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How do you know if a laptop or a computer's mother board would be compatible with the processor it's given. Like socket number, and all that stuff. how you know?
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If its compatible, it'll fit. Otherwise it won't. :whistling:
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Yeah...no...a given motherboard should have a complete listing of compatible processors on the mfgrs website, but sometimes you just have to go by sockets. Common sockets currently in use are:

Athlon -
Socket 754 - Athlons and Durons under...3800? I think.

Socket 939 - Athlons over 2800+ or so, including dual core (X2) models, and FX processors up to FX-60, some Opterons.

Socket AM2 - Newest AMD socket, higher end Athlon, Athlon X2, and some FX series processors.

Intel -
Socket 478 - Celeron and Pentium 4 processors up to about 3.4Ghz, Prescott and Northwood core P4s.

Socket 775 - Higher end P4, Pentium D, Celeron D, and Core Duos.

Any given motherboard may need a BIOS update to support a given processor.
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