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Laptop Processor in Desktop?



6:44 pm on Aug 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

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This might sound a little silly, but Im wondering about using a processor (pentium 4 2.0GHZ) from a laptop in a new Desktop computer. My old laptop is a gateway and has motherboard problems. Im working on building a new desktop using my old laptop parts, and Ive found an adapter for the hard drive, but havent found an honest or clear answer on using the processor. Any Help?


8:59 pm on Aug 7, 2004 (gmt 0)

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For the price of a desktop chip I would destroy or sell your current laptop chip along with the motherboard.

<added>Oh and your laptop HDD is likely to beaten to the finish line by a sloth!</added>


4:52 am on Aug 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Well, thats not really the positive answer I was looking for, but...thanks?
Any other help?


5:53 pm on Aug 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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First off, welcome to webmasterworld.

Well, as for putting a laptop processor into a PC motherboard... I don't think it will work. From what I've seen, the Intel P4 M (for example) supports 3 different voltage inputs... Regular, low and ultra low. They also come in different sizes... 130nm and 90nm. I think that if you try to use a laptop processor in a PC motherboard, you will fry either, or both.

Here's an idea though... you can sell parts of your laptop on somewhere like ebay and probably recover enough money to get a real processor. I've seen LCD screens go for $150 and up if it's a new model. Also, you could scrub the HDD and sell it too. PC HDDs are so cheap now that you could probably sell your laptop drive for more than a PC HDD. (I just bought a 200gig WD for $89.00 US)

So, if I were you, I would part out the laptop and start building with the money from it.

Good luck.

PS... if anyone knows for sure if there is a differance in voltage between laptop and desktop processors, I'd also like to know.


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