08-15-2016 11:55 AM
Hi I currently have an HP 255 G1 with an AMD E2 - 1800 APU and I know that this can't be upgraded without replacing the motherboard, so I was hoping I could get some possible motherboard replacements as I wish to upgrade to at least an i5 or the AMD equivalent.
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08-15-2016 12:16 PM - edited 08-15-2016 12:19 PM
Here's the Manual:
If you try to go Intel you will need to buy a motherboard, and a processor and a heatsink/fan.
If you go AMD all you need is the motherboard since your cooling fan/heatsink can be ported over, and the processor is soldered to the board.
This is the motherboard you want:
System board (includes replacement thermal materials): For use only with models with an AMD A6-5200 processor ● Models with Windows 8 Standard 730670-501 ● Models with Windows 8 Professional 730670-601
I am going to assume you have Windows standard.
HP does not have the A6 AMD board in the store....they only have the A4 board and it is stupid expensive:
Since you do not have one to exchange, it is going to cost close to $500. I can find you a good used Intel 250 G1 for that price.
You can find the board for $67 on eBay:
I know you wanted something a bit more powerful but the A4 will be a major improvement over what you have.
The seller laptopaid, is one of the best on eBay for this kind of thing. I can't count how much stuff I have purchased from them.
Post back if you need any more help. The Manual shows just how to replace the motherboard. Port your fan, memory, wireless card over. You will have to reinstall original Windows but the motherboard has a Key Code embedded in the BIOS and will just activate. If your hard drive still has the original HP install it should activate itself when first connected to the internet but be prepared if necessary to do a system restore.
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