a few months ago, my computer kept freezing/locking, especially when running multiple processes (FFXI running, 4-5 IE windows, Windows Media Player playing something...), and also when playing WarCraft III(and that one happened a lot). By freezking/locking, I mean that the screen would turn black, the sound froze, and keyboard would not respond.
Though I use the past tense, it can still freeze; I tried re-installing the Windows XP, but it didn't fix the problem, at least not completely. It's only frozen once when not using Warcraft III, but it freezes within 5 minutes when I run Warcraft III (I can just open the main menu, go take a glass of water, and the computer's frozen).
Anyways, while I would be truly grateful if someone would help me with this problem, this is not the real reason why I am posting.
Before I re-installed Windows, I was convinced it was an over-heating problem with the CPU (my CPU was hovering around 55 degrees Celsius, but the CPU is made to keep at those temperatures) So, following a friend's advice, I tried applying thermal paste...
Now, here's the thing. When he gave me instruction on how to apply it, he said, and I quote, to "put a think layer of paste"... Yeah, typo :sad: Of course, I interpreted it as "thick" instead of "thin"... Of course, the results were, while not as catastrophic as they could have been, pretty bad. Some paste ended up on several pins of the CPU, and on the motherboard, around the CPU mounting area. I cleaned most of it using cold air, mainly, and the computer works.
The only problem is the fan. When I run a game, the fan starts spinning very quickly, and thus leads to a very high level of noise, and becomes quite irritating after a while.
I know this might be a pretty vague question, but, maybe there's a simple way to fix it, that's why I had to ask. What is causing horrible noise? Is it possible that the noise comes from the heatsink being damaged? It doesn't sound like the fan it hitting something when it rotates, which would be the case if the heatsink had been distortioned(sp?). Or is it because the motherboard is damaged from paste on it, near the CPU, or the pins?
Would changing heatsink help? CPU? Motherboard? Any way to find out which one would solve it?
My main focus is on trying to lower this devil's sound my fan is making( and yes, it is the CPU fan making the noise), though if someone happens to have an idea for my freezing problem, I would be very grateful to hear that as well :surprised
Thank you for your time,
N.B. I have an AMD 64 processor, 3500+, and the motherboard is from DFT: LP NF4 Series.