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Windows 7: URGENT! My baby (computer) died :(

17 Apr 2009   #31

Vista Ultimate x64, Windows 7 RC 7100

Thanks for the help everyone. I'll let you know what Best Buy says about it. I can't rep everyone on this thread can I?

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17 Apr 2009   #32
Orbital Shark


Hope it's not as bad as it sounds :)

You should be able to rep people, i can't see why not.
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17 Apr 2009   #33

XP Pro SP3 x86/Vista SP2 x64/Win7 x64 Triple-boot

Some stock heatsinks do come with a very small layer of thermal paste on them though, my stock AMD fan did (usually covered by a bit of plastic film that has to be peeled off and/or a plastic square cover over the bottom of the heatsink). but if theres no trace at all it doesn't look to promising.

IF the cpu is dead, you need to buy one that is compatable with your motherboard, or if you want a better CPU you need to buy a motherboard capable of running that CPU (and then your memory may not be compatable with the new mobo).

you should also check you havn't melted your motherboard around the CPU area and see if there's any sign of heat damage. otherwise the mobo could be fried too due to over-clocking it so much.
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17 Apr 2009   #34

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bryce View Post
Thanks for the help everyone. I'll let you know what Best Buy says about it. I can't rep everyone on this thread can I?
Rep may be given to as many posts as you feel have helped you, or in some other way in your opinion merits it - you cannot however give rep twice to the same member until you have given rep to a number of other members.

Hope this clarifies things
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17 Apr 2009   #35

Windows 7 b7127

You should also know that applying too much paste is just as bad as not applying it at all or applying too little. You should google around for thermal paste application methods, but there are generaly 2 "schools" of thermal paste application - one advocates a thin line accross the center of the CPU heat-spreader (the CPU, basically is much smaller than what you see. The metal cover on top of the CPU core is what you see and is called the heat-spreader). If applying a thin line of thermal paste, the heatsink is supposed to press it down and spread it out over the CPU. Also the heat from the CPU should help the paste spread more evenly under the heatsink.

The other method is applying a small drop of paste to the center of the CPU and then spreading it with a flat object (like a credit card or such) into a thin layer over the entire CPU heatspreader. Both methods work fine even though the actual source of heat in a CPU is under the very center of the heat-spreader.

It's up to you to chose which method you like better, but it should also be noted that the full "capacity" of the thermal paste for transferring heat is never achieved instantly. On Zalman's heat paste (the one distributed in small bottles) it even states that you should allow the paste to "settle" for a full week under normal usage conditions before it will realise its full potential.

As for types of paste, this is also debatable, but the general rule is go for the well-known manufacturers. All in all, the subject should (like most other things concerning computer assembly, components, etc. - IMHO) be throroughly researched before taking action. (also IMHO). (just on a side-note, I've been building computers for about 10 years now. Never a single burned CPU though, although I did manage to kill a motherboard with a screwdriver when taking off one of those horrible old AMD coolers)

And one last thing: if at all possible, NEVER leave the heatsink manufacturer's pre-applied paste on a cooler unlesss you really, really, really don't want to bother with applying paste yourself or you don't have any. Those are usually really bad (I can't forget the intel's box coolers with that almost rubbery 3mm thick dark gray muck they put on them that doesn't really work well either)
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17 Apr 2009   #36

Win7 x64 7232 // XP x86 SP3

Umm so you've been running an OC'ed CPU without any thermal paste? Hats off to your bravery, man. Just want to make sure that CPU is REALLY dead before you splurge on a new one

Here's a recent thermal paste shootout [H] Enthusiast - Thermal Paste Shootout - Q209
It shows how to correctly apply the stuff too.

I got 2 tubes of Shin-Etsu G-751 from here Shin-Etsu G-751 Thermal Compound 1.0 gram . It's not the cheapest per gram, but has pretty good temps and it's on sale with free shipping now. Each tube is good for at least 5 applications, if you do it right.

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17 Apr 2009   #37

Vista Ultimate x64, Windows 7 RC 7100

Got back from Best Buy. The guy is very positive it's a dead motherboard but then I'm wondering would the CPU and all still come on if the motherboard was dead?

I'm calling ASUS now to see what they can do for me.
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17 Apr 2009   #38

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Generator View Post
Edit: He said he's tried hard booting 3-4 times Beginning, wouldn't that 'wake' it?
Well it did sound that way... But I was thinkin the same about it may be stuck in hibernete mode... Bryce - Sorry to hear you got problems on an almost new comp...
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17 Apr 2009   #39

Vista Ultimate x64, Windows 7 RC 7100

Just RMA'd it. And my new 22" monitor is ****ing awesome! To bad it's on my crappy laptop and I can't dual screen with my other monitor. I would pull out my 2nd best pc but its in the server rack and to hard to get to
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17 Apr 2009   #40

Vista Ultimate x64, Windows 7 RC 7100
So, I've gotta tear my PC down to RMA the board...

I've gotta tear down my rig to RMA the board and all it's accessories. How should I go about removing the CPU and how should I store it? I don't really have the original packaging for it so kinda stumped on what to do and not screw it up.

Anyone know if mobo's come with an IDE cable or no? I think mine did but not sure lols.
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