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I need a faster processor for school. The one my laptop has now is 1.83GHz and I need 2.4GHz. In researching places to do this for me, I found out that it is near impossible to upgrade a processor. It was recommended that I upgrade my RAM instead. When I got a second opinion, I heard the same problem about not being able to upgrade my processor. However, this computer repair person told me that I was pretty much screwed and upgrading RAM isn't going to help me. Basically I need a new computer.

But I cannot afford a new computer. Mine is only a year old. Its a baby. I love it. I just need for it to be able to handle having lots of new programs and running many of them at the same time.

What am I supposed to do? The first person I spoke with told me that he could try but the second told me that it wouldn't work at all.

Help.
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Upgrading processors in a laptop can be dicey. Faster processors generate more heat, and a laptop is only designed to dissipate so much heat. Also, the processor has to be a specific pin configuration, which isn't that hard to match, but it is a consideration you have to make.

What is the problem you are having, and why the 2.4GHz requirement? What system do you currently have? I personally have two computers, with 1.6 GHz and a 2.0 GHz processors, and they both perform fine as far as multitasking. If you tell us more about the issue, we may be able to help out with the root cause instead of just tossing parts.
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I have a Toshiba Portege M400-EZ5031. It has an Intel Centrino Duo processor.

My problem right now is just with it being sluggish and having to be rebooted frequently. The requirement is because for my major (architecture) I'm going to be installing a lot of programs and I'll need to be able to run most of them at the same time. My computer cannot be sluggish for this.

I don't really know what other information to give.

Thanks
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Just to add another voice to the choir, updating the CPU in that machine is infeasible. However, that doesn't mean there isn't anything you can do.

Vista doesn't run great with 1 GB ram, you'll notice a huge boost in performance with an upgrade to 2 GB. Even in laptops, upgrading RAM is relatively cheap and easy to do.

http://www.amazon.co...M/dp/B000FQ2JLW
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mpfeif, aren't you retired? :) Welcome back!

I second that: 3GB is what I have in both my laptops. Sluggishness, if not caused by a rogue piece of software, can usually be resolved by upgrading the RAM, especially if it is 1GB running Vista.
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Thanks for the help.
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Just to add another voice to the choir

*troy joins in the singing...

:)

I have a "beast" of a notebook computer, with 1GB of RAM, a 2GHz Celeron processor (single core), and it runs just fine. I can multi-task with it for my university course with no problems. I'll have a few Firefox tabs open, a few documents, PDF files, folders, and playing music, and I still don't use more than about 850MB of my 1GB RAM stick max, usually I'm sitting around 650-700MB.

Of course, to achieve this, I have to maintain my system - I don't have hardly anything installed on it - and definitely nothing I don't need. I ensure that I have only the minimal startup processes, and keep my system in good nick by regularly cleaning out temp files, and running a disk defragmenter when it's needed.

Just my comments, hope they're helpful.

Troy
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