I once knocked a pin off an Athlon 64 X2 and it wouldnt boot. I went off to buy a new CPU and motherboard, failed to do that, came back to the system later that day. I pulled everything apart, just put it back together and it worked - and continued to work for many months.
CPU problems can be...
Good luck. Nothing to be lost by taking the IHS off and taking a look. If there are no obvious caps missing or scratches I would leave the IHS off and try it with just thermal paste. See if you can improve the boot situation somehow (though as others are suggesting you'll be very lucky if you...
It's running fine on my nvme now. Thank you for all the help. I just need to boot back into windows and take a screenshot of my desktop to see what programs to install.
There's no way of migrating programs across windows installs, is there?
I am downloading and creating a uupdump ISO. I was expecting release today and holding off on a reinstall. Any news or tips? Is the uupdump ISO ok today?
(uupdump will build the ISO this can be a little slow on a HDD or if you don't have a good net connection).
My ISO is...
ShrimpBrine thank you for the advice. I think my best option is to wait for a second hand, tested set of identical Flare-X to come up on UK eBay and nab that. It's not all that much money any more - and people are upgrading to 3600 kits for their Ryzen 3s.
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It worked for my 486 DX2/80! So I guess you are right - Google wasn't around back then.
I'm pretty sure I have tried it since, probably DDR SDRAM on Athlon 64. I think it worked. I just wanted to get an idea of the current state of this idea so I guess it's a non-starter, even with the same ICs.