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Unfortunately, there were some bent pins on my friends 955 when I replaced the motherboard from a Gigabyte MA790XT-UD4P with a Gigabyte 990FX-UD3P, I carefully put all the pins back into place, aligned as well as I could, the CPU sat slightly raised into the motherboard, gave it a tiny wiggle, and it slipped in, put the H50 cooler on it, everything seemed fine, booted up first time.

My friend didn't remove his original drivers, so it ended up being totally corrupt, causing a few BSODS, so I decided to totally reformat, reset the CMOS, installed Windows 7 64-bit ultimate onto his Western Digital 500gb HDD, and it ran fine until we received BSODS:

0x00000003b - damaged files, path errors etc...
0x000000024 - NTFS faults etc...

This kept occurring, wouldn't even boot to windows sometimes, everything is set up correctly, all ram appears to work well, the graphics card seems fine, we have ran a few games on it, and it was alright until the BSOD. Although these codes appear to not be related to the CPU, I'm still worried. My friend claims to have all drivers installed, but I can't manually have a proper look at it right now, which is infuriating, so I have to diagnose all the problems via phone.

Anyway, he has an SSD, and he's just reinstalled everything onto that. Disabled page filing, indexing, hibernation etc... enabled ACHI etc... everything installed just fine, until windows update 34 (not sure which one it was, as I'm on the phone to him and he doesn't remember), and it showed BSOD:

0x00000001a - Associated with faulty system files again

All updates are now installed, it's not crashing anymore, but apparently, the North Bridge heat-sink is absolutely boiling. Can't leave your finger on it for more than 2-3 seconds. I had a look around for this issue, and some people seem to think it's to do with the fact there is no direct cooling from a downward's facing CPU fan. His case has two massive 200+mm fans on the side aiming directly at the motherboard. So it can't be an airflow issue, unless the North Bridge just gets that hot?

Anyway, what I'd like to know is, for clarity of mind, could the CPU pins be associated with any of these BSODS? I've looked everywhere to find information on them. They all link with a bad windows 7 installation to my mind nothing to do with the CPU.

Any help is greatly appreciated, if you need to know more, I'll be right here replying straight away!

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Well at least the 955 is down to $85 to replace...
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It doesn't seem like a cpu problem, perhaps you could take those errors and a dump over to the windows forum? They may know better what those errors are caused by.
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Hmm, well, because it can get into the bios, AND overclock, it can't be related to the CPU, I just wanted clarification really! Thanks for the responses guys! Keep them coming.
    
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I'm feeling it's the motherboard or ssd on this one.I keep a fan directly on my nb sink and mosfets.
 
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I'm feeling it's the motherboard or ssd on this one.I keep a fan directly on my nb sink and mosfets.

SSD seems fine now, optimised it properly, got the latest firmware, runs rad.

Motherboard seems fine too! Could just be the windows update or something, Service Pack 1 is stuck at 99% and has been for the last 10 minutes... :S
    
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if the pins were still intact and the chip seated and boots then I'm sure it isn't related to that. unless the pins broke off that shouldn't be the problem.
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It never ceases to amaze me the number of people who've messed up some pins on their processor, bent 'em back in place and gone on like nothing's happened. I'm one of them...

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Ok, first off. When you say something "seems" ok, what do you mean by that? How have you checked to see if the HDD and SSD are fine? Are there any smart errors? Have you run any tests on them?

The first step in any troubleshooting is just trying to figure out how you can absolutely verify the functionality of a specific component.

I actually don't think that the bent pins are a problem. CPU's are actually remarkably robust. I'm not saying that it couldn't be an issue, but lets leave that for the end (being one of the most expensive pieces).

What about memory? BSOD are frequently caused by bad memory, or simply memory that the motherboard doesn't like (not on the QVL). Try running memtest 86 and see if that produces any usable information.

And this might sound crazy, but I've had problems with something like this and it turned out to be a bad SATA cable (weird huh).

Good luck smile.gif.
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Ok, first off. When you say something "seems" ok, what do you mean by that? How have you checked to see if the HDD and SSD are fine? Are there any smart errors? Have you run any tests on them?
The first step in any troubleshooting is just trying to figure out how you can absolutely verify the functionality of a specific component.
I actually don't think that the bent pins are a problem. CPU's are actually remarkably robust. I'm not saying that it couldn't be an issue, but lets leave that for the end (being one of the most expensive pieces).
What about memory? BSOD are frequently caused by bad memory, or simply memory that the motherboard doesn't like (not on the QVL). Try running memtest 86 and see if that produces any usable information.
And this might sound crazy, but I've had problems with something like this and it turned out to be a bad SATA cable (weird huh).
Good luck smile.gif.

Tested the HDD's with SMART via Speedfan, came back 100% fine, ran memtest86, ram is 100% fine. And by seems, I say that, because it's not my PC, I am not at it, this is almost phone tech support I'm giving my friend. Without looking at it, I can't confirm anything, hence the "seems".

The SSD is running maximum speed on crystaldiskmark (compared to the benchmark's proclaims my friend), there are no errors anymore and is apparently 100% stable, with an overclock as well. I think it was just my friend's slight lack of computer knowledge. He knows enough to get by etc... but hit a problem and I'm usually a phonecall away ahaha!

The SATA cable is a brand new 6gb/s one that came with the motherboard, so I'd imagine this not to be an issue. However, I know what you mean, my old rig had a bad SATA cable, I was so relieved I'd found out it was the cable, it's not something you test for in everyday computing lol!

But yeah, thank you all greatly for the suggestions! Been a great help. Least now I know I can successfully bend pins back into place without breaking them!
    
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