Stock Specs Athlon 64-M 3000+ (1.8 Ghz) 1Gb L2 cache The M6809 has the 64-M 3200+ (2.0 Ghz) 15.4" WXGA screen (1280 x 800) 60 GB 4200 rpm hard drive (80 GB for the 6809). Some people report getting a 5400 rpm one Mobility Radeon 9600 pro 64 MB (dedicated memory) DVD/CD-RW combo (the 6807/6809 have a DVD burner/CDRW) 2x256 (512) Samsung PC2700 6-in-1 Digital Media Manger (Compact Flash, Micro Drive, MultiMedia Card, Secure Digital (SD), Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro) 802.11g wireless (via mini pci card) 4 X USB 2.0 ports, 1 Firewire port, 10/100 lan, 56K modem, mic jack, headphone jack, S-Video out, Drivers 1. The OEM provided drivers are on Disc 3 of the restore CDs. This is particularly important if you want to install a different OS. 2. Hot keys can't be mapped to other applications at the current time. However, some people are reporting that TweakUI from microsoft will let you do it. 3. Viaarena.com has the latest drivers for your chipset. 4. The ATI 9600 can use the latest Catalysts or Omegas. 5. Realtek.com.tw has the latest drivers for your soundcard. 6. Hot keys can't be mapped to other applications at the current. End user upgrades Pictures were take from www.wereshark.com and hosted on my site with his permision. MEMORY The memory is split into two modules. One is "user" accessible and the other is under the keyboard and may void your warranty if you replace it. It uses regular PC2700 SODIMM's so you can either replace the stock 256 mb stick that is located on the bottom with a 1 gb or 512 mb stick to increase your memory. Hard Drive This is probably the biggest bottleneck in the laptop. 4200 RPM is very slow for a hard drive and these machines need a faster one to go along with the rest of the components. The hard drive is located in the front middle and one or two screws to get it out. You can get any 9.5mm laptop drive 5400 or 7200 RPM to replace it with. You can either sell or get a 2.5" external USB/Firewire enclosure and use the old drive for backups. MISC There is also a mini PCI slot located on the bottom of the laptop. Inside houses the wireless card. User upgradeable parts that will probably void your warranty.[/B] CPU The AMD A64-M 3000+ is also known as a DTR (Desktop replacement) and is 1.8Ghz whereas the normal desktop A64 3000+ is 2.0Ghz and has only 512mb of cache. The DTR's have 1Gb of L2 cache. There is a 3200+ and a 3400+ that will plug in easily to our machines. The CPU is in a standard ZIF socket. As you can see in this pic the HSF is of the heat pipe veriety and has two fans, one for intake and one for exhaust. In this pic you can see the ZIF socket with the CPU after the HSF has been removed. MEMORY (located under the keyboard) There is one stick located under the keyboard and is pain to get to. This pic shows the 6 in 1 card reader removed to gain better access to the internal memory slot. OVERCLOCKING The video card is extremely over clockable. Stock speeds are 300mhz for the core and 200mhz for the memory. With some simple tools most people are reporting 400mhz+ on the core and 220mhz+ on the memory. (mine will do 435mhz core and 228mhz memory) Atitool http://atitool.ocfaq.com/ is a program that you run and it will determine the max setting for both the core and memory. It takes awhile to run but is pretty accurate. ATI Omega display drivers are a must. They are the certified ATI drivers included with a lot of utilities for the Radeon cards. The latest Omega driver can be downloaded from http://www.omegacorner.com/ and install just fine. Once installed and you open the control panel there is a tab called Radlink and there is where you can set you new core and memory speed. Over clocking the CPU is a little trickier since there is no AGP/PCI bus lock (meaning you can lock the bus to 33/66mhz). When you increase the FSB on the CPU it will also increase it on the PCI/AGP bus as well. This will quickly put the PCI/AGP bus out of spec and cause anything from lockups to frequent restarts. The utility preferred is called Clockgen and can be found at http://www.cpuid.com/clockgen.php Go to the Athlon 64 motherboards section and download this on CG-ICS950403 for the K8X800 chipset. I would recommend not going much beyond 2.0Ghz as it will put a serious strain on the PCI/AGP bus. Next is the dreaded 800Mhz on battery problem (NOTE THIS WILL NOT WORK ON THE M6809). It is not Emachines fault rather it is a combination of AMD's driver and WinXP. It does not have this affect if you are running Win2K or Linux. There is a solution that is pretty simple. Download the latest AMD PowerNow driver from http://www.amd.com/us-en/assets/content_type/utilities/AMDPowernowver3.04.EXE and then right click and select compatibility mode. Select Windows 2000 and then install. You can now check the power properties and there is a new option "AMD PowerNow Technology" one of the options is High performance mode and always on. (Don't forget to set the power scheme to always on) My screen won't come on even though I am moving the touch pad! This is normal just select the Fn+F4 and the screen will come back on. Please let me know if I missed anything or made any mistakes.