So I decided to clean out the internals of a PC. the specs were AMD Athlon II x4 630 with GIGABYTE m85m-us2h motherboard.
When I decided to take out the extremely dirty heatsink - I noticed a bit of resistance and then the whole thing came off
attached to the cpu.... by a black patch of some heat-tape or something.
I only noticed one bent pin which I straightened out (it fitted in perfectly... i checked) but when we decided to power up-
the fans whirred but no screen... no POST ... no beeps
So the only place that could have been likely do have been damaged would either be the CPU or the mobo.
While cleaning out I only used a brush on the non-mobo area of the case.
So could anyone give me any ideas on what to try/what to do/how stuff could be broken?
I don't have a second cpu to try on the mobo but I suspect the cpu's fault.
And can dust (the normal type ) cause a short in the cpu?