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by Anonymous28648319 / April 19, 2017 6:42 PM PDT

Started up computer, (old Gateway DX model with AMD Phenom II quad core) weird noise emitted from fans inside. Unplugged everything and opened up. Fan was clogged with dust. Removed processer fan assembly (processor stuck with heat sync) and used a vacuum to clean out the dust on the fan and around other areas on the computer. Placed everything back exactly as it was before. I pressed the power button, and the fans ran instantly, but no power status light came on and no boot up information appeared on the monitor. Any information on what went wrong and what to do about it is greatly appreciated.

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Clarification Request
Where's the paste?
by James Denison / April 19, 2017 7:00 PM PDT

between the CPU and the HSF??? Did you???

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No Paste
by Anonymous28648319 / April 20, 2017 10:13 AM PDT
In reply to: Where's the paste?

Yes, I did do it between the two. And in a few other places on the innards.

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by Bob__B / April 19, 2017 9:23 PM PDT

Using a vac to clean the innards is NOT a good idea.
As dust gets pulled through the nozzle/hose it can create esd.
It does not take much to zap the stuff inside the pc.

A better method is to use compressed air.

Did you by chance pull the cpu out of it's socket when you removed the hsf?

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by Anonymous28648319 / April 20, 2017 10:14 AM PDT
In reply to: Vacuum

The cpu came out because it was stuck to the heatsync.

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Any fix
by Anonymous28648319 / April 20, 2017 10:16 AM PDT
In reply to: Vacuum

Is there any way to fix this? (Seriously, anything would help at this point.)

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Since the CPU come out.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 20, 2017 10:23 AM PDT

It's likely to be a bad CPU connection. You wrote NO PASTE so hit YouTube and google for videos on paste cleanup, how to apply and how to check the CPU socket and pads as you try again.

At worst you'll need a new motherboard if the CPU socket pins were damaged.

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by Anonymous28648319 / April 20, 2017 10:36 AM PDT

Thank you for this, this really helps. Also, to clarify, are you talking about the pins on the CPU or the socket for the CPU?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 20, 2017 10:47 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks
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PS. The simple thing to look for.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 20, 2017 11:06 AM PDT
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Clues for damage
by Anonymous28648319 / April 20, 2017 10:39 AM PDT

Any good way to look for damaged pins on the motherboard?

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by Bob__B / April 20, 2017 10:54 AM PDT
In reply to: Clues for damage

Get a magnify glass and a good light.
Inspect the cpu pins and the socket pins.

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AMD Phenom
by James Denison / April 20, 2017 11:42 AM PDT
In reply to: Clues for damage

The pins are on the CPU, the motherboard uses a "socket", probably AM2 or AM2+.

Hold the CPU to a light and check both ways to see any any pins are bent. Use a round toothpick or similar to "comb" any bent pin back into place, and be very careful on putting back in socket, don't force it.

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