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Fuitsu Lifebook S2110 best CPU upgrade?


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Hi all: I hope you can help.

A little background: I bought my old Fujitsu S2110 some time ago and it was second hand. I thought it had an AMD64 processor but when I had a hard drive failure and had to replace it, it became clear that the 64bit operating system wouldn't install because the cpu was a 32-bit. I was led to believe I bought a AMD64bit Sempron. I have the sticker for it and in hindsight, should've run CPU-Z when I first received it.

It's a very nice laptop. I have everything installed on it, and am trying to find a way to speed it up a little. I've attached the CPU-Z specs but it's generally:

CPU: Mobile AMD Sempron™ Processor 2600+ Socket 754 codename Sonora core speed 795.9 MHz stock frequency 1600 MHz
Other specs: FJNB19A motherboard, 1GB RAM, 60GB HDD, DVD-RW
OS: original OEM installed key for 32-bit Windows XP with SP3.

What I'd like is get a little more speed out of it at cheap cost so it'll last a few more years, including a CPU upgrade if I find it's worthwhile.

Unfortunately, after much searching, I'm just not sure which CPU would be best for my little engine that could. Any help would be nice.

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A Sempron 2600 was never a 64-bit processor. Later Semprons, ie those after that laptop was made, some of them are 64-bit but not all of them.

It's a five year old laptop. There will be no CPU upgrade for it. There won't be a lot you can do for it to speed it up, unfortunately.
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Thanks for that. I hear that there are faster processors than what I have which are compatible as the Sonora is a basic one.

I agree with your findings about it being 32-bit. The advertisement for the machine was for a 64-bit. The original operating system was a 64-bit. I have no idea how they installed a 64-bit system with a 32-bit CPU. I simply reinstalled Windows and used the Microsoft key changer to re-validate/make genuine the OS. Good little tool that one.

I'll keep this thread open to see if a solution occurs. It's such a good laptop.

Many thanks for your response!
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It will not have been 64-bit in the first place, it simply cannot be. No 64-bit operating system will install or even run without 64-bit capable hardware, and 64-bit operating systems were pretty much unheard of five years ago. XP 64-bit was only ever intended for some Intel platforms, and there was no 64-bit available to buy OS until Vista was released in January 2007.
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I hear what you are saying, but the OS the laptop had installed was XP SP3 64-bit and was advertised as such. That's why I never questioned the processor until the hard drive died and I couldn't install a 64-bit operating system. I was scratching my head. Even 64-bit Linux distros wouldn't install. I tried everything and a while later, I dug out an original XP 32-bit disk and it installed no problem, changed they key over, and at least had a working system. I then verified the specs with CPU-Z. I understand your reservations in believing what I'm telling you but it happened, I checked for a 64-bit system when I bought the computer to make sure it really was 64-bit. I agree with your comments but it happened. How, I don't know. I would only be speculating.

I did have an image but it failed to work. I might check tonight to see if I still have it!
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What is advertised and what you get are two entirely different things. I think it's been advertised in a misleading fashion, by accident or otherwise. Unfortunately with a second-hand product it's a case of buyer beware.

SP3 wasn't available for 64-bit Windows. The only SP3 Windows that's ever existed are Windows 2000 SP3, later superseded with SP4 and the Roll-Up, and XP SP3. Neither of these were 64-bit.
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Thanks for your time, Neil. At least it wasn't too expensive - could have been worse, and I learned a lesson to check the specs with third party software when I next buy something. The laptop itself, old yes, but still good for non intensive applications. I'll close this thread and again, thanks for looking at the issue for me.
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