I have an AMD Athlon 1400 CPU and ECS K7S5A mobo. I had to replace my HSF/fan yesterday. When I installed the new one, I also used a copper shim. I installed the shim incorrectly, so that the holes in the shim were not over the contacts? on top of my AMD Athlon CPU. So, the shim covered all of these contacts when I powered on. With the heat sink and shim in place incorrectly, the PC would not boot nor even power on. I found my mistake and installed the shim correctly. Now the PC tries to boot (the power supply fan kicks on, the hard drive spins up, but no video and no further action.
Did I trash my CPU or motherboard by installing the shim incorrectly and shorting something out?
Er, yeah, they're not supposed to help conduct heat away from the cpu. Strictly protection from crushing the die from some of the meaty-lookin' heatsinks out there. How on Earth did you install the thing wrong? Most of the Athlon shims I've seen (and use) don't take into account any of the bridges anyway, but mine certainly doesn't interfere w/ my system. Are you sure there wasn't something else interfering to begin with?
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