Thanks for the help guys. I really appreciate it. The motherboard et al are fine. It was the Power supply it was set not on 220, nor on 110...more like something in between. So I got it on 110 without the RAM or video card installed. I get a satisfying beep and a C1 POST code which means it needed some RAM.
Yay! I think. So I put in my RAM, and try it again. "That's funny" I say, why is it giving me this damn FFh POST code again? Oh well, I think, and I put in the video card now.
I boot it up. Same damn FFh POST code. I wait for something to come onto the monitor anyway, when something seems funny. "What the hell is that weird smell?" says I. My heart skips a beat. I sniff the PSU. "Nope, not there" I think. I sniff my HSF. "Hmm, that does indeed smell weird. Maybe because it's the first time the CPU is doing something." And doing something it indeed was. I touch the HS. Feels a little warm, especially considering it's not even putting anything on the screen.
"Oh no!" says I. I shut everything down and hastily unscrew the HSF. There's a miniscule black mark on the die and where it touches the HSF. Yep, that's right, I just fried my beautiful $117 Athlon XP1700+ into a useless piece of silicon that is now bound to become nothing more in life than a keychain.
Well, I don't really have any more questions...I know exactly what has been happening. Now I'm certainly enlightened as to why so many people are lobbying for a thermal protector on the Thuroughbred.
Yeah I'm an idiot. I guess I got so nervous that I might crack the core that I didn't screw my PAL8045 in hard enough. This time I'm gonna buy the cheapest Duron I can so if I fry it I'll only lose $35 or so. <img src="graemlins/oyvey.gif" border="0" alt="[No]" />
Oh well. Live and learn, I guess
. At least I know what's wrong now.