I'm still learning about how these things work. a newbie. i am mechanically inclined, and can take the system apart and clean it, then put it back together with no problems. which i just did with this PC.
when i took it apart, it was obvious it had never been cleaned before. it looked like it was used as a dryer vent. when i removed the processors heat sink fan, the heat sink was "packed full" of lint. i am assuming the processor has been over heated many times. i did not remove the heat sink from the processor.
i am using the PC right now. it does work, but it often hangs up, and it takes a very long time to bring it out of sleep mode, which are my concerns. are these symptoms / signs of the processor being damaged / going bad ??
is there a way i can test this processor ??
i do have another processor that i believe to be good, that i can swap it out with if needed.
or am i going in the wrong direction with these symptoms ??