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What could it be? Video card? CPU? Heatsink? HELP!

Let me try to explain the situation first.
My friend gave me his computer to check the RAM and processor to see if they were causing his computer to not work. So he brought it to my house and gave it to me overnight.

I first took out the Video Card so that I could easily get to the RAM and set it aside.
I then took out the RAM from my computer and realized the one was a CL3 that he had given me so I couldnt check because my motherboard supported CL2.

So my next step was to check the processor. I had put in the POSSIBLE bad one and put back the cooler and heatsink.
When I turned on the computer I would get a "no signal" from monitor, or a "going to sleep". I kept tryin to reconnect the video card and tried another monitor etc. but same problem...

So I then put the original processor back in and the same problem occured. Now my friend is upset and I am left with asking for help.

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more info please

In reply to: What could it be? Video card? CPU? Heatsink? HELP!

Something was "causing his computer to not work." What does "not work" mean? Details on the computer model, hardware, OS, and the specifics of the original problem are lacking.

It may not even be hardware.

I usually look for software reasons before cracking open the case. A lack of proper drivers, viruses, spyware are pretty common causes these days.

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To be honest with you, I dont care for that computer right now.

I am dying to get the (once) working one situated and fixed. It's amazing how I just unplugging and plugging back in, 1, 2, 3 things has caused me so much trouble.

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why should we help you?

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1.) If the problem is software oriented, then you are wasting your time tinkering with the hardware. You may have performed radical surgery on a patient who only needed an aspirin. You need to tell all you know of the original symptoms so we may help you.

2.) Unless your system is overclocked, it's likely that installing CL3 where you once had CL2 RAM will not be a problem. Run memtest86+ to check each module. BTW, you made no mention of the computer model or motherboard model in the original computer or the testing computer. You didn't mention the memory type either

3.) Replacing a CPU is not a simple task. Did you remove all old thermal compound from heatsink and CPU cap? Did you reapply fresh compound according to the compound's instructions?

4.) If you can't supply any information to us, then you will get no help here. Supplying no info here means you need to take the computer to a local shop and pay to have it fixed...or maybe just return it to your friend. You have a choice here.

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In reply to: why should we help you?

1) I couldnt tell you if it is software oriented or anything because I cant get the screen to work, or the computer to really kick in.

2) I cant install the CL3 SDRAM into the RAM slot because it dont fit according to the slit's on the ram stick. The cl 3 one has two slots on the metallic bottom and the CL 2.5 (the original) has one opening near the middle.

3) I did remove all of the old compund and put on the new compound. But I did have some problems getting the heatsink really secure. So I'm thinking that is what is causing all this.

4) It was a message to get a start, maybe someone had a quick fix.

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You never told the details. Some Athlons fry if the heatsink

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Isn't on proper in just a few seconds. The details in your post are absent so there is no where to start offering any good advice.

I read your posts twice and if the machine is fried then you need to replace the fried parts.


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