So, I managed to damage my mobo when installing a cheap heatsink this morning. The damage is located on some traces that appear to be connecting the cpu and ram. I was relieved that even though these, what appear to be, critical traces were damaged, my computer still started up and has been working fine all morning. I'm only guessing, because my computer knowledge is fairly limited, but it seems that only the traces connecting some unused ram slots to the cpu were damaged. I'm currently using 2, out of the 4 ram slots.
Now, I just heard from someone that a damaged mobo can fry other components in a computer, and I was wondering if damaged traces could. What say you Bleepeing Computer Forum? What about a damaged layer or two within the PCB? Should I be worried right now? Would it be risky to test things out and put ram in the other 2 unused slots (I don't want to wonder too heavily if any future computer errors are the result of this scratch)? Should I get a new mobo?
Edited by schoom, 15 November 2011 - 12:56 PM.