So update for everyone:
I got the system apart again last night, using the stock heatsink did not work and the residue is everywhere (even after I tried to clean it off the MB before I realized what it was). Right now my tab's being terribly slow in sending (email myself) the photos I took. After they send I'm going to start a "Khuler Chronicles" thread to document my customer service experience for others since it was almost impossible to find info via google, and OCN tends to pop up first when searching for geeky topics. Got my trouble ticket out to Antec (was a pain because of linux flash support, and antec doesn't like to provide alternates if the flash elements don't load), expecting a response today (hopefully, they dont open for another 4 hours). Shook the radiator again last night, has more air than I would expect in it.
Used Lunbuntu "LXDE" a little more last night. Sort of got flash to work (via chromiums internal plug-ins) and chromium is much more responsive than firefox, even after both are updated. The DE is similar enough to Windoze that it's easy to figure out where I need to go for things, still looking for my "advanced" set-up options though. I'll thy openbox tonight when I get home to see if responsiveness improves, but I'm thinking the main problem is I'm used to a SB system, with my SSD. I can't even use my SSD on this system because it's so old.
I'll get another sig rig description up for it so you guys can laugh at me. I think it has a nVidia FX5550 or something of the 256mb nature (AGP, really old e-machines). It's so slow >
. Where the hell is the hardware manager in these so I can find out exactly what hardware is in it?
Anyone interested in seeing photos?
edit: +rep for everyone!
I'll see what response I get from antec, it doesn't look like Christoph has been active recently, and I might need that email addy if I don't get a response to my trouble ticket today or tomorrow
Thanks again! (I've got about 150mb worth of crisp photos of the affected parts!)Edited by Nocturin - 6/12/12 at 6:53am