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I'm building a computer for the first time and I have everything hooked up. When I plug in my power and turn the switch on, a green light shows up on my motherboard. Then when I try to turn on the computer, the CPU fan lights up and starts to spin and... Nothing. Then it kinda dies. The green light's still lit, but nothing happens.

When I was installing the CPU fan onto my i7 2600K, I put WAY too much thermal grease and it kinda seeped EVERYWHERE. It was on my CPU, under my CPU, on my motherboard. I spent more than an hour cleaning that junk up and I noticed that my CPU didn't look the same on the back and my mobo's pins were a little whack and there was some residue of cottenswabs and tissues.

I think my problem is because of the above, but it might not be. If it is, should I try to get the motherboard and CPU replaced, or is that definitely out of warranty, and also... if it is... which one should I buy?
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The thermal grease probably got between the gold pins on the motherboard and on the CPU contacts. I recommend you gently wipe the CPU and maybe go over the pins with a very soft cloth applying almost no pressure. You will then have to look up a few tutorials online how to apply thermal grease.


EDIT: was it by any chance a metal based thermal grease like AS5? If so, than you are in deep ****. Hopefully it was just some of that cheap white stuff
Edited by CrazzyRussian - 4/21/11 at 8:28pm
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DO NOT USE A MICROFIBER CLOTH!!! the loops on them will grab your CPU pins and bend them easily... if you have one of the old style fuzzy glass rags that would work prity well
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DO NOT USE A MICROFIBER CLOTH!!! the loops on them will grab your CPU pins and bend them easily... if you have one of the old style fuzzy glass rags that would work prity well
I think my pins are already bent... What do I do?
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DO NOT USE A MICROFIBER CLOTH!!! the loops on them will grab your CPU pins and bend them easily... if you have one of the old style fuzzy glass rags that would work prity well
Yeah, be very VERY careful if you're cleaning the pins. They're really delicate. You don't want any TIM or cotton/tissue lint between the CPU and the mobo socket.
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uh oh.
dont they have some sort tool you can buy to unbend them.
perhaps you can use a sewing needle to unbend them?
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If they are already bent, than you better flood the MOBO in 99% alcohol to clean out the mobo and RMA it saying it came with bent pins!!!!!

You can use 99% alcohol the rinse out the tim from the socket and use something like an empty mechanical pencil to realign the pins.
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uh oh.
dont they have some sort tool you can buy to unbend them.
perhaps you can use a sewing needle to unbend them?
it be a mechanical pencil
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uh oh.
dont they have some sort tool you can buy to unbend them.
perhaps you can use a sewing needle to unbend them?
Well I've had to fix some pins on a am2+ mobo and a needle worked fine. possibly try that and be very careful?
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If they are already bent, than you better flood the MOBO in 99% alcohol to clean out the mobo and RMA it saying it came with bent pins!!!!!

You can use 99% alcohol the rinse out the tim from the socket and use something like an empty mechanical pencil to realign the pins.
lol... very nice ninja edit

and this is a great way to clean a socket, just be careful no to over do it and this is more of just an OCD thing, but i personally take out the motherboard battery when i use any liquid on my motherboard (not a necessary precaution, but i still do it)
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