Step by-step procedure in replacing your laptop’s cpu
WINTER TemplateCPUs, though, are a different matter entirely. Most laptop CPUs areeven soldered right into their motherboards to really ensure that daringusers won’t be able to mess around with them.
PreparationsIf you’ve the mind to, though, it is possible to upgrade your laptop’s CPU, providedthat it’s detachable and not soldered in. Consult with your laptop’s manual or theinternet to find out whether the CPU is removable.If it is, find out which socket type it has. Needless to say, you’ll want to replace itwith a more powerful processor that has the same socket type.Other things to prepare: A screwdriver, thermal paste, a lint-free rag, and a bottle of99% isopropyl alcohol. Also, wear an antistatic wrist wrap to prevent unwantedelectrostatic discharges to the laptop parts.Once all these are in order, proceed with the replacement.
Procedure 01There’s a good chance that your laptop’s existing BIOS won’t becompatible with newer processors, so make sure to update it. You can goover to the laptop manufacturer’s website to download and install thenecessary updates.
02Remove the hinges from your laptop by prying them off gently with thescrewdriver. Make sure not to apply too much force, as you couldirreversibly damage your laptop’s chassis.
03Once the hinges are removed, the keyboards screws will be uncovered.Unscrew these to remove the keyboard. Don’t forget to unplug thekeyboard from its connector before completely removing it.
04Remove the laptop’s upper half (the one with the screen) by removing itsscrews at the bottom and the back of the laptop case. Unplug its connectorand Wi-Fi cables as well.
05Remove the laptop’s Blu-ray or DVD drive. Some models allow you tosimply unlatch the optical drives. With others, you have to unscrew them.
06Unscrew the shell covering of the laptop’s bottom half.
07If your laptop’s CPU is placed under the GPU, promptly remove the videocard first. Some laptop models have their GPUs screwed in place. If yoursisn’t, simply pull it out of its socket.
08Use the screwdriver to unscrew the heat sink off the top of the CPU.
09Turn the CPU’s locking screw counterclockwise to unlock it, and gentlylift the processor up. When putting in its replacement, make sure that it’saligned well. Finally, turn the locking screw clockwise to lock it back inplace.Some laptops use locking bars akin to desktops instead of locking screws.Aside from the fact that you pull these bars up and push them down insteadof turning them around, this step remains largely the same.
10Place the heatsink back on top. Before doing so, though, make sure that thethermal compound (the silver-gray gunk) on its bottom is wiped off. Dothis using the lint-free rag and the alcohol. After cleaning it off, apply anew coating of thermal paste.
11Put your laptop back together; and voila! Instant souped-up laptop! Enjoythe performance boost!