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? 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. Related resources Cpu not locking into motherboard - Forum MAC osx Driver Problem in my ASUS M4A78LT-M LE based motherboard with AMD CPU - Forum Motherboard,CPU, or PSU problem? - Forum Problem with new motherboard and CPU - Forum is it possible that cpu can cause vga motherboards 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 d0rkster May 9, 2013 10:17:27 AM Turns out I had to use a better sturdier screwdriver to twist it. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: Forummotherboard and cpu/gpu problem ForumCPU or Motherboard problem. ForumCPU Motherboard problem ForumSolvedHow does AMD's CPU socket locking mechanism work? ForumCPU or Motherboard Problem? ForumSame problem with 2 different sets of Motherboard/CPU ForumCPU/Motherboard and PCIe 3.0 Problem ForumSystem locks up at anything except very low temps. Motherboard or CPU faulty? ForumSolvedCPU,motherboard Bootup Problem ForumSolvedComputer doesn't boot Motherboard or CPU problem how to check which ForumCPU or Motherboard Problem ? - OS Bootloop ForumSolvedNew Motherboard and or CPU to fix problem. ForumWhich would be the problem? Motherboard or cpu? ForumComputer won't POST, motherboard or CPU problem? Forum(CPU problem or motherboard??????) when running stress test in the EVEREST program stress cache hardware failure More resources Read discussions in other Laptops & Notebooks categories Battery Acer Asus Dell Hewlett Packard iPad Toshiba Vaio !