So, you’re here. For the story of how I destroyed my motherboard. Honestly, it’s a painful experience to relive but for the sakes of everyone reading, I’ll type it out and hope that you never go through something as dumb as what happened to me.
Honestly it was a cluster of stupidity, to say the least.
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How I destroyed my motherboard.
So, with every couple of months there would be a moment where I decided to clean the entirety of my computer just to get rid of all of the gunk, dust and the like so it doesn’t feel neglected.
Well, that and to prevent any mishaps when dust collects or overheating and such.
Thus began the day when I got everything ready.
Every tool that I needed for the cleanse was out and ready to get to work. I opened the casing, might even struggled a bit because the screws just were not having it. So, after that tedious struggle I was finally able to pry it open. Then began the slightly more tedious part.
Removal of each individual component.
Okay, maybe it was a bit relaxing instead of tedious.
I then removed each part cautiously starting with the Random-Access Memory (RAM) because it was the quickest to remove. After that the Power Supply Unit (PSU), unscrewing it from the case and then removal of the wiring from the board.
On to the CPU and motherboard
Once done there I had to unscrew the (CPU) Central Processing Units Fan from the board. If you’re wondering, it had an LGA 775 Socket. Yes, the days of old sure can give you some good memories. Ooh, the gaming on that! A Core 2 Duo, four RAM slots with three occupied, giving me 6gb RAM and a Nvidia Gt730 was really nice at the time… oops! Sorry, got a little too reminiscent there.
So, after the CPU Fan had been carefully removed, I had to move the clip holding the CPU in place aside so that I could remove the brain of this baby.
The CPU and every other component had been set aside on a nice and comfy place so that I wouldn’t be looking for parts later. Even the screws had their own area for rest.
As everything else had been removed I then had to begin with the motherboard.
I removed a screw here and there and once that was done, I had the motherboard taken out slowly. Avoiding any hiccups on the way out.
Everything was good so far. I cleaned out the casing, removing all the dust as far as I could see. Clearing any dust particles on the motherboard and any of the components were also part of this process.
Nothing out of the ordinary. I even replaced the thermal paste on the CPU, after cleaning the old thermal paste off completely, of course. Once everything was done, I began putting things back starting with the motherboard, tightening the screws and such.
I know you’re waiting for the disaster to happen but it wasn’t UNTIL I had to insert the CPU into its socket that the disaster happened.
What destroyed it was your average thermal paste. Or rather trying to get the paste out was.
The image above is just for ambiance (^*^)/
The very brain of the computer was the chaos maker in the midst. Or more accurately the paste on top of it was.
As I was inserting the CPU in the socket some of the paste ended up on the pins. And here is where the dumbness comes in. You’ll have to forgive me for this. I then used a toothpick, lord knows why, to remove the paste off from the pins and socket.
We all know that thermal paste was never meant for this kind of misuse.
And guess what happened next.
The pins just decided to have a little vacation from the motherboard.
A FEW in fact.
Jumping off like they were meant to.
Right now, I’m laughing as I type this. But it wasn’t funny at all at the time because to me that motherboard was precious. It was a gift from a family friend after all. Worst of all. I had no idea how to break it to him.
So, I panicked and boy did I panic good. There was no time to catch bearings as I went through each and every forum on how to fix this. But to no avail.
I had to then forsake the motherboard…
Cutting my losses, I decided that it was meant to be. I eventually told the family friend what happened and he wasn’t bothered by it at all. He just said these things happen.
I was grateful for both the gift and kind heart ever more.
After that I ended up downgrading to a motherboard that had two RAM slots netting me 4GB of RAM and had to game on from there. For a while it was okay but it wasn’t good enough. Just 2GBs less made all the difference but there was no turning back from there.
3rd/4th Gen all aboard…
What happened after that was even more surprising. Another friend of mine came to me one day to ask for help with another friends PC.
It had a fried PSU and luckily, I had one on hand. I had bought a more powerful one for the Gt730 to get enough juice leaving me with one extra. So, he came and asked for the old PSU. I had no problem so I gave it to him. I had no use for it after all.
He then asked me to journey with him to his place so I could help him fit the PSU and plug all the wiring in. When I got there, I saw the PC that he mentioned was a Pentium Dual-Core 3rd/4th Gen.
He suggested that I should ask the other friend if he wanted to trade seeing as this Pentium Dual-Core could be upgraded to an i3 and up.
With all that we asked. The friend traded it and that was when I acquired the Pentium Dual-Core that saw quite a few gaming days as well. I hadn’t gotten a chance to upgrade it though which was a shame but I was contempt at the time.
And now you know the story of how I destroyed my motherboard. Frankly it was seriously just dumb and I could’ve avoided it but mistakes happen.
The story may just be a little too silly but it had given me a bit more of an appreciative mindset towards motherboards, PCs and the like.
If you’re perhaps curious as to how you could clean your computer there’s a post for that here on ComputeeZA. Just be careful when you do though, lest you have a heavy hiccup like I did.