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    Question X61 processor upgrade - possible or not?

    Hi all,
    I talked to a guy in my local computer store a few days back (he seemed quite competent) and he told me that it's possible to manually upgrade the processor in an X61 to a faster one. He said he was 100% positive. What do you think? I have the C2D 1.6GHz, so would it be possible to simply buy a 1.8 or even 2.0 (LV of course) and put it instead? I thought it was just wishful thinking.. but wouldn't that be cool?

    Oh and please do shut me up if that's an old topic and everyone knows the answer to that already..
    Last edited by Stansfield; 03-23-2008 at 02:00 PM.
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    Default Re: X61 processor upgrade - possible or not?

    Hi Stansfield,

    He may have been mistaken between the X61 and the X61t (Tablet PC). However, I'll give some links at the bottom of my reply that you can check on. In short: it's soldered on.

    The X61 (regular notebook) has a regular voltage processor compared to the X61s and X61t's low voltage processor. Usually regular voltage processors are not soldered and thus removable and upgradeable, while low voltage/ultra low voltage processors are soldered. However, it appears that even the X61 with regular voltage processors is soldered on -- this must have been a manufacturer's choice to do so.

    x60 CPU user-upgradeable?
    http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?t=45403
    http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/si...IGR-62866.html (Open PDF, go to Page 94 shown on the pages of the PDF, or Page 100 through your PDF reader's page count), states:

    Following components soldered on the top and bottom sides of the system board are extremely sensitive. When you service the system board, avoid any kind of rough handling.
    a.) Accelerometer chip for the HDD Active Protection System
    b.) Security chip
    c.) CPU
    d.) MCH (Memory Controller Hub)
    e.) ICH (I/O Controller Hub)
    EDIT: Found the X60/X61 Tablet Hardware Maintenance Guide: http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/si...cid=MIGR-66749

    It states the same as the quote above, pg 89 (by the numbering within the pages) or pg 95 (by the PDF viewer page count).
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    Default Re: X61 processor upgrade - possible or not?

    Well... crap. Seems I'm stuck with my 1.6 for eternity.

    Big thanks for your prompt response nevertheless.
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    Default Re: X61 processor upgrade - possible or not?

    Hi Stansfield,

    I found the actual true X60/X61 Tablet Hardware Maintenance Guide, my previous reply has been edited to include it: http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/si...cid=MIGR-66749

    It states the same as the quote above in my previous reply, pg 89 (by the numbering within the pages) or pg 95 (by the PDF viewer page count).
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