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    Hi all, I found out that the Dell Latitude C640 has an exactly the same layout as a Dell Latitude C600. So my question is will a C640 motherboard work in a C600? If it can, I can get a 2.2GHz Pentium M processor, 1GB of RAM and 32mb graphics engine.

    Also, how hard is it to change a Dell Latitude C600 motherboard?

    Any help will be fantastic

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gareth Hale View Post
    Hi all, I found out that the Dell Latitude C640 has an exactly the same layout as a Dell Latitude C600. So my question is will a C640 motherboard work in a C600? If it can, I can get a 2.2GHz Pentium M processor, 1GB of RAM and 32mb graphics engine.

    Also, how hard is it to change a Dell Latitude C600 motherboard?

    Any help will be fantastic

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    My name is Richard; I work for Dell's Online Community Outreach group. I read your post about swapping out the motherboard of a C640 into a C600 chassis.

    The layouts are almost identical, but there is a slight difference. The placement of the reserve battery is an example of the difference. Technically I can't tell you for sure if you can swap them out since I have never attempted it. What I can say is that if you get the board into the C600 chassis all the other parts from the C600 probably will work with the C640 motherboard.

    You can get a detailed service manual at our support site on these two systems. Go to these two pages;

    http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/latc640/sm_en/index.htm

    http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/latc600/sm_html/index.htm

    Notice these pages will also tell you which systems are compatible with each other. Good luck with your project.

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    Excellent, thanks for that, would the reserve battery cause a problem or should it be O.k? If it will be O.k, I will give it a try and I will let you know how it goes. The links are also very helpful, I am starting to look forwards to this project now . Also, welcome to Pureoverclock
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gareth Hale View Post
    Excellent, thanks for that, would the reserve battery cause a problem or should it be O.k? If it will be O.k, I will give it a try and I will let you know how it goes. The links are also very helpful, I am starting to look forwards to this project now . Also, welcome to Pureoverclock
    Hello again,

    Thanks for the welcome message, I am glad to be here.

    I really can't say if the reserve battery would be an issue. You would just have to try it out and see what happens. Keep in mind we do not actively swap parts on different system, or provide support on this. I am not saying that is isn't possible but I have no historical information to provide you a definite answer.

    I really wish you the best of luck in getting your idea to work.

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    Hello all, great forum with great tips and info.
    I have been watching this particular thread for an update, any word on how the mobo swap went? I have acquired a c600 as a freebie and am interested in the swap also. Thanks.

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    Hi there, unfortunately, the swap did not go through to insufficient funds, and since got a new laptop, so I am unable to say whether it works or not. Hopefully if you can get it to work, you can reply to this topic and let us know how it went.

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    I joined this forum to answer this question. Yes, a Dell C640 motherboard will work in the C600 chasis. I experimented with this and my C600 by buying a cheap junked parts only C640 with its motherboard on e-bay. There are a few items to consider before doing this. The C640 BIOS has a security feature on it. I am not sure if it is incorporated with the BIOS upgrade but I experienced it only after upgrading my BIOS. Essentially if you do not have the original password and the original hard disk that came with the C640 you will get locked out. At the time I experimented with this there were no password generators for this lock out. There is a way to bypass it but it is a pain, you need know how to pull old chip specifications (there are chip archive webpages) to figure out which chip/pinout to use, the jump procedure is very tricky, and you lose your service tag identification. I had reached the point of no return so I had to go through with the procedure to get the laptop functional. I would not advise it unless you are willing to risk a perfectly functional C600 or are piece parting a system from components.

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    Ah, thank you for your help, and welcome to the forums!

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    And what about swapping a graphical card in c600? I have ati mobility m3 16 mb. Is it possible to change it to anything better?

    Can I swap my card with that coming from c640?
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