Can I replace a DDR2 RAM module with a DDR3 module?

Simon P September 17, 2013
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The computer is a Compaq Presario CQ40. It currently has 1 GB of RAM DDR2 (Samsung-manufactured). There are two slots in the RAM part.
It says 766 MB usable ( which I think is because part of it goes to being the graphics card). The processor is an AMD Sempron(tm) SI-42 2.10 GHz.
I wanted to upgrade the RAM to 2 GB with a new installation of one 1 GB RAM, but I was also wondering if I can replace the old 1 GB DDR2 with a new 2 GB DDR3 RAM, and add
one more 1 GB DDR3 RAM, making the whole RAM capacity to 4 GB DDR3.
Please give me some thoughts. I think there have to be compatibility between the
motherboard and the new planned DDR3 RAMs as well, which I am not sure how to check.

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