|I recently had a tech at Fry's Electronics install a new AMD Phenom 9950 2.6 GHz X4 CPU. The factory OEM, AMD Phenom X4 9550 2.2 GHz CPU was replaced with the one mentioned above. When I brought the PC home and started it up, the monitor immediately displayed that the CPU fan was not working and the PC shut down after a few seconds by default. I'm unsure at this point if it is a BIOS, improper connection, fan, wire, or incompatability issue. I located the CPU fan wire connector, and according to the motherboard stamp, the CPU fan connector was clipped in the correct place. It looked as if the connector wasn't pushed down completely seated flush with the motherboard, so I tried to access the connector, but wasn't able to reach it. I tried to remove the media backup and hard drive assembly, but I wasn't able to remove it due to some hidden clips or fasteners somewhere. So as a last resort, I unclipped the CPU fan/heatsink and lifted it out to attempt to access the CPU fan connector from that angle. Unfortunately, this removed the processor along with the fan since it was pasted. |
My question, is there any safe way to reinstall the CPU with the fan/heatsink pasted to the processor without bending pins with correct alignment or am I doomed? I don't have thermal paste, nor any experience installing CPUs. I don't know if I should use this PC as a lab rat to test my lack of skills for fear of bending pins and damaging the processor.