Tom T. wrote:the issue is that these MOBOs are incompatible with booting from flash drive.
One thing I am certain is that it's not a hardware issue, so with the right BIOS you should be able to directly boot from flash drives just fine...
Tom T. wrote:basically you'd need a different mobo, which in a laptop means a different CPU,
Not necessarily, unless the CPU is soldered on.
This has already came up. The first time this old laptop went into the (factory-authorized) shop, still under warranty, I asked how much it would cost to upgrade to a faster CPU, since they would already have the machine opened up and it seemed like what you said: Snap in a new one.
No, they said it was impossible. IDK how much of your work or experience is with laptops, but the gist of it was that due to the much more severe constraints on size, weight, battery consumption, cooling, etc., that virtually each model from a given OEM was designed as a "package deal", with all of the most critical hw components carefully chosen to interact with each other *only*, and the mobo would support only those. (and vice versa).
I can visualize how a desktop can afford to install components with greater flexibility in accommodating various ranges of components, and why that greater flexibility would come with greater size, weight, possibly power consumption, etc. For example, a faster CPU would probably use more power and generate more heat. Trivial in a desktop, but no good for a laptop, especially since cooling is barely adequate anyway (at least in the less-expensive models). Note the huge market for laptop coolers, on which you sit the machine. (And the OEM warns of possible burns from prolonged use on the bare skin of one's legs.)
Just relating what they told me. But it does make some sense.
Also, I think it's long past time to split this thread to Web Tech.
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