I'm too cool to Post
17th July 2003
I just acquired a Alienware Area 51M 766 laptop. It has been dropped and has some broken parts but Im putting it back together. It runs pretty good but seems like it overheats after playing games for about 20-30min.
My question is the laptop BIOS says it has a P4 3.2GHz EE (extreme edition?) .13micron process. Its not a mobile CPU, its a socket 775.
What I want to know is can I use a Intel socket 775 P4 running 3.2GHz to 3.4GHz using .65n process?
Im not trying to go faster so much as trying to reduce energy consumption and lower heat output.
it gets fairly hot inside and battery life when new in reviews was about 65min. So far I have gotten almost 90min.
Thanks for any help.
Trust me, I'm a Doctor
25th November 2003
I don't know alot about how laptops are built, but i will try to help.
If the CPU is socketed the same as a standard desktop CPU then i would say it would depend on if the BIOS can support the 65nm core (Cedar Mill). I'm pretty sure your 130nm chip should be a Northwood, which is pretty old now, so unless there is a recent BIOS update, it probably won't be supported. I can't say much more than that due to my lack of laptop experience, it probably won't be worth the pain in the ass just to get 200Mhz extra and a little longer battery life.
How does it seem like its overheating, is it actually slowing down or is the fan just spinning like crazy?
...burning angel wings to dust
14th February 2004
Very unlikely. Run something like Everest and post the chipset; that's the easiest way to tell.
Waffle-Sprocket is broke
24th November 2003
Probably easier buying a dedicated Laptop Cooler.http://www.kustompcs.com/acatalog/info_2805.html