Just a couple of notes on your laptop upgrade guide (Shopper 353). It felt a bit like I was reading a thinly veiled advert for Crucial. While I appreciate the usability of Crucial’s software (I used it myself many moons ago), for older laptops with DDR3 I think it would have been good to point out that buying second-hand SODIMMs from eBay is likely to be a good bit cheaper.
I did this to build a couple of Frankenstein machines, never had any problems and got these bits dirt cheap. You could use CPU-Z to get the speeds and type of RAM, or better yet just check the installed type on the flap on the bottom (or use Crucial’s software).
Also, with regards to installing an SSD on older and underpowered laptops – I did this on an Asus F551ma out of curiosity as I had a SanDisk SSD going spare. The speed increases were negligible to the point I reinstalled the old 5,400rpm drive and didn’t really notice any difference. If memory serves, that machine had a Celeron N2840 but had similar lacklustre results with an old Core 2 Dell. This leads to the question: is there a crossover point for CPU spec where an SSD will provide a noticeable performance increase where all other things are equal?
On a cautionary note, it would also probably be a good idea to point out that laptops with internal batteries can be hazardous. I cut corners on one installation by leaving the battery in place while removing the HDD caddy for an SSD installation. I thought the mobo had to come out to release it and I couldn’t be bothered. A screw jumped off the end of the old
The main benefit of an SSD is that it reduces boot speeds and application load times. You should notice these improvements. It’s worth pointing out that an SSD operates at its fastest speeds when connected to a SATA3 port; if your old laptops used SATA2, then the speed improvements wouldn’t be so noticeable. SSDs only boost file speeds, and won’t make general tasks run quicker.
mag-screwdriver and shorted an IC. The result: one dead mobo and one angry idiot.