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Postby bimbla on Thu Jul 15, 2004 9:17 pm

Are Notebook components available part by part just like desktops? If yes, Where should I look for?

I want to be able to choose\ specify the makers\ models formobo, proc, RAM etc.

Any references are welcome.

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Re: Notebook Components

Postby Shredder on Thu Jul 15, 2004 11:16 pm

bimbla wrote:Are Notebook components available part by part just like desktops? If yes, Where should I look for?

I want to be able to choose\ specify the makers\ models formobo, proc, RAM etc.


No. You can't buy motherboard for notebooks as there's no standardization of size and component layouts such as desktop motherboards (ITX, ATX, BTX, etc...), and thus impposible for case manufacturers to produce matching notebook cases. However you can buy some components like mini-PCI wireless network card if the notebook has replaceable mini-PCI card slot. CPU is usually soldered on the motherboard. CPU maybe upgradeable on some notebooks, but you would probably have to disassemble everything to change processor. If you have lots of money then you can try contacting manufacturers for a special custom order.
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Postby digitaldoc on Fri Jul 16, 2004 4:47 pm

Frustrating, but true. You can't buy notebook componenets. You can get notebook hard drives, and RAM, they're somewhat generic. Occasionally, you may be able to swap an optical drive if you can figure out what you really have, and what you can upgrade it too. This is why I ended up building a Shuttle small form factor PC- I can choose the ingredients and not have to settle for what Compaq or Dell got a deal on last week.
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Assembled Notebooks!

Postby bimbla on Fri Jul 16, 2004 8:45 pm

Besides HP/ Compaq and eMachines, which other company allows you /sells AMD Notebooke and are also in good rank with customers?

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Postby digitaldoc on Wed Jul 21, 2004 1:37 pm

As far as I know, that's the list: HP/Compaq, and eMachines. It certainly does simplify the shopping process. I thought I was the only one who wanted an AMD chip in a notebook and not a Dothan/Banias (Centrino).
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