A few notes of all that happened with my cpu.
when removing the HS, to send the mobo back, the thermal paste was strong enough to pull the cpu out of the socket along with the cooler, even though the socket was still in the locked position.
while trying to remove the cpu from the cooler, I placed it over a lava lamp to try and heat the paste enough to twist the cpu off. didnt work.
after an hour of waiting for the paste to weaken, I gave up, and decided to try very gently to get the cpu to sit in the socket without removing the cooler. that didnt work.
I then put the cooler & cpu in the oven and set it for 185f. I dont think either component actually got that hot, as I was able to twist the cpu off with my hands unprotected.
I went to clean off the thermal paste residue, and noticed that several pins were bent. I bent them back into place with a mechanical pencil, and checked that it seated properly in the socket, which it did.
does it sound like the cpu is dead, and if so do you think I killed it, or do you think its dead from the capacitor blowing on my old mobo? and if not that, and ideas on why it wont post?
Edited by Savan, 13 November 2010 - 10:14 PM.