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Old 01-10-2007, 06:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Bad CPU and/or Motherboard?

So, I installed an after market heatsink on my one month motherboard/system (EVGA 680I). I tried to start windows, but it would shut down before fully starting windows. I restarted my computer about five times before it dawned on me that my processor was overheating...duh. I removed my side panel and saw that one of the four clips for my heatsink was loose. I removed the new heatsink, reapplied my Arctic Silver 5, and correctly mounted and installed the heatsink.
When I went to start the system up it would not even post. I again removed the heatsink and processor to check for problems. Upon examination I found a very small amount of AS5 on the bottom of my processor. I gently cleaned my processor and motherboard pins, but to no avail.
It looks like my CPU is toast, but what are the chances that I fried the mobo too? Could the AS5 have shorted my mobo, because it does have silver in it which is able to conduct electricity. I would like to know a % chance if possible for frying my mobo, processor, and both. Thanks for you time everyone.

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Old 01-10-2007, 07:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Just double check to make sure that you got all of the AS5 and that there is none of it around the the cpu socket,
there is a chance that you MAY have fried the mobo, though i got the feeling that there is just a little bit of the AS5 on the mobo, cause all it takes is a very TINY bit of it and it will cause it not to start,
Do that and post back results

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Old 01-17-2007, 06:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I cleaned the mobo and processor with Alcohol, but to no avail. I am expecting my RMAed processor today and I will post back with results.
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Old 01-21-2007, 12:50 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I installed the new processor after recleaning the motherboard CPU pins with a dab a alcohol. It still would not post. I am expecting a new motherboard now. So, I either fried my motherboard and processor or I just fried my motherboard...I'll never know which.
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