Take out the ram memory and see if you get any beep from the motherboard.
nope. it just stays stuck in a loop. will shut itself off after a few min, then restart over and over.
and i'm pretty sure about damaging the mbd. because now the heatsink won't even stay in tight like before. i guess i have to pay for an education one way or another. no matter what the outcome, I appreciate you helping me out!!!