I did this with my FOP38 and my Duron, I hope NOT to do it again, basically I need some pointers. I did it with a coolermaster heatsink Clip... I think that's what really did it because I was trying for a while with the normal clip and it was fine.
Recently, after reading about people doing all kinds of damage to AMD processors, I had some misfortune myself.
AMD cpu's are #1 in my opinion, however the substance they have chosen to make the cpu core happens to be fragile and they should change it ASAP.
While complaining about stability problems with a new 1200/266 BIRD, I pulled it out and used another cpu. I couldn't see anything wrong with it. While I had a magnifying glass out examining the gold bridges, I was startled to see a hairline fracture on the core. I finally killed something. After calling my guy...he says that it may or may not be covered by warranty ! So there you have it...I thought I was being careful but apparently not. Hardly funny...kind of pathetic, that BIRD is worth $359 CDN.
So...my only suggestion is to pick a heatsink and stick with it, try not to change it. When applying it, be BLOODY careful...lay the tower on it's side, set the HS on the CPU...light some candles...perform a little VooDoo...and GOOD LUCK !
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You can always add a shim next time it is off, that is what they are for.
Also, it is a bunch if trouble but it might be worth taking the MOBO out of the case and puting it on a table for the operation. The increased accessibility and visibility makes it a lot easier and safer.
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Sep, I had to take a deep breath when fitting a Coolermaster to my T-bird. It takes a good few megatonnes to hook that clip.
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I chipped my duron when I accidently make the heatsink slide over the duron horizontally, that is the easiest way to break an AMD chip.
Never move the heatsink horizontally when it's in contact with the chip, even just to spread the thermal paste.
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Nickf, I found fitting the coolermaster to my Duron to be an easy process - I used a screw driver. It was the FOP38 that was hard.. so I used the coolermaster clip ( a LOT easier ) but it chipped the core. The weird part is that I had more pressure on it when I was trying to install the FOP ( with normal clip ) than I did when I put the coolermaster's clip on and it didn't break with the normal clip.