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Trouble with computer hardware (?)

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by TechnicalDifficulties, Feb 14, 2020.

  1. TechnicalDifficulties

    TechnicalDifficulties Thread Starter

    Feb 14, 2020
    So, it's around this time of year I get rid of the old thermal paste on my CPU and replace it with new and fresh paste. I changed the paste, put my computer back together, plugged everything in and booted it up. For some reason, it's no longer sending any output to my computer monitor. The monitor is on, and plugs are not the issue. I also cant shut the PC off from the exterior button for some reason, and the keyboard won't show that it is plugged into the PC. My headphones light up and seems to work fine, my external hard drive lights up and seems to work fine. Any ideas on what could be wrong?

    Specs (to the best of my knowledge)
    - msi 970 Gaming motherboard
    - GTX 1050 graphics card
    - 8 GB ram
    - Windows 8
  2. Fireflycph


    Apr 1, 2016
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    I know this doesn't make sense. But I had the same issue sans the thermal paste. But it turned out that a RAM stick had become a bit dislodged. So take all RAM, expansion cards etc. out and re-seat one by one. Turning the machine on after each new part. Note that you may want to disconnect the Hdd when doing this.
  3. Blu_86


    Aug 8, 2014
    If it were me I would do a re-do pulling the CPU off of the socket, re-apply TIM again but this time be ever so careful how you level the CPU in the socket and your clamp down arm. Make sure the CPU is absolutely leveled and in the socket evenly. Unhook your CPU 8 pin and re-attach it firmly, Same for your 24 pin. Double check your front panel I/O headers be sure they are all still connected. You might have inadvertently knocked one off of the header block. Re-seat ram again. The above advice was sound.
  4. lynx1021


    Jan 7, 2014
    You shouldn't have to replace the paste on your CPU but every 5 years or so or a noticeable increase it temperature. Poking around in your case is asking for trouble unless you are a tech. If it's not broke, don't fix it!
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