Good news: Came home today to find that my new processor arrived a day earlier than it was expected to.
Bad news: Turns out it wasn’t a fried processor after all.
So I get the new processor unboxed and installed and then I sit here for a few moments trying to decide if I’m going to use my new HSF that got me into all this trouble or the stock one that came with the new processor. Seeing as the thermal grease on the new unit was pretty thin at this point and not wanting to press my luck, I went ahead with the stock HSF for now. Got it installed, plugged in the PC and turned it on only to have it exhibit the same behavior as with the old processor. Oh shit.
I don’t think I’ve ever felt my heart sink so quickly before. You could almost hear a “thunk” sound when it hit bottom. OK, if it’s not the processor then what the hell is it. Turn off the PC. Yank one of the RAM sticks out. Turn it on. Beep. Video signal. Boot up. Well shitdamnfuck! (I often combine various cuss words to make whole NEW cuss words when I’m really pissed at myself) Turn off the PC. Put RAM stick back in. Turn on. Beep. Video signal. Boot up.
Seems when I was trying to get the new HSF installed the motherboard flexed in just the right way to leave one of the RAM sticks not quite seated properly and that was the source of my problem. This means my old processor is probably just fine. So now I was left to debate whether I should uninstall the new one and slap the old one back in. Nah, I’ve gone without my PC for long enough. I’ll debate doing that this weekend when I get a new pack of thermal grease and feel like putting the new HSF in my box. Supposedly the newer Athlon 2500+ is supposed to be clock locked whereas my old one wasn’t so if I were inclined to overclock my processor I wouldn’t be able to do so with the new one. Yet oddly enough my new processor is reporting itself as being .01 MHz faster than my old one (1.84 GHz vs 1.83 GHz) and is running considerably cooler than my old one with it’s stock HSF at a very comfortable 44 degrees Celsius at the moment so perhaps I won’t push my luck.
So now I’m feeling extra dumb as I’ve spent money I didn’t need to. I asked Anne if this meant I had to give up my professional geek license and she said no, but I am on probation.