Originally Posted by anna123
I searched the house for a "quick fix" and use the plastic from a digital film cassette case. It was just the right thickness. I cut it into a strip the correct width (after a couple tries) and about 3/4" long. It supports the ribbon beautifully. That is not an area that will get hot and soften the plastic? The CPU should come in the mail tomorrow. If anyone thinks it will work out okay, I will put it in and let you know how it works. Thanks for all the advice. The tech comes next if this doesn't work. I don't have one in my area, so that is a problem.
Sounds like you're on the right track. I'd hope it doesn't get too hot, since you're replacing plastic with plastic. Some areas do, like heat-sinks on processors, but that's to be expected. Be careful installing the chip, use the best kind of paste-
I could tell you a horror story about breaking off the plastic locking arm on a board that holds the chip snug in place- for no good reason- well, actually, it looks like I'm halfway thru it already.
I shouldn't have even been messing with it except a tech (whom I still count as a friend because even the pros screw up) swore that the board was going bad because one of the transistors was fatting out. He said Gigabyte boards were notorious for that.
I took the chip out, and the locking arm broke off at the joint. Which pissed me off no end, because that's a 5 cent piece of plastic that's vital, and I wasn't sure I believed the board was bad...so I put the chip in place, took some needlenose pliers, and torqued the joint until it actually snapped the chip into place. There's no way that chip will ever come off that board, nor should it.
I called him back because I was pretty sure it was his ( bought from him 6 months old) power supply dying, not the board. When I brought the comp in again, he replaced the p.s. without even a look. It fired right up.
As far as I know, it's still running great for the old guy I sold it to a year ago, and he got a helluva deal.