can i use any processor with any computer?

i have a presario cq57 compaq the processor is bad 13 years out of date i need a new one to have 8gb ram for my computer.

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  • 1 day ago

    No you can't. Processors are form factor specific meaning they have a specific kind of slot they can use. You can't just take any old processor and use it in any PC you want. The only kind of processor you can use in your laptop is one that is rated for that laptop.

    Secondly that model laptop allows up to 8GB of RAM so the processor or motherboard shouldn't stop you from adding it if you want. If your laptop doesn't recognize more than 4GB of RAM it's not the motherboard or the processor, it's your OS. Which would mean you're still running Windows 7.

    Solution? Get a new laptop or see if you can upgrade to Windows 8.1.  That supports more RAM.

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  • John
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    Eight gig ram is not modern 1985 386 could do 16meg. 1995 Pentium could do GB.

    Depending on what you have you might need a bios upgrade or proper ram installation.

    If you want to run more ram you really don't want to screw with your old board even if its socketed you want to install a PCI CPU card with the eight GB on that.

    Even NT could handle multi CPU systems and every modern windows starting with windows 2000 is multi CPU. All other systems including Mac have always been multi CPU.

    So use a PCI CPU card.

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  • 1 month ago

    A 13-year-old computer is generally cannot be upgraded. Most computer motherboards accommodate one type of CPU chip and won't run with newer models.

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  • 1 month ago

    no you cannot.

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  • Steven
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    1 month ago

    This is not possible to use any processor with any computer. You have need same specification to work on computer. It can be cause of circuit, So be careful. 

    Just because a motherboard has the proper socket doesn't mean it can necessarily accept any processor that uses that socket. Before you begin an upgrade, verify the compatibility of your motherboard with the upgrade processor you are considering.

    You have to buy new processor...  

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  • 1 month ago

    NO, because the motherboard will not support any new processor. However, the cost will be same. 

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  • keerok
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    No.

    You can't just mix and match. Too many generations of processors nowadays. Make sure all the parts you have are compatible to each other.

    At the moment, it is cheaper to buy a whole branded CPU secondhand rather than gamble with building your own from scrap.

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  • 1 month ago

    NO!!! the only processors that can be used are ones supported by the motherboard. if yours is 13 years old -- get a new everything

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    No of course not. a CPU of 13 years ago is not going to interchange with a modern motherboard neither is a modern CPU going to work with a computer that's 13 years old if you really want to fix your 13 year old computer you can go on eBay and you can find the processor probably for twenty $ but putting a processor in a computer isn't for a person that has no idea what they're doing. But it might be a good learning experience for you.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    No, you have to make sure the processor is compatible with the motherboard and the correct bios revision is installed to support the processor. 

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