hi everyone. here's my comp
Inno3D geforce2 MX200 64 mb
512MB DDR samsung
Lite On CDRW
Maxtor 40GIG hard drive 5400rpms
Realteck Ethernet card
Creative SoundBlaster Live
recently when i installed a new heatsink and fan, i booted my computer up and it would show where it would read the memory part, then it froze. i restarted and it didn't boot up anymore. i took off my heatsink and fan. took of the Athlon 1.4 Tbird and on the bottom was a sticker that was all black. i bought a new one and installed it. it did the same exact thing. I asked someone on my dorm floor what was wrong. they said it was the tape in back. but when i bought this computer 5 months ago it ran fine with the old processor's tape on back. i checked my jumpers and they're all on default. my power supply is an Antec 400W. is my motherboard fried? the motherboard's power LED comes on. i'm not sure what's wrong anymore. should i have a professional look at it? thanks!!!!
I'm guessing by 'on back' you don't mean on the pins side of the cpu.... but actually on the top of the processor??
I didn't even know that processors came with a 'sticker' on them? (and if they do... remove it!!! (DUH!?) Obviously a sticker will burn up in mere seconds if it is on the cpu!!)
Are you actually referring to the sticker that comes on heat sinks that have thermal grease already applied to them?? In that case, you are supposed to simply remove the sticker and then put on the heat sink (the sticker is just protecting the grease layer until you install the heat sink).
Finally - about what you should do now.... it is possible your motherboard was damaged when the processor fried (I'm assuming it did fry)...
I would choose from these 2 options:
1) Go to a good local shop and tell the guys what happened.. have them look at it and tell them you'd like to get a new processor in it. If it still doesn't run, listen to their advice about what else might be wrong (ie. the motherboard)..... At that point you also should definitely fill them in on your story so they can more accurately assess what is wrong. Hopefully it's just the cpu though...
If you have a friend who can try your cpu (unless you know it is fried for sure) in his system.. that would be useful to assess if it's dead.
The second option is to let a friend who is experienced with computers help you fix yours... but obviously this runs the risk of them making a mistake a frying another few hundred in components....
yes the sticker was on the pin side in the center where their are no pins there. i'm not sure what to do anymore. my manufacture offered to help diagnose the problem but then i'd have to ship it out to cali and i'm from WI. i think i'm going to get a professional come and see what's wrong so i don't screw up another processor. thanks!!!