Upgrade of replacement CQ56
After waiting almost 5 months and repeated promises of extended delivery date, I received my replacement and like many others was unhappy to receive an entry level laptop to replace one I spent almost $1000 for.
On a hunch decided to try to upgrade it with a Turion II P540 dual core processor, (bought cheap on e-bay), which to my surprise not only worked just fine but was recognized as such by the AMD bios. Then replaced the memory with 8GB (corsair-on sale at frys for $40) and now have a laptop much better than the one it replaced.
So I'm happy now.