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Dream Killer
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Re: [Parts Check] Quickest failure?

Forgot to plug in CPU fan on an Athlon XP 1800+. Started it, saw an Epox motherboard logo, screen went blank.

In 1 second I went from extreme happiness to extreme depression seeing my creation come alive then rolling over and dying because my $200 processor just fried itself. For a dead broke college student, it was heartbreaking.



CylonRed
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join:2000-07-06
Bloom County

Wow - nearly the same thing happened to me with the same motherboard company. Though I had a T-Bird 3 I think - can't remember if I forgot to plug in the fan, the fan did not work, or the fan header did not get power.

Yea - I was not a happy camper to say the least.
--
Brian

"It drops into your stomach like a Abrams's tank.... driven by Rosanne Barr..." A. Bourdain


htin11

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reply to Dream Killer

said by Dream Killer:

Forgot to plug in CPU fan on an Athlon XP 1800+. Started it, saw an Epox motherboard logo, screen went blank.

In 1 second I went from extreme happiness to extreme depression seeing my creation come alive then rolling over and dying because my $200 processor just fried itself. For a dead broke college student, it was heartbreaking.

For me, it was the thunderbird tiny core cracking when i put and secure my large heatsink. The thunderbird CPU are so lousy, they didn't have that protective metal covering that amd and intel ships now. When i was putting my pc together, i didn't know i cracked the core until i started my new computer. All i smell was this burn smell, removed the heatsink see that the core was cracked. Had to wait about a week and 200 dollar down the drain.


Dream Killer
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Ah yes, the heatspreader of the P4 set men and kids apart. I cheated and bought a shim.



Octavean
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New York, NY
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said by Dream Killer:

Ah yes, the heatspreader of the P4 set men and kids apart. I cheated and bought a shim.

Same here,....

For my AMD CPUs and my Intel CPUs,.....

Also I was very, very, very careful with them,.....

BTW, I never lived installing a HSF with a flat head screwdriver. With the amount of force needed one slip and the motherboard would be toast,....burnt toast,....


pnjunction
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Way back in the day you could actually drop the CPU in more than one way. Must have been socket 4 as it seems socket 5 and up had asymmetrical pin layout.

I was upgrading the CPU in the family computer and it went up in smoke as soon as I turned it on.

Luckily that CPU was pretty cheap and it ended well with my dad paying for a new CPU and mobo that were better. I recall thinking that if I was evil I would've dropped it in the wrong way on purpose...



pnjunction
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said by Octavean:

BTW, I never lived installing a HSF with a flat head screwdriver. With the amount of force needed one slip and the motherboard would be toast,....burnt toast,....

Yeah pretty nerve-wracking how hard you had to push on some of those.

The mobo designers were generally good about not putting anything sensitive right under there though, no signal traces. I recall I slipped once and made a nice scratch but it was fine.


CylonRed
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I never understood why it was so hard not to break the core... Attach the one side (usually closest to the top edge of motherboard) and then with one finger - press straight down in the middle of the fan and attach the clip by what ever means.

Never came close to breaking the core and did not need to have a lot of pressure to hold the hsf down. By pressing on the middle of the fan - that put any pressure straight on the core - right in the middle of it.

I have a feeling those cores were exposed because of the extreme amounts of heat it created and engineers did not think that current hsf would suffice without direct contact with the core (only a guess on my part).
--
Brian

"It drops into your stomach like a Abrams's tank.... driven by Rosanne Barr..." A. Bourdain