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Windows 7: Replacing a PROCESSOR?


03 Aug 2013   #1

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 
Replacing a PROCESSOR?

I sincerely appreciate the help this forum has given me on the computer issues I've been having, I've gained so much in such a short period of time I wanted to thank you all for patiently answering my questions! This may be a stupid question but, shouldn't I be able to replace a bad processor (example: Pentium 4) with another processor (example: Pentium 4) from another motherboard without any problems?

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03 Aug 2013   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

The cpu you want to use as a replacement, has to be supported by the motherboard you intend to put it in.

By that, it simply means it has to work in that motherboard.

The easiest way to find out is by going to the MB manufacturer`s website and finding it`s particular processor upgarde list.

And no, simply replacing a P4 with another P4 does not mean it will work, unless you are replacing it with the exact same P4.

For example, replacing a 2.8 GHz 512 KB with a 2.8 GHz 1 MB chip may not work.

If you already have a replacement chip, you might as well slap it in and see if the pc will boot.

Also, and very important, the pin layout has to match up with the MB. Usually it will, but you have to compare the chips.
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03 Aug 2013   #3

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
The cpu you want to use as a replacement, has to be supported by the motherboard you intend to put it in.

By that, it simply means it has to work in that motherboard.

The easiest way to find out is by going to the MB manufacturer`s website and finding it`s particular processor upgarde list.

And no, simply replacing a P4 with another P4 does not mean it will work, unless you are replacing it with the exact same P4.
I thought it may be a "Plug & Play" type thing, like replacing a sound card or ram, lol! I'm definitely learning a lot from this forum!
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03 Aug 2013   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

I wish it were that easy, when I 1st got into computers I didn`t understand why you just couldn`t just slap parts together like a stereo and have it work LOL

And you just can`t put any ram in a pc, once again, it has to be supported by that particular motherboard.
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03 Aug 2013   #5

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by savatreatabvr View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
The cpu you want to use as a replacement, has to be supported by the motherboard you intend to put it in.

By that, it simply means it has to work in that motherboard.

The easiest way to find out is by going to the MB manufacturer`s website and finding it`s particular processor upgarde list.

And no, simply replacing a P4 with another P4 does not mean it will work, unless you are replacing it with the exact same P4.
I thought it may be a "Plug & Play" type thing, like replacing a sound card or ram, lol! I'm definitely learning a lot from this forum!
It could be.... once you understand what needs to be done, and find the compatible parts as AddRAM stated.

The other issue is making sure you put the right amount of thermo paste on the CPU before mounting it to the motherboard. Then there's the BIOS setup. You also have to make sure the fan is mounted correctly, and working.

So while a CPU "could" be plug and play, there are the other factors I mentioned above; that if not done, or done incorrectly, could destroy your system.

AddRAM is very correct in what he says.

Good luck.
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03 Aug 2013   #6

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Socket layout/pins, motherboard support, TDP.....so many things under the surface can keep a CPU from being compatible. As the other fellas said, find out exactly what processors your motherboard will support and go from there....it's got to be exact, not just fairly close.
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03 Aug 2013   #7
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

If you have the board model number you will be using it would help. Also the model of the Pentium 4, there are several types out now and all are not interchangeable.
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05 Aug 2013   #8

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
If you have the board model number you will be using it would help. Also the model of the Pentium 4, there are several types out now and all are not interchangeable.
The motherboard came out of a Dell Optiplex GX520 or GX620, I looked everywhere on the MB but didn't come up with any numbers that made since so I listed the numbers I found:

DELL
ASSEMBLED IN CHINA
CN-0H8052-13740-57C-00PT
FOXCOM LS-36

Here are the numbers on the Pentium 4 I want to use:

630 SL7Z9 COSTA RICA
3.00GHZ/2M/800/04A
3509A768

When powered up it goes through the boot process all the way to the Windows 7 logo then I get the "BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH"! I've changed the harddrive with a known good one but still does the same exact thing so my next option was changing the processor!
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05 Aug 2013   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Man I wouldn't buy anything for this mobo, if it's the same one I Googled. The term bucking a headwind comes to mind.
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05 Aug 2013   #10

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
Man I wouldn't buy anything for this mobo, if it's the same one I Googled. The term bucking a headwind comes to mind.
Lol, it was just sitting around so I thought I'd try, lol! I know, spend the money on new stuff right?
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