Solved Problem locking the CPU to the motherboard! Tags: Laptops Thermal Compound CPUs Motherboards Last response: May 9, 2013 10:17 AM in Laptops & Notebooks Share d0rkster May 9, 2013 8:32:37 AM I recently took out the CPU from the motherboard to apply thermal paste on it for my laptop. When I put it back in, the locking tab wouldn't allow me to fully turn to unlock it. Here is an image when it is fully locked without the CPU. photo1 Here is an image when it is unlocked with the CPU in. photo2 Here is an image where the locking tab is stuck and cannot fully lock with the CPU. photo3 What can be the problem? Why can't I fully twist it to the lock side. Thank you. EDIT: photo links fixed. More about : problem locking cpu motherboard c_for May 9, 2013 8:40:51 AM We don't have permission to open those photo's. What kind of cpu and motherboard are you using? m 0 l d0rkster May 9, 2013 8:53:41 AM Thank you, I have edited the links. I am using an i3 processor. I am unsure of the motherboard since it from a laptop. My laptop is a Gateway ID49C. m 0 l Related resources Cpu not locking into motherboard - Forum Motherboard and Cpu Problem? - Forum Is there any way to overclock a locked CPU and motherboard - Forum Boot Problem with Asus Z87 Deluxe Motherboard and Intel i7 4770k CPU - Forum Motherboard CPU problem - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer Best solution c_for May 9, 2013 9:23:13 AM Sounds like something is obstructing the locking mechanism. Unfortunately i'm not familiar with this style of socket lock. Good luck Share d0rkster May 9, 2013 10:17:27 AM Turns out I had to use a better sturdier screwdriver to twist it. m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources SolvedFramerate locking problem Forum SolvedCPU or Motherboard Problem? Forum SolvedBroken CPU fan header locking mechanism Forum SolvedMAC osx Driver Problem in my ASUS M4A78LT-M LE based motherboard with AMD CPU Forum CPU and motherboard problem (FX 6300-Six core and M5A99FX Pro R2.0) Forum SolvedMotherboard,CPU, or PSU problem? Forum Hello , Im having a problem . Could pc randomly restart and freeze couse of bad motherboard or cpu ? Forum Motherboard or Cpu problem? Forum SolvedProblem with new motherboard and CPU Forum Not sure what the problem is. Motherboard, CPU? Forum SolvedCPU,motherboard Bootup Problem Forum SolvedComputer doesn't boot Motherboard or CPU problem how to check which Forum Boot Problem with Asus Z87 Deluxe Motherboard and Intel i7 4770k CPU vga light stays on Forum SolvedHow does AMD's CPU socket locking mechanism work? Forum SolvedChanging motherboard and CPU, what problems will I encounter? Forum More resources Read discussions in other Laptops & Notebooks categories Battery Acer Asus Dell Hewlett Packard iPad Toshiba Vaio !