MP978 / MP979 Upgrades 

The following information describes how to upgrade the Memory, Hard Drive, and Microprocessor.  Note that some upgrades may be beyond the capabilities of some users to perform on their own.  If you do not feel comfortable to technically capable, do not attempt to do upgrades on your own.  You should our service department or another computer professional for assistance.

Disclaimer: We make our best efforts to make this technical information as accurate as possible, however we cannot guarantee that the information will be 100% accurate in all applications.  We cannot be responsible for any damages resulting from the use of this information.  Although upgrading your computer will not void your warranty any damages caused while attempting an upgrade will not be covered by our warranty. If you have any doubts, please contact our service department or another computer professional

Memory
Type 16MB,32MB, or 64MB 144pin, 3.3v SODIMM in either EDO or SDRAM formats.  These are standard module types and are not proprietary. Note that you cannot mix and match EDO and SDRAM.
Layout The system does not have any memory on the mainboard.  There are 2 sockets located under the keyboard.   MP979 users, see below. You can fill these sockets one at a time and the memories do not need to be identical

Configurations

 


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Left Socket Right Socket Total
0 16 16
16 16 32
0 32 32
16 32 48
32 32 64
0 64 64
16 64 80
32 64 96
64 64 128

MP979 Only
The MP979 has a 3rd memory socket to the right.  This right most socket is used only for a 192MB configuration.  For all other memory combinations follow the table above, except insert the memory into the left and center sockets. To upgrade a MP979 to 192MB, you should fill all 3 sockets with 64MB EDO memories.  Note that for 192MB All modules must be EDO, you cannot use SDRAM.

Installation Instructions
  • Turn the power off and disconnect all power sources from the computer
  • Lift the 2 lock latches in the front of the palm rest
  • Slide the plam rest away from the screen (towards you if sitting in front fo the computer).  You may have to press downward slightly near the base of the keyboard.  Just slide the palm rest, DO NOT lift it up.
  • With the palm rest moved, you should be able to pick up the bottom edge of the keyboard near the spacebar and stand the keyboard up against the screen.
  • In the center of the area under the keyboard there are 2 memory sockets.  Insert the new memory on a 45 degree angle and then snap it down into place.
  • Lay the keyboard down, slide the palm rest back, and close the lock latches.
  • On the first power up you will get a memory size error.  When you do, just press F2 to enter setup.  Once in setup, press F10 to save and exit.

Hard Drive
Type 2.5" EIDE or Ultra DMA Hard Disk with a maximum height of 17mm.
Location The drive is located under the palm rest mounted inside a metal casing.  The hard drive is standard, however the casing is proprietary.  If you were upgrading your existing hard drive you would move this casing to the new hard drive prior to installation.  If you wanted to obtain a second hard drive and switch between the two drives, you would need to purchase an extra casing from our parts department
Installaton Instructions

 


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  • Turn the power off and disconnect all power sources from the computer
  • Lift the 2 lock latches in the front of the palm rest
  • Slide the palm rest away from the screen (towards you if sitting in front of the computer).  You may have to press downward slightly near the base of the keyboard.
  • Lift the palm rest and you will find a silver metal box on the right side. 
  • To the right of the metal box there will either be a black plastic lock clip or a tab with a screw in it to retain the drive.  If you have the black plastic clip, lift it upward.  If you have the tab with the screw in it, remove the screw.
  • Slide the metal box to the right then lift it out.
  • If you purchased an additional drive from us and it came installed in the metal casing, skip to the next step.  Otherwise remove the 4 screws holding the casing to the hard drive and separate the casing.  Remove the hard drive from the casing and insert the new one in its place.  Note that there should be a plastic insulator sheet below the hard drive.  Do not assemble the casing without this insulator or you may short out the drive and damage the drive and the computer.   Put the casing halves back together and screw it in place.
  • Place the drive in the computer and slide it to the left until the pins just meet the connector.  Make sure everything looks aligned properly, then slide it the rest of the way to the left.  Note the drive should slide without too much resistance, if the drive seems too be hung up DO NOT Force it.  Make sure all the pins on the drive are straight and make sure the tabs on the casing are locking into the tabs in the computer.
  • Move the black lock clip down or insert the screw into the tab to secure the drive and close the palm rest
  • Load your operating system on the hard drive.  The exact process varies with different operating systems, however some instructions are listed on the FAQ page.
Microprocessor
Type

 

 


MP978
Intel P55C 166~233Mhz,  Intel Tillamook 233~266Mhz, AMD K6 Mobile 266~300Mhz, AMD K6-2 266~333
  • Intel only produces Tillamook CPUs in TCP packaging which means that they must be soldered to a circuit board.  We have soldered the Tillamook to a daughter board which plugs into the socket on the mainboard, these CPU's are no longer available. Tillamook also requires an additional voltage regulator board to supply the 1.8v to the Tillamook.
  • AMD K6 300Mhz requires the 3rd digit of the serial number to be "H" or higher and also requires an additional voltage regulator board which must be purchased from our parts department
  • AMD K6-2 will only work on systems with mainboard revision AI01/R6A or AI01/R7A. The main board revision sticker is located under the palm rest on the internal modem connector or on the memory sockets.

MP979
Intel Mobile Pentium II 233~333Mhz in Mobile Module 1 (MMC-1) package. 

  • Note that inserting / removing a mobile module package requires specialized tools and should not be done by any other means.
  • Be sure to remove the battery and AC power from the computer before inserting or removing a mobile module.  The MMC1 socket will have power present even with the system power off.  Inserting or Removing a CPU with power present can easily damage the CPU and mainboard.
Location The microprocessor is located under a door on the bottom of the computer.
Installation Instructions MP978
  • Turn off the computer and remove all power sources
  • Turn the computer over and position it so that the ports on the rear of the computer are away from you.
  • In the rear right side there will be a door with fan vents cut into it.  Remove the 2 screws retaining this door then remove the door.
  • Under the door you will find a heat sink/fan assembly.  To the right of the fan there is a small duct.  In the center of the duct there is a hole which is covered by tape.   Peel back the tape and remove the screw underneath.  Just to the other side of the fan there is one more screw.  Remove the second screw and lift the heat sink/fan assemble off of the CPU. 
  • You will see the CPU which sits in a socket.  On either side of the CPU there are 2 tabs, the left one is label OPEN and the right one will be covered by a black plastic lock clip.  Remove the lock clip from the right side.
  • Insert the tip of a flat screwdriver into the side labeled OPEN and move the handle towards the LOCK side.  This will create leverage and slide the CPU to the left slightly.  Remove the CPU, it should come out easily.  If you encounter resistance, you do not have the socket unlocked completely.
  • Install the voltage regulator board.  This step only applies if you are installing a Tillamook or AMD K6 300Mhz (not required for 266) CPU. Remove the 2 jumpers from the header between the CPU socket and the rear of the computer, and install the voltage regulator board on to the headers.  The board is keyed so you cannot install it backwards.
  • Set the switches according to the table below to configure CPU type, speed, and voltage.
  • Insert the new CPU into the socket.  Place the tip of a flat screwdriver into the side of the socket labeled LOCK.  Move the handle of the screwdriver towards the OPEN side.  The chip and socket must move until the socket touches the tab the OPEN is printed on.
  • Insert the lock clip into the LOCK side of the socket.  This clip should snap into place.  It should not be able to fall out on its own.  If it does not snap into place, the socket is not locked all the way. Repeat the last step and be sure the socket moves all the way until it touches the tab that OPEN is printed on.
  • Install the heatsink/fan and the door.

MP979
The MP979 uses a mobile module CPU.  This CPU requires a special insertion / removal tool.  You should not attempt to remove or install the mobile module without this tool or damage to the CPU and mainboard may occur.

  • Remove all power sources from the computer.
  • Turn the computer over, remove the 2 screws from the CPU door (has fan vents in it), and remove the door
  • Remove the 2 screws from the heat sink and remove the heat sink
  • Remove the 3 screws holding the mobile module in place.
  • Use the extraction tool to remove the CPU
  • Use the Insertion tool to install the new CPU.
  • Reinstall the CPU screws, the heat sink and screws, and the CPU door and screws.
Switch Settings

 

 

 

 

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CPU clock speed for Intel (P55C MMX & Tillamook):

CPU speed SW1:2 SW1:3 SW1:4 SW1:5
100 MHz OFF OFF OFF OFF
120 MHz ON OFF ON OFF
133 MHz OFF OFF ON OFF
150 MHz ON ON ON OFF
166 MHz OFF ON ON OFF
200 MHz OFF ON OFF OFF
233 MHz OFF OFF OFF OFF
266 MHz OFF ON ON ON

CPU clock speed for AMD K6:

CPU speed SW1:2 SW1:3 SW1:4 SW1:5
233 MHz OFF OFF OFF OFF
266 MHz OFF OFF ON ON
300 MHz OFF ON ON ON

The AMD K6 requires the 3rd character of the serial number to be "H" or higher.  The K6 300 requires an additional voltage regulator board which must be purchased from our parts department  AMD K6-2 requires specific mainboard versions (see text above) DO NOT install a K6-2 without the proper mainboard version or damage to the CPU and mainboard will occur.

CPU Voltage (Dip Switch)

CPU I/O voltage

Intel P54C/P55C
AMD K6-233/266

AMD
K6-300

Tillamook

SW1:1

OFF

OFF

ON

SW1:6

ON

OFF

OFF

 CPU Voltage (U81 Rotary Switch)   

Voltage 3.3V 3.1V 2.9V 2.8V 2.5V 2.2V 2.1V 2.0V 1.8V
Setting 7 B 3 5 6 C 2 4 8

Intel MMX CPUs operate at 2.8v and AMD K6 CPUs operate on 2.2v  

MP979
The mobile module is automatically configured and does not require any jumper settings.