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Thread: CPU Upgrade on Satellite A100-521

  1. CPU Upgrade on Satellite A100-521
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Hi all, looks like a good forum here! I'm looking for information on upgrading the processor on my Satellite A100-521.

    The current main specs are:
    Intel Celeron-M 360 (1.4Ghz, 400Mhz FSB)
    2Gb of PC2-4300 RAM
    60GB OCZ Vortex 2 SSD
    Windows 7 (Runs fine, albeit without Aero)

    So it's the CPU that's the weak link, verified by Windows Experience Index.

    I've done some digging and it seems the chipset is the AMD Radeon Xpress 200m http://www.amd.com/u...s-200m-amd.aspx which is apparently compatible with some Pentium and Core 2 CPU's: http://en.wikipedia....s_200_for_Intel

    Any ideas what I could upgrade to? Doesn't need to be very fast, just a bit quicker with everyday processes....


  2. Re: CPU Upgrade on Satellite A100-521
    Join Date
    Sep 2009

    Usually the CPU upgrade is very tricky because of the BIOS compatibility.
    Even if the chipset would be able to handle new CPU, the BIOS might cause some problems.
    But nobody is able to say if notebook would run stable after such upgrade… if you want to be 100% sure, I would recommend choosing an CPU which was already used in the A100 series…
    Otherwise it might be possible that new CPU would not be handled by BIOS properly.

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