Solved My CPU came out without pulling latch up

December 24, 2011 at 14:27:10
Specs: Windows 7
Did my CPU break? I can't tell if it broke or not since i don't have my monitor at the moment. The CPU is new, and everything in my computer, such as the fans, sound quieter.

The thermal paste i added to my CPU somehow got stuck to my fan, when i pulled out my fan, the CPU was stuck under the fan, this all happened without me even pulling the latch up!

Well normally, in order to take a CPU out, you have to pull the latch up, but mine just came out without pulling it up!

Like i said, my PC sounds like it's booting up normally, i see me regular green light in my PC, no weird noises, just all quite. Thanks!

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December 24, 2011 at 14:33:48
That's weird.

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December 24, 2011 at 14:47:19
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I cannot tell you much without details (CPU, Socket, Is there apparent damage to socket lock down. etc.).
You need to remove the heat sink from the CPU, clean off all thermal compound, secure the CPU in the socket (if still good) and reapply new compound correctly:
If the lock down is bad or damaged and the motherboard is under a year old, contact them about replacing the board.
Depending on the socket and pin or contact type, and how much force was used before the assembly popped out of the socket, there is a reasonable possibility that there is no damage to the CPU, but careful reassembly and if needed, borrowing a monitor is the only real way to tell for sure.
I have heard of this happening but I have never seen one myself, but I understand it worked fine afterwards.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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December 24, 2011 at 15:10:14
It's a 939 socket x2 AMD CPU.

I just wanna, from your experience, do you think any damage was done to the CPU?

My floppy disk drive works just fine, it opens up just fine. The PC sounds like it's booting up.

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December 24, 2011 at 18:51:38
We hear about this from time to time. What you should have done was boot the system & run it for a bit to warm things up - that would have softened the thermal material. Then you should have shut down, unlatched the locking clips, & twisted the heatsink from side to side to break the bond. It would have popped right off. My guess is you yanked it straight out when it was cold. Unless you damaged some of the pins or the socket, it should be OK. A tiny dab of paste about the size of a grain of rice in the middle of the CPU is all that was needed. Sounds like you used too much. Have a look:

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