CPU Upgrade on a Dell Inspiron 1300 withh 910gml chipset

HI all,

I am trying to upgarde cpu on my laptop dell inspiron 1300 and it has got 910 gml intel chipset, according to specifications it may take take Pentium centrino (the ones with 2mb l2 cache)

I tried upgrading to sl8u6 (Intel Pentium 1.8ghz with 400mhz fsb) the laptop refused to boot up.

However checking other forums it appears several people have success with upgrading their why mine didnt?
By the way my bios is already updated to the latest version A10.

any hints comments or suggestions are more than welcome
Thank you reading
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Netpro7Asked:
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nobusCommented:
can you post the reason for the upgrade?  in general, there is only little gain from an update of the cpu.
increaind the ram is much more cost efficient !
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Netpro7Author Commented:
I want to upgarde to cpu to make this laptop to reach its full potential,
I have installed windows server 2003  r2 with exchange on it and at some I may host my own website.
HDD is already been upgraded to 320gb and ram to 2gb (Maximum supported ram)
System at the moment is running fine, I just thought bit more cpu power will be great cause its only running Celerom M 1.5 GHZ with 1mb Cache.

By the way, i just had a tinkling that sl8u6 is enhanced speed step technology and celeron m isnt,, I think that may may be another reason for failure?

I may sound nuts from above however I am not a big fan of PC's, laptops do for me, even theough they dont provide me with any kind redundancy .
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
The Inspiron 1300 should work with any of the following ...
1.6GHz, 725a, 2MB Pentium-M, Dothan, 400MHz
1.7GHz, 735, 2MB Pentium-M, Dothan, 400MHz
1.8GHz, 745, 2MB Pentium-M, Dothan, 400MHz
2.0GHz, 755, 2MB, Pentium-M, Dothan, 400MHz
2.1GHz, 765, 2MB Pentium-M, Dothan, 400MHz

The SL8U6 you tried is a Pentium-M 745, so it should work.    Since it's not, it's likely that you either have a defective CPU, or the board MAY not work with the C-step chips ... you may need a B0 stepping SL7Q6, which runs at a notably lower VID (0.988 vs. 1.276v).    Unfortunately, I couldn't find a supported CPU list on Dell's site, so it's not clear what restrictions apply here.

Basically, rather than spending $$ on upgrading that laptop, I'd consider upgrading to a new one.   Even the top-of-the line CPU listed above (2.1GHz 765) only scores 522 on PassMark's CPUMark.    ANY modern Core architecture CPU will significantly outperform that.
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sayed_maherCommented:
Well in all honesty, in order for you to get maximum performance out of your laptop you need take into consideration 4 things

1) The amount of ram plus the speed of the ram. For example 1GB DDR2 533 mhz and 1GB DDR2 800 Mhz there is a huge difference in performance.
2) The hard disk speed, a 5400 Rpm will not be as responsive as a 7200 Rpm. For hosting and live feeds definitely faster is better.
3) The CPU clock speed + chipset. A Celeron M is a extremely slow chip. If your bus speed allows you too, even an upgrade to a Centrino is much better. And if you can. Go with Core Duo (and of course this is all limited to the speed of your Front Side Bus. If its compatible go with a Core Duo (because for sure its not compatible with a Core 2 Duo)
4) The L1 and L2 cache of the processor. The more L1 and L2 cache, the better. Stay away from Celeron processors for any heavy duty hosting, they are weak processors, with weak architectures and weak L1 and L2 cache capabilities.

Regards.
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Lieven EmbrechtsSenior IT ConsultantCommented:
since you try to install this on a laptop, which isn't made for continuous operation, i guess these applications will run for development or testing purposes.  it's a bit strange to spend time and money to reach maximum performance in such an environment.  anyway i agree with sayed_maher: ram is the most important, cpu is not important.  the applications you describe rely a lot on harddisc speed and bus speed, not on processor speed.  imho most processors in servers reach low usage percentages, even with multiple applications installed.

gently tweeking the operating system software will probably give some extra results:
- switch off all services you don't need (like indexing service)
- add a professional defragmenting tool like raxco perfectdisc

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Netpro7Author Commented:
Everyone, well done, thanks for your suggestion comments,
Thank you well done!
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