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    Default Did I miss something here?

    Recently scored an old computer from work (well actually one of the workmates scored it, gave it to one of the work techs to look at, who said it had a dead CPU.. so I asked for it and was told yeah, have it).

    Anyway, it was a black IBM desktop P4. Got it home, pulled the heatsink off and took the CPU out to have a look at what Socket it was (478). Groaned slightly as I had given one of those away.. but figured what the heck, throw it all together, start it up and see what happens.

    Well it got to BIOS screen and stopped. I got into CMOS, had a fiddle, and rebooted. Now it looked for an OS (drives had been wiped).

    Weird I thought, it shouldnt get this far. Installed XP Pro.

    Anyway, as it was running MS updates (it did reboot twice installing a non-signed sound driver so I went to MS for one) I sat there thinking why the heck did it get this far on a dead CPU???

    My question here is: what are the symptoms of a dead/dying CPU?

    For the record, I now have a 2.8GHz (512Mb RAM) P4 based computer and no real use for it lol. I might see if SWMBO wants to upgrade her hardware
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    Default Re: Did I miss something here?

    Probably the tech had a quick go to get it going. He failed, so he could not be bothered to go any further. And said the CPU was dead.

    He could have said
    The Motherboard is dead or
    The hard drive has crashed.
    And 90% of people would believe him.

    Well done !
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    Default Re: Did I miss something here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Myth View Post
    work techs said it had a dead CPU.. so I asked for it Installed XP Pro.
    I sat there thinking why the heck did it get this far on a dead CPU???

    My question here is: what are the symptoms of a dead/dying CPU?
    That doesn't surprise me, I've seen an awful lot of Business IT Admins who wouldn't know stuffed hardware if they fell over it.

    Great for you.

    Dead - doesn't boot at all. No BIOS either.
    Dying - really weird stuff, had a fried one once, lots of nice assembly looking code appearing all over the screen as it tried to do its thing.............
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    Default Re: Did I miss something here?

    Dead CPUs are extremely rare. Like, uber rare.

    It's more likely to be a motherboard or something else than CPU.
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