09-17-2011 05:18 AM
I have a Compaq Presario CQ43-102AU and have been thinking about upgrades.
Is it possible to upgrade the RAM and the Processor?
Thanks in Advance
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09-17-2011 06:43 AM - edited 09-17-2011 06:45 AM
Most assuredly an AMD processor can only be upgraded to another AMD processor with the same pin architecture. It has to fit the slot on the motherboard. And it has to be recognized and compatible with the BIOS of the laptop.
I did now find your product but HP has not yet posted the Service Manual online, which gives a list of compatible processors.
Here are the specs:
I see you have 2 gigs of RAM. Since you also have Windows 7 64 bit you can easily upgrade to 4 gigs of RAM using DDR3-1333 laptop memory which should be available fairly cheap at any computer store.Upgrading from 2 to 4 gigs is going to make a world of difference in responsiveness.
I would stay away from trying a processor upgrade. The laptop is too new and it would void the warranty. I am sure you did not pay a lot for the laptop, and you can likely sell it for close to what you paid and get a faster one. Single processors for laptops cost as much as half of what the laptop cost. That is a low-end budget laptop and is hampered by a weak graphics system so even with a faster processor there will not be much more you can do with it. If all you do is internet and office type work it is fine.