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Hey guys,

A few weeks ago, I was taking out my Graphics card (due to selling) and noticed I had accidently left my pc on for a few days. Sure this would be fine however the thermal paste I had was old, and I did not replace it after replacing my CPU to an AMD Phenom II X2 550 BE about 2 months earlier. After putting an old GPU back into the system after taking the one I had out, the computer would turn on, all fans runnning including the graphics card fan, all HDDs worked as well as DVD drive tray functioning properly.. however no picture on screen.


I automatically thought; Graphics card, so went ahead in ordering a brand new 8800GT (yes it was manufacture refurbished, got it for $50 but was new in the box with everything, made by zotac.) Installed the card this morning, all was fine, picture came back to the screen, installed drivers, happy days.
Until I got home this afternoon. Turned the computer on, it posted, reached bios check screen and then the picture disappeared. Same problem I had. The computer turns on, all fans (including cpu heat sync) and lights come on, but just no picture.


Is this a CPU problem? I took it out and noticed it had a bent pin, somehow. I was fiddling with it, trying to bend it back when I worsened the problem and the whole pin came off.. R.I.P cpu.
Is it worth getting a new CPU? Or is it another system component which is preventing the computer to post at all.

Thanks guys
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post #2 of 13
sounds like a motherboard issue as im fairly certain that phenoms shut off at a certain temperature to prevent damage.

have you tried clearing the CMOS?.
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some pins are not needed anyways

try to borrow a cpu to test
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Quote:
Originally Posted by masonkian View Post
some pins are not needed anyways

try to borrow a cpu to test
What?
if the pins are not needed then why are they there.

And i dont recommend you borrow any ones cpu. You dont know if the board has damaged the cpu or

not. You dont want to kill someones processor.

i doubt the cpu is damaged tho. Its just not wise to risk it.

Some more knowledgeable people then me should ring in soon.
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Originally Posted by masonkian View Post
some pins are not needed anyways
It appears you are correct. Google it guys.

Have you tries running it without the pin AND resetting the BIOS with the jumper/battery? I would run it without the graphics card first to try and corner the problem. From what I am reading you can straighten the pin or use another small piece of metal (copper wire) and put it in the correct hole on the socket then reseat your processor like usual (with FRESH thermal paste) being careful not to bend anymore pins! You could also try your graphics card first on a buddies computer...

Note: This is a very desperate "poor man's" fix to get it to work.
(skip to 2:00)

Edited by geckyl - 5/30/11 at 4:25pm
post #6 of 13
CPU had a stroke I think.
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post #7 of 13
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It shouldn't be the motherboard. I have an LCD on the front of my case which gives temps / diag etc, if the motherboard was fried surley this screen would not be functional? Let alone all of the other components sitting on the mobo.. gpu fan seems to be running. Oh and did I mention I did another quick test.. when I remove the ATX connector from my gpu, the loud beeping noise sounds indicating it's missing. The speaker being located inside the motherboard?

There is two pins missing from this CPU (god knows how?) and I think it's dead. I just don't want to go and waste money on a new motherboard when I have a perfectly good one Anyway keep the ideas coming guys, that video was hilarious haha!
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post #8 of 13
Sounds like you need a new cpu. I have a Phenom II 560. It has a more stable silicon revision then the Phenom II 550 and it seems to overclock very well. A LOT of people have had success unlocking this thing to a quad or tri-core. I have unlocked to a quad but my 3+1 phase motherboard can't handle it for more than half an hour and shuts down. There are plenty of good reviews for it and for less than $100 USD it sounds like a good option for you.
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Funny you should mention that, I'm looking at one now ha. Nothing compares to the Phenom II's but it appears mine has kicked in.
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post #10 of 13
And the AMD Phenom II X4 3.2 GHz Processor
Edited by geckyl - 5/30/11 at 4:17pm
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