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    Question Possible Poor CPU to Socket connection??

    i recently heard on another forum (MSI support forum) that if thermal paste got on the connectors on either the CPU connectors or in the actual socket on the mobo then your mobo will think there is either no CPU or it is damaged.

    i was wondering if there was anybody who could either correct or confirm this as it has me worried.

    also if there is anyone with a green AMD Athlon 2500+ Barton and an MSI K7N2G ILSR nForce2 mobo with the 1.0 has upgraded from 1.0 to 1.1 upwards, please reply and tell me of any problems and anything else worth a mentioning.

    any replies will be well recieved...

    P.S. any methods of cleaning the thermal paste out of the socket and cpu connectors will also be nice.

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    Well thermal paste is normally electrically conductive, so it would cause the CPU to malufunction. The best way to clean it off thermal paste is by using some hihg alcohol content liquid, on a glass cleaning cloth of some description. Metholated spirit is what i use and that does that job well
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    would you/anyone happen to know how to remove it from the socket itself?? thats where my problem lies...

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    the actual socket on the motherboard this is yeah?

    I would guess get a thin cotton bud of some sort, and a cloth and push it with a pin and try to clear it that way.
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    If it's not shorting multiple pins then there shouldn't be a problem. If AS or something else conductive is connecting pins then yes you'll probably need to be cleaning it off..
    What sort of problems are you having ?

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    i have a vapochill and my socket is full of thermal paste to stop condensation as is every other vapo users socket ,so it should'nt be a problem unless its a conductive paste which most are not.

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    IIRC Artic Silver is capacitative, but not conductive.. I think the info is on their site..
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    i would personally take the mobo out, pour some hot water onto the socket and leave yo dry for a day or 2 in the airing cupboard. Long as theres no power going into it when the water is on it there wont be any problem.

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    Well i popped around to BeanFro's house (aka andrew to those in the know u know who u are) well our findings were not gr8. I brought my trusty 1.8 Tbred armed with my X-dream cooler content on flashing his mobo since it should boot up with my cpu init. His revision of bios didn't support his new Barton so i thought that was the reason it wasn't turning in (would this really happen).
    I placed my cpu in and to no-avail, zip, nothing, we then placed another cpu in, a duron, still nothing, i then became convinced it was the mobo but....

    the reason Adnrew had a new barton is cos he crushed the core on his old xp,now we have all this trouble, he has mutterins of "i might have got some thermal paste in in socket"...so i reccomended placing some nail varnish remover (what i always use 4 removing TIM,Atic Silver etc and then using a hair dryer to dry it) still no use.....

    We some how concluded that the mobo was the prob....but to check, we hurried bk to mine with andrew's new Barton in hand to check it wasn't botched some how... well low and behold i place it in my EPOX 8RDA+ (flashed b4 so it supports Batons and Thorntons etc) and it booted up for 2-3 seconds and then stops....and the handy code thingy on mobo says : "26" just b4 it turned off..... 26 means "Reserved"....??? placed my faithfull 1.8 Tbred in my mobo and all was cheery and happy

    But still his situation is a disastorous 1..... and frankly i can't explain it...
    FACTS:
    Crushed his xp core.
    Bought new Barton to replace it.
    Nothing boots...but fans etc move
    Then bought Duron so his compy would boot up 2 to flash Bios (bit waste imho) still didn't boot.
    Tried my cpu which DOEs work. same as b4.But doesn't boot on his.
    Tried cleaning socket.No Use.
    Then placed his new Barton in my comp = doesn't boot...?

    How can his mobo be the prob since he crushed his cpu core? i just don't understand...

    As always any help would be appreciated

    (BTW he doesn't have net access atm so ill relay what u say )


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    if he powered his mobo with a cpu that had a crushed core then that could have caused damage to the mobo

    or it may just be coincedence or he could have physically damaged the mobo or it could be shorting out or a card may not be inserted fully ide cables put in wrong way round dodgy psu etc etc

    first retry it outside of a case just memory (perhaps try diff mem aswell) and a vid card and cpu with nothing else connected

    if still no luck id get the mobo rma'd
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    I had the same problem with a A7N8Xdeluxe

    case fans etc all powered up, but nothing from the board. Turns out that the bios had managed to wipe itself, so it was getting power but doing nothing as there was nothing telling it what to do. I rma's the board and then everything worked fine

    afaik for nforce2 chipsets when theres a damaged CPU or no CPU the mobo will output a blue screen to the monitor - at least thats what my MSI k7n2 delta ILSR does. So i'm not sure that its a CPU prob. Sounds like the mobo is dead tho, RMA it would be my reccomendation

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    reading the first post, how the **** did you get jizz in the socket? (computer talk is soooo dirty )

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    some zif sockets are askew. if there aint the imprint of the heatsink surface on a nearly transparent film of cooler on the cpu, results will be lower. i had a rubbishrubbishrubbishrubbish zif for a year on a nf7 s got a replacement same board, clocked 500-600 higher.
    i had tried to reseat a couple of heatsinks tons of times, and on my new board it went flush first mtime with 2400m result as apposed to 1700

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