Hi - I’m posting by proxy for KrustyKlown, whose employer blocked access to the SDMB.
Here’s the situation:
I had a very loud CPU fan on my computer. It worked fine, but it was LOUD. I had to wear earplugs just to drown out the fan. So I decided to replace it, and the heatsink, finally got the replacement unit (that’s a whole 'nother story), took off the previous one, and strapped on the new one. These heatsinks are, I must say, incredibly difficult to attach. You really need to jam the little metal “belt” down there for it to click, and I’ll admit that I hit the motherboard a few times with my implement (I used
a flat head screwdriver at times and a leatherman at times). Anyway, I finally got it on, turned the computer back on, and nothing. My monitor is flashing yellow and all I hear is two sounds from the computer (hard to describe), when I could swear that I normally hear three. Also, absolutely no BIOS at all. I tried everything I know, including disconnecting all the cards but the video card, and disconnecting everything but the hard drive, and still nothing.
So the question is: What the hell did I do? Did I kill the CPU, which seems possible because I was attempting to put a very heavy heatsink/fan on top? Did I somehow short out the BIOS chip, or otherwise kill the motherboard? Did the video card conk out for no good reason? What would cause these sorts of symptoms? Could a non-working CPU cause the BIOS not to even show up, or the monitor not to “take” to the motherboard?
If you have any ideas or suggestions, my eyes and ears are WIDE open. All help is very appreciated.