|Hi everyone. Thanks a million times over in advance for your help. OK so here's the problem. My computer is housed in an Antec Sonata III case. It has an ASUS P5K motherboard, and an Intel Dual Core CPU (E6600 I believe), and 2 GB of RAM. There is only one hard drive (500 GB). I've had this computer since July of 2007. Great performance and no real problems until recently.|
For some odd reason, the computer suddenly turned itself off the other day. Every time I'd try to restart, within seconds to minutes it would shut itself off again. I quickly deduced that the components inside the tower or whatnot were overheating, and that this sudden shutdown was some kind of protective measure being enacted by the computer...and sure enough, removing the door on the side of my Antec case to allow better airflow & avoid heat being trapped in there did the trick. At least, it did for about a week. Now the same problem is back.
I was concerned because I don't know much about computer's inner workings or about cleaning them safely. Washing the air filter inside the case was accomplished, and I did my best to try to clean the fan (though it's very difficult to reach & clean properly, especially since I don't have a screwdriver to really unbolt the entire inner workings of the case to let me get at it properly). Anyway, I still was having problems and so upon looking at my manual for the ASUS P5K motherboard, it occurred to me that I may need to remove the heatsink, clean it, and reinstall it.
I was able to remove it simply enough. Cleaning it - well, there was some dust etc, and it's *cleaner* than it was, though it seems a difficult piece of equipment to properly clean. Anyway...reinstalling the heatsink is the real problem.
There are 4 holes on the motherboard where you ostensibly push the pegs in and thereby lock the device back in place. Problem is, the pegs are jiggly and loose and don't seem to want to hold the heatsink in place at all, no matter what I do!
As we speak, I am using this very computer....with the heatsink 'held in place' by gravity alone (i.e. the case is lying on its side). Amazingly, it's working. But I don't feel good about this, and I'm worried this may be temporary at best, and indeed may even be damaging my computer somehow.
One more thing - as soon as I restarted the computer with the loose heatsink held in place by gravity alone (and the wires connecting it to the fan sensor) the BIOS reading of the CPU temperature drastically changed. It had been 73 degrees Celsius before for quite some time; now it's reading 29 degrees Celsius.
Anyway...thanks for bearing with me thus far. What I need to know is, how can I safely reattach my heatsink? Or is the current solution workable? As odd as it is, I could probably live with keeping it like this - assuming it was safe for the computer. I'm one of those people who never even thought to touch or learn about things like heatsinks, so I'm coming at this from a complete noob point of view.
Many thanks! Any more pertinent information to my situation would be greatly appreciated too. *hugs*