Well guys, I completed the CPU upgrade this afternoon. The $11.00 “eBay” Core Duo T2300 arrived today and I wasted no time, I started the tear down immediately.
First of all, I didn’t take any Pictures. I found a *Pictorial* showing the tear down process of the exact Model of Toshiba that I have. The *Pictorial* had a lot of pictures, 78 pictures to be exact. Although it was thorough in that respect, there was no text accompanying the pictures. (is it OK to post a link to the Pictures?)
So with “cj2600’s” guides AND the extra pictures, I was well prepared visually. I found everything to be straight forward and relatively easy to execute. The ribbon cables are delicate, but come loose easily if unlocked first.
If I were to pick which part of the tear down gave me the most trouble, it was separating the top and bottom from each other. I did use the guitar pick, however I used more than one. After having one pick secured under the top in one location, I would wedge another pick further along the top. I found this technique kept the two pieces from snapping back together while working on the next “Snap”.
I used a plastic box divided into about a dozen compartments to store the screws. I didn’t need that many dividers though. I cut paper to fit the compartments and wrote the screw size and where they came from on each. I also wrote any special notes I may need for reassembly.
Overall the process went smooth and the machine fired right backup. While inside I blew out all the dust and I was surprised how little there was. I did find a medium sized Dust Bunny lodged between the Heat sink fins and the CPU Fan. What I did remove made a difference in my CPU temps. I have noticed a 20 degree Celsius drop at idle. This may be the result of both cleaning the Dust Bunnies and the Arctic Silver at work.
Looking back, it was simple enough I want to find the ‘Fastest” CPU that this model will take and do it again.
Thanks to both qhn and saugen48 for your pointers.