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Corrupt VFAT-snowballed into no monitor signal to broken plastic heat sink clip.

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This started with corrupt OS (VFAT) on a 3 yr old HP Brio. I reinstalled win98 on top of OS to try and avoid data loss. This worked fine other than not being able to access internet through roadrunner. Got that issue taken care of and went to blow out dust with compressed air. Hooked everything back up, turned on and got no video. The last time I saw that, it was easily fixed by reseating the processor. This time however, when I was removing the heat sink the plastic clip that the bar clip attached to (part attached to motherboard) on the right side of the processor broke off no longer allowing the heat sink to stay attached. Now what do I do?
Will it burn up the processor not using a heat sink? Are there heat sinks that can be retrofitted? This is not my machine, rather a good friends that I now feel responsible for having messed up. Can you give me some advice on what to do next?  

Also, if I am able to resolve the heat sink problem what about having lost the video? What might have cause that when all that was done was blowing out the dust?

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.
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