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eMachines N-10 CPU Surgery


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#1 slycer

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 02:24 PM

Thinking of doing surgery on an eMachines N-10 just for the experience and the hell of it. The laptop is currently running an AMD Mobile Sempron 3200+ processor, alias "Keene." The current plan is to upgrade this to the AMD Turion 64 X2, alias "Tyler". I'll probably go with the TL-58 or the TL-60. They are both socket S1G1, like the Sempron. Any thoughts? Have I missed something that would kill the laptop? My only concern is that I do not know where to check to see if the BIOS would be compatible. I don't think I can contact eMachines (Gateway, Acer, whatever) and ask this. Thanks for any input. :thumbsup:

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 03:46 PM

I will go out on a limb and say it should work. HT speeds are the same. Only concerns are with the wattage (31-35 watts on the Turion, 25 watts on the Sempron, and whether the BIOS of the motherboard supports a Turion.

There were systems offered with the Turion/C51MV chipset combo, so you know that the chipset supports the CPU.

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Posted 10 March 2011 - 11:06 PM

Actually found out this is more complicated than I originally figured. To "unlock" X2 capability that the Turion needs, I need BIOS version 79.13. Currently the computer is running version 79.10. While some laptops were sold with the Turion and the 79.13 BIOS, Gateway has never officially released the 79.13 BIOS for public consumption. To do this successfully, it looks like I will have to replace the motherboard with one from a donor computer that originally had this setup. I think I'll rethink this project...
Thanks for the help anyway...

Edited by slycer, 11 March 2011 - 02:31 AM.





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