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Hey guys,

My mom is in town, and I was taking a look at her ancient laptop. Its a Core Duo T2250, 1GB DDR2 533, 60GB HDD machine. I dug around in my closet and found 2x1GB of Hynix DDR2 667 that came in one of my old Dell laptops and tossed that in, and upgraded the BIOS to A17. Seemed to be quite a boost.

However, the Core Duo really sucks. I happen to have a C2D T7200 2ghz from somewhere, and from what I can tell it is a drop-in upgrade once the BIOS was updated. I plan to do this and clean out the fans/apply new TIM right now, unless it will require a re-installation of windows? I can't see why it would (Vista Home Premium 32bit).

So basically my questions in TL:DR format;

1) Upgrade from T2250 > T7200 need windows re-install?
2) What else can I do to speed this thing up a little?
post #2 of 17
Sounds fine, you won't have to re-install Windows. But I would re-install Windows regardless. Vista itself is just plain slow, but a clean install followed by disabling services/features you don't need will speed it up. I'd use something like nLite (the Vista version might be called vLite, I forget) to strip down the ISO before re-installing.

Other things: 60GB HDD is terribly small, even going to a 250GB would make it a decent amount faster. You'll have to make sure it takes SATA HDD's first.
 
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Sounds fine, you won't have to re-install Windows. But I would re-install Windows regardless. Vista itself is just plain slow, but a clean install followed by disabling services/features you don't need will speed it up. I'd use something like nLite (the Vista version might be called vLite, I forget) to strip down the ISO before re-installing.

Other things: 60GB HDD is terribly small, even going to a 250GB would make it a decent amount faster. You'll have to make sure it takes SATA HDD's first.


Yeah, the only reason I don't want to is she is very computer illiterate and doesn't want ANYTHING to change, not even the background on the desktop. It needs a HDD bad, the 60GB performs poorly and is very small (my USB 3.0 thumb drive is bigger and faster... thats pretty sad). Right now its installing Vista SP1 which must have come out in like 2007 and never got installed, if that tells you anything.

Basically trying to get a little more life out of it, the screen is getting ready to die right now as I can see black scan lines moving up on it from the backlighting.
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Ok so I went ahead and swapped the CPU out, 99% of the problem with it being super slow was the thermal paste all dried out and flaked off causing the CPU to throttle to 400mhz at 90*C whenever it was running. Now I can't get into windows because the SP1 installation failed halfway through and it won't boot so I get to fight that for a while. Vista is the software equivalent of a big turd.
post #5 of 17
Try to undervolt the new CPU to reduce heat and increase battery life. Stability test with Prime95. thumb.gif

I have a laptop drive you could use. I'll get you specs tomorrow when I'm at the 'rents house.
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Honestly, with all of these upgrades you've done....if you've got a spare Windows 7 license, I'd just install 7 to it. Maybe get her a nice SSD as well if budget allows (even maybe a used one here off the marketplace). Not to mention the battery life you'd gain back out of it by going to an SSD would make it well worth it (and the speed).

You've already done a good amount of upgrades to it as is. If it was THAT slow, a fresh install of Windows might be in order regardless.
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post #7 of 17
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Honestly, with all of these upgrades you've done....if you've got a spare Windows 7 license, I'd just install 7 to it. Maybe get her a nice SSD as well if budget allows (even maybe a used one here off the marketplace). Not to mention the battery life you'd gain back out of it by going to an SSD would make it well worth it (and the speed).

You've already done a good amount of upgrades to it as is. If it was THAT slow, a fresh install of Windows might be in order regardless.

I finally got it to install SP1, and that helped a lot. She had all kinds of spyware on it from using IE6 for the last 6 years. Seems to be running pretty good right now except for the dying backlight. Best part is, it didn't cost me anything.

I tried to clone the 60GB HDD to a 500GB 7200RPM drive I had but it failed twice in a row so I guess thats not going to happen. Oh well.

Thanks for the ideas.
post #8 of 17
I should probably fix up my old 1525. What TIM did you use?
post #9 of 17
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I should probably fix up my old 1525. What TIM did you use?

I had some G751 left in my closet, but anything would be better than what was on there since 2006.
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I had some G751 left in my closet, but anything would be better than what was on there since 2006.

Yeah, I have some MX-2 laying around somewhere. How drastic was the performance/cooling difference?
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