Originally Posted by ira-k
I don't know what could of caused it to do that either, its has always just stayed like grease for me. I always seat the chip with my finger real well before I flip the top over and clamp it down, the hydraulic action from the grease might bend the pins if the chip isn't gently seated first.
AMD is a lot easier to pack the socket on, I just keep packing it in with my thumb till no more will go in..Of course I've pulled the chip out more then once with them taking blocks and cold-plates off..My 5000BE I bet I had half the pins bent on it from it coming off with the block..
..It took me hours and hours with a razor blade and some tiny needle nose straightening them out, then when I finally got it to the point where I could try it in the socket it was even worse...Try it in the socket, look at it with a magnifing glass to find the still bent ones, try it in the socket..etc..for another 2 or 3 hours..I finally got it done and it actually works, thats the part that amazed me...
You can get those last few CPU Mhz with smaller ram to. I'm pretty impressed with that stripped down XP to, it knocked 2/10's off my SPI-1M without having anymore tweaks done to it. I have a bunch of programs I need to burn and load on that HDD, I don't even want internet on that one, I'd have to bloat it with a anti-virus and Malware programs if I did..
I dunno - it wasn't solid or anything, just really clumped up, kind of like jello. Also, in the center part of the socket, it looked like a bunch of oil had risen to the top and was layered there above the rest of the grease (it wasn't water for sure). I also sat the chip with my finger slowly before clamping the top down, each time! Maybe the grease had just been sitting in their storage too long and ended up separating?
And yeah I can imagine that AMD is easier, heh. The pins on the CPU itself are thicker than the LGA775 ones, so they don't bend as easily under pressure. Plus, they are held in place very well by the socket. LGA775 also has little grooves for the pins to bend into, but its still not as sturdy. But I know exactly what you had to go through, I've pulled countless
numbers of old processors out when trying to remove the heatsink because the thermal goop had turned into glue. Actually, just two weeks ago I went to replace my laptop processor (socket 478) and it got stuck like that, then when I tried to pry it off, instead of it coming off the heatsink the IHS came off the die LOL. I guess I can't complain though, since it runs cooler now
And who cares about antivirus programs, just don't go to any porn sites when running on that hard drive and you won't have a problem