory but my system properties says i have 504MB which one should i believe?
     
  6. Computer~freak~

    Computer~freak~ TS Rookie Posts: 157

    overclocking increases the speed of your processor. your processor has a clock speed yours is 1.6ghz i dont nkow exactly how much more speed you can get out of it but there are overclocking guides on techspot under the guides title
     
  7. BigKahuna

    BigKahuna TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    the only overclocking ive seen on ts is for athlon and there was a a guide for bios/overclocking when i read it it was for updating bios nothing about overclocking. do you of anywhere else where i can figure out and understand how to overclock?
     
  8. Computer~freak~

    Computer~freak~ TS Rookie Posts: 157

    you can try google.ca and check just type in overclocking guides
     
  9. Grafficks

    Grafficks TS Rookie Posts: 302

    Google is one of the most wonderful things to happen to this world. Doing your own research and self-educating can work wonders.


    You have 512MB of RAM for sure, because there's no such thing as a stick of 504MB memory. It is not a problem at all if a computer displays your memory as 504MB instead of 512MB. It is very normal, just like how 1GB memory is displayed as 0.99GB sometimes.

    Affirmative :)

    The mobo/CPU would the the hardest parts to upgrade for a laptop. This is why the most important thing to look at when purchasing a laptop is to get future-proof parts for the components that are hard to replace (the CPU).

    I would also discourage trying to overclock, especially because you've never heard of this term before. But also because overclocking is not a popular thing for a laptop....it is hardly (if ever) done.

    I think adding another 512MB of RAM is your best way of getting more performance. Memory upgrades give you a very noticeable speed increase, and is much easier than upgrading a laptop's processor.
     
  10. Computer~freak~

    Computer~freak~ TS Rookie Posts: 157

    but overclocking does not always help it can some time lead to unstability which can leadto your cpu crashing and make your processor overheat but there still are some proccesors that are 100% stable

    if overclocking is everhardly done then why is alienware coming out with a laptop thats overclocked alredy for you
     
  11. BigKahuna

    BigKahuna TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    im want to run the new America's Army but it requires a min. of a 2.4 processor
     
  12. Computer~freak~

    Computer~freak~ TS Rookie Posts: 157

    it says or equivilant i think a core 2duo 1.6ghz is equivilant to 2.4ghz corect me if im wrong someone
     
  13. BigKahuna

    BigKahuna TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    so how does the equivelency work? how would a core 2duo be = to a 2.4ghz
     
  14. Computer~freak~

    Computer~freak~ TS Rookie Posts: 157

    they should usally state what type of proccesor for example like min requirements intel pentium 4 2.4ghz i think there refering to a pentium for so either way a core 2 duo 1.6ghz will leave a pentuim 4 3.0ghz in dust i read the min reqiurments and im almost 99.9% sure there refering to a pentium 4
     
  15. BigKahuna

    BigKahuna TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    is an intel processor better then a pentium?
     
  16. Computer~freak~

    Computer~freak~ TS Rookie Posts: 157

    a pentium just a dinfrent version of a intel like a intel pentium 4 and an intel core 2 duo
     
  17. BigKahuna

    BigKahuna TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    ok so different brands of processors have diff. ghz
     
  18. Computer~freak~

    Computer~freak~ TS Rookie Posts: 157

    no for example there is an intel pentium 4 thats 2.4ghz then theres a dinfrent version that s 3.0ghz
     
  19. BigKahuna

    BigKahuna TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    all processors come in a different sizes or ghz
     
  20. Jesse_hz

    Jesse_hz TS Maniac Posts: 545

    All processors can be overclocked a few hundred megahertz, but only if the motherboard supports overclocking and most motherboards found in laptops don't. You know you've overclocked the CPU too much when the system becomes unstable and that's when you should lower the overclock a couple Mhz until it becomes stable.

    No. Overclocking almost never makes a CPU overheat. Overvolting certainly could though.
     
  21. BigKahuna

    BigKahuna TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    i know i have on-board graphics. dell inspiron b130 how do i tell if it has 3-D graphics card with 128mb memory
     
  22. Jesse_hz

    Jesse_hz TS Maniac Posts: 545

    Install the newest driver for your integrated graphics card, then try to run any 3D game in hardware mode (not software) and see if it work or look for any 3D settings in your driver configuration window.
     
  23. BigKahuna

    BigKahuna TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    thats the thing i dont know who the card is made by i right click on the desktop then it gives the display options and that is all intel
     
  24. Computer~freak~

    Computer~freak~ TS Rookie Posts: 157

    o i think your graphic card is like wats in my old dell its probaly a intergrated dgraphics cars that means its build into the motherboard
     
  25. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    Go to control panel, then hit system, then hardware, then device manager. It is under display adapters.
     
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