Posted 10 August 2010 - 04:14 PM
Ok, so i was dinking around in my computer, a dell dimension 4700, when i decided to pull up the Processor. But now that I've reseated the processor the computer no longer boots to windows or even POST's for that matter, unless i apply pressure to the heat sink of the processor. When I do apply that pressure it boots up normally and everything's fine, but if i remove my hand from the heat sink it locks up and won't let me do anything. And if i keep my hand on the Heat sink within 3 minutes it's to hot to touch. Usually, though before i have to remove my hand because of heat, it gives me the BSOD.
The error is: STOP: C000021a [Fatal System error]
"insert something about windows explorer quitting with a status of 0xc0000005 here" the System has been shutdown to protect something rather.
Even after it BSOD's on me the heat from the processor keeps building up.
When I try to Start it with no pressure on the heat sink, as i mentioned earlier it fails to even POST, but it also gives me a solid amber light on the front power button and the cpu fan (the one mounted on the back connected to the green shroud) sounds like a plane is landing in my computer (feels like it to with all the air shooting out the back).
I do not have any thermal grease on it, and I probably won't be able to get any for a few days as all the local shops didn't have any on hand as of last night. I suspect my lack of thermal grease is part of the problem, but I also suspect that there's something else to it.
My processor is a Pentium 4 at 2.8ghz (NOT overclocked) my motherboard is a Dell with a model number of: 0m3918, the processor socket is an LGA775 socket with a processor to match. OS is windows XP if that even matters. I need to get this computer operational as it was the family computer.
And please don't say replace the computer as that is not possible at the moment no matter how much i want to do that. However if it's necessary I am able to replace the processor, just not anytime soon.