How to Upgrade a D510 Processor

Upgrading your laptop's processor is one way to significantly improve your computer's performance. The speed of your processor largely dictates how fast your computer's software operates. In some cases, an inadequate processor can result in non-functioning software. Your Dell Latitude D510 laptop comes shipped with a 1.7 GHz processor. The motherboard's CPU socket is compatible with most Intel Pentium M processor chips. Replacing your Dell Latitude's processor means completely dismantling the computer.

Shut down your laptop. Disconnect the power cable. Disconnect any other cables or devices from the laptop. Remove the battery pack from its compartment on the bottom side of the laptop.

Open the display panel as far as possible. Use a flathead screwdriver to pry up the keyboard cover. The keyboard cover is a plastic strip situated above the keyboard assembly.

Remove the two Phillips-head screws from behind the top row of keyboard keys. Place the keyboard face down on the laptop's surface. Disconnect the ribbon cable extending from the bottom side of the keyboard to the motherboard. Then remove the keyboard from the laptop.

Disconnect the LCD video cable that extends from the left side of the screen to the motherboard. Remove the four spring-loaded Phillips-head screws from the heat sink device in the upper left corner of the motherboard. The heat sink is a large metal device with a copper pipe extending from it. It also sits directly on top of the processor. Lift the heat sink out of the laptop.

Turn the processor's flathead locking screw in the counterclockwise direction as far as possible. This will disconnect the processor from its motherboard socket. Lift the processor out of the laptop and set it aside.

Reverse this procedure to install the new processor chip.


Use an antistatic strap while taking apart your laptop to prevent serious electrical damage.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Antistatic wrist strap
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Ezekiel James began as a music writer in 2003. Since then, James has served as a writer for several music, technology and design publications. His work has been published on eHow, and in print for the "The Potrero View" and "Punk Planet." James is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Portland State University.