Having problems with your Dell Dimension 4600C PC Desktop ?

Alert chipset heat sink not detected system halted error message

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It is NOT the CPU fan! There is a heatsink over the northbridge chipset adjacent to the CPU. The clip that supplies pressure to maintain contact between the northbridge and the heatsink has detached on one or both ends. There are wire loops at each end of the clip which feed into the motherboard. When the clip detaches (solder failure), it pops the loop out of the motherboard. The BIOS recognizes this condition as a heatsink failure, hence the error message.
The cpu fan has went bad so rather than frying your processor the computer shuts down. Dell used proprietary heatsink/fans for this model so you'll have to contact them to see if they have the replacement part. Check www.dell.com for the phone info to call. Hope this helps.
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