How to Change a Laptop Processor

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A CPU processor can be upgraded in a laptop by removing the keyboard and exposing the CPU. Discover why a processor cannot be accessed from underneath a laptop with help from a laptop repair specialist in this free video on laptop computer processors.

Part of the Video Series: Laptop Repair & Maintenance
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Video Transcript

Hi, this is Nathan Morgan with, in this video we're going to show you how to upgrade your CPU processor in your laptop. First thing you want to do is remove the power supply from the laptop, and remove any batteries that you have installed. At this point, we want to locate the CPU processor. In this particular machine, there's not an access to get to the CPU processor on the bottom of this. So most likely it's going to be underneath the keyboard. We'll need to remove the power button cover to expose the two mounting screws. The keyboard comes out and there's just one connector that's holding that in, pull it out, put the cell to the side. You want to locate the CPU cooling unit at this point. This particular unit is held in with four screws on the CPU cooling unit, go ahead and loosen those up. This will expose the CPU, CPU has one locking screw, it's tightened in by a flathead screw driver. Just to loosen that, take a new CPU. And you want to know that the CPU has a pen layout here. What we want to do is, we want to line that pen layout with the pen layout on the processor socket. Slide it in, snap it in and then use the locking screw to tighten it. Now just re-install the heat sink for the CPU. Now just replace the keyboard. Now we want to snap our power button cover back on. And that's it, so make note that the CPU does not need any software or any former upgrades in order for the CPU to work. You just turn it on and that's it. This is Nathan Morgan with


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