Do more with your netbook

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It's not all about Intel, though, with Via offering its C7-M processor; HP's Mininote 2133 is one netbook that runs off this processor, with a core speed of 1.2GHz.

As with most laptops, upgrading the processor on a netbook isn't possible, neither is any serious amount of overclocking.

However, Intel recently revealed plans for its netbook CPU line-up, with 32nm chips expected to arrive in 2010 (click here for more information).

Memory matters
Given the relatively small amount of processing power, most netbooks make do with either 512MB or 1GB of Ram, and if you stick to basic applications it is unlikely you'll need any more.

However, if you start pushing your netbook by multitasking or running memory-hungry applications, you might find it starts to complain.

How easy it is to upgrade the memory will depend on your netbook - some just require a small panel to be removed, others need a bit more work. It's also worth checking whether upgrading the memory voids your warranty; early Asus models had a sticker warning against installing more memory, but the company then bowed to consumer pressure and said the warranty wouldn't be affected.

If you decide your netbook does need a memory upgrade, and you either get the green light from the manufacturer or don't care about the warranty, you should first find out how many Sodimm slots your netbook has.

Many only have one, which will already be occupied. If so, you'll need to discard the current memory and, for example, buy a single 1GB stick to replace it.

It's also important to check the maximum memory supported by the netbook's motherboard. If you have trouble finding this information, try Crucial's Memory Advisor tool at www.crucial.com/uk.

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