Hi. I desperately need the help this community.
After installing a Zalman CNPS7700-Cu CPU cooler on my Athlon64 3000+ @ 2.00 GHz, my computer failed to boot. It didn't even post or go to BIOS. I have a Asus K8V SE Deluxe motherboard and managed to enter the BIOS setup after clearing CMOS.
However, after loading the deafult settings in BIOS, my computer went back to it's state of not booting, like it did before clearing CMOS. I tried this procedure several times with the same result each time: Blank/black screen (no cursor) after setting the BIOS deafults (I've tried some other arrangements in BIOS as well, without luck).
By the way, the BIOS detecs my CPU correctly displaying the right name and speed.
There is no sign of, or messages about, errors on my boot drive, and the BIOS detects the correct amount of memory (RAM).
The question is, have I managed to destroy my CPU in the process? How can I tell if it is broken?
I removed the Zalman cooler and found to marks which looked like small burn marks in the cooling paste, but I'm not sure.
I have also tried reinstalling the factory cooler with the same result as above.
I really hope some of you can help me out.