Windows 10: Laptop CPU upgrade Solved

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  1.    30 Jul 2017 #1

    Laptop CPU upgrade


    Hi guys,

    I have a HP Pavilion dv2700, Wistron 30cd motherboard, and I am having an intention to upgrade my CPU. But there's a problem. Since I am just a PC noob, I don't know the maximum CPU which can be supported by the motherboard. Any ideas? I would appreciate very much
    BTW - Can anyone tell me differences between PPGA and PGA sockets? I did some references on some websites, they said that both of them were the same. But I don't think so...
    My chipset series is intel 965 express chipset.
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  2.    30 Jul 2017 #2

    Being honest, I would just stop thinking about this. Upgrading a laptop CPU is never easy, CPU's that are old and out of supply are expensive and your performance increase would be next to nothing.

    If you really want to upgrade, change out the hard drive for an SSD. Otherwise, save up for a new computer.
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 v1803 Build 17134.1 (Branch: RS4 Release Preview)
       30 Jul 2017 #3

    I absolutely agree with the above comments. I have 2 laptops with similar specs and only reasonable upgrade to do was to add a bit more RAM and replace the spinning HDD with an SSD.

    Swapping the CPU is out of the question. Not worth it unless you get the CPU for free and know what you are doing.
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  4.    30 Jul 2017 #4

    Oh, I thought that upgrading Laptop CPU is that easy...
    Anyways, can you explain to me the differences between PPGA and PGA sockets? I did some search and it said that they are both the same. I did think so, but doubts are still in my mind. Pls help me
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 v1803 Build 17134.1 (Branch: RS4 Release Preview)
       31 Jul 2017 #5

    xtremeraces said: View Post
    Oh, I thought that upgrading Laptop CPU is that easy...
    Anyways, can you explain to me the differences between PPGA and PGA sockets? I did some search and it said that they are both the same. I did think so, but doubts are still in my mind. Pls help me
    PGA = Pin Grid Array
    PPGA = Plastic Pin Grid Array

    Only difference is the materials used in packaging the CPU.
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  6.    31 Jul 2017 #6

    So can I mount a PGA478 CPU with a PPGA478 socket?
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 v1803 Build 17134.1 (Branch: RS4 Release Preview)
       31 Jul 2017 #7

    Yes you can, but you must be certain that the motherboard including BIOS has support for the CPU in question. The PGA478 CPU fits a PPGA478 socket, but there is no guarantee that the CPU will work anyway.

    Also make sure the MB is NOT using a micro FCPGA478 socket, then you can only use that kind of packaged CPUs in the laptop.

    Either way...I would NOT go with the CPU upgrade, unless you know what you are doing. You will have to take the whole laptop apart, and that is NOT an easy task to do. (...well easy to take apart, but getting it back together can be a pain)

    UPDATE: PPGA478 can also mean Socket P in some cases, then you can not fit a PGA478 CPU in it. Socket P = micro FCPGA478 (smaller in size)
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 v1803 Build 17134.1 (Branch: RS4 Release Preview)
       31 Jul 2017 #8

    I suspect your MB uses Socket P which is the same as FCPGA478MN marking on the socket on the motherboard. Only way to know for sure is to take the whole computer apart.
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       31 Jul 2017 #9

    In support of simply replacing the Notebook/Laptop I checked HP's site and the only drivers listed were for Vista, certainly suggests it is an older device.
    HP Software and Driver Downloads for HP Printers, Laptops, Desktops and More | HP® Customer Support
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  •    31 Jul 2017 #10

    Well, I took the whole laptop apart, reassembled it, and I have to say, it's pretty easy (except the touch panel as well as the touch pad, I mistakenly broke it down ...:P)
    By the way, thank you very much for helping me
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