I am new to this forum and I have a question I'm hoping someone can help me with. I have a 3 year old desktop that I built myself a couple years ago. I will post the specs later if I need to. I'm at work at the moment and don't have all the info.
Anywho, I have an old hard drive and zip drive that I want to install in my existing machine, but I am out of IDE ports, so I purchased a PCI Express IDE card and installed it. Once I got everything hooked up and I booted the machine, it shut itself off after a few seconds, and then I started getting an error on bootup saying the CPU was overheating. I started removing the new components one by one thinking it was one of them causing the problem, since I didn't have an overheating problem before. I ended up putting everything back the way it was before I installed the PCI Express card, HD and Zip and it was still shutting itself off after a few seconds and giving me this "overtemp" error.
When I built the machine I used the thermal paste between the cpu and heat sink, and in searching online for a solution to my problem I found a thread someone had posted suggesting the problem may be the thermal paste is no good anymore....SO I cleaned off the old thermal paste and applied new and viola! it fixed my overheating problem.
Now here's my actual question...what the heck caused this overheating problem to persist even after I removed all the newly installed components and drives, considering I didn't have a problem before?? I didn't touch the heat sink and cpu while installing these items, yet somehow in the process my thermal paste went bad?? Yes my overheating problem is solved and I'm happy about that BUT my HD and zip still are not installed. Is it possible the PCI Express card was bad? Should I return it for another? what precautions should I take to make sure this doesn't happen again? How can I install my HD and zip without this problem occuring again?
Any tips or advice would be helpful.
Edited by tigerlilycs, 24 August 2009 - 10:16 AM.