How to upgrade your laptop
Anyone into their technology has messed around with a computer at some stage. Desktop PCs, thanks to their size and design, are ideal for upgrading
- new graphics boards, an upgraded motherboard or even something as simple as a flat screen rather than the traditional box. But laptops are a whole
other story. Compact microcircuitry dissuades everyone but the most technologically savvy from undoing those screws and opening â€˜Pandora's
Laptop'. Slotting in a new graphics or sound card into a laptop is not a simple matter of taking the case off and tricking up the insides of the computer.
But there are things you can do to upgrade your laptop that don't involve a degree in electronic engineering and a very steady hand with a soldering
RAM - giving your laptop a better memory
Almost every laptop can be given a RAM upgrade, simply by opening a compartment on the bottom of the laptop and inserting a new memory stick.
However, before buying a new stick of RAM, it is strongly advisable to check the manufacturer's guidelines. Many manufacturers make RAM sticks for
their own computers, but it is possible to buy â€˜generic' sticks that can fit a range of laptops. If you are unsure as to whether your memory stick is
suitable for your laptop, check with the manufacturer.
Upgrading the processor is something that should be thought about carefully before you attempt it. Most modern laptops run dual-core processors,
which have enough processing power to run almost any application, including processor-hungry ones like games and graphics programs. It is worth
weighing up the cost and time involved in upgrading the processor against the net gain this would achieve. In most cases, the gain will be negligible,
and as laptops use microcircuitry to cut down on weight and size, replacing the processor could be described as â€˜fiddly' at best!
The internal hard disk of a computer is the beating heart of any machine, whether that's a laptop or a desktop PC. While it is relatively