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Woot my new heatsink (Pushpins) fell off after 4 days install on the motherboard. I heard a snap and looked inside the case to see it had poped off, I reach fast for the power button to turn the machine off but just before I hit the switch the machine went cold turkey and turned off by itself...I should have known those damn things couldn't hold the coolers weight. I had even ordered a bolt kit and was waiting on it to come in. So why did my computer shut off like that just because 1 of the pushpins came out? did it fry something you think? I didnt see any smoke or smell anything. I pulled everything out of the case and motherboard/quad chip looks fine no burn marks.
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post #2 of 30
Thermal trip.

The core was no longer contacting the heatsink, temps raised to dangerous levels, and the computer shut down to avoid immolating itself.

It's probably fine. Shutting down protected it, just as it was designed to do.

If the push-pins were snapped in and turned properly, it would not have pulled out unless one of them actually broke. Push-pins can be a bit tricky, but the Xigmatek is not that heavy, and the push-pins can hold far more than the weight of that cooler.
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post #3 of 30
You must have mounted the HS improperly. Pushpins generally just don't fall out.
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Your CPU should be fine, but I'm wondering if you even pushed the push-pins in correctly. You should turn them clockwise until they stop, then push them in until you hear a click.
 
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Your bios saved you. CPU shut down temp or something along those lines. If not your CPU would go bye bye really fast.
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post #6 of 30
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Thanks guys thats good news to hear, rep+ for all of you. The pushpins where in but I always had trouble with getting one in particular to stay, it just would keep poping out every time no matter how much I pushed down on it. Finally I got it to stay and so I thought all was well but went ahead and ordered a bolt kit just to be safe. Four days after ordering the bolt kit the pushpin gave and popped out. Guess its just a bad one because anymore pushing on the board to get that pin in and that board just may crack..
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Originally Posted by Blameless View Post
Thermal trip.

The core was no longer contacting the heatsink, temps raised to dangerous levels, and the computer shut down to avoid immolating itself.

It's probably fine. Shutting down protected it, just as it was designed to do.

If the push-pins were snapped in and turned properly, it would not have pulled out unless one of them actually broke. Push-pins can be a bit tricky, but the Xigmatek is not that heavy, and the push-pins can hold far more than the weight of that cooler.
I dont think the core even had time to raise in temp to shut the computer off. The pushpin came off and 5sec later the computer shut down. Coretemp was showing 34c or so about 20min before this happened.
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Originally Posted by tool918 View Post
I dont think the core even had time to raise in temp to shut the computer off. The pushpin came off and 5sec later the computer shut down. Coretemp was showing 34c or so about 20min before this happened.
Your temps would have rocketed in the blink of an eye(or two blinks maybe)...

You might want to consider Xigmateks bolt through kit, I'm going to buy one the moment they become available.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835233019
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You'd be surprised how quickly things get hot with no heatsink at all. I wouldn't doubt 5 seconds was long enough to get it pretty toasty. But ya, the BIOS should make it shut off when temps get too high (I have my BIOS shutdown set to 70C) and that should save your CPU from permanent damage.
    
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Your temps would have rocketed in the blink of an eye(or two blinks maybe)...

You might want to consider Xigmateks bolt through kit, I'm going to buy one the moment they become available.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835233019
Yah I wanted that bolt kit but everywebite I checked on xigmateks list of resellers didnt have it. So I ordered the thermalright hopefully it works
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