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I was adding a 512MB card to a Compaq Presario that has an ASUS K8S-LA (or Compaq motherboard: Salmon-GL6E) and discovered what looks like a heat sync loose inside the case. I can see where is was connected to a part of the board that is next to the large CPU Heat sink. What is this part and how does if effect the motherboard? How do I reattach it to the motherboard?


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The ASUS K8S-LA main board has a variety of chips on it, however only the CPU is large enough to justify a dedicated heat sink.
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\015\012The most likely location that your rogue heat sink is came from is your video card's processor. I'm lead to believe this for 2 reasons- 1) you say that the CPU heat sink is still in place, and it is the only heat sink on the main board, and 2) the location you described as to where you found the heat sink would be consistant with it falling off the video card (located in the AGP slot, directly below the cpu with the external ports facing left).
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\015\012Below is a link on the HP website to the layout / photos of your main board which were referenced in this solution
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\015\012This is actually very serious if it is the case as it could lead to rapid failure of your video card (or whatever card it goes to if that is the not the location). There are several guides available on the internet for "cleaning" heat sinks which will serve your purpose of reinstalling yours once you find the location.
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