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  Notebook Upgrading, how and why? 
  Sep 12, 2001, 08:30am EDT 


By: Sander Sassen

A modern notebook is not similar to a desktop in terms of upgrade ability, although there are a lot of options open for those that are willing to try. Upgrading the memory and the harddisk is a no-brainer and yields excellent results with any notebook, whether in terms of performance and/or storage capacity. Upgrading the CPU is something that takes a little more time and effort, but since Mobile Pentium IIIs are available in a retail packaging we don’t see why you shouldn’t be able to crank up the MHz. However do make sure that you’re absolutely sure about what you’re doing, not everybody is skilled enough to take a notebook apart and replace the CPU without a service manual.

If you are indeed thinking about prolonging the life of your current notebook, it might be worth it to look into some of the options we suggested. Notebook memory and harddisks are available at most retail outlets or can be ordered online. CPUs are somewhat harder to come by but are available also. And although the parts may still add up to a couple of hundred dollars, you’re still cheaper off then picking up a new notebook and disregarding the old one.

Sander Sassen

1. Introduction
2. Notebook features
3. Notebook memory
4. Notebook harddisks
5. Notebook CPUs
6. Conclusion

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