Sometimes when you wake up in a beautiful and a sunny day and try to turn on your computer to get some work done suddenly it won’t turn on or it’ll turn on for a few seconds and then shuts down.
You go crazy and start suspecting each and every component of your PC, the first step is to calm down and think before making any wrong assumptions.
Before you make any move read this first to properly diagnose this problem and see if your CPU is really dead or not.
How to tell if your CPU is dead?
There are many ways to do this, I recommend you use the first method because it’s easier and faster.
The easiest way
The first obvious way to make sure if your CPU is really dead or not is to test it on another computer, I know I know you don’t have another computer or a friend nearby to ask, we’ll get to this later.
I really recommend you try this first because you’ll find out right away if it’s the processor that’s failed or something else.
Warning: if you can’t this by yourself ask a friend or a professional technician to do it for you, if your computer is still under warranty don’t open it up, doing so may void your warranty so all you have to do now is to take it to the nearest support center.
Another easy solution
Have you done anything lately before this problem happened? If so, whatever you did undo it, just relax and try to remember what you did, this could save a lot of time and headache.
Take it out
While you are at it, search for any cracks, broken pins or burns on the processor, this might tell you immediately that the CPU really is the problem.
Check the motherboard
Have you ever thought that the motherboard might be the cause? Well! Go ahead and start checking the motherboard in order to find any unusual stuff like not connected or improperly connected pins or cables or broken parts.
That brings us to another point, if you’ve built the computer by yourself and didn’t turn on I recommend that you rebuild it again.
Reset and reseat
If you don’t have a second computer and the chances you are, then you’ll have to do a lot of troubleshooting to find out if the processor is dead or not, reset the BIOS settings by reseating the CMOS battery for 5 minutes, also reseat the RAM especially if you hear a beep, the beep usually means that there’s something wrong with the RAM and reseating it sometimes solves the problem.
Also, consider replacing the RAM or testing it on another computer to make sure it’s working properly.
Why and how your CPU fails/dies
Do you like fried chicken? Sorry for asking this but it came to mind when I was writing about frying the processor (overheating), the CPU is the most important component in a computer, thus, computer designers try to protect it by making it durable and providing it with the best cooling options available.
A bad cooling fan may kill your processor, the thermal paste is very important too, it transfers the heat effectively from the processor to the heatsink, so check this one out too to make sure it’s there.
A high surge of power or a bad PSU (power supply unit) may kill not only the processor but everything else I suppose.
Choosing a very good type of PSU is an important step so don’t skip it and pick something cheap.