When looking to upgrade your personal notebook make sure you research online to find out how far you need to go to access the part you will be replacing. In our little guide below we take a look at a wide sample of systems that all have a unique way to get at internal components. This can make a huge difference in down-time if you aren't experienced, turning what might be a simple five minute upgrade into an hour or more event. One policy that I think can make many of these upgrades easier it to try to take apart the notebook before you purchase any components to see what you are getting yourself into. Another method is looking at the manufacturer's website to see if a service manual is available, and using that to see how much of your laptop you have to take apart in order to perform certain upgrades.
What Can I Do To Upgrade My Laptop?
Short of the complex disassembly of your entire notebook and replacing the processor, there are essentially three key areas where you can perform simple upgrades to improve your laptop's performance:
Upgrading the Graphics Card in Your Notebook
Now that we've talked about the easy upgrades, it's time to address the most frequently asked about upgrade: Graphics. Few notebooks currently on the market support graphics card upgrades. The models that are generally compatible have a very limited selection of options and for the 98% of the notebooks currently on the market the GPU is soldered onto the motherboard. Short of swapping in a new motherboard you are stuck with what you originally purchased. There are a few new options for the technically inclined, including a an external graphics card solution aptly called the DIY ViDock which allows you to connect a full-size desktop graphics card to your notebook through a mini-PCIe card or an ExpressCard adapter. We will discuss this method in a future article, but for 98% of notebook users out there, don't expect to find any solution to upgrade the graphics in your notebook.
With these essentials out of the way, let's dive into your laptop ...
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