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Alienware 51m 5620D modification?

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If I'm in the wrong area, can you redirect me?

Okay, so recently someone plopped an Alienware 51m in my lap. I realized miles away that it was an ancient laptop just because of sheer size and all the old fashion connections on the back.

First thing first - I looked up her specs..and practically died laughing. The thing is really cute inside
http://www.cnet.com/laptops/alienware-area-51m/4507-3121_7-20857400.html

This thing I doubt would even be capable of handling the internet in this modern age with a mere single core Pentium 4 running at 2.8Ghz(600bus, I think?), 256MB DDR RAM, a 64MB graphics. She doesn't have wifi and instead has to be plugged in directly and only has a max transfer rate of 56Kbps

Anyway, laptops are generally out of my league since I usually stick with towers. However, I've always wanted to mess with one(for real - not just repairing Toshiba Satellites for my fam)

Ultimately, I wanna know if it's possible to replace it's mobo with a better one that can run a full size CPU(this thing certainly has the size) and DDR3 RAM and all that beautiful jazz. She doesn't seem much different than any other laptop's internals other than she seems to be far more spacious.

Any ideas?
post #2 of 7
Motherboards are usually custom made for the chassis (or vice versa) so it would probably take a little case modding. It's going to be hard to keep it looking nice. You'll probably have to make new cutouts or use extensions for most of the ports, and then there's the issue of cooling.
It can certainly be done, but you have your work cut out for ya. It's certainly an interesting project thumb.gif
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No. I would either put Windows XP on it and play old games or console emulators on it. It can browse the web without too much issue. Or just throw a flavor of Linux on there and it will run even faster than XP.

Like MME1122 said, it'll take a lot of hacking and modifying to fit something else in there, and it would probably kill any portability you had.
Edited by Wildcard36qs - 9/17/12 at 9:00am
   
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The thing weighs 10 pounds and she's rather bulky - not to mention in her current format she needs a direct LAN. She certainly won't be leaving the house any time soon. Besides, I like the idea of messing with her and turning her into somethin' new, and modifying the case(so long as it's within my skill set),

It's the adventure of it all wheee.gif
post #5 of 7
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I'm having trouble finding the exact size of the Alienware's mobo
Does anyone know what it is? (For my 5620D, that is)
Also, relatively, shouldn't a smaller Laptop's mobo be able to fit into the case of the massive Alienware? Like say one of the smaller/newer Lenovo laptops?
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Toss it. It's garbage. That's the same P4 that's commonly referred to as "Intel's Faildozer". tongue.gif
     
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How did this project work out for you? I have one of these machines on my bench right now and I'm curious to know if you did anything useful with it.
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