I have an Asus A8N SLI Deluxe. A while ago, the chipset fan (northbridge I suppose) died, which is a common problem for this motherboard. Being a novice, I put it off and put it off, until my computer just konked out, giving me a long beep followed my 2 short beeps.
This warning indicates anything from overheating to improperly installed equipment.
Now, I assume it was the chip overheating, because I saw that the heatsink that was attached to the dead fan actually fell off of the motherboard.
So, I bought a new chipfan, affixed it to the heatsink, and reattached the heatsink with its new fan on my motherboard.
This worked, or so I thought.
Programs, specifically my counterstrike and nero burning tool will not work properly. CS starts, but when I go to join a server, it gets stuck, at which point I can't alt-tab out of the program and have to reboot. Nero pretends to start, but freezes after its splash screen and doesn't do anything. The processes for both of these programs continue to run, but I cannot force them close.
Now, I was told by another Geek that the issue could be caused either by a short or an overheating. Now, with the heatsink, new fan, arctic silver, and casing off, there is NO way the chip is overheating. When I ran speedfan, the program temped the chip at 48 C.
So, the only conclusion is that this is a short, but from WHERE?
One other important point is that when I took off the heatsink to replace it onto my mobo, I noticed that the black top for the chipset was starting to flake off, leaving small parts of the chipset exposed. I thought, hmm, this must be the short, and I covered it with electrical tape to see if it'd work. It didn't.
Basically, my computer turns on sometimes, but doesn't other times. I've gotten the thing to turn on and stay on for hours at a time, but it's so inconsistent that I can't notice any real patterns other than what I've described. When it crashes after use, everything freezes, and then the screen shuts off and the computer sometimes restarts.
PLEASE SOMEONE HELP ME BEFORE I DIE FROM HEART FAILURE.