I decided to make this tutorial because I couldn't find any good info when I decided I wanted to upgrade the 1500 Celeron M processor in my Amilo Pro V2030 to a Pentium M of a higher speed, the Processor I decided upon was a 1700 Pentium M with a 2MB level 2 cache. The processor I chose was the SL7EP
- it's a 1700MHz Pentium M processor with a 2meg level 2 cache, I sourced this used processor from Ebay as these processors are no longer in production. I will try and make this tutorial as easy as possible as I know not everybody has experience in opening a pc/laptop, I'm not the greatest writer in the world so if I miss anything out or it's difficult to understand please let me know and I will write/rewrite what is needed.
To select a processor fit for the V2030 I first needed to take note of the socket type which is socket 479 FC-µPGA, this information tells me the processor to be installed is of the Dothan
family and is interchangable as opposed to the FC-µBGA which have to be soldered to the processor. I then had to take note of the FSB (Front Side Bus
) of the laptop which is 400MT/s (it's actually 100MT/s x 4 = 400MT/s, the 100 comes into play when selecting the multiplier). The FSB is very important here, the V2030's FSB is locked at 400 and there's no changing that. If I installed a processor designed for an FSB of 533 in the hope it would run faster it would have the opposite effect as the multipliers on these 533FSB processors are lower than those designed for 400FSB. For example the SL7EP is a 400FSB (4x100) processor with a multiplier of 17 - meaning 100(FSB) x 17(multiplier) = 1700MHz, whereas the SL7S8 is a 533FSB (4x133) processor with a multiplier of 13 - meaning 133(FSB) x 13(multiplier) = 1729MHz but because the V2030 only has an FSB of 400 it means the CPU will only run at 1300MHz (100 x 13 = 1300).
If all this processor information is too much to take in I have compiled a list of compatible processors here, choose one of the following and you wont go wrong;
SL7EP - 1700MHz
SL7BA - 1700MHz
SL7EN - 1800MHz
SL8U6 - 1800MHz
SL8QZ - 1800MHz
SL7EM - 2000MHz
SL7V3 - 2100MHz
There are slower processors available but I wouldn't waste your time or money on them as you wont see much of a noticable increase with them. Just type these processor codes into ebay and see which fits your budget.Annotations and suggestions to this thread can be offered via PM to > v2030 < or > hikaru <.
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