All these emoticons and more explain how truly stupid I am.
Take one nice computer (Specs listed in signature at bottom),open it up, as I have done numerous times to others, in order to clean out cat hair and dust bunnies. Barely a year old, it died a premature death.
Seeing that the fans were thoroughly coated I started with the CPU fan.
To do a better job, while not thinking of the consequences, I unlatched the CPU fan, which is connected to the heat sink, and pulled it out with a little resistance. OH NO NO NO.
The heat sink is STUCK to the CPU CHIP with thermal paste (hardened) and ripped it right out of the chip holder that has a thousand one pins....little TINY pins, all in nice neat rows, or at least they USED TO BE NEAT.
Tried to put the whole setup back in and bent many of the tiny pins.
After visiting Youtube for ideas, which of course I should have done first just to be sure, I saw that there is a release lever that that when lifted will release the pins.
Straightening the pins and reinserting the chip was a disaster.
There is no cure for stupid.
Luckily I just "Inherited" a nice laptop, so with the aid of an exterior hard drive enclosure I was able to dismount the hard drive and retrieve all my saved info on the "Murdered" computer.
I did have a backup drive, but once again, I was silly and failed to do regular backups. Might not have helped, because if the CPU AND the motherboard were toasted windows wouldn't have recognized the new board and chip.
Got to go now and change my signature to "Senility Works".