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    Installing A Socket A Fan/Heatsink
    Author: JonnyGURU
    Date Posted: August 2000 Updated: September 21st, 2001

    No offense people, but I'm getting a little tired of everyone FREAKING OUT installing these heatsinks on Socket A processors. I'm also getting tired of people trying to return broken CPUs to my work place with stories like "it got so hot that it shattered" and "it was like that when I got it". It's not brain surgery installing a socket A heatsink. It merely takes CARE and CAUTIOUSNESS and a little bit of common sense.

    The following series of photos, I've called "This Can't Be Right". The reason why I named the series this is because I received the board back from the customer with the fan mounted, and right off the bat, without even removing the heatsink from the socket, I knew the CPU would be damaged. I immediately said, "You mean to tell me that they saw how they had this mounted and couldn't come to the conclusion that this can't be right!"

    First, I could see quite a bit of ceramic along one edge of the CPU and the heatsink was obviously hiked up in the rear. This was because the fan was put on 180 degrees backwards.

    On the other side of the socket, you can see where the heatsink hangs over the CPU. Again, how can you look at this and not say "this can't be right"!

    Taking the heatsink off, one can see how the CPU die completely missed the thermal pad. Note how the aluminum is all scratched up from the two surfaces, the die and the heatsink, have been forced together.

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