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X61 processor upgrade - possible or not?

Discussion in 'Lenovo (IBM)' started by Stansfield, Mar 23, 2008.

  1. Stansfield

    Stansfield simple polish newbie

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    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..
  2. SimsHsia

    SimsHsia "I will do science to it"

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    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.

    http://forum.tabletpcreview.com/showthread.php?t=7986
    http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?t=45403
    http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/MIGR-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:

    EDIT: Found the X60/X61 Tablet Hardware Maintenance Guide: http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?sitestyle=lenovo&lndocid=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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    Stansfield simple polish newbie

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

    Big thanks for your prompt response nevertheless.
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    SimsHsia "I will do science to it"

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