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March 29, 2004 4:41:47 PM

I've got a small troubleshooting question...
I bought my computer in pieces through newegg and I wa assembling it this weekend.

>>>essential specs
>>>
>>>Antec P160 Case
>>>Asus K8V Deluxe Motherboard
>>>Athlon 64 3000+ CPU (retail with heatsink)
>>>GeForce 9500 FX 128
>>>Soundblaster Live 5.1
>>>1024 (2 x 512) generic ram
>>>Enermax 350 w power supply
>>>ViewSonic 19" PerfectFlat


I first started hoping for the best and installed everything and tried to run it...It started up but no signal to the monitor.

So I unhooked everything (power cords and motherboard connectors) except power to the motherboard, rear fan, cpu fan, and power fan. and unplugged all the cards except the video card and still nothing...

I also tried switching out the video card with an old GeForce 400 mx but that didn't work either.

So I checked out some forum posts and the only thing that made sense that was wrong was that my cpu must not have been aligned properly or something like that. So I go to take off the heatsink to check the cpu alignment and the cpu comes up with the heatsink, attached to the bottom by the thermal compound. Being my first real time working with a cpu, heatsink, and the compound I'm not sure what I should do. I can't re-attached the cpu because I need to pull up the lever on the motherboard and the cpu is stuck on the heatsink, and I'm scared to tear a $250 cpu off of it's heatsink...So do I need to find some thermal compound somewhere and force the chip off of the heatsink or how am I supposed to go about re-attaching the cpu?

Thanks!


-jesse
jesse@blullama2.com

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March 29, 2004 4:53:13 PM

"GeForce 9500 FX 128"
what's this a combo of ati and nvidia? lol
March 29, 2004 5:05:13 PM

oops, I'm dyslexic

GeForce 5900 FX 128
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March 29, 2004 6:31:30 PM

I hope you did'nt use Thermal Epoxy on your CPU, that thing is almost impossible to remove !

Have you read the instructions that came with the HSF, mobo, CPU and thermal compound ? Was it your first attempt at building a computer ?




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March 29, 2004 8:27:35 PM

best way is to put evrything in a ziplock (cpu/heatsink) remove as much air as you can.
Put that in the freezer for a little while. That should make the compound brittle and easier to remove.
Some ppl did it b4 I never had to so maybe someone have more advice for you...

System Spec:
Asus P4P800DX
P4C 2.6ghz@3.25ghz
2X512 OCZ Performance PC4000 3-3-3-8
Leadtek FX5900@450/875
2X30gig Raid0
80gig Maxtor
March 29, 2004 9:25:54 PM

labbby is correct: put it in the freezer.

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March 29, 2004 11:57:38 PM

How is he supposed to get it into the freezer when the cpu is still in the socket?

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March 30, 2004 1:35:29 AM

If the thermal heatsink material/paste is soft, the CPU should come away with a little effort.

If the heatsink material is hard - you've got a serious problem.

If this is the case, try a solvent from a electronic store or get some acetone.

Be careful not to melt the CPU.

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March 30, 2004 2:09:47 AM

Acetone can destroy everything :smile:

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March 30, 2004 2:13:03 AM

You probably need to use the "ATX 12v" 4-pin square connector to boot, make sure it's connected to your board.

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