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09-10-2016 07:32 AM
I have a 5 year old laptop, hp dv6 2170 ep which has a i5 520m, i was wondering if I could make an upgrade to an i7. Both are socketed cpus but i'm not sure if bios could accept this upgrade. I have a i7 820qm in mind that i found in aliexpress for 65 dollars. Is this upgrade possible?
09-10-2016 08:43 AM
Yes you can make the upgrade as long as the new motherboard is the same form factor. The BIOS is on the Motherboard itself. You would just need a fresh install of the OS to make everything work perfectly.
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09-10-2016 08:55 AM - edited 09-10-2016 09:00 AM
Not without changing the motherboard. The answer above is totally incorrect and one should not advise on hardware upgrades without a little research. There is a lot more to it than "form factor" whatever that means. No offense, but if you don't know, don't post.
HP offered that CPU on the dv7-2000 series but the Quad Core models have a different motherboard. This is the Manual that covers your model and the Quad Core models. Look at the list of motherboards on pages 23-24. There are dual core and quad core and ones for different chipsets. Yours is the HM55 chipset. All the i7 first gen processors listed are Quad Core, and the i7-720QM is misidentified as a dual core. So your best processor is i5-580M
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09-10-2016 09:04 AM
I found this on amazon
So if i buy this motherboard im able to place the new cpu?
And is this motherbaord compatible with my laptop "case"?
09-10-2016 09:12 AM - edited 09-10-2016 09:13 AM
If you don't mind going back to a Core 2 Duo processor and DDR2 memory. That is why it is so cheap. Totally obsolete. No, that motherboard is for an earlier generation model. The model numbers and hardware from this time in HP history are very confusing. The Manual I gave you lists the part numbers of the Quad Core motherboards and only the right one will support the Quad Core you want to install and the board is going to cost a little more than $15.99. Have you ever done this before? The dv7 is a nightmare to work on even for an experienced technician.