Solved Problem locking the CPU to the motherboard! Tags: Laptops Thermal Compound CPUs Motherboards Last response: May 9, 2013 10:17 AM in Laptop Tech Support 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 Windows 7 BSOD on start up new problem when upgrading to new motherboard and cpu - Forum cpu or motherboard problem - Forum Trying to diagnose problem, motherboard or cpu? - Forum CPU and motherboard problem (FX 6300-Six core and M5A99FX Pro R2.0) - 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 SolvedMotherboard and Cpu Problem? Forum SolvedIs there any way to overclock a locked CPU and motherboard Forum SolvedLocking for best psu nd cpu fan for amd fx8320 Forum SolvedBoot Problem with Asus Z87 Deluxe Motherboard and Intel i7 4770k CPU Forum SolvedMotherboard CPU problem Forum SolvedCPU or Motherboard Problem? Forum SolvedFramerate locking problem Forum SolvedMAC osx Driver Problem in my ASUS M4A78LT-M LE based motherboard with AMD CPU Forum SolvedMotherboard,CPU, or PSU problem? Forum SolvedBroken CPU fan header locking mechanism Forum New build wont test boot. CPU or motherboard problem? Forum Is this a cpu or motherboard problem? Forum SolvedProblem with new motherboard and CPU Forum Hello , Im having a problem . Could pc randomly restart and freeze couse of bad motherboard or cpu ? Forum Motherboard or Cpu problem? Forum More resources Read discussions in other Laptop Tech Support categories Windows Configuration !