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Old 01-31-2007, 09:35 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by hansalfredche
Thats no glue, it's thermal paste. It's needed so the heat gets transfered to the cooler. Does your system worked with some other OS recently (that is, without resets)? It's possible your mainboard has bad capacitors. One of the symptoms is random resets, but more typically the system doesn't boot properly from time to time (with intervall getting smaller). Do you experience problems at boot time (BIOS not posting)? Did other devices take damage on this machine (USB stick, graphic card)?

Are the capacitors bulged? You can post a pic if you don't know what you are looking for, preferably of the bigger ones near CPU.
Nope everything else is fine, memory is good, brand new power supply and hard drive. no problem at post, loads cd to install. last time it was used was about 1 yr ago until i moved, never used it again until this week to reinstall linux.
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Be sure you clean off all the old thermal paste and install the cpu with new paste
Old 01-31-2007, 09:47 AM   #18
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Can you check for bad capacitors anyhow, most systems having those did not display evidence of malfunction in the beginning. Your CPU is of the time when this crap has been used.

Bad caps look like that:
Old 01-31-2007, 09:51 AM   #19
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As for the capacitors, they all look fine, no leaking, except for one that has a bulge on top of it, the tallest one.

trying to the ultimate boot disk reboot the computer twice already, i am in it now though. trying to do some test. i am now having a feeling its the mobo after seeing the pics of teh caps! thanks for the link
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Originally Posted by OverrRyde
what it is seen I think to be thermal interface material.

everything seems to be normal
Old 01-31-2007, 10:10 AM   #21
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If it's the caps: better replace them or the board. There is some serious risk that it will damage your other devices connected to it (I lost an mp3 player this way )


Sure, it is.

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