Ways to Mod Your Toshiba Laptop

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Ways to Mod Your Toshiba Laptop
A more powerful CPU is one way to upgrade a Toshiba laptop. (A CPU image by Yanir Taflev from Fotolia.com)

Toshiba laptops offer a combination of power, mobility and value for many buyers. The company produces several lines of laptops for a range or buyers, from casual users to computer programmers. While Toshiba supplies a laptop for just about any purpose, users may also wish to make modifications to personalise or increase the performance of an existing Toshiba model.

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Factory Mods

Toshiba offers a series of custom options on most of its laptops. Buyers can use the company's website to configure a custom Toshiba laptop with one or more modifications and buy directly. One of the most basic factory mods is swapping in a faster processor. Buyers also can choose a larger hard drive, additional RAM memory or an extended-capacity lithium-ion battery.

All Toshiba laptops come with Microsoft's Windows operating system. Buyers can upgrade from a Premium edition of Windows to a Professional addition as a custom configuration modification, or mod, so the software comes pre-installed. Other factory mods from Toshiba include adding the company's proprietary Labelflash disc-burning drive, choosing different coloured plastic finishes and adding pre-installed antivirus software.

Skins

Many third-party manufacturers offer form-fitting skins for Toshiba laptops. These thin cases give each computer a custom look by adding colourful patterns and logos. They also protect the laptop from scratches and are easy to replace if damaged. Clear skins provide protection without obscuring the laptop itself for users who want the protection of a slim case but don't want to cover up a custom colour mod from Toshiba or make the laptop look too different from its original state.

Overclocking

Overclocking is a common performance mod for Toshiba users. It involves modifying the CPU, or central processing unit, to operate at a higher speed. This provides faster performance in different types of activities without the added cost of upgrading the processor.

To overclock a Toshiba laptop is a rather involved process. A user must open the plastic case and remove the fan to access the CPU. Inserting a wire between two contact points on the CPU causes the actual overclocking, and installing a new, more powerful fan may also be necessary to handle the increased heat of the faster processor. Overclocking voids Toshiba's factory warranty, but it's among the most economical performance upgrade mods.

Stickers and Paint

For Toshiba laptop owners who want a custom look without adding a skin, paint and stickers are the preferred mod. Most of a Toshiba laptop's antenna assembly runs in the bevel surrounding the LCD screen, so stickers on the body of the computer or the top of the lid are unlikely to affect wireless performance. Acrylic paint works best for applying to the plastic surfaces of the laptop case. With self-adhesive stickers, users can cover the Toshiba logo, or add stickers on an ongoing basis to create a collage of images on the laptop, turning it into a work of personalised art.

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