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Faster motherboard for Gateway Solo 9300

By Kafrizel ยท 5 replies
Jun 7, 2011
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  1. Hello, this is my first post so bear with me please.

    I have a gateway solo 9300 with:
    288mb of pc-100 ram and a Intel pent 3 500 MHz processor with a 6 GB HDD.

    i was wondering where can i purchase the faster motherboard for this machine? and is there a way i can put a different one in its case? please help me as this is a slow laptop and i want to make it as fast as possible for its model.

    Thanks for your help.

    Also if at all possible, can anyone let me know a list of better/ more compatible motherboards? thanks.

    *It also is the 15.0 inch screen version. i mention this because theres a difference between the smaller versions and this one.
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    This would in no way be cost effective, even if it could be done. Save your money and buy a new laptop. Trash this one ASAP!
  3. Kafrizel

    Kafrizel TS Rookie Topic Starter


    this is all i have and all i will have for a little while so i want to make it as good as possible while i have it.
  4. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TS Enthusiast Posts: 544

    Changing a laptop motherboard is about 10x as hard as on a conventional stationary computer. There is no approved (or widespread) standard as for motherboard models for laptops.

    Recommending an upgrade would be very hard. Primarily because there are no manufactured PC motherboards these days which support your other peripheral components. The socket for instance, is most likely an Intel 370 socket; those have not been around since 2001.

    Even suggesting a compatible motherboard is nearly impossible, as almost every laptop model has a custom-built motherboard to fit its specific function. And, the intakes vs vents on the casing are most definitely not at the same locations. This will damage your computer via overheating.

    Finding a replacement motherboard will only be possible through second-hand retailers such as e-bay, or through specialised manufacturers which will set you back several hundred dollars.

    What I am saying:
    So unless you have a pretty good reason to keep this computer any longer (such as super-expensive software licenses) I would personally not upgrade this computer. Finding a compatible upgrade is not cost-efficient, and not to mention: no were near "easy".

    You have been warned, so to speak...

    What can be done?

    Upgrading the PC will be harder and cost more than buying a completely new computer. You figure out the rest.

    You mentioned that it's a little slow? Well, the FSB is rated at 66MHz after all. More modern FSB's are rated in numbers around 2500 MHz, so there is a logical explanation. To put it simple, upgrading a 10+ year old computer is very expensive.

    Sorry to spoil any hopes or anything, but that's just the way it is :( .
  5. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Well spoken Lokalaskurar:)
    you can buy a better used laptop for under $300. That would make more sense...
  6. herpaderp

    herpaderp TS Booster Posts: 154

    This. Finding a motherboard for such an ancient laptop would be just as, if not more expensive than just going out and buying a new budget machine. Even a new netbook would be cheaper, faster, and more efficient (MUCH longer battery life) than the dinosaur you're using right now.

    Food for thought.

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