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Dell N5010 CPU Upgrade


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#1 jbob0124

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Posted 10 December 2015 - 06:15 PM

I'm in the process of upgrading my CPU for my Dell N5010.  It has (or had) and i3-370m and I'm replacing it with an i5-540m.  For some reason I can't get it to start anymore.  It ran fine prior to the change, but now is acting as if there's no power.  I've taken it apart and checked everything probably 10 times now.  I've even tried putting in the original CPU and nothing.  Not sure if I'm missing something or somehow managed to fry something.

 

I did notice that the piece shown in the picture I attached is getting awfully hot when plugged in, but again won't power up.  Im not so sure that is a good thing, but at least I know the board is getting power.

 

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Posted 11 December 2015 - 09:46 AM

Did you apply fresh thermal compound when you installed the CPU?

 

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Posted 11 December 2015 - 12:01 PM

I did not replace the thermal paste as your supposed to, but that's not going to stop the computer from starting.

 

On the picture, it was working correctly yesterday, I imagine after this thread was moved from Hardware to System Building, the link somehow broke.

 

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Posted 11 December 2015 - 12:08 PM

Without the thermal compound the CPU can overheat in the time it takes to boot.  If it does it can shutdown the computer.  I would suggest applying the thermal compound and then see what happens.


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Posted 11 December 2015 - 12:54 PM

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Posted 11 December 2015 - 01:20 PM

Thanks to both of you.

 

I will have to order the paste as my closest shop is an hour or so away and I don't think I will be able to swing a trip out that way until next weekend.

 

Anyone know if there contact points within the board that will prevent it from starting?  (I.E. the pc won't start without the cover secured)



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Posted 11 December 2015 - 09:35 PM

Well, I broke out my other n5010 and tried replacing that CPU with the one I was originally trying to use and it worked, so I know the CPU is good, I also pulled the RAM from that system to this one and its using it just fine, so that one is taken out of the equation.  So now I have to assume its either the Motherboard or the Power Jack board.  Any tips on how to test whether these boards are bad?



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Posted 12 December 2015 - 04:01 AM

Got a muli-meter laying around?



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Posted 13 December 2015 - 08:50 AM

Got a muli-meter laying around?

Indeed I do.






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