Removed heatsink, fan and cpu to clean

Bd Emachines e230h bd 23" widescreen lcd...
January 3, 2012 at 14:05:31
Specs: windows XP, 2gb
wont boot after taking out heatsink, fan, cpu and cleaning
cpu was stuck to heatsink

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January 3, 2012 at 14:20:40
Did you separate the cpu from the heat sink, if you did then you need to reapply arctic silver 5, did you lock the cpu back into position?

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January 3, 2012 at 14:21:24
Did you clean of all traces of the old heat sink compound and replace it with new?

Did you replace according to the manufactures instructions? To much can be as bad as to little.

Are you sure the fan is plugged in correctly to the required place on the on the board. Does the fan spin?

Failure to do any of the above will cause a CPU to overheat very quickly and the BIOS to switch the computer off.

For future reference the way to remove a stuck heat-sink is to rotate it to break the seal. Pulling it of directly will never shift it and could result in damage to the CPU.


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January 3, 2012 at 17:44:37
Any decent brand of thermal compound will be fine if applied correctly.
Remove all old compound with rubbing alcohol and an old credit card for scraping (not metal), then read the instructions for your particular CPU:

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

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