Upgrading my eMachines EL1200-01e 1.6 Ghz to a Dual Core 2.2 Ghz


So I bought the eMachines EL1200-01e for my daughter a few years ago for $99. She has since gone on to a much better laptop. So we attached her little emaichine to the family tv as a Netflix and Youtube box. It was perfect because it’s small form factor was perfect next to the tv.

 

The problem was it had a single core 1.6 Ghz AMD processor with 1.5 Gb of RAM. It worked well enough but it had no zing.

So I acquired a broke Compaq Pressario desktop that wouldn’t boot. It had a AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual core Processor with 2 gigs of RAM.

So after looking around I found this site Unofficial eMachines Tech Info that had inofr on motherboards and upgrading old eMachines.

So my plan was to switch the dual core into the eMachine and add the RAM to get at least 2 gigs in the tv box.

The Dual core didn’t want to come of the cpu fan of the Compaq, but i was able to pry it off with a little flat-head screw-driver. If you try this yourself be gentle. It doesn’t take much pressure to get the fan off. I applied to much and the cpu flipped off into the guts of the Compaq and I had to spend half an hour straightening  out a couple pins from the dual core so it would fit to the eMachines cpu socket.

 

Whatever you do, don’t force the processor into the socket, it should just fall in on its own. If it doesn’t look for bent pins. It will take a while but be patient, even slight bends make a difference. One i got the three bent pins straight it fell right into the Socket. I used $8  thermal compound from radio shack to attach the old fan from the emachine. Put in the 2 gigs of Ram, then booted up, and Voila! I had a new dual core machine with 2 gigs of RAM for my tv viewing pleasure.

Before:

After:

I have tried upgrading many times, but never this successfully. Either the processor is the wrong type or the RAM is the wrong bus speed, but his time everything just worked!

Not bad for 4 year old $99 pc.

 

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