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Default Upgrade wired network card - 08-23-2010, 08:51 PM

Searched the forum but couldn't find any info on this. I'm getting a new 1520 wireless card to replace my current 1397, so thought I'd upgrade the wired card as well. Is there a gigabit network card that can replace the current Realtek PCI-e 10/100 card?
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Default 08-23-2010, 09:07 PM

Anything's possible with enough time/effort/money/knowledge, but in general, it's not possible to upgrade the builtin wired network connection on a netbook/laptop/notebook.

A USB/PCMCIA/CardBus/ExpressCard network adapter will work, but netbooks usually only have USB. And USB2 is much slower than Gigabit Ethernet.

One of the Lenovo netbooks has an ExpressCard slot, which makes it almost unique. And the Latitude 2100 and 2110 are unusual among netbooks in that they have builtin Gigabit Ethernet. But on the 1012, you're stuck with the onboard 100Mbps, or a USB adapter (which'll end up being limited to something like 33% of Gigabit).


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Default 08-23-2010, 10:01 PM

Just opened it up and realized the network card is built into the mobo. Crap.

Oh well. I wonder if I can upgrade the processor...
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Default 08-23-2010, 10:26 PM

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Oh well. I wonder if I can upgrade the processor...
Good luck, as far as I know, noone has ever upgraded the Atom CPU in a netbook. And the N470 is probably the only one which could even work in a 1012.


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Default 08-23-2010, 11:44 PM

The wife hasn't stopped complaining about the performance. I need to at least try


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Default 08-25-2010, 07:24 PM

What's she complaining about specifically?

I have the following in my household:

Lenovo T400, 4Gb, 2.26GHz Core2 Duo, Win 7 64-bit
Lenovo x61, 2 Gb, 1.8GHz Core2 Duo, Win XP, 32-bit
Lenovo T60 3Gb, 2.0GHz Core2 Duo, Win 7 64-bit
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HP NC6420 2Gb, 1.73 GHz Pentium M, Vista 32-bit

I don't find the 1012 significantly slower on any of the simple tasks ie browsing, eMail, word processing.

NB. I have swapped the 1397 for a 1520 too.


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Default 08-26-2010, 12:58 AM

Well, the 1012 replaced a Dell Inspiron 1520, with a core 2 duo processor running at 2.6GHz. That and my desktop is a quad core, so when she borrows it there's a huge difference in comparison.

I guess the 1012 isn't all that slow, it's just noticably slower that her old laptop. It performs better after I upgraded the RAM to 2GB though.


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Default 08-26-2010, 01:05 AM

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Good luck, as far as I know, noone has ever upgraded the Atom CPU in a netbook. And the N470 is probably the only one which could even work in a 1012.
if thats like the 1010 it might be on the daughter board soldered on of course, thats what I like about my HP, its old but FAST...I had a Pentium 4 3.2ghz chip and I upgraded it to a Pentium 4 3.6ghz chip...3.6ghz Pentium 4 is BAD in a Laptop..this thing screams..from what holmes4 told me this is a desktop processor..he was shocked to find out I had it in a laptop...back then (5yrs ago) they didnt know any better, they since realized that you can not put a Pentium 4 chip in a Laptop because of the heat and the insanely limited battery life..the 17inch screen doesnt help any either..the only real problem I have with the HP is that the mobo maxs out 2 gb and it is an EIDE interface and the largest HD made that I could find from WD is a mere 320gb, I have twice that in my Mini and its under 3lbs, the HP weighs out at close to 10lbs


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Default 08-28-2010, 08:57 AM

You can get IDE to SATA converters for a few bucks, and they're really small. Tried that yet?


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Default 08-29-2010, 03:45 AM

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if thats like the 1010 it might be on the daughter board soldered on of course, thats what I like about my HP, its old but FAST...I had a Pentium 4 3.2ghz chip and I upgraded it to a Pentium 4 3.6ghz chip...3.6ghz Pentium 4 is BAD in a Laptop..this thing screams..from what holmes4 told me this is a desktop processor..he was shocked to find out I had it in a laptop...back then (5yrs ago) they didnt know any better, they since realized that you can not put a Pentium 4 chip in a Laptop because of the heat and the insanely limited battery life..the 17inch screen doesnt help any either..the only real problem I have with the HP is that the mobo maxs out 2 gb and it is an EIDE interface and the largest HD made that I could find from WD is a mere 320gb, I have twice that in my Mini and its under 3lbs, the HP weighs out at close to 10lbs
3.6 isnt bad, you should have upgraded it with the rare 3.8ghz p4
though they arnt cheap
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You can get IDE to SATA converters for a few bucks, and they're really small. Tried that yet?
for a network card/cpu?
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