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Date:      Sat, 23 May 2015 20:15:51 +0000
From:      B J <va6bmj@gmail.com>
To:        Brandon Wandersee <brandon.wandersee@zoho.com>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: Replacing cpu
Message-ID:  <CAP7QzkPwF4de7wz1D4vv-tOyef3sB=rA-AdQCgB+LSwmN2N1Xw@mail.gmail.com>
In-Reply-To: <20150523191345.GA7122@WorkBox.Home>
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On 5/23/15, Brandon Wandersee <brandon.wandersee@zoho.com> wrote:
> Generally speaking, *even if* the sockets match, and *even if* the board
> firmware can handle it, and *even if* there aren't any foreseeable software
> problems, if installing a particular CPU model wasn't an option for the
> laptop
> when the laptop was first purchased, using that CPU would be a very bad
> idea. So
> without knowing the laptop model (or how you concluded this was certainly a
> CPU
> problem), I wouldn't guess at an answer myself.

<snip>

Over the years, I've taken apart a number of computers, including
laptops.  Those that I couldn't fix or get running again were
disassembled and now reside in my junk boxes.

On the whole, there isn't much that can be repaired on laptops.
They're not designed to be and, even if they could be fixed, they're
not worth the effort.  They're miserable to take apart and equally so
to re-assemble.

In this situation, I'd recommend obtaining a replacement machine.
There are a lot of refurbished machines in good condition, aside from
the expected wear and tear,  available from reputable dealers, often
at good prices.  The best thing is to take what can be immediately
salvaged from the original unit (i. e., the hard drive, the RAM cards,
and, possibly, the external power supply) and put it all to good use
in the newer one.

I'd hang onto the original laptop as it might be possible to get it
running again, but I wouldn't bet on it.  If not, there may be parts
on it which could be used elsewhere.  Otherwise, it'll get a trip to
the recycling depot.

B. M. Jatzeck



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