I recently purchased a refurbished Acer Extensa 5630-4250 laptop. It uses an Intel Pentium dual-core T3200 2.0 GHz processor with a 667 MHZ FSB and a 1MB cache. It has Windows Vista Home Premium installed, although I intend to roll back to Windows XP Pro. I would like to upgrade the processor to an Intel Core2-Duo T9600 2.8 GHz processor with a 1024MHz FSB and a 6MB L2 cache.
I contacted Acer about this change, but they flatly refuse to address any upgrade except memory, which BTW is at 3 GB. Therefore, I contact you to find out if this swap should work and what sorts of things I need to check, and so forth.
The physical part of such a swap is straightforward: remove the bottom cover, the fan, the heatsink, and the processor chip itself. The two chips use the same socket; at least that part should be compatible.
I have flashed an updated BIOS in preparation for the upgrade, and that process was successful. It is interesting that Acer USA's website does not contain such a utility, but Acer Europe does provide it.
In advance, thanks very much for any advice and aid you can provide.