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Did I Kill my CPU?

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Last response: in Systems
December 17, 2008 2:48:46 PM

System Specs
Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.83 GHz Quad Core Processor
MSI P45 Platinum Motherboard
Ultra Grid Mid-T Case
Ultra LS600 Lifetime Series 600w Power Supply
Powercolor Radeon HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 PCI-E 2XDVI-I Video Card
G.SKILL F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK PC2-8500 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-1066 CL5-5-5-15 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 500GB SATA2 3GB/S 7200RPM 16MB Cache Ncq Hard Drive
Lg GH22NS30 Black DVD+RW 22X8X16 DVD-RW 22X6X16 Dl 16X/12X 2MB Sata

The Problem
So, I got this all hooked up yesterday... thought that it was ready to go. Had all of the appropriate power running from the power supply 24x for mobo the 4x for the cpu and the 6 for the graphics card. I turned it on... and got 4 red LED.. on the 945 platinum code list it shows this as the CPU is damaged or not mounted properly.

So, I remounted it, gave it another go and the same thing happened for a few tries. That's when things went bad... when I tried restarting it the next time something smelled like it may have burned up... I've never had anything fry before but I'm pretty sure that's what the smell was. I have no idea if this could have happened somewhere on the motherboard or if it is indeed the cpu that went. I looked at the cpu and couldn't see any evidence of it being fried.. although I'm not exactly sure what I'd be looking for either.

I don't know where exactly to go from here... I was thinking of buying another mobo and cpu to try a few different combinations but don't really want to drop the cash if I don't have to. If the CPU is fried... can I return it to Intel or am I hooped? I bought it retail through
Any help/ideas would be greatly appreciated.


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December 17, 2008 5:38:27 PM

Im pretty sure that CPU is not fried, ut rather the MoBo or the Power Supply. You bought all these parts seperately right, not a pre-built. make sure you have the CPU angled correctly, so that it matches with the socket correctly.
December 17, 2008 10:52:21 PM

MikeGilham look around the cpu and see if any of the caps have bulged at the or more may be bulged at the top of does sound like the mobo and not at the cpu.