Lightning crack embedded into thermal paste
Posted on 2006-04-25
A couple of days ago I was cleaning out my water cooling system and accidentally got some water on the motherboard. Unfortunately I had mixed the coolant with tap water and I hear tap water doesn't do MB's much good.
Anyway, I let it dry for a bit and the system would only power on for 3 seconds, then it would shut off.
So I let it dry some more and the same thing happened, at that time I had the MB resting on top of my case (on metal) and i moved the motherboard a little bit and it created sparks and smoke and it shut off. After that I haven't been able to get any power into the system. Today I took the HSF off my CPU and I noticed that the paste had a crack in it, like a lightning fork going all the way through it. Would that indicate that the CPU is fried? I have a new MB coming today because i assumed it was the MB.
Athlon 64 4400+