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    When I start up my pc, the screen shows "Alert! Chipset heat sink not detected. System halted !" error message.

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No cpu fan are working very well. i don't really know what the problem is, all i get is Chipset heat sink not detected system halted

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Did the cpu cooler fall of? did a fan stop working? perhaps you should open it and have a look- obviously something is overheating. We need more information than this.

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