hey... lookin' good! Well, P-M CPUs are soldered on in thin/lightweight laptops to reduce weight, etc. Although our laptop isn't that lightweight, it is thin, and plus some manufacturers just like to save on cost by ditching the socket. It's not like the average laptop user will do this
Yeah the 2.1Ghz is listed on Intel's website. I haven't spent much time looking around to see if it's actually available.
I can't tell where the 2nd IDE channel is... help? I think the BEST way to take advantage of it is to move the optical drive to that channel instead of slaving it to the HD. I don't know if I got the shaft, but that's how my M505X is set up. It bites cause everytime the DVD/CD-RW drive access something, the system hangs (HD mainly) for a few sec. It's basically stupid to have these two devices on one channel while the 2nd one sits there not doing anything. But I am guessing the IDE connector for optical is soldered in? I can't really tell with the pic, sorry i got bad eyes lol Otherwise, this "mod" is, in my opinion, the most needed and practical.