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    should i replace motherboard or cpu??

    quick over view of the cause...
    i decided to change the heatsink/fan for my amd sempron processor.
    as i was cleaning off the "old" thermal paste, some got onto the pins.

    i 1st attempted to clean the paste off with the rubbing pads that come with replacement heatsinks., then i tried cleaning it off with water.. then i dipped it in bacardi...
    the only alcoholic solution i had on me.

    yes i am aware of how bad all three cleaning attempts were..rust from the water...the sugar from the bacardi etc...

    i put the head sink to dry under a spot light...after drying for about half and hour i picked up the processor and proceeded to drop it on the floor
    denting many pins.
    i was able to carefully straighten them out.

    here comes the issue...
    wit the heat sink OFF or gentlly resting on the cpu and NOT fully attached, the pc boots and works wondrer fully...
    if i securely attach the heatsink/fan with the latches...the pc will not boot.
    instead i hear 3 long beeps. over and over again..

    if i detach the heatsink and wiggle the cpu in its socket and power on again, the pc boots successfully..

    i dont have another cpu to test out ..
    so i dont know if its an issue wit the cpu or the board it self..being that the pc works wen the heatsink is not applying pressure to the cpu.

    what would you guys reccomend??

    the cpu costs $30.
    board costs about $50.

    i rather buy replacements from a brick and motar store. so i can return easily.
    only thing is such a place is 1.5hrs from my home.

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    3 beeps could be a memory issue. Try re-seating the memory. I may be off on your mobo, look up the beep codes for your BIOS and mobo. But honestly it sounds like a mobo issue.
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    i checked the ram in another machine works well.
    no issues.
    i also swapped them for another pair of ram sticks

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    It's probably CPU pins - the HS putting causing different pressure on the pins.

    But the same logic applies to the MB. (non-LOL?)

    But my experience - chip pins.
    And if sugar etc were conducting across pins, that should occur no matter what.

    Then again, CPUs aren't used to spirits and I reckon they'd make nasty drunks (they are temperamental enough sober!) - so make sure is is sober and post hangover & not just playing with you.

    Maybe try to re-straighten its pins first - they might have suffered limpness under alcohol.... Or a bit of a twist for extra contact pressure.

    But beware its reliability no matter what....

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldSpark View Post
    It's probably CPU pins - the HS putting causing different pressure on the pins.

    But the same logic applies to the MB. (non-LOL?)

    But my experience - chip pins.
    And if sugar etc were conducting across pins, that should occur no matter what.

    Then again, CPUs aren't used to spirits and I reckon they'd make nasty drunks (they are temperamental enough sober!) - so make sure is is sober and post hangover & not just playing with you.

    Maybe try to re-straighten its pins first - they might have suffered limpness under alcohol.... Or a bit of a twist for extra contact pressure.

    But beware its reliability no matter what....
    LOL OLDSpark , but you have a good point there. I was also thinking though the liquored up pins may be bent/limp(see what to much booze does). The contacts for the processor on the board may still have sugar residue in them . I suggest cleaning the board and with a denatured alcohol THIS. (Lowes sells it cheap)
    Drop both MOBO and CPU in a pan, soak for few hours(shake the pan on occasion), remove, vigorously shake off excess and let air dry. I cleaned a laptop I spilt BAWLS on this way before worked great.
    But please check the beep codes, those are beeps are great for diagnostics.
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    How good is alco for sugar?
    I think it's good (too many sweet drinks for it not to be) - maybe I'm thinking of removing sugar from petrol tanks....
    That used water first (to dissolve the sugar), then methylated spirits to absorb the water. Not that I ever tested that - but metho for water alone worked well.

    I will occasionally clean electronics/electrics in water, then dry and shake as much as possible, then repeat with metho.... Distilled water should be used (even though it will conducts once it absorbs ionic impurities) but good tap water should be fine (or in our case - rain water but NOT bore water; this may be the opposite in other regions!).

    FYI - methylated spirits may be called white spirits elsewhere. (And it can't be bought cold from hardware stores etc. Besides, since they added those drink inhibitors and puke enhancers, methio hasn't quite tasted quite as good. hic!)

    If I have embarassed myself yet again, I'll humbly limp off.....

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    welp i got some denatured alcohol ..
    im currently soaking the motherboard and cpu.
    started @ 8pm eastern time.
    was planning to remove it from its bath @ midnight
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