I have a HP Pavillion Windows 7 8G Ram with an i3 CPU. I have a computer in the garage that is in-op, seems like the Mother board.is n.g, if the cpu, an i5 is good, would I be able to switch the two?
Maybe You will need to check out the spec's for the good board to make sure
Thanks for the kind reply. Can you tell me what to look for in the specs to make a determination?
You need to check if the board also supports the i5 cpu. Sometimes a bios update is required to get support for the cpu. hmm, not sure if there are differnces in compatibility between first and second generation i5 cpu. If you are not sure you can also ask hp support, I guess they still have a live chat.
Usually any differnces in compatibility between first and second generation i5 cpu's is fixed by bios updates
Look on your motherboard there should be a name as to whom makes it and what version it is. And then go to the manufacture site and look at the motherboard specs an that should tell you what CPU upgrades you can do to it. Also you might have to update your BIOS to handle the new CPU if that is the case as well so before popping in the i5 make sure you update the BIOS using the i3 then do the switch after that being as that you know the i3 works and til you know the i5 works use the i3 for flashing and then switch to the i5. One can't just pop in another Intel CPU unless the motherboard can handle it or the socket fits. If there is no notations on the motherboard then look at case if it was all in one unit when you bought it and see what their manufacture site says what its specs are and what upgrades you can do to it.