Installation Guide for Intel® Mobile Processors

Last Reviewed: 07-Jan-2017
Article ID: 000008314

Before installing a processor, carefully review your system's documentation. Make sure that you aren't voiding your warranty by opening the computer or replacing your processor.

We recommend that computer professionals install the processor because the electronic device may cause damage or injury if it is improperly installed.


  1. Make sure that your laptop can accommodate the processor that you want to install. Check for motherboard, BIOS, and thermal compatibility by using the laptop manufacturer's documentation, or by contacting the vendor.
  2. Obtain access to your processor socket as described in the documentation for your system.
  3. If the cooling solution prevents you from accessing the processor socket, you may need to remove it. The documentation should include instructions on how to remove your cooling solution.
  4. To uninstall the current processor, use a screwdriver to disengage (open) the socket actuator (See Figure 1). The socket actuator should open after only a half turn, and you should then be able to remove the processor with your fingers.

    Figure 1: Disengaging the Socket Actuator
    Disengaging the Socket Actuator
  5. Using the method shown in Figure 2, place the new processor into the socket. Align the processor's pin A1 with the arrow on the micro-FCPGA socket. The pin A1 of the processor is identified with an embroidered corner and the pin A1 of the socket is identified with a small arrow. If the processor does not drop completely into the socket, turn the actuator until the processor drops completely in.
    Note You should not have to press down on the processor. If the processor does not drop completely into the socket, turn the actuator until the processor drops completely in.
    Figure 2: Aligning the Processor in the Socket
    Aligning the Processor in the Socket
  6. Gently hold the processor down with your finger, and close the socket actuator with a screwdriver secure it in the socket (See Figure 1).
  7. Reattach the cooling system. Reassemble your system using the documentation.
Keep in mind:
  • Your system may require special voltage and speed settings for the new processor to function correctly. Some systems are auto-configuring, while others are set with jumpers, dip-switches, or within the CMOS setup program. Refer to your system manufacturer's documentation to determine the correct settings.
  • Install the cooling system properly using the installation manual. If the laptop or laptop OEM documentation specifies to use a piece of thermal interface material, a new piece must be applied. Because the thermal interface material varies from computer to computer, you must get the material from the laptop or laptop vendor.

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