GL960 Chipset Processor Upgradability

Discussion in 'Hardware Components and Aftermarket Upgrades' started by michacerboy, Jan 25, 2008.

  1. Alkazar

    Alkazar Newbie

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    Hi there, I would like to share my journey with you upgrading my old laptop to compete even with 2019s low ends.

    I have an old Acer Extensa 5220

    Thanks to DylRicho and his debugger https://dylricho.com/tools/gl960-debugger/. I was able to figure out that my chipset is a fake GL960.

    Thanks to Reiph for the maximum RAM Supported
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/thr...or-upgradability.212097/page-41#post-10575853

    OLD SPECS
    Intel core M550 (1C/1T)
    1 GB RAM
    Windows XP
    HDD 50GB

    NEW SPECS
    Intel Core 2 Duo T9500 (2C/2T)
    5 GB DDR2 RAM (4+1 GB)
    Windows 10
    SSD 250GB
    + new 100Mbps mini PCI-e network card

    System specs screenshot:
    https://imgur.com/a/xzQjiF0

    The laptop is now blazing fast. Pulling a score of 1926 in Passmark Performance Test 9 and 447/216 in CPU-Z benchmark
     
    Last edited: May 1, 2019
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  2. DylRicho

    DylRicho Notebook Consultant

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    Hmm... If that module turns out to be fine and not faulty, that will be a new discovery. I will make a note of this and do some more research, should that be the case.

    I'm happy that you're now able to take advantage of dual-core Penryn.


    Yikes. The OEMs don't do any favors for these machines.


    Please do keep us informed on how it goes. From what I've seen, DDR2-667 modules are the most likely to work, and given that even the top-end GM965/PM965 chipsets scale DDR2-800 back to 667 MT/s, it's essentially no performance loss whatsoever.


    That's great news. Thank you for the post, and you're most welcome for the tool. There's a better version currently in the works.

    Incidentally, I've been wanting to upgrade my laptop to Windows 10 for my uncle who now uses the laptop. How are the GL960 GPU drivers with Windows 10? Are you able to get native 1280 x 800 resolution, as I know these drivers don't support the correct version of Windows Display Driver Model.

    Dylan
     
  3. Alkazar

    Alkazar Newbie

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    I had no problem whatsoever with graphics driver. Is is running natively at 1280x800 right out of the bat as all other drivers. The only driver that is not existent is bluetooth driver. I was not able to find it anywhere, so only bluetooth is not working.
     
  4. Reiph

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    Good news, everyone ! :vbsmile:

    Core 2 Extreme X9000 works with GL960 on ASUS X58L ( with BIOS 203 - Latest )
    (X51L motherboard rev. 2.1)

    boot.jpg BIOS_Menu.jpg
     
  5. Reiph

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    The only thing that is not working - is Intel SpeedStep technology

    And because of it - the CPU is always :

    - at max multiplier x14
    - and at 2.80 GHz speed

    But,
    The temperature is normal,
    Here is the screenshot with different tests :



    Desktop_Screenshot.png
     
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2019
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