I have a second Pc used by the kids which consists of an AMD DURON 800MHZ fitted on an ASROCK K7VM2 Motherboard with a VIA VT 8235 chipset and runs with 320 Mb sd100 RAM and employs Windows ME as the OS.
Wanting to beef their PC up a bit, I bought an AMD ATHLON 2.2Ghz off an E-bay auction along with the relevant heat sink and cooling fan.
I proceeded to carefully take the old processor out of the motherboard which was still in the case and carefully fitted the Athlon ensuring that I had done it correctly.
When I booted up the P.C to my horror it wont work! It gets so far on the boot up and stalls at the hard drive (red light stays on) If I try to do a boot up with no devices connected to IDE 1 and 2 and no floppy drive connected, then the Pc will still not boot up. If I fit the original Duron it still wont work!
Any suggestions please as to what is wrong as I have an awful feeling that the motherboard has been damaged as I was trying to fit the Athlon heatsink/fan assembly.
Thanks fruit bat and technotiger for your replies. I have used the thermal paste but I think I have used too much having read the article following the link that technotiger posted. I shall scrape the grease off and try to re-fit it as described on the website.
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