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What determines processor/motherboard compatibility?

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#1 jair24611


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Posted 23 October 2010 - 04:22 PM

What is it that determines if a new/different processor will work in an old/different machine?

I had a HP pavilion notebook back in college, and after 2 years the processor "fried". I can find the exact parts, but it was somewhere close to the Pavilion dv5220us model and the processor was something close to an AMD athlon w/ 1 ghz. It was bought in 2004 and the computer only had maybe 512mb of memory so it was pretty old. My brother just gave me an intel celeron 2 ghz processor in fine condition out of his 2008 toshiba satellite laptop. I am hoping to take his chip and put it in my old machine, upgrade the memory, and have a decent backup computer for my little bro.

I haven't tried swaping the processors yet, because I wanted to know a little more about how to tell if a processor will work in a new motherboard/computer. Any type of determinant information is appreciated.


Edited by jair24611, 23 October 2010 - 04:25 PM.

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Posted 23 October 2010 - 04:53 PM

Sorry no such luck AMD and Intel parted ways a long time ago. you will need use an AMD processor and since it is in a laptop it must be in the supported range for that model. What that means is if your model laptop only came with a 1.5Ghz speed proccessor as the fastest one available. Then odds are that the 1.5 would be the fastest you could install due to BIOS support and the ability of the laptop design to properly cool the processor.
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