Damaged mobo or cpu?

By axlz ยท 6 replies
Sep 27, 2006
  1. today i recieved my new heatsink.. when i was tryin to take out the old one's mount.. i scratched my motherboard prett bad around the cpu....my new heatsink didnt fit.. and i broke old ones mount when i was trying to take it out.. so i decided to put in the stock heatsink that came wth my cpu... Well it didnt fit perfectly.. it was little lose but kind of tight... i also put in 1gig extra ram and when i turned power on... terrible burned smell came outta pc... i couldnt figure out where it was coming from.... on my monitor it was black screen and it said no signal...

    Did i burn my cpu? how can i test my cpu?? can i put it on a different computer to test it?? How do i know if it is the MB burnt my cpu?? would the scratch cause it? it was kind of around the CPU... Is it possible that my MB got burned because of the scratch?

    I just wanna figure out what was burnt so i can replace it..

  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    You can take your cpu to your local pc repair shop and have them test it for you. This will only cost a few dollars.

    If your cpu checks out ok, then your mobo is toast I`m afraid.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
  3. KingCody

    KingCody TS Evangelist Posts: 992   +8

    hi axlz,

    Although it is possible, it's unlikely that your CPU is damaged (unless you physically crushed it by applying too much force on the heatsink, but that's not too easy to do).

    try to locate where the "terrible burnt smell" came from? chances are that whatever component "burnt up" still smells that way now.

    first check your mobo for short circuits or cut conductors. If you scratched up your mobo then there is a good chance that you bridged a few connections (creating short circuits). look closely at the scratches to see if you broke the metal conductors or made any of them touch each other. if that's the case then your mobo needs to be replaced (and hopefully it didn't damage any other components when power was applied to it).

    if the mobo seems visually ok, then check your PSU. if you have another compatible PSU then try that one. if your PSU is a cheap or generic model then there's a good chance that a short circuit caused it to burn up before the protection circuit (or lack there of) kicked in.

    good luck :)
  4. axlz

    axlz TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ty for replies..Ok so it was my mobo that got burned.. i spotted the burned stuff.. now the question is what mobo do i replce it with ??

    I had p4p800e deluxe http://www.digital-daily.com/motherboard/asus-p4p800-e/ and they are outta production..
    I need a socket 478 mobo.. with similar performance..

    i wonder if p4s800d-x would be a big step down??


    or should i go with this intel??


    please help me out , i use my pc mostly for gaming... and i lost my kick *** mobo cuz i was stupid..

  5. KingCody

    KingCody TS Evangelist Posts: 992   +8

    I think all socket-478 motherboards are out of production. the remaining boards on sites like newegg are just leftover inventory from old stock (once they are sold, they won't be restocked again). socket-775 has long since replaced socket-478

    perhaps now would be a good time to upgrade to a newer CPU as well. CPU prices have dropped dramatically since the release of the Core2's.

  6. Justin

    Justin TS Rookie Posts: 942

    Your best bet is to look for the 865GBFL or 875GBFL or 875PERL series of boards from Intel. They were all made in mass-quantity and may still be around in many shops. You won't get the same amount of features on the 865 board that your P4P has, but it has almost everything you'd need. The 875PERL, if you're lucky enough to find one, will be chock full of features as well as being fairly nice on performance.
  7. axlz

    axlz TS Rookie Topic Starter

    hmm i checked those intel MBs out, they are way too expensive.. I think im gonna go with the asus.. i i were to spend 250+ dollars on a MB , id rebuild my pc from scratch since most of the components are obsolete.
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