Okay, apologies of this is off-topic or even off-forum but I'm desperate!
My CPU originally came with a fan with a thermal pad (retail boxed AMD Athlon XP 2000+). In my folly I thought an Akasa 825 fan would be a good thing to have. It comes with thermal silver paste. Just pop a blob on the CPU , smooth it out into a thin layer with a business card, pop on the fan and the job's done.
Enter a world of grief as the machine goes into a reboot cycle once I power up and try to boot into linux (or any other inferior OS) .I go into the bios health check screen and I can see the CPU temp raise rapidly from 50C through 75C, watch as the motherboards (AN7) CPU thermal throttling kicks in and the temp goes down to 50C and then climbs again. Dismantle PC and try again. With similar results.
The instructions say don't put too much on, but how much is enough (I've only got a small tube/syringe of the stuff to play with). I've already been down Maplin's to get a bottle of TIM-clean to make sure the heatsink base and CPU die are squeaky clean. Should I try and find a source of thermal pads, since that seemd to work fine last time (I didn't spot any at Maplin).